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
Course Cookies, Dessert
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
Author Sarah Jane Parker


  • 1 cup whole grain sorghum flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom + more if you prefer
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup palm shortening
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 3 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered baking Stevia
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 3 Tablespoons unrefined cane sugar or Turbinado sugar for rolling


  • 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