17 August 2010

More Gluten-Free Goodies - Gingersnap Molasses Cookies

Ginger has always been a favorite spice in my family, especially in sweet treats like gingerbread and gingersnaps. In high school I devised a recipe for what I liked to call Gingersnap Molasses Cookies. Not quite a gingersnap, because I prefer a softer, chewier cookie, but not quite a molasses cookie due to all the spices. I became famous for them amongst friend and family -- the perfect balance of spicy, salty and sweet. People argued over whether they taste best warm from the oven, cooled later on or even three days later. They truly are a favorite of nearly everyone who tries them. I have even been told I could start a business just selling those cookies, that's how delicious they were. My techniques in baking these cookies are very specific; my brother has tried several times to bake them since I moved out of my family's house and he can never get it quite right.

My new, obviously gluten free as well as vegan, recipe has gotten rave reviews from two of my best friends and I have not been able to stop eating them as well, so they are definitely another big hit. Tonight my dear friend Liz and I enjoyed the cookies as ice cream sandwiches filled with local Salted Caramel Batch Ice Cream and a bottle of Malbec. Combined with our delightful conversation, it was a perfect pairing. Follow my directions exactly and you will be quite pleased with the results!

Gina's Gluten Free Vegan Gingersnap Molasses Cookies
adapted from BabyCakes Bakery

3/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups cane sugar
2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup flax meal
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking sooda
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

In medium bowl, combine the oil, applesauce, salt, molasses, vanilla and cane sugar. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, flax meal, spices, baking soda and xanthan gum. Carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until just combined. Chill dough in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

Roll spoonfuls of dough in palms of hands until 1.5 inch diameter round ball is formed. Place cookie dough balls on greased cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Gently flatten each cookie dough ball with the heel of your hand (to ease in spreading while baking). Bake for 12-14 minutes, until dough begins to crisp along edges but center does not nearly look done. Allow cookies to cool on hot cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then gently place on large piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper to further cool. Do not use a regular cooling rack or the hot cookies will become misshapen! Cookies will keep 3-4 days in airtight container and also freeze well.

Note: Do not double this recipe! The ratios need to be adjusted. I had my first baking blunder in years attempting to double them this weekend.


  1. I made these for the holidays and loved them, but I came back to your recipe today and can't find a cooking temp? I baked them last time with a friend who has the BabyCakes book, so I think I might have gotten it from there. But now I'm unsure!

    Thanks for such a great recipe - they were the hands-down favorite of all the cookies I baked this season.

  2. Oops! Temp should be 325. So glad you enjoy them!