Molasses Spice Cookies

Iron-rich molasses, heaps of anti-inflammatory spices, and protein from almond butter make this cookie a reasonable, yet sweet, holiday treat. Growing up, my mom’s famous molasses cookies were an unspoken part of every Christmas. This recipe was an easy one to re-invent, using my Sneaky Snickerdoodles as a starting point, simply swapping out the maple syrup for molasses and tossing in a few more spices. The result is crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, and now a new part of my Christmas!


Although molasses isn’t considered a refined sugar or among the “white devils” it still contributes a fair amount of sugar in these cookies. They are sweet enough without frosting, but if you are serving these to anyone with a hole in their sweet tooth, this egg nog buttercream frosting is a delicious addition. These no longer keep the cookie dairy-free or refined sugar-free, but it does make it look festive!


Egg Nog Buttercream Frosting (Optional)

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups powered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons egg nog
  • Dash nutmeg

Mix all together in a mixer until sugar is dissolved and frosting looks glossy. Spread a thin even layer on top of cookies and sprinkle a dusting of nutmeg to decorate.

Molasses Spice Cookies

  • Servings: 18 cookies
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Molasses Spice Cookie Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour or almond meal
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup almond butter*
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

*Runny almond butter is best! A jar is usually the runniest when newly opened. If you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel on your almond butter, add an additional 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil to the recipe.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl, add all ingredients in the order given. Mix just until all ingredients are incorporated.

Scoop 1 inch round balls of dough onto prepared cookie sheet. You may choose to roll them in your hands or use a cookie dough scoop for more consistency. Using the bottom of a glass jar or cup, flatten the balls into round cookies, about 1/4″ thick.

Bake for approximately 10 minutes. If you like a gooier cookie, pull them out sooner, around 8 minutes. Transfer to a wire wrack to cool completely. Store them in a tightly sealed container for up to a week in the refrigerator or 3-6 months in the freezer.

Photos and Content Copyright © Jaclyn Beaty Nutrition, 2019

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