Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ginger-Molasses Cookies

ginger molasses cookies
Ginger molasses cookies from 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Fenster

This recipe was originally published in 2011.

Moist and very flavorful, these ginger molasses cookies are perfect for dessert and make a festive treat. You can process them into crumbs in a food processor for a piecrust (about 1½ cups for a 9-inch piecrust). Adding the optional black pepper turns them into Pfeffernüsse, a traditional German treat served during Christmas holidays.

Reprinted with permission from 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Fenster (Avery/Penguin Group, 2011).


  • ½ cup butter or dairy-free buttery spread
  • ¼ cup molasses (not blackstrap)
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • ½ cup garbanzo (chickpea) flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, optional
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice or sanding sugar, for rolling


1Place a rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 9x13-inch metal baking sheet (not nonstick) with parchment paper.

2In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Add the sorghum flour, garbanzo flour, ginger, cinnamon, xanthan gum, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, salt and black pepper (if using) and beat until well blended.

3With a #50 (1¼ tablespoon-size) metal ice cream scoop, shape 9 balls. Roll each into a smooth ball with your hands and then roll each in the evaporated cane juice. Place them at least two inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

4Place cookies in preheated oven and bake until they look firm and began to show little cracks on top, about 8 to 10 minutes. Do not over-bake.

5Cool the cookies on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Then transfer to the wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Each serving contains calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, sugars, protein.