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Gluten-Free and Vegan Molasses Cookies

Gluten-Free and Vegan Molasses cookies

My best friends mom makes the best molasses cookies every year for the holidays. As a kid we would shovel them in our mouths because they had the perfect soft texture with crispy edges. I wanted to recreate those cookies but add a little more density with this gluten-free version. A cookie to hold up to dunking in warm coffee or milk.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Molasses Cookies Flavor profile

At first glance, molasses might not be appealing to someone who hasn’t ever had a molasses cookie or treat. However, if you have had gingerbread, you have essentially had a molasses cookie. The difference between these gluten-free and vegan molasses cookies and gingerbread cookies is that these cookies are less of a bread-like texture and more of a cookie texture. I find that gingerbread cookies are more flour flavor forward rather than a cookie that combines fat and sugar as the base. I chose to make these cookies a little denser than other molasses cookies for the dunkability.

Ingredients for Gluten-Free and Vegan Molasses Cookies

It’s worth keeping these ingredients on hand during the holiday season for easy and delicious holiday recipes.

  • Molasses
  • Brown Sugar
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Vanilla Paste
  • Gluten Free Flour

What Molasses do I use?

Let’s talk about Molasses because not all molasses is gluten-free, which is wild to me. Wheat is added to so many sauces, and I don’t get why; I get why, on a mass production level but on a flavor or thickness level, you don’t need it! I use the Grandma’s Molasses brand because it’s labeled gluten-free.

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Gluten-Free and Vegan Molasses cookies

Gluten-Free and Vegan Molasses Cookies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1218 cookies 1x


Nothing says holiday baking quite like a chewy and soft gluten-free and vegan molasses cookie. These are the perfect bite of sweet, spicy and sugary. Celebrate the holidays with a classic flavor.


Units Scale
  • 3/4 cups of vegan butter
  • 3/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of Grandmas Molasses
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 3/4 cups of gluten-free flour


  • 1/2 cup of sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°f and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease it with butter
  2. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth
  3. Add the vanilla extract, vanilla paste, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt
  4. Next, add the molasses into the cookie dough and beat until combined
  5. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time, scraping the bowl between each addition
  6. Using a cookie scoop or spoons, scoop about 1-2 tablespoon circles of dough and using your hands roll into a ball
  7. Roll each ball through the sugar and place on a baking sheet and using the bottom of a glass, press the cookie down slightly
  8. Repeat with the remaining dough placing your cookies 1-2 inches apart on the baking sheet
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly cracked
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool

Keywords: gluten free and vegan molasses cookies, gluten free cookies, holiday cookies

How to store / how long does this last?

These cookies are great for a few days and up to a week in a container on the counter. You can always freeze cookie dough and fully baked cookies in an air tight bag or container for up to 6 months.

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