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Gluten Free Cardamom Molasses Cookies (Vegan)

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Christmas cookies that fit your diet? No problem! Make these Gluten Free Cardamom Molasses Cookies – they’re also vegan, and have less sugar!

Cardamom Molasses Cookies {Gluten Free and Vegan} - @thefitcookie #recipe #glutenfree #vegan

It’s Recipe ReDux time again! This month’s theme is Grab a Book and Cook to celebrate 42 months of Recipe ReDux:

December 2014 Recipe Redux Theme: Grab a Book & Cook
It’s the end of the year and we’ll taking a moment to reflect: ReDux has been around for 42 months! To celebrate, we’re playing a little party game this month: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 42 or 142. We can’t wait to see the books you’re cooking from these days – and how you make that recipe healthier.

Cardamom Molasses Cookies {Gluten Free and Vegan} - @thefitcookie #recipe #glutenfree #vegan

With this little challenge I was careful to choose a good recipe book, after all I didn’t want to get stuck with something weird like aspic or head cheese from one of my vintage cookbooks (ick). So I picked a foolproof cookbook for the holidays: I went straight for my GooseBerry Patch Christmas Cookies cookbook.
The original recipe on page 42 was Chewy Molasses Cookies, so I adapted that recipe into these delicious gluten free and vegan Cardamom Molasses Cookies.
I changed the original recipe by making these gluten free, egg free, reduced sugar, soy-free, and I replaced the nutmeg with cardamom since I ran out of nutmeg. That’s okay, though, since these cookies taste good and necessity is the mother of invention – actually more like the sister of substitutions 😉
Cardamom Molasses Cookies {Gluten Free and Vegan} - @thefitcookie #recipe #glutenfree #vegan
These Cardamom Molasses Cookies are delicious! They fit many diets and allergies, plus they are made healthier with less sugar and whole grain sorghum flour. These do end up being a bit crispy once they cool, so if you want chewy molasses cookies, then try baking them for about 7-8 minutes instead of 10 minutes to get that lovely soft texture inside.

Gluten Free Cardamom Molasses Cookies (Vegan)

Christmas cookies that fit your diet? No problem! Make these Gluten Free Cardamom Molasses Cookies - they're also vegan, and have less sugar!
Gluten Free, Vegan, Whole Grain; Free of: dairy, eggs, soy, nuts
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Cookies, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free molasses cookies, vegan molasses cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories: 74kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a metal baking sheet with parchment paper or prepare a baking stone. Set aside
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (the flour, flaxseed, baking soda, spices, and salt).
  • In a smaller bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the palm shortening and molasses together until blended. Add the flaxseed meal, sugar, Stevia, and water and beat again until creamy.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend well. The dough will look a bit crulby but should stick together when rolled. If it seems a bit too dry, add water 1 teaspoon at a time until the dough sticks together well but is not wet. The dough should be like playdough.
  • Take a scant Tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Press the top of the cookie dough ball into some granulated sugar and flatten slightly on the baking sheet, sugar side up.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes. If you want a softer and chewier cookie, then bake for 7-8 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest on the cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  • If you want to keep your cookies soft, store them with a piece of gluten-free bread or another piece of moist baked goods (like muffins). This will keep your cookies from turning crisp.
  • If you want to get really crispy cookies, leave them on the cooling rack for several hours before storing in a container.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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9 thoughts on “Gluten Free Cardamom Molasses Cookies (Vegan)”

  1. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic recipe if you want something vegan and gluten free. I like to substitute the sugar with 1/4 cup agave and use ghee interchangeably with the palm shortening. If you out them in the fridge the cookies become denser and have a nice bite. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  2. ummm, yea…two of my favorite things in one recipe (cardamom and molasses). YUM!! (and just in time for holiday cookie baking). Can’t wait! 🙂


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