If I had to choose between a crisp and a chewy cookie, I would almost always choose chewy. Especially with these gluten free chewy ginger molasses cookies. They have just the right amount of spice and are so soft and delicious! They're paleo and grain-free too.
The gluten free ginger molasses cookies recipe was originally exclusive to my Christmas ebook, Joyful, that was first released in 2014. However, when I posted about my gingerbread house recipe from Celebrations this year, many of you remembered this one and asked where you could find it! I decided to add it to the archive of recipes on my blog so that everyone can have access to it.
Although Molasses is not technically considered paleo, I really love using it in this recipe. It offers that classic deep, rich flavor that is so hard to mimic. However, if you would rather a recipe without the molasses, then there's a fantastic one that can be found on page 307 in Celebrations!
As you scroll down, you will see that these can be made both nut-free and egg-free. Note that if you choose to omit the egg with the given adjustments then you will get a cookie that is less chewy and more crisp. They are equally delicious, but they will look a little different than the photo!
A fun idea with these- I love whipping up a batch of my Whipped Cream or Vanilla Buttercream from Celebrations and making a Ginger Molasses Cookie Sandwich! Let me know in the comments if you try it!
What would you recommend to replace coconut sugar and flour due to an allergy?
You can easily sub in maple sugar in place of coconut sugar. Substitutions get tricky when it comes to coconut flour though as it’s extremely absorbent and unlike any other flour out there! That said, you can check out the substitutions chart in EWYL. Unfortunately, a sub won’t make the exact same result but hopefully it will be similar with the guidance of the chart!
Can you roll and cut out this dough?
I’ve followed you for a while and made your recipes with no issues but I made this today and it was super runny and would not have formed ‘balls’ to place on a baking sheet. Any suggestions?
Hi, Britt! If you let it sit for a while, it should firm up a bit more. I had the same experience! I think it’s an effect of the super-absorbent coconut flour. They should bake up nicely, regardless. 🙂
Hi! I have a coconut allergy – can you recommend any substitutions for the coconut sugar and flour? Thank you!
I made these cookies exactly to the recipe, but I refrigerated the dough and rolled the cookie dough in coconut sugar prior to baking. It added a little crunch to the outside of the cookies! Yum!
That sounds delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing!
Hi! I made these cookies today and they are delicious! Yes mine were runny too, but I just poured them onto the backing sheet in little mounds and they came out great! Thank you for this super simple delicious recipe! 🙂
I love molasses, ginger and all the spices so I added extra! I didn’t have coconut sugar in the house, so I used a bit of brown sugar and Swerve. Also I didn’t have arrowroot on hand on Christmas day, and I didn’t have enough tapioca (which I also suspect is a food allergy for me) so after consulting my “Food Lover’s Companion,” corn starch made for a decent replacement with some adjustments. I used 6 Tablespoons of Cornstarch in place of Arrowroot. They are delicious and so soft! Gluten free, but not corn free. Thank you for providing a great recipe!
You’re so welcome and thank you so much for sharing your modifications! Another reader might have some questions or need subs and they’ll find this so helpful!! I’m glad you enjoyed them.
I loved this recipe when I made it and wanted to try making the Gingerbread House next year with your recipe in my copy of Celebrations. I’ve copied the link that you referenced in this blog post and in your IGTV post but link is not working. Here’s the link I used: (celebrationscookbook.com/gingerbread-house) love to offer my grand kids a gluten free option. However, the link is not working. Any suggestion?
Hi! Thanks so much for letting us know that the link is not working. You can find the template for the gingerbread house here – https://againstallgrain.com/gingerbread-house/