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Healthier Ginger Molasses Cookies

December 2, 2016

A recipe for healthier ginger molasses cookies, made with unrefined coconut sugar, light on the butter and a zesty spice mix. Sub gluten-free flour for a gluten-free alternative or keep regular for an equally delicious cookie recipe.

A recipe for healthier ginger molasses cookies, made with unrefined coconut sugar, light on the butter and a zesty spice mix. Sub gluten-free flour for a gluten-free alternative or keep regular for an equally delicious cookie recipe.Oh hey there. Remember me? It’s okay if you don’t. It’s been a while since we last spoke and I won’t be offended if you consciously (or unconsciously) blocked me from your mind in the interim.

But let’s be honest, you probably didn’t notice. There was a time in my life when I genuinely believed that if I took one day off from blogging, you would all forget THM existed. Luckily I got over that fear and taking a break from blogging is not the challenge it used to be.

I’m grateful that I’ve learned to relax and not let this whole blogging gig take over my life, but then a 5 day break turns into a 10 days break, turns into a 2 week break and suddenly your motivation to show up seems non-existent.

And other times it’s less about motivation, and more about life. Like when you leave on a 7 day road trip, only to total your car on day 1, completely rejig your plan, end up in two massive snowstorms and find yourself recovering with a 4-day Thanksgiving bonanza. It’s in these moments that you have to accept that the best decision is to give yourself some grace and trust that your entire creative outlet and business won’t crumble despite having zero plan in place to help it thrive.

A recipe for healthier ginger molasses cookies, made with unrefined coconut sugar, light on the butter and a zesty spice mix. Sub gluten-free flour for a gluten-free alternative or keep regular for an equally delicious cookie recipe.

So these Healthier Ginger Molasses Cookies are my way of saying sorry and thank you. Sorry for being MIA when you counted on me to show up. And thank you for being kind to me when for lack of a better phrase- shit hits the fan.

They’re basically a mini version of the Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookies, but lighter on the butter and sugar but not lacking on flavor. They work perfectly with gluten-free flour, but if you’re not GF, regular flour works great too. Feeling thankful to Starbucks for redefining the ultimate ginger molasses cookies, to the kitchen I have access to, to recreate my healthier version at home, and you guys for just being plain awesome. Enjoy!

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Healthier Ginger Molasses Cookies

PREP TIME 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Yields 20-24 cookies     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (reserve 1/4 cup for rolling)
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour (I used gluten-free*)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • pinch of cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
  3. Combine butter and 1/2 cup coconut sugar.
  4. Add in molasses and egg and stir until well combined.
  5. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and spices.
  6. Add wet ingredients to dry until well combined.
  7. Add remaining 1/4 cup coconut sugar to a bowl.
  8. Roll dough into 20-24 balls and roll each one in coconut sugar.
  9. Place on baking sheet and flatten firmly with palm.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes (8 for softer cookies and 10 for crispy).
  11. Repeat until all cookies have been baked (about 12 per tray)
  12. Let cool on sheet for 5 mins before removing to cool on a wire rack.
  13. Will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

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Notes

*if using regular flour, decrease quantity by a 1/4 cup (i.e. 1 3/4 cup flour)

A recipe for healthier ginger molasses cookies, made with unrefined coconut sugar, light on the butter and a zesty spice mix. Sub gluten-free flour for a gluten-free alternative or keep regular for an equally delicious cookie recipe.

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    Julia @ Peanut Butter & Julia
    December 2, 2016 at 8:48 am

    These look AMAZING! I’m going to a Cookie Exchange Christmas party next weekend, and I’m totally bringing these! Thank for the recipe :). When life gets the best of me I like to take a step back and do something for myself, like get a facial!

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    Matina @ A Dancer's Live-It
    December 2, 2016 at 9:22 am

    These look so delicious Davida!! No need to apologize for being MIA, you just went on a road trip and life happens! I could never forget about your blog <3 My favorite holiday cookie is probably a peanut butter blossom. 🙂
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    Stephanie Whittemore
    December 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Cannot wait to try these! I always LOVED those candy cane twist cookies! I also love just plain ol sugar cookies at christmas

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    Ange // Cowgirl Runs
    December 2, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Ginger molasses cookies are BY FAR my favourite cookie EVER.

    I’m pretty sure totaling your car = at least a bottle of wine.
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    Karlie
    December 3, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Yum I can’t wait to make these!!! When shit hits the fan — do exactly what you did! Take care of yo self then you can take care of others (aka provide us with amazing recipes) xx

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    Victoria
    January 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Hi. You stated to use gluten free flour. Does this mean I can use any type, coconut, almond, tapioca etc or should it be an all purpose gluten free flower mix. Thank you.

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    MargoB
    September 30, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Hello Davida,

    While putting these together, I’ve been sneaktasting the dough (sneak? But I’m the cook!), and the taste is very good.

    I thought I followed your recipe to a “T’, but the dough is awfully dry. I find that I need to add another quarter cup of butter in order to make these stick together when I roll them. Looking over the recipe, it seems there is not enough liquid content for the dry content.

    Am I missing something?

    Thanks,
    MargoB

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    MargoB
    September 30, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Oh wait! I know what I’m missing. I used Trim Healthy Mama’s Baking Blend for the flour, and I just realized that that baking blend has coconut flour in it. You know, coconut flour, which requires far more liquid in order to play nice in recipes than most other flours. Haha! Case solved! 🕵

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    MargoB
    September 30, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Aaaaand you’re already a trim Healthy Mama! Time for me to go to bed. 😋

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