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vegan molasses cookies

Gluten Free Vegan Molasses Cookies.

Chewy, spicy, gluten free vegan molasses cookies. This recipe is a classic for the holiday season!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free, vegan.
Keyword vegan Christmas cookies, vegan molasses cookies
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 117 kcal



  1. Mix your ground flax seed and water in a small bowl or cup and let sit for about five minutes until it turns to a gel like consistency.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, almond meal, spices, and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the buttery spread and sugar. Add the flax egg, vanilla, and molasses and stir.
  4. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time and stir until combined.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for at least a half an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Take a small amount of dough and roll into a ball – it should be about ¾ of an inch in diameter. Roll in the granulated sugar and place on the parchment lined cookie sheet. Leave space in between the balls, these cookies will spread quite a bit. You should be able to bake a dozen at a time.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes. Ten minutes was prefect for my oven – the cookies were thin, but still soft and very chewy. Just a couple minutes more produced crispy cookies. So it’s a fine line between chewy and crispy with these.
  9. Let cool for five minutes and then transfer to a plate to continue cooling. A wire rack isn’t recommended because these are fragile when they are hot.

Recipe Notes

Now that we can't eat almonds, I make these with oat flour, or a mix of oat flour and pumpkin seed flour.

To make seed flour, just grind the seeds of your choice in a mini food processor until they make a very fine flour.

Store these cookies in an airtight container - they should stay fresh for about one week.

If you want to make the dough ahead of time, you can roll it into a log, wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze it. When you're ready to make them, just slice off cookies and bake as usual.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Vegan Molasses Cookies.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.