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Chewy molasses cookies sit in a pile on a white plate. Off to the left is a pine cone and a sprig of evergreen. In the upper right is a red mug. Running through the picture is a gray, black, and red plaid pattern piece of fabric. Everything is on a white marble background. This is the horizontal image.
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5 from 7 votes

Chewy Molasses Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

These cookies are the perfect Christmas treat! A crispy exterior, with a chewy interior.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chewy molasses cookie, gluten free christmas cookies, molasses cookie recipe, molasses cookies, vegan christmas cookies
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 81kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • Add the flour to the mixture in two additions, mixing thoroughly after each.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased tray. Press down slightly, as these cookies do not spread.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are puffed, cracked, and just set around the edges.


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.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.9g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 2.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 100.7mg | Potassium: 125.1mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 5.1g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.6mg