Monday, December 7, 2009

Soft Molasses Cookies (Vegan & Gluten-Free)


Welcome to our December Gluten-Free Progressive Dinner Party! This month's theme is desserts. Today I am sharing my recipe for soft molasses cookies. These cookies are delicious and so easy to make, I am sure you will enjoy them. Although I normally use Sucanat to sweeten them (unrefined dried cane juice), I have also tried making them using coconut sugar. I brought a batch, made with coconut sugar, to our large Thanksgiving gathering this year and they were a hit with the children! I have a 2-pound bag of coconut sugar I am giving away today, so be sure to leave a comment to enter!

The trick to making perfect molasses cookies is to CHILL the dough for at least an hour or more! If you are hasty and don't wait for the dough to chill completely, the fat will spread quickly while baking before the other ingredients have a chance to set up. This leads to very flat, thin cookies. The dough can actually be chilled for days before baking. I store mine in a large, tightly covered glass container. I don't use platic wrap if I don't have too.















Soft Molasses Cookies

Soft, warm molasses cookies straight from my mother’s kitchen were one of my favorite cookies as a child. I love the rich flavor of molasses combined with the warming, spicy flavors of the cinnamon and ginger. Here I have made them vegan and gluten-free, and still just as delicious as I remember them.

2 cups sorghum flour
½ cup tapioca flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons xanthan gum
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
¾ cup organic palm shortening
1 cup Sucanat, coconut sugar, or brown sugar
½ cup blackstrap molasses
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

To start, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature; especially your applesauce.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the sorghum flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, sea salt, cinnamon, and ginger.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat the palm shortening, sugar, and molasses together with an electric mixer. Add the applesauce, vanilla, and ground flax seeds; beat for another 60 seconds.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat together. Continue to beat for another minute or until the ingredients are well-combined and the dough thickens.

Cover bowl with a plate and chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or place dough in a sealed glass container for longer chilling).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a large cookie sheet.

Remove bowl from refrigerator and form dough into little balls with the palms of your hands. Place each ball on the greased cookie sheet spaced out by about 2 inches.

Bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes (shorter for smaller cookies, longer for larger cookies). Watch carefully as the cookies can burn easily. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Source: www.NourishingMeals.com


To enter the Coconut Sugar giveaway, please leave a comment below. To enter twice, either share this post on facebook or twitter then come back and leave another comment.

The drawing will be open until 9pm Pacific Standard Time on December 11th, 2009. Please check back to see if you won and then email me with your contact info! Update: This drawing is now closed. 

For more holiday dessert recipes, please visit all of the blogs participating in the Gluten-Free Progressive Dinner Party! Each day this week you’ll find new gluten free desserts being “served” by other bloggers. Follow the schedule as you would a map through a neighborhood. Stop by, leave a comment, pass on the information to your friends, and have a wonderful time!

Monday December 7th: Baked Desserts ~ Alison at Sure Foods Living and here at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen!

Tuesday December 8th: Frozen or Chilled Desserts ~ Shirley at gfe gluten free easily and Diane at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang!

Wednesday December 9th: Chocolate Desserts ~ Karen at Cook4Seasons and here at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen!

Thursday December 10th: No-Bake Desserts ~ Diane at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang!

Friday December 11th Favorite Desserts ~ Melissa at Gluten Free For Good and Jean at Gluten-Free Organics!

Happy Holidays! I'll get back to posting everyday meal recipes later this week. :)

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165 comments:

  1. The cookies look amazing. I'll have to make them tomorrow! I haven't used coconut sugar before, although coconut flour is quite sweet. Thanks for the new ideas!

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  2. How did you know that I have been craving molasses? I am going to make these this weekend! The girls at work are going to love them!
    Thanks!!!!!

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  3. Great! I can put this together the night before and have warm cookies for the kids. I bet the house smells wonderful.
    Marisa

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  4. Yum! These sound fantastic, and coconut sugar sounds delish. I found your blog a few weeks ago, and I love it! I'm neither gluten-intolerant nor vegan, but I do love healthy and raw foods. I've made a few of your recipes now and so far they are great. I'm a fan on facebook too :)

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  5. Cindy in Fort WayneDecember 7, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Just in time! I have just figured out I am wheat gluten intolerant and am dreaming of Christmas cookies. This is just what I am craving; thanks for making my first gluten free Christmas a healthful one!

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  6. These look amazing too! I just finished eating one of your Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies and they WERE AMAZING!!! Thanks you so much for the recipe.
    I've been dying to try coconut sugar! I'd love to win this giveaway! What a goodie!!!

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  7. I also tweeted your giveaway!
    Here's the link to my tweet!
    http://twitter.com/liveandlovela/status/6447151277

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  8. Stephanie MckenzieDecember 7, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    I am very interested in the coconut sugar, I would love to win!

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  9. These cookies look great a nice alternative to traditional holiday cookies.

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  10. These look awesome - and how ironic I was just looking all over my town for coconut sugar!

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  11. Beautiful, Ali. I know most people don't say that about cookies, but they have always been my favorite dessert. And, I have always loved molasses cookies. I've made them successfully gluten free, but the last two times they spread into one big mess even though I chilled the dough. I'm inspired to try again now. :-)

    Would love to win the coconut sugar. It's been on my list to try for a while.

    Great entry for our Progressive Dinner Party! Another week of fun and delightful recipes for all.

    Shirley

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  12. I love molassas cookies! And I will (belatedly) tell you that I made your chocolate-cranberry-almond tart for Thanksgiving, and everyone LOVED it, omnivores included. I used a smaller pan, and had an extra dish of the chocolate filling afterward, and when the tart was gone, boy was I glad for that extra treat in the fridge!

    And I would love to win the Coconut Sugar! I would try using it to temper chocolate - I've been looking for a way to make my own, sugar-free, but the liquid sweeteners just don't cut-it. I bet that would work great!

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  13. The cookies look great! I have been wanting to try the coconut sugar, thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    Do you happen to have an awesome recipe for sugar cookies (to decorate for Christmas) or for gingerbread to make houses? Gluten free if possible?

    Thanks for all your blogging..I enjoy it! :)

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  14. These sounds amazing! I have had a bottle of molasses in the cupboard just waiting

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  15. I have never tried coconut sugar before but I'd love to! These look delish.

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  16. I tweeted for a second entry.
    http://twitter.com/ohheyitsjoan/status/6448246655

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  17. Yum!! This sounds awesome! Also going to retweet!

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  18. These look SO GOOD! I used to have a problem with using molasses because of the smell and taste but I think these will turn out quite great. Thanks for explaining why they have to chill, I never knew and never did it!

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  19. Exactly what I've been searching for! Thanks, Ali it's like you read my mind.I just need to pick up the molasses.
    Thanks Ali for giving such wonderful recipes and you cookbook it continues to keep me inspired.

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  20. These look wonderful!!!!!! Can't wait to try them.

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  21. Thank you for sharing your recipe! I am new to this, and am looking forward to trying this recipe.

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  22. Shared the link on Facebook!
    Oh, and we've been enjoying the Christmas Spice Cookies here. My 4 year old loves cutting them out.

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  23. oh those cookies look soo good. i'm dying to start baking for the holidays! and using granulated coconut sugar would definitely help. i've been using the kind in blocks and it takes FOREVER to shave it into a powder in order to measure.

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  24. Oh, these look wonderful. I am adding them to my 'Baking to-do list' for this coming weekend, unless I just can't wait and bake them before....

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  25. I've had molasses cookies on my mind lately, here you come with a wonderful recipe! Hooray! I'm loving your recipes, have been making them regularly for weeks now. This has become my favorite food blog! (And I'm not just saying that because I want to win the coconut sugar ;)
    Anne

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  26. My husband would love these. I can't wait to give them a try. I'll have to find that Coconut sugar unless I'm the lucky winner. I've actually started baking and I'm getting there. Still don't like measuring but I like to eat the results. Great start to the Gluten Free Dessert Progressive Dinner Party!

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  27. Wow these look amazing! I love molasses cookies and I have been looking for a good recipe. I have never used coconut sugar either and would love to try it!
    thanks for all your yummy ideas! I have been making a lot of your recipes lately.

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  28. Yummy! I have just enough coconut sugar in the pantry to make these tonight!

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  29. So very pretty =D. Such wonderful flavours you've got there!

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  30. These cookies look just like the gluten filled ones that my mom makes every christmas....i will definitely be giving these a try in order to reclaim that very nostalgic holiday flavour.

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  31. I love coconut sugar! I ran out recently and haven't been able to purchase more, would love to win your giveaway so I can make my 4yr old these amazing cookies!
    Thanks for the great recipes

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  32. These sound great! I'll have to make them soon. Thank you!

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  33. I'm curious about coconut sugar, and how it differs from other sweetners in terms of carbohydrate content and overall insulin impact... any thoughts? Thanks for the continued beautiful recipes and easy to follow instructions, Ali!

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  34. These cookies look fantastic! I've been dying to try the coconut sugar.

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  35. wow, what a treat! those look wonderful. I just posted on coconut sugar this weekend.

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  36. These look fantastic!! And it is always such a joy to find recipes that are both vegan and gf- no substitutions necessary, love it!

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  37. I am fairly new to your blog and LOVE it! I've been trying several of your recipes throughout the Fall season and for Thanksgiving I used 4 of your recipes and my family was overjoyed with how delish they were! First I made the Sugar- Free Cranberry Sauce, then the Chocolate Almond Cranberry Tart, the Maple Roasted Yams with Pecans and Dried Cranberries, and the Pear Pomegranate Salad with Orange Vinaigrette. We enjoyed every recipe very much! Keep all the creative ideas coming - it makes this gluten-free diet so much more bearable and really we find we're not missing anything! I'm looking forward to trying the Soft Molasses Cookies as soon as possible! So pleased, Kelly from Colorado

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  38. Yum ~ Anxious to try these. I've never been disappointed with an Ali recipe! I am also interested in finding a good sugar-cookie / gingerbread-cookie roll-out cut-out gluten-free recipe for the holdiays. Have you had any luck with those?

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  39. I was very excited to see this recipe today. In the store, I was eyeing some organic ginger molasses cookies, thinking I should go home and find a recipe. And here it was waiting in my inbox! Thank you :)

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  40. I've wanted to make my traditional Gingersnap cookies for the holidays--but can't because of gluten issues. These are the perfect substitution!

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  41. these look awesome, and I'm sure my kids (11,9,4) would LOVE them! I have not tried the coconut sugar yet, so what a great giveaway :)

    I, too, made a few of your recipes for Thanksgiving and all had rave reviews. Thanks for sharing them. I appreciate it!!

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  42. Can't wait to try them...would love to win the sugar too!

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  43. YEAH! YEAH! THANKS FOR POSTING THIS!! Molasses Crinkles are my traditional Christmas cookie....and since we have become GF i have not made them for 2 years. I can't wait to try this, and am eager to tell my kids!!

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  44. Yum! My kidos and hubby would LOVE these! Coconut sugar...never tried it. I typically use sucanat, honey, agave or stevia. Would love to give it a go. Thanks for the chance!

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  45. mmm... these look so yummy. perfect for a blustery evening.

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  46. I've never heard of coconut sugar! How fun to learn of yet another new healthful sweetener. I will try these this evening; this cold weather has had me stirring to fill the home with the scent of spicy baked goodies. I'm eager for the chewy gf ginger cookie experience. Thank you!

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  47. I love coconut. I love sugar. I love molasses. I love cookies!!

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  48. I just made your spiced chicken and rice stew for a party of 35 people (I quadrupled the recipe and used a HUGE pot!), and people loved it! Thanks for sharing your recipes! -Jennifer D.

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  49. Ali,
    These cookies hit the spot on a chilly day! After the kids came in from playing out in the cold they devoured a few of them with some warm milk. Yum...
    I made them with brown sugar, but would love to try coconut sugar -- haven't been able to get it around town.

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  50. I needed a holiday cookie and THIS IS IT! I am so excited to get baking now. Thanks Ali!

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  51. I didn't even know there was such a thing as coconut sugar! I would love to win this. Great job for the Progressive Dinner Party!

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  52. Ali, I'm looking forward to making these tonight! I too remember molasses cookies from my childhood - my grandmother's store bought though. These will put them to shame, I'm sure (and will be so much more nutritious to boot!).
    Loved your class on Nov. 10th - "Wholesome GF Baking." Have been baking up a storm and shown several non-dietarily-restricted members of my family that gf/cf/ef baking can be utterly delicious. Am looking forward to when you post the recipes for the nut-cheese and etc. pizza recipes you spoke of that night.
    Thank you so much for all of the fantastic recipes you share so generously!
    The other Alli,
    Allison Dennis

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  53. coconut sugar? I really want to try that in cookies!

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  54. Mmm...I haven't had a molasses cookie in I don't know how long! When my sister and brother-in-law come home for Christmas this year, I may give these a try. They sound delicious.

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  55. I am always looking to eliminate refined sugar! This recipe is perfect for a family that is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Thank you for posting my favorite cookie! YUM

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  56. Being a Dietitian I love to see healthy alternatives to the wonderful world of desserts! Being allergic to wheat, dairy and Candida I love to see my favorite cookie recipe in a way I can actually eat it! Thank You!

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  57. wow, perfect timing. I was just thinking yesterday that I want to make some (soft)ginger cookies and when I check your blog this morning there it was..yippee.
    I will be making these this week for sure they look so good.

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  58. These look delicious! I'm entertaining my 3 young nieces and nephew with cookie baking this Friday. We will definitely be baking these!

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  59. Those look SO soft and chewy..yum!

    Enjoy!

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  60. I've been looking for a gluten free molasses cookie recipe! This is my first gluten-free holiday season, and it's been hard finding recipes for some of my favorite cookies. These gluten-free progressive dinner parties are such a great idea.

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  61. We just commmitted to vegan and I was stressed about a gluten-free vegan diet. I got home last night and my husband had made the monster cookies and I knew "all will be well". I can't wait to make the molasses cookies. Having just audited a bakery using coconut flour - I am excited to bake with coconut sugar - thank you for the great idea.

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  62. My daughter is the baker in the family and I would love for her to start using coconut sugar. These cookies look wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Coconut Sugar is great.....and I love Molasses Cookies....and who could think of something better on a Vermont Snowy Day than Soft Molasses Cookies with a nice cup of Hot Chocolate......YUM!!! Can't wait for the coconut sugar .....

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  64. Oh yum! Those look just up my alley. I've never tried coconut sugar before, but it sounds divine!

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  65. Yummy, I can't wait to make these. We love gingerbread, spice cookies, etc. but often the gf family members are left out!

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  66. These look SO yummy!!!! Thanks for the recipe!
    Jen D

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  67. ANYTHING with ginger and molasses is a winner! Any substitutes OK for xantham gum?

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  68. Yummmm! My favorite holiday cookie, and my first year with gluten free baking. :)

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  69. Just posted to our GFCF group on facebook too! :)

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  70. Can't wait to try these. I am so thankful for all your amazing recipes! Thanks for continuing to post them!

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  71. I love all things coconut! These cookies sound so yummy I can smell the spices warming up my kitchen already. Thanks for sharing!

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  72. A simple cookie idea with a little spice! Thanks, my kids miss cookies.
    Heidi

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  73. Recipe looks yummy! Will be a nice spin on a recipe my mom always makes during the Holidays. Hope I win the sugar because I don't know where to find it :-D

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  74. Yummy!! These look delicious! Do you think I could substitute whole-wheat flour, kamut or spelt instead of the sorghum? What about buckwheat flour?
    I need to eat more molasses so these sound like a great way to include it in some yummy treats!
    Also I was wondering if you thought the palm shortening could be substituted for coconut oil or if I could diminish the oil in the recipe and replace maybe with more applesauce...?
    Thanks for all your inspiring recipes and stories!
    Sacha

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  75. hmm... coconut sugar, would be interesting to try that out and the molasses cookies look just like the ones I make. have to try your recipe!
    Valerie

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  76. I love molasses cookies and afraid I would miss out going gluten free. But now I won't!

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  77. I've never used coconut sugar - but soft molasses cookies are my all-time favorite! I'd love to try this recipe!

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  78. The only problem with refrigerating cookie dough is that much of it ends up in my tummy instead of the oven.

    This particular recipe looks outstanding. Can't wait to try it!

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  79. Hi Ali,
    These sound so good! The perfect accompaniment to my daily cup of chai! Maybe I'll surprise my family and bake a batch this weekend! I find that I'm more likely to bake cookies if I can freeze them into a log, cut, place on parchment-lined cookie sheets, and pop them in the oven (the less handling time the better for me). Do you think that would work for this recipe?

    Thanks again for all your amazing recipes!
    K Carlton

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  80. These cookies are my favorite! As a kid, these were the ones that really made Christmas for me. Thanks for the recipe.

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  81. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I'd love to try coconut sugar in some baking this holiday. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  82. Hi Ali,

    I've been looking for coconut sugar and haven't found it yet. This would be great. Thanks for all the great recipes. I made your pumpkin "cheesecake" on Thanksgiving and it was a hit...even with my 13 year-old step-son. Thanks for all you do! Taylor

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  83. I'm making these cookies right now (seriously, right now). Just picked up some organic palm shortening (I've never used it before) and stopped back by to copy the recipe. I have an "event" to go to tomorrow. I'm bringing the cookies. Can't wait to try them. They look perfect, especially for the holidays. Thanks!
    Melissa
    xo

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  84. I just made a batch of the gingerbread cut-out cookies (from your book) today and I am having a hard time restraining myself from eating all of them. I imagine these are just as delightful!

    Those almond butter cookies were amazing too. So many sweet treats! Yum!

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  85. I would love to win a bag of coconut sugar! Thanks for the giveaway Ali!

    I'm planning on baking these cookies tomorrow. Can't wait!
    Lara

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  86. Yummy more cookie recipe! i'd love to try some coconut sugar.

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  87. Thanks for the recipe! I can't be with my grandmother this Christmas, but these cookies can bring her spirit to me.

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  88. oh my word, Soft Molasses Cookies are my favorite, thanks for this gluten-free recipe

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  89. Delicious! These cookies look like the perfect treat for this week of chilly Northwest weather. Thank you!

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  90. Wow, these cookies look amazing!! I recently found your blog and love it! Just made your wholegrain flat bread for the 4th time tonight and I never get bored with it! Please enter me in the drawing for the coconut sugar.
    Katie R.

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  91. I am excited to try coconut sugar! My husband loves molasses/spice cookies the most so I'll be making these soon. Only question is if the palm shortening is necessary or if I could sub coconut oil. I actually don't even know what palm shortening is so I'll need to look into it. I'm assuming it's not hydrogenated but I always assume that when I see the word shortening.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  92. Thanks for the tip about chilling the dough. I'll have to try that next time.

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  93. These cookies look wonderful! I just made the Almond Butter Chocolate Chip cookies and they are AMAZING! I look forward to trying these also! Thanks!

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  94. Ali,
    these cookies are the best molasses cookies I've tasted! I love the fact that they are soft and chewy - not hard and crisp like many that come from the store.
    I'll add these to my Christmas cookie tray for sure! Thanks for another great sweet treat!

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  95. I love molasses cookies, I can't wait to try these! I've never tried coconut sugar, or even seen it in the store. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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  96. I have been hungry for molasses cookies. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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  97. yes, more cookie recipes! i'd love to try thr coconut sugar.

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  98. I LOVE molasses cookies and have tried other gf recipes that just haven't done it for me like my grandma's old fashioned ones. These look AMAZING and I can't wait to try them! Like always, your creations are devine and have brought the joy of baking back into my life. Thank you so much. Please enter me in the drawing for the coconut sugar.--The Other Aly (jeffnaly@hotmail.com)

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  99. O my! Must try coconut sugar! Thank you so much for the tips.

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  100. These look yummy and are a great way to easily get extra iron into my anemic little silly. Just curious do you think it would work just as well with butter instead of shortening?

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  101. I love soft and chewy cookies! It would be fun to try the recipe with coconut sugar. I've never seen it in stores.

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  102. The cookies look great , but the free sugar is even better. I promise I will check to see if I won!

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  103. Ali,
    Your recipes are just great. Can't wait to use this soft molasses cookie recipe. I can already taste them.
    Thanks,
    Page C.

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  104. I just found your blog and am looking forward to trying some new recipes!

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  105. This recipe looks delicious!
    Love your blog :)

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  106. I love molasses cookies! SOunds delicious!

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  107. Yum! Love the blog and my wife and I will love undoubtedly devour these tasty treats!! Keep posting!!

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  108. I really appreciate all the time you take to share your recipes and nutrition tips. For those of us who are trying to eat healthier and/or need to avoid certain ingredients, your site is invaluable. These cookies look great.

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  109. I made these cookies and they are amazing - soft on the inside and crisp around the edges. Perfect!
    I also have a belated comment about the chocolate tart for Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it, I used about 1/2 of the nut and cranberry mixture and sprinkled some on the top for decoration/. I shared some with my neighbors and they also raved about it. Thanks!!
    Deb

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  110. I have never used coconut sugar before but I do bake and cook with coconut flour and coconut oil. I would love to add coconut sugar to my coconut collection.

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  111. Thank you, Ali. After five years of a gluten and dairy-free diet you've opened up a whole new world in cooking and baking. I've enjoyed your cookbook, classes and the blog. Cooking and entertaining are so fun again. Happy Holidays and many blessings to you and to your family. Diane from Olympia

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  112. This is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

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  113. Yum, i can't wait to make these for the children!

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  114. Molasses cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookies to make. I'm excited to see this recipe which doesn't have a single thing that I can't tolerate (yahoo.....no potato starch!). I can't wait to gather my ingredients and pans and get started. I'm intrigued by the coconut sugar as well.

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  115. I have not tried coconut sugar. I am incredibly interested since I love sucanat in all my baking!!! Thanks for the continuous inspiration and love from your kitchen!

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  116. Looks yummy once again! I'd love to try the coconut sugar.

    Monique

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  117. Hello again,

    I'm so coconut obsessed right now! Just tried coconut flour, and would love to try the sugar too.
    Also, I adore molasses, and I'm going to try these immediately. Thank you! :)

    Katie

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  118. I'd LOVE to win some coconut sugar!! And I will totally check the blog!!! :-)
    I'll be trying the cupcakes either way ...

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  119. I posted this on Facebook, too.

    I made these last night, then baked them in the morning for breakfast. My oven has been broken for months, but my girls are getting tired of the same old toast for breakfast and had been begging for muffins or scones all week. I didn't listen to that little voice telling me "no cookies for breakfast" and decided to make them in my toaster oven. Boy were the kids thrilled to get to eat cookies in the morning!

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  120. Hi Ali,

    I have been reading your blog for awhile now and I bought your cookbook a couple of months ago. I cook out of it probably 2-3 nights a week and I have loved most EVERY recipe I've tried (my two little sons also eat your waffles often... I make and freeze a bunch at a time.) My 21 month old son is gluten intolerant and has a peanut allergy, so your recipes have been the perfect thing for our family... nutritious, YUMMY and gluten free. THANK YOU, Ali, for your hard work. It has been SUCH a huge blessing for us to discover you and Tom and all of your resources.

    We love molasses cookies and would love to try the coconut sugar! Thanks! ;)

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  121. Oops! Forgot to leave my name - Chelsea! :)

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  122. I have made these before and they are THE best molasses cookies I have EVER had. :)

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  123. These cookies look so good. Great giveaway!

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  124. Just tweeted this at http://twitter.com/karendg8

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  125. Thanks for all your lovely recipes and ideas.
    I would love! to try coconut sugar. PEACE and JOY.

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  126. I would love to try coconut sugar! I have been wanting to try this for quite some time! The cookies look great too!

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  127. I'm just entering the world of gluten, dairy, egg free cooking, and found your blog through my search. Looking forward to learning more about using alternative cooking/baking ingredients! Thanks for the chance at the sugar.

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  128. And the winner is......

    comment #7 - Living and Loving in L.A.!!

    Could you please email me your mailing address?

    And a big thanks to ~M who suggested in my last post to run this giveaway again!

    Thanks everyone, hope you enjoy the cookies! Have a merry holiday season! -Ali :)

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  129. The molasses cookies turned out really nice - thanks for posting the recipe. For anyone making them, do watch them carefully: since the dough is so dark, it's hard to tell if they are done. I overcooked my first sheet. They only needed 9-10 minutes in my oven.

    I didn't have applesauce, so used 1/4 cup finely grated apple. Another time, I might also try adding raisins and chopped nuts (my kids wouldn't care for those additions, but my husband and I would!)

    Thanks for all your work on this blog - we are dairy-free, and have friends and relatives who are gluten-free and/or egg-free, so your recipes are a HUGE help!

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  130. Hi Ali!

    Do you think that unrefined/cold-pressed/virgin coconut oil would work instead of the shortening?I have a new gallon of it but have never used or bought palm shortening.

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  131. Loving all the stuff you are doing. Two things: 1) what is a good substitute for palm shortening? and 2) I eat a lot of gluten free things and xanthum gum seems to be in everything. Is there a substitute for cooking so I don't eat too much of it?

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  132. This sounds great! We are avid followers of this site and LOVE the cookbook! I can't seem to make a meal any more without it. I was wondering what could replace applesauce because my son is allergic to many things including apples, nuts, eggs, dairy,wheat and the list goes on. Do you have more info on coconut sugar? I would love to try it.
    Thanks for all the fabulous recipes!!

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  133. Tamara - Thanks for sharing all of your substitutions, grated apple is a great idea. Glad you all enjoyed them. :)

    ~M - Not sure how the coconut oil would work. You'd need to make sure the dough has been chilled for quite some time. A reader emailed me that a combo of ghee and coconut oil worked, so maybe? If you try it please let me know, thanks! :)

    Kenlyn - I am working on creating xanthan gum-free recipes. I'll let you know what I come up with. :)

    Kent - Hmm, possibly pear baby food or homemade pear sauce to replace the applesauce? I think that would work. I buy my coconut sugar from www.EssentialLivingFoods.com in 2-pound bags. Glad you are enjoying the recipes! :)

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  134. Wow, Ali, I just made these [with a bunch of little tweak] to add to the Christmas cookie platter! They are cooling as I write... holy YUM! I am having a hard time resisting them...i really shouldn't bake things like this, i have very little self-control, and these are a bit of cheat with all that molasses. :) I added some freshly cracked pepper to the dough - my favorite molasses cookie from my former wheat-filled life called for it, and I always thought it added a nice twist. Nothing like a bite of pepper with all those tasty spices and molasses, give it a try! anyway, thanks for another great recipe - I've been scouring your cookbook and blog lately, and will be serving some of it at the Christmas family dinner! Happy holidays, and thanks for sharing so much of yourself with all of us.
    Best-Kim

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  135. Since my son has become Vagan I have changed my whole way of cooking, and I am so thankful to you for giving me such wonderful recipes to try!

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  136. These cookies are DELICIOUS and the house smelled AMAZING while they were baking. I am still enjoying the batch that I made before Christmas and they are just as fresh and tasty as the day that I baked them. Even my family had to agree that they were good. Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

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  137. My 5 year old daughter and I really enjoyed these cookies.
    I couldn't find the coconut sugar and the palm shortening, so in place I used a natural sweetener, Agave and Olive Oil.
    These two ingredients may have made the mixture a bit thicker than it should have been but they were still very delicious!!
    Do you recommend anything else other than the palm shortening?

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  138. these cookies are delicious! if it's of any interest to anyone i made the following adjustments with success:

    - grapeseed oil instead of palm shortening
    - organic cane sugar instead of coconut sugar
    - parchment paper instead of greasing the pan

    also i used a small cookie scoop/ice cream scoop to speed up the assembly line.

    otherwise i followed the rest of the recipe. refrigeration and all. yum!

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  139. I made these cookies tonight for a Holiday Social I have tomorrow for my special needs support group. We taste-tested them here for "quality control!" Delicious! The only change I made was to press them (one side only) into organic sugar before placing them on the cookie sheet to bake. It gave a nice color contrast to showcase the cracked texture, as well as giving it a little bit of a crunch on top. Yum.

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  140. Hi Ali,
    Thanks for the cookie recipe. Not sure what I did wrong. Fridged the dough for a couple of hours, but the cookies still ended up being very thin. They cooked very interestingly, kinda like they were perculating on the baking pan. They didn't turn out like your wonderful picture at all. The taste, though, was quite good. Next time, I'll be adding either more powdered ginger or a good tablespoon of grated fresh ginger. I love ginger! Thank you for any suggestions you may have for my next batch, which will happen.

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  141. This was the second Molasses cookies recipe I tried, and it turned out amazing!

    I used butter instead of shortening(as I'm not vegan, just allergic to eggs), and brown sugar. I also didn't use applesauce as a part of the egg replacer. I always go the same route with 2 tbsp ground flax seed and 6 tbsp warm water. Beat them together for a bit and let sit a few minutes and you've got yourself a very nice egg-like consistency. Mix in the vanilla and you're set!

    I like them a bit spicier too, after three batches, I got a pretty good balance: 2 tbsp Ginger, 1 tbsp Cinnamon, 1 1/2 tbsp Nutmeg, 1 1/2 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice. I ground up cloves for the first too batches, but that was way too much work, so I substituted with P.p. spice.

    I also rolled them in a mixture of cane sugar, sea salt and a bit of p.p. spice.

    Wish I could post a picture because they look so great.

    Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  142. I put these in the oven as balls for two minutes to soften up and then used a fork to smoosh them down. I wasn't crazy about them when they first came out of the oven but when they cool off they are the perfect combination of crunchy outside and chewy inside. My daughter is allergic to dairy and eggs and this is the first cookie I've made that looks and tastes like a normal cookie. Thank you!

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  143. Hi Ali, my mom's birthday is right after Easter so I was quite happy to find your recipe for molasses cookies (her favourite flavour) BUT she is allergic to palm oil. What would be a suitable replacement?

    Thanks so much if you are able to respond quickly - I know it's a busy time of year.

    Heather

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  144. Heather - I think if you read through the comments others have given great feedback using either butter or Earth Balance. Enjoy! :)

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  145. Whipped up a delicious batch this evening and they were a hit! Everyone loved them!! <3 Thanks for sharing <3

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  146. Looks delicious. Never used palm shortening before. Is it a good replacement for butter. My son cant eat dairy and I was trying to make a christmas cake but all recipes either had butter or margerine and don't touch that stuff. Got thinking that maybe the shortening would be a great replacement.

    Cheera Fee
    Brisbane

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  147. OMGoodness! There are a lot of comments, and I hope I am not repeating a question, but do you think it would be ok to sub a gf baking mix (like pamela's) for the flours? I don't keep separate flours on hand. I am so excited to try these out! I luuuuve molasses cookies. I may just mix some up tonight and refrigerate til morning.... mmmmmmm

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  148. I've been curious to try coconut sugar for awhile. And these cookies are going on my to make list.

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  149. Oh my gracious! THANK YOU! Molasses cookies are my favorite and I have a ton of applesauce to use up because DS didn't eat any after his surgery like I thought he would. I'll get right on trying these when we're done homeschooling but I'm out of sucanat I think. Will have to improvise I think I have some maple sugar. Been wanting to try coconut but too cheap to buy it.

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  150. I'm so excited, can't wait to share them at our xmas party next week. I've been looking for just the right recipe. Thank you for sharing.
    Dena :o)

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  151. Hi.i am so grateful that i found your website. Im new to all these food allergies and just love using coconut sugar as i cannot hve cane/brwn/maple sugar or honey. Thank u so much for the help you give to others.

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  152. Made these wonderful cookies and they were a hit for the holiday party :) Always looking for glten free vegan options that tast GOOD!

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  153. Thank you so much for this recipe!! My 2 yr old's pediatrician and I have come to the conclusion that she may have celiac, so I'm trying to cut gluten out of her diet. It's been a month and she's finally starting to grow. She LOVES molasses cookies, so I was so excited to find this. I used brown sugar, as that's what we have, and I used rice flour in place of the sorghum for the same reason. They look great, waiting for them to cool right now before we see if she approves of them!

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  154. I am on the "Heartburn No More" to heal my acid reflux and your blog has been a lifesaver. These cookies are awesome and my five kids and husband are begging for more. Thank you from Pinson, AL!!!

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  155. I just finished my first semester of law school and my husband made these for me as "motivators". They are amazing. Now I don't have to miss out on cookies!

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  156. What is palm shortening? Could you use coconut shortening>

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  157. I am close to 60 and am ALL new to this revised way of cooking. I am excited at the possibilities of renewed health and vitality and look forward to good cookin too! Thank you!

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  158. Do you think that I could use coconut oil, and/or buckwheat or millet flour?

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  159. YUM, I'm excited to try these!

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  160. the cookies look so good - i wish i had one to eat right now.

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