Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies

Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)

Day numero tres of a Week of Christmas Cookies is bringing us a healthified version of a holiday favorite. A gluten-free molasses cookie, that is sweetened with date sugar and baked to chewy perfection. Wrapped up in a little bow, these cookies make a great holiday gift.

I’ve always been a molasses cookie fan. They’re the essence of a Christmas cookie to me. But give me one of these stick-to-your-teeth cookies any other time of year, and I’ll happily gobble it up. The blend of sugar and warm spices, combined with the glorious texture, molasses cookies are definitely one of my all-time favorites.

Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)

To me, what makes a cookie sensational is the balance of texture – crunch and chew. In these gluten-free molasses cookies, the quinoa not only adds protein, but also provides that light crunch that I crave. The chewiness comes from the shorter baking time mixed with the molasses and applesauce. The result is a perfectly balanced Christmas delight.

As you’re getting ready for the holidays this year, dreaming up your Christmas cookie menu, these ginger-kissed cookies are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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  • Honey Cut-Out Cookies

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Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 20 - 24 cookies


  • ¾ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon stevia powder
  • ½ cup vegan butter, at room temp
  • ½ cup date sugar
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup black strap molasses


  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and date sugar together in a separate bowl, about 2 minutes. Add applesauce, egg and molasses and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until a dough starts to form. Form the dough into a ball, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Spoon the cookie dough, about 1 tablespoon, on the cookie sheet and gently flatten with the back of a spoon.
  6. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until slightly browned and cracked on top, but still tender to the touch.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
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Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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17 Responses to Gluten-Free Molasses Cookies

  1. These sound so great and I love that they’re gluten free! My boyfriend’s family prefers gluten free treats (though non of them are allergic to wheat) and I have been looking for a cookie recipe to bake for them. This is perfect! AND they’re chewy!!
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  2. Alisa says:

    I’m with you, I love the combination of crunch and chew – and I adore molasses cookies. A must make!
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  6. Marcia says:

    Confused about how much molasses. don’t have a ? measuring cup.

    Thanks for the clarification. looks delicious.
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    • You mean a ? measuring cup isn’t a standard in your baking drawer?? ;) Only kidding, I definitely don’t have one of those either. The recipe calls for 1/3 cup of molasses. Thanks for letting me know it was missing, I’ve updated the recipe.

      Hope you enjoy :) xo Alyssa

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  10. I love the mix of grains in these cookies – and how great they look at the end!
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