Look no further for the perfect Chewy Gingerbread Molasses Cookies. These gluten-free and paleo-friendly cookies are lightly crispy on the outside, and chewy on the inside. They are truly perfect. And you know those gingerbread cookies that are overkill with the molasses and ginger? Not these. They are gold!
One of the things I love about this recipe is that it makes a big batch! I can get between 16 and 24 cookies from a single batch, depending on how big I made the cookies. And because the recipe makes a big batch, they are perfect for freezing, and then popping them out when ever you are craving a cookie, or, better yet, you can package these up and give them out to friends and family for a little Christmas treat.
To make these cookies, here is what you need:
Flour: For this recipe I used BakeGood Almond Flour blend, which is a 1:1 substitute for regular flour. If you don’t have that, then you can use regular, all-purpose flour or gluten-free 1:1 baking flour. I haven’t tested this recipe with other flours.
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Ginger: This is the magic combination of spices that you need to perfect the gingerbread taste.
Butter or vegan butter: You can also use coconut oil in this recipe, but damn, the taste of regular butter in this recipe is so good.
Coconut sugar: I love using coconut sugar in this recipe because it’s an unrefined sugar. However, you can definitely use granulated cane sugar.
Molasses: Molasses is also an essential ingredient in this recipe, because we are making gingerbread cookies, people! I always use blackstrap molasses, but at the end of the day, molasses is molasses, so go with what you have.
Egg: I have not tested this recipe using a flax-egg. I have a hunch that it will work, but I’ve already tested this recipe 3 times to perfect it, I just can’t do it again. Ha!
Baking soda & baking powder: In this recipe, you will be using both baking soda and baking powder, for the perfect cookie texture.
If you have a stand mixer, I recommend using it. The wet ingredients will cream together so much better than if you use a mixing bowl. That said, it’s not essential! If you don’t have one, that’s ok! In that case, you will just need two separate bowls – one to mix the dry ingredients and one to mix the wet ingredients. Then you add the dry to the wet, and THEN YOU NEED TO REFRIGERATE THE DOUGH. I know some people (like me!) are impatient and don’t want to refrigerate the dough, but it is key. Why? Because if you want the cookies to NOT spread, then it’s a key step. Additionally, it will make the dough less sticky, and easier to roll in the sugar.
After the dough has refrigerated, you will need to roll the cookies in sugar. Then line them up on the parchment-lined baking sheets, and bake for 10-11 minutes.
You are going to love these!
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Just made these for Christmas and they turned out so well! The entire family enjoyed them so much. I opted not to roll them in sugar because I was worried about the dough getting overly sticky. Will definitely be making these again!
Woohoo! I love hearing that, Nick! Thank you so much for making this recipe, and for leaving such a kind review!
Delish and daughter approved!!!! Soft and crunchy at the same time 🙂
Brigitte, I am so thrilled that both you and your daughter love this recipe! Thank you so much for making this recipe, and for leaving such a kind review!
These turned out so yummy! I used all-purpose flour. Chilling the dough was very helpful. They did spread while baking but didn’t affect the taste at all.
I’m so glad they turned our well for you, Candy! Thanks so much for your review!
Made these today and they were so good! So soft and flavorful! Could not stop eating them 🙂
Just made these and ate warm one out of the oven. OMG yummy!!!
I used what I had in hand, so 1c all purpose flour and 1c almond flour. Also reduced the sugar in the dough to 1/2 c. The dough was sticky AF but I used a cookie scoop and the water trick and it made the experience less stressful.
I also had better success with the coconut sugar roll at the beginning before the sugar got sticky.
Overall the flavor and texture is worth it!!
Had the same issue with the batter being too liquify! Wayyyyyy too liquidy! Poured it into a loaf pan and made like a lava cake. But disappointed that I didn’t get the cookies. No idea what I did wrong either!
Hi Nihal, I’m sorry you had that experience! This recipe has been tested and perfected! What flour did you use? If you used almond flour, that’s why!
Hi! I just replied to the above comment – I’m not sure why that it, but any time I work with dough that is a bit sticky, I lightly wet my hands. Then I’m easily able to roll the cookies into balls, before dipping into the sugar. I hope that helps!
Absolutely loved these cookies!! I had the same issue as the other comments with my dough being sticky (even after adding additional flour) – I was able to roll into balls after putting it in the fridge for an hour or so…glad to hear it wasn’t just me! Still a new fav!!
Thank you for letting me know! I’m not sure why the dough was sticky since I’ve made this recipe so many times! But, one suggestion when dough is sticky, is to lightly wet your hands! Then you can roll them into balls and dip into the sugar. I hope you make them again! xx
Made these today and they were easy and delicious! Planning to make them as christmas gifts. I am in QLD Australia which is hot and humid! So i did have to chill the dough in order to roll into balls as it was a bit sticky in our climate.
Hi Courtney! Thank you for your review!! We loveeee this recipe and plan on making them for our neighbors for Christmas this year! 🙂