For as long as I can remember, molasses cookies have been a delicious part of our family’s holiday traditions. My sweet, sweet Grams made an incredibly soft, perfectly spiced cookie with a simple powdered sugar glaze. In my adult life, I only successfully made her recipe twice. She was one of those amazingly talented old school cooks who just knew everything by taste and texture and consistency. I always struggled to replicate her recipes because, while delicious in their own right, they simply were not Grams’. She set the bar high, and I attribute a great deal of my own passion for cooking and baking to the time I spent in the kitchen with her as a kid.
My wonderful husband also created a delicious molasses cookie, albeit very different than Grams’. His version is chewy, spicy, and a true favorite of all of our friends, family, and coworkers who we gift our homemade treats to each year. Everyone sincerely looks forward to them- they are his specialty and he rocks it in every way possible. They are full of flavor and beautiful, too, rolled in red and green sugar prior to baking.
Fast forward to Christmas 2018, and I was determined to find a molasses cookie that I could still enjoy despite having Celiac disease. They have always been there, always a staple during this… my favorite time of the year. I am not gonna lie, I got really, REALLY lucky. The first recipe I adapted and tried was a HUGE success, a home-run by all accounts. Soft like Grams, spicy like hubby’s, but gluten- and dairy-free and very limited refined sugars. I couldn’t believe that these actually satisfied the very specific craving of molasses cookies. But they did. In a BIG way. I have probably eaten a dozen this week… and I liked them so much I didn’t even take any to my coworkers… which, in my world, is a pretty big deal and SPEAKS VOLUMES.
These cookies will undoubtedly be a hit if you choose to gift them or include them in your Christmas cookie roundup. Bonus, they were incredibly easy to make; the dough came together beautifully, rolled nicely into perfect little balls, and baked evenly. What more could you ask for?
Spiced Molasses Cookies
Spiced Molasses Cookies
2 C almond flour
2/3 C coconut flour
1/3 C tapioca flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
1/2 C coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/2 C coconut sugar plus 1/4 C Sugar in the Raw (use 3/4 C coconut sugar for strict Paleo)
6 tbsp molasses
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: fine white sugar, for rolling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (almond flour through sea salt); set aside
- In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer (great, but certainly not required), mix together the oil, sugar, eggs, molasses, and vanilla until smooth. (Your hand mixer would work well here or use the paddle attachment on your stand mixer.)
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until a soft dough forms. The dough should be soft but firm enough to roll into balls and hold form.
- Using a small to medium cookie scoop, drop scoops of dough into your hand, then roll into a ball. Roll the ball into the fine white sugar, if desired, then place onto an ungreased cookie sheet, two inches apart.
- Gently flatten each ball of dough using the bottom of a drinking glass. Bake for 7-9 minutes for smaller cookies, 8-11 minutes for medium cookies. The edges and top of the cookies will be set but will not brown much.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for 5-7 minutes before moving to a wire a rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days, if they last that long… ENJOY!
Seriously, you guys, these cookies are EVERYTHING a molasses cookie should be. I have contemplated trying to create a paleo-friendly glaze to go on them, but I kinda think these are perfect the way they are… for real. I do hope you will give them a try and tell me what you think. I would really love to hear your feedback. Find me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram, @ifitbakesyouhappy.
Next on my gluten-free holiday baking bucket list… sugar cookies… stay tuned for more on how that adventure goes.
Happy Baking, friends!