So, you're looking for a gluten-free version of ginger molasses cookies that won't leave you feeling like you're gnawing on a cardboard box? Look no further, my friends. I've got an excellent gluten-free recipe for ginger molasses cookies that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you feeling like a culinary genius.
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Let's get one thing straight - just because something is gluten-free doesn't mean it has to be bland and boring. In fact, I'd argue that this gluten-free recipe is even better than the traditional version! And that's not just because everyone can enjoy them.
Don't Skip This Crucial Step for Perfect Ginger Molasses Cookies
Listen up, folks - this is where the magic happens. One crucial step to making perfect ginger molasses cookies is to use parchment paper on your baking sheets. For the love of all that is holy, please use parchment paper on your baking sheets. I don't care if you think it's an unnecessary step - do it anyway. Not only does it prevent the cookies from sticking, but it also ensures even baking and a uniform shape. Who wants wonky, misshapen cookies? Not me, that's for sure.
Elevate Your Ginger Molasses Cookies with These Tasty Serving Ideas
Let's be real, ginger molasses cookies are pretty darn tasty on their own. But why stop there? Pair them with a hot cup of tea or coffee for an extra cozy treat. Or, if you're feeling fancy, add a scoop of ice cream for a decadent dessert.
If you're feeling extra sassy, drizzle your cookies with a simple icing made from powdered sugar, milk, and a splash of vanilla extract. It adds a sweet and tangy flavor that complements the warmth of the ginger and spices. You're welcome.
Surprising Nutritional Benefits of These Delicious Ginger Molasses Cookies
Surprise, surprise - these ginger molasses cookies actually have some nutritional value. Molasses is a natural sweetener that is high in iron, calcium, and antioxidants. One tablespoon provides about 20% of your daily recommended intake of iron, which is especially beneficial for vegetarians and vegans who may not get enough iron from their diets. Who knew cookies could be so nutritious?
A Word About Gluten-Free Flour
The King Arthur Measure for Measure or Pamela's Gluten-Free Artisan Blend blend would be my go-to gluten-free flours. Both of these produce airy, fluffy baked items free of gluten. They are also free of nuts and dairy, making them suitable for everyone.
The gluten-free flour from Cup4Cup has a similar flavor and texture to regular all-purpose flour but also contains corn/maize and powdered milk. Therefore, you shouldn't use it if you're vegan, lactose intolerant, or corn intolerant.
Please, for the love of God, do not purchase blends with bean flour while looking for gluten-free flour to use in baked goods, such as Bob's Red Mill original all-purpose flour.
If you choose to use bean flour in your baked goods, they will end up being too dense & usually will taste like hummus. Gross.
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Well, there you have it - an excellent gluten-free recipe for ginger molasses cookies that is sure to impress. Follow these tips for ingredient swaps, preparation, and serving suggestions, and you'll have a batch of cookies that are both delicious and nutritious.
My Excellent Gluten-free Recipe For Ginger Molasses Cookies
- 2 ¼ cups Gluten Free Flour blend (add 1 tsp. xanthan gum if not included in your blend)
- ½ teaspoon tapioca starch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup unsulfured molasses
- 1 tablespoon orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
- 1 teaspoon Gluten Free vanilla extract
- 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
- powdered sugar for dipping tops of cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- Sift together 2 ¼ cups Gluten Free flour, ½ teaspoon tapioca starch, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl with the paddle attachment (a handheld mixer works fine) mix together ¾ cup of softened unsalted butter and 1 cup sugar.
- Add 1 large egg and mix it up!
- Now add in ¼ cup unsulfured molasses, the vanilla extract and 1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice. Mix to combine.
- Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until almost combined. Using a spatula/mixing spoon, fold the ingredients together in order to incorporate them.
- Pour about 2 Tablespoons of sugar on a plate. The sugar will be used to roll the cookie dough balls in.
- Scoop balls of cookie dough using a cookie dough scooper or a Tablespoon. Roll the balls of cookie dough in the sugar.
- Place the cookie dough balls on the baking pan and using the palm of your hand, press the cookies to flatten them a bit.
- Bake the cookies for 12 -14 minutes. Cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet. Tranfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Pour some powdered sugar on a plate. Dip the tops of the cooled cookies in the powdered sugar. Shake off the excess powdered sugar.
How to Store Ginger Molasses Cookies:Store the cookie in a sealed, airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. They may need an extra dusting of powdered sugar before serving.
A Recipe Conversion of an original by Gingerbread Bagels
Photos by my friend Meg of This Mess Is Ours. Her kiddo LOVES this recipe for ginger molasses cookies too!
Frequently Asked Questions about this recipe for Ginger Molasses Cookies:
Ginger molasses cookies are chewier than gingersnaps, which have a snappier, crisper texture. This is the main distinction between the two types of cookies.
Ginger is often less present in molasses cookies than in gingerbread cookies. Both are chewy in texture, although many gingerbread cookie recipes are also study enough for building gingerbread houses. ginger molasses cookies are far softer.
You might have used the wrong type of molasses. While both light and dark molasses can be used in baking, blackstrap molasses has a more unpleasant, bitter flavor. Although the baking time for the cookies won't change, the flavor will be more bitter than you might imagine. Check the labels, please!
You ought to pay attention to the "best by" date printed on the jar for an idea of how long the product will remain fresh since the flavor of molasses deteriorates over time, whether in an opened or unopened jar.
It will be more difficult for the cookie to maintain its shape if your cookie dough has too little flour or too much moisture.