Chewy Molasses Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Chewy Molasses Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without baking chewy molasses cookies. When I think of Christmas and the holidays in general, I think of the exact smell of these cookies. While they’re not gingerbread, they are a close relative and they make your house smell so wonderful. No other Christmas cookie gets me more in the spirit than these, because of their scent. Now, I have revamped this classic cookie a bit. I have made them vegan AND gluten-free! I’ve been wanting to venture into vegan baking territory for a long time now, but I have found a lot of the recipes off putting due to all of the expensive, obtuse ingredients I would need to purchase. I tried to keep things simple here, and the cookies taste EXACTLY like the original, which I was surprised at. These chewy molasses cookies also have a crispy exterior and a nice chewy interior. Now, they are missing the crinkle top, but who cares! As long as they taste the same :). For those of you who aren’t vegan or gluten-free, I have also included the original ingredients in parentheses.

What do molasses cookies taste like?

To me, they taste similar to a gingerbread cookie but spicier. This version in particular makes use of cardamom which can give it some bite.

Can molasses spoil?

Yes, it can spoil. But, molasses usually keeps for a long time. The molasses that I just used (organic, unsulphured) is on year 3 after being opened. While you don’t have to store yours in the refrigerator, that is how I have been storing mine. The only disadvantage is when you go to use it, it is very hard to get out of the bottle. If you keep it in the refrigerator and plan on using it in a recipe, pull it out a few hours in advance so that it is easier to pour out. To determine if your molasses has gone bad, visually inspect it for mold and smell it. If you see mold and/or it smells off, then toss it. If it passes these two tests, then give it a little taste. If it passes that test, then you are likely good to go. If you are ever in doubt though, throw it out!

How to Make Chewy Molasses Cookies: Step-By-Step

1. Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, mix together butter, olive oil, molasses, applesauce, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and baking soda until well blended.

All of the ingredients (except the flour) blended together in a large glass bowl with a stainless steel mixing spoon.

2. Add the flour to the mixture in two additions, mixing thoroughly after each. Flour weights: 4.8 oz/cup (gluten-free 1:1 all purpose), 4.25 oz/cup (regular all-purpose flour)

3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased tray. Press down slightly, as these cookies do not spread.

Cookie dough scooped onto a textured aluminum baking sheet prior to baking.

4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are puffed, cracked, and just set around the edges.

Final chewy molasses cookies on a textured aluminum baking sheet after baking.

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Chewy Molasses Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

These cookies are the perfect Christmas treat! A crispy exterior, with a chewy interior.

Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword chewy molasses cookie, gluten free christmas cookies, molasses cookie recipe, molasses cookies, vegan christmas cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 81 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup earth balance butter, melted (OR 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted)
  • 3 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (OR 1 egg)
  • 1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill gluten-free 1:1 baking flour (OR 2 cups regular all-purpose flour)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together butter, olive oil, molasses, applesauce, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and baking soda until well blended.

  3. Add the flour to the mixture in two additions, mixing thoroughly after each.

  4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased tray. Press down slightly, as these cookies do not spread.

  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are puffed, cracked, and just set around the edges.

Recipe Notes

Flour weights: 4.8 oz/cup (gluten-free 1:1 all purpose), 4.25 oz/cup (regular all-purpose flour)
To freeze: Place in a labeled ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to two months.

Nutrition Facts
Chewy Molasses Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.6g4%
Saturated Fat 0.5g3%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.2g
Sodium 100.7mg4%
Potassium 125.1mg4%
Carbohydrates 13.9g5%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 5.1g6%
Protein 0.5g1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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