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Vegan & Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: About 20 cookies
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These vegan ginger molasses cookies are the BEST soft and chewy, melt-in-your-mouth cookies to make this holiday season. They require no chilling, are ready in less than an hour, and are made gluten-free. Let’s get baking!



  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) vegan butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (144g) brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup (146g) unsulphured molasses 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 1/2 cups (222g) gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 cup (84g) almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar, for coating cookies



  1. Prepare a flax egg by mixing together the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and setting it aside for 10 minutes to thicken.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 half baking sheets (or 1 full sheet) with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  3. In a medium bowl, add in the gluten-free flour, almond flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Mix together until uniform and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add in the softened vegan butter and brown sugar, and cream together with a hand mixer (or whisk) until it is fluffy.
  5. Add in the flax egg, molasses and vanilla extract, and beat together until uniform. 
  6. Combine the dry mixture with the wet, and mix until everything is uniform. 
  7. In a small bowl, add in the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.
  8. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon sized cookie scooper, scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Roll each ball in the sugar and then place them on the lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. We fit 12 on one half sheet.
  9. Using a flat bottomed cup or the palm of your hands, press down the cookies (just until the tops are flat) and then place into the oven. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden.
  10. Allow the cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then remove and transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!


  • Adapted from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free
  • Softened vegan butter: leave the butter out for 15-30 minutes before making this recipe to soften it up a bit and make it easier to whip up with  the sugar.
  • Unsulphured molasses: Be sure that you use unsulphured molasses in this recipe, NOT blackstrap as it is very bitter.
  • Gluten-free flour: We used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 baking flour for this recipe and highly recommend that blend if you are going to keep it gluten-free for best results. If you are not gluten-free, based on our experience with other recipes, we think that all purpose flour should work well.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Oven

Keywords: cookies, ginger, molasses, gluten free, vegan, sweets, snack, christmas, holiday