December 20, 2021

by Alyssa

Healthy Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

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These Healthy Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies are dairy-free, gluten-free and have the best soft texture. Add these to your Christmas dessert spread!

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies -- healthy, just one bowl and VEGAN!

There's nothing that gets me into the holiday season better than baking cookies.

I like to start the day before Thanksgiving and I usually don't stop until Christmas.

Every year, these chewy molasses ginger cookies are a must-have for my family. If you're looking for a lighter cookie that happens to be vegan and gluten-free, you're going to want to save this recipe.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies -- healthy, just one bowl and VEGAN!

Ingredients for Ginger Molasses Cookies

The ingredients for these cookies are full of spice, sweetness and good-for-you items like flaxseed and almond butter. Here's what you need to make these gluten-free ginger cookies:

  • Flax egg. Made by combining flaxseed meal and water. Use this guide to flax eggs to get started.
  • Almond butter. I like smooth, unsweetened almond butter for the cookies.
  • Coconut sugar. A great unrefined sweetener option. Brown sugar will also work.
  • Molasses. A must for the rich, caramel flavor.
  • Vanilla. Use the real stuff for the best flavor.
  • Ginger and allspice. For warming, gently spiced flavor.
  • Baking soda. To help the cookies rise.
  • Coconut flour. This gluten-free flour thickens up the cookies.

How to Make Chewy Molasses Cookies

You need a baking sheet, a mixing bowl, and a wire rack to make these cookies. If you have one, a cookie scoop can be helpful to scoop the dough in equal portions. But if not, two large spoons will also work.

It's nice to shape the cookies into round balls so they come out nice and circular.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies -- healthy, just one bowl and VEGAN!

Storing Suggestions

You can store leftover vegan molasses cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days. They make a great edible gift!

For longer storage, pop them into the freezer for up to three months. Defrost the cookies on the counter for a few hours before serving at room temperature.


Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies -- healthy, just one bowl and VEGAN!

Tips for the Softest, Chewiest Cookies

To me, the perfect texture for these chewy ginger molasses cookies is when they have crispy edges and a gooey center.

That's exactly what these cookies have, but there are a few tricks to getting them there:

  1. Gently flatten them with your fingers to ensure they spread out and are thin
  2. Let them cool on the pan for about 10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack
  3. And finally, cool them completely on the rack before diving in!

These CHEWY Ginger Molasses Cookies are super healthy, gluten-free, grain-free AND vegan!!

Decorating Ideas

These soft, chewy cookies have plenty of flavor on their own. If you like, you can coat them in crunchy sugar like Turbinado for some next texture.

If you'd like to add some festive decor, drizzle the fully cooled cookies with Coconut Butter Icing.



These CHEWY Ginger Molasses Cookies are super healthy, gluten-free, grain-free AND vegan!!

Giftable Cookies

Edible gifts are a really great budget-friendly option or if you're shopping for someone who just doesn't need anything (hey, grandma!). Bake them a batch of cookies and I promise they'll love it!

There are a few packaging options, but I like to use these cute holiday-inspired cellophane bags with a little tag, but you could also package them up in cookie boxes with a handwritten note. It's thoughtful, creative and something they will so appreciate!

Happy holiday baking to you and yours! There will be more healthy holiday cookies coming your way soon, so stay tuned!

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If you make these healthy Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies, leave a comment below to tell me what you think!

Healthy Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

These chewy ginger molasses cookies are a healthy sweet treat and just perfect for the holidays! Gluten-free, grain-free & vegan too! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 104kcal
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These CHEWY Ginger Molasses Cookies are super healthy, gluten-free, grain-free AND vegan!!
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  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flax egg, almond butter, coconut sugar, molasses and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add the spices, salt, baking soda and coconut flour and beat again until a sticky dough forms.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the baking sheet, spacing the cookies at least 2" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  • Gently flatten the cookies with your hands and sprinkle with sugar. Bake on the center rack for 11 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the pan before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling. 
  • Once cool, pack up and/or enjoy!



Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 51mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g



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  1. Hello,
    I do not have coconut flour on hand but would bobs red mill gluten free 1:1 baking flour be useful instead? Is so, how much?

    • I’m not sure. We have only tried this recipe as it is written. Coconut flour is more absorbent than other flours, so the 1:1 baking flour will probably not be a good substitute.

  2. This is such a great recipe! I baked the cookies for 10 minutes and they turned out perfect. Chewy and delicious but the top and bottom is crisp. Will definitely make them again!

  3. Several of your recipes listed for high calcium do not list calcium in the nutritional breakdown. Frustrating.

    • I’m sorry about that, Carole. What recipes are you talking about? This cookie recipe isn’t high in calcium.

  4. These are absolutely my favorite cookie I have EVER made. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am so excited to gift these. I will definitely be making them again. The fact that they are as good as they are with so few ingredients AND being vegan/gf is insane. I cant wait to check out more recipes of yours.

  5. Hi Alyssa,
    Is there supposed to be some flour other than the 3tbspoons of coconut flour?
    Seems too little for 40 cookies.

  6. Hi! The recipe looks yummy but where does the quinoa fit in? I don’t see it listed as an ingredient or maybe I am just missing it? Thanks much

  7. My cookies never crisped – they turned gooey as they cooled and didn’t stay plump. Did you use a flax egg when you took these pictures or a real egg? I did bake the full time suggested.

    • Hmmm…! Are you at altitude by chance? These are with the flax egg so I’m not sure what might have happened there!

  8. My cookies are in the oven now, but I have one question. How many cookies per serving size under nutrition facts? One?

  9. I didn’t have almond butter, so used peanut. Amazing! Even better left out on the counter for a few days. They get even chewier!

  10. so excited to see this recipe!! i have a non-gf ginger cookie recipe that i haven’t been able to convert yet (i keep trying though), so i’m super happy to be able to make these cookies – and be able to eat them too! even better, i have all of the ingredients 😀

  11. Not quite a tradition yet but I’m starting to bake cookies for Christmas. I love Simply Organic spices! Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. My favorite holiday tradition is when my family comes together for one day and makes a mass load of vegan kimchi dumplings.

  13. These we’re pretty great only had simply organic ginger to make this recipe but I will make it again in the future!

  14. I love the simplicity of your recipe. I can’t wait to try these delicious looking cookies that I know my family will love. Thanks again for this healthy recipe.

  15. I am excited to try this recipe out!! My baby brother was really big on molasses cookies and so am I!! I’m also a huge fan of Simply Organic vanilla extract. I would LOVE the chance to try out some of their spices!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us!!

  16. My favourite holiday tradition is to gather under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and listen to the Carols all night with my family 🙂 think I will try these cookies tomorrow!

  17. Honestly, mine is waking up together with my family and gathering all together to open up our gifts and see the smiles on eachother’s faces.

  18. Ginger cookies are my favorite cookie to make all year long! I have a favorite recipe already, but I am looking forward to trying a healthier version. Thanks!

  19. As a holiday tradition, we tend dine out in order to avoid cooking, and then we would follow that up with a family size popcorn feast whilst watching a movie, or tv series.


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