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December’s recipe is here just in time for the holidays: Kidney-Friendly Ginger Cookies
Recipe created by Jessianna Saville, MS, RDN, CSR, LD, CLT

Makes 24 cookies

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1-1/8 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in 1 cup sugar.
  4. Add egg whites and honey; beat well.
  5. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture.
  6. Shape dough into 1-1/2″ balls, using about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough for each.
  7. Roll balls in the remaining sugar to coat.
  8. Place balls about 2-1/2″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until light brown and still puffed. (Do not over bake.)
  10. Cool cookies on cookie sheet for 2 minutes then transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

Tip: Molasses in traditional ginger cookies is loaded with potassium and has a good amount of phosphorus. You can swap out honey or maple syrup instead to decrease potassium and phosphorus.

*Always check with your nutritionist before incorporating new foods or recipes into your diet to make sure it is right for you.