Soft Molasses Cookies (gluten-free + egg-free + vegan)

Ali Segersten Dec 07, 2009 166 comments

Welcome to Christmas Cookie season! Today I am sharing my recipe for gluten-free and egg-free soft molasses cookies. These cookies are delicious and so easy to make, I am sure you will enjoy them. Although I normally use Sucanat to sweeten them (unrefined dried cane juice), I have also tried making them using coconut sugar. I brought a batch, made with coconut sugar, to our large Thanksgiving gathering this year and they were a hit with the children! I have a 2-pound bag of coconut sugar I am giving away today, so be sure to leave a comment to enter!

The trick to making perfect molasses cookies is to CHILL the dough for at least an hour or more! If you are hasty and don't wait for the dough to chill completely, the fat will spread quickly while baking before the other ingredients have a chance to set up. This leads to very flat, thin cookies. The dough can actually be chilled for days before baking. I store mine in a large, tightly covered glass container. I don't use plastic wrap if I don't have too.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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These sounds amazing! I have had a bottle of molasses in the cupboard just waiting

The cookies look great! I have been wanting to try the coconut sugar, thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Do you happen to have an awesome recipe for sugar cookies (to decorate for Christmas) or for gingerbread to make houses? Gluten free if possible?

Thanks for all your blogging..I enjoy it! :)

I tweeted!


I love molassas cookies! And I will (belatedly) tell you that I made your chocolate-cranberry-almond tart for Thanksgiving, and everyone LOVED it, omnivores included. I used a smaller pan, and had an extra dish of the chocolate filling afterward, and when the tart was gone, boy was I glad for that extra treat in the fridge!

And I would love to win the Coconut Sugar! I would try using it to temper chocolate - I've been looking for a way to make my own, sugar-free, but the liquid sweeteners just don't cut-it. I bet that would work great!

Beautiful, Ali. I know most people don't say that about cookies, but they have always been my favorite dessert. And, I have always loved molasses cookies. I've made them successfully gluten free, but the last two times they spread into one big mess even though I chilled the dough. I'm inspired to try again now. :-)

Would love to win the coconut sugar. It's been on my list to try for a while.

Great entry for our Progressive Dinner Party! Another week of fun and delightful recipes for all.


I retweeted about the post!

These look awesome - and how ironic I was just looking all over my town for coconut sugar!

These cookies look great a nice alternative to traditional holiday cookies.

I am very interested in the coconut sugar, I would love to win!

I also tweeted your giveaway!
Here's the link to my tweet!

These look amazing too! I just finished eating one of your Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies and they WERE AMAZING!!! Thanks you so much for the recipe.
I've been dying to try coconut sugar! I'd love to win this giveaway! What a goodie!!!

Just in time! I have just figured out I am wheat gluten intolerant and am dreaming of Christmas cookies. This is just what I am craving; thanks for making my first gluten free Christmas a healthful one!

Yum! These sound fantastic, and coconut sugar sounds delish. I found your blog a few weeks ago, and I love it! I'm neither gluten-intolerant nor vegan, but I do love healthy and raw foods. I've made a few of your recipes now and so far they are great. I'm a fan on facebook too :)

Great! I can put this together the night before and have warm cookies for the kids. I bet the house smells wonderful.

How did you know that I have been craving molasses? I am going to make these this weekend! The girls at work are going to love them!

The cookies look amazing. I'll have to make them tomorrow! I haven't used coconut sugar before, although coconut flour is quite sweet. Thanks for the new ideas!

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