Chewy, soft baked cookies are truly the best in my opinion. Today on day three of cookie week, I’m going to give you the step by step break down on how to make the best soft baked ginger molasses cookies. This is a staple Christmas cookie recipe that pairs so well with an afternoon cup of tea sitting by the decorated tree just basking in the holiday spirit. These cookies are also gluten and dairy free – win win for everyone will all dietary preferences!

ginger snap cookies surrounded by a glass of milk, pine cones, a white plate and a jar of grandmas molasses

A traditional ginger snap cookie recipe made gluten free. these christmas cookies are soft and chewy. Ginger molasses cookies are paired perfectly with a chilled glass of oat milk for a vegan treat.

Cookie Week brings back all the mems from my childhood

Sharing all of these holiday cookie recipes with you guys this week is so sentimental for me! When I was younger, my grandpa would always come over and help us roll out all of the balls of cookie dough. We’d sit at the kitchen table together and usually eat more cookie dough than we’d roll, but that’s what made it fun. I’d love to hear any of your favorite childhood memories surrounding the holidays, so shoot me a DM on insta or a comment below and share them with me!


Almond Flour –  this is the secret to soft baked ginger molasses cookies. It is gluten free, but also amazing for that soft chewy texture.

Brown Sugar – sweetens the cookies with a rich flavor. Brown sugar also has more moisture than granulated white sugar, so using it results in soft chewy cookies.

Coconut Sugar – pairs so well with brown sugar to give these soft baked cookies a rich flavor.

Ginger – a no brainer here!

Cinnamon – paired with the other spices, this enhances the flavor of the cookies.

All Spice – paired with the other spices, this enhances the flavor of the cookies.

Molasses – again, another no brainer for these cookies. Keeps the cookies super moist after baking.

Honey – another sweetener that compliments the brown and coconut sugar.

Baking Soda – helps the cookies rise.

Egg – binds the ingredients together.

Ghee – another secret to soft pillowy cookies is adding ghee rather than butter. This also makes these dairy free ginger molasses cookies

Vanilla Extract – enhances the flavors

ginger snap cookies surrounded by a glass of milk, pine cones, a white plate and a jar of grandmas molasses

Soft Baked Ginger Molasses Cookies

Gluten free, dairy free soft and chew ginger molasses cookies
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill in the refiregerator 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 15


  • 2 c almond flour
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ¼ c coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t ginger
  • ½ t all spice
  • ½ t baking soda
  • pinch of salt

Extra Sugar for Rolling Cookie Dough

  • c coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ginger


  • Pre heat oven to 350°.
  • Combine the wet ingredients and sugars in a mixer and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, spices, baking soda and salt).
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Wrap cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
  • Roll dough into equal size balls and roll the balls in the cinnamon, ginger, sugar mixture.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.

Where to buy almond flour or other gluten free flour alternatives?

I always buy my almond flour from Aldi, but most grocery stores these days are carrying some types of gluten free flour. I’ve purchased it from Whole Foods, Target and even Amazon. This is an amazing brand of almond flour if you don’t live near a grocery store that carries it.

So what’s the difference between soft baked ginger molasses cookies and ginger snaps?

With the addition of molasses and ghee, these Christmas cookies are soft, chewy and pillowy, where are ginger snaps tend to be crunchy and crisp. Both are delicious, but if you’ve seen any of my other Cookie Week recipes, you’ll know I’m partial to soft baked cookies!

Which molasses should be used for baking?

As long as I can remember, my mom has always used this brand of molasses. I think it bakes amazingly well and gives these cookies their rich flavor. Grandma’s Molasses is certified non-GMO, gluten free and kosher, so it fits a wide variety of dietary preferences. Most popular grocer’s carry it, like Target and Walmart, or you can order directly from their website.


If you’ve made any of the recipes this week from Cookie Week, or any of my previous recipes on Brunette Collective, tag me on Insta @annafenstermacher so I can reshare your photos!! I love seeing all of your recreations.


DAY ONE – Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles 

Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles

The traditional snickerdoodle recipe gets a little twist with the addition of chai spice. This classic christmas cookie is sure to be a favorite this year! These chewy and soft snickerdoodles are perfect with a morning cup of coffee

DAY TWO – Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

peppermint chocolate crinkle cookies with candy canes, green pine, sprinkles and a santa mug

Get in the christmas spirit with these chocolate peppermint crinkles. Sprinkle on some crushed candy canes or green sprinkles for some extra holiday flair. These christmas cookies are dairy free, making them perfect for all diets.

5 Easy Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes

5 easy traditional christmas cookie recipes

these are 5 classic christmas cookie recipes that need to be on your holiday baking list. some are gluten free and dairy free. Chocolate crinkles, snickerdoodles and more. Get in the holiday spirit today with these easy cookie recipes

ginger snap cookies surrounded by a glass of milk, pine cones, a white plate and a jar of grandmas molasses


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