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Frosted Molasses Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan).

Chewy molasses cookies are topped with a sweet and creamy frosting for a delicious treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan.
Keyword allergy friendly holiday cookies, gluten free frosted molasses cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 19 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 162 kcal


For the cookies:

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend I used Namaste Perfect Flour Blend, you could use all-purpose flour if you are not gluten free
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch ground cloves
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup vegan buttery spread
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup organic cane sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:


  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour blend, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the vegan buttery spread and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the molasses, maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla extract and continue to mix until smooth.
  3. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time while continuing to mix on low speed.
  4. Once dough is mixed, place in the refrigerator to chill for about an hour. If you're in a hurry, you can stick the dough in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  6. Roll chilled dough into balls that are about one inch wide. Place on the cookie sheet and flatten slightly. You should be able to fit 12 cookies on each sheet.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9-10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet, then move to a rack to finish cooling.

Make the frosting:

  1. Cream the vegan buttery spread and vanilla extract. Sift in the powdered sugar a little at a time, alternating with adding a little non-dairy milk until the frosting is the consistency you want.

  2. Frost cooled cookies.

  3. Dust each frosted cookie with a little cinnamon sugar or sprinkles if you wish.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts are for one cookie with frosting.

Store leftover cookies in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

To make them last longer, you can leave them unfrosted and store the frosting in the refrigerator and the cookies at room temperature if you wish for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Frosted Molasses Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan).
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 249IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.