These delicious, mouthwatering healthier chewy ginger molasses cookies are gluten free, dairy free, and made with unrefined sweetener for a healthier twist on a holiday cookie classic. They can also easily be made vegan with one simple swap!
Healthier Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
My oldest sister makes these particular cookies every year for the holidays. I look forward to them when she invites us over for a gathering or we all get together at my parents house for Christmas eve. These cookies are her chewy ginger molasses cookies but they are pretty far from healthy (ha, sorry Kim, but you know this to be true too!). This doesn’t mean they aren’t insanely delicious, they are, and it also doesn’t mean I don’t usually help myself to 2 or even 3 of them at a time… I do, but this year I decided to try my hand at making a batch of healthier chewy ginger molasses cookies that would actually hold a candle to hers.
My friends, I’m pretty sure I succeeded!
My healthier take on these chewy ginger molasses cookies are insanely good too. They have the perfect crackled texture on the outside and ooey-gooey chewy inside. They are perfectly sweet and fully flavoured with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and a touch of nutmeg. The molasses is present but not overpowering and they are completely dairy free and gluten free!
My sister’s cookies happen to be dairy free as well, but she uses shortening in her recipe whereas I went with my favorite Earth Balance vegan butter.
I’ll admit, my healthier chewy ginger molasses cookies are just that – “healthier” – than the average ginger cookie, but they aren’t the “healthiest” out there. I didn’t go completely raw or sugar-less or use 100% unrefined flour, but my cookies are suitable for those who can’t eat gluten or dairy, and are made with a combination of unrefined sugars including coconut palm sugar (which is naturally low glycemic) and organic cane sugar!
The Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer
To make my healthier chewy ginger molasses cookies I used the Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer from The Brick. I’ve used this stand mixer for a couple other recipes on the blog including my Chicken Tinga Tacos and my Baked Chocolate Banana Bread Donuts and every time I work with this small kitchen appliance I’m so impressed with how easy it is to work with and clean!
For these cookies I first used the whisk attachment to cream the sugars and vegan butter together, then I added the rest of the wet ingredients and whisked it up easily. Next, I used the flat mixing paddle which perfectly twirled the wet and dry ingredients into a cookie dough ball mass no dough pieces stuck to the sides of the bowl…waste not, want not, right?
The Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer is so sleek and has a multitude of uses, with even more attachments available to purchase like a pasta roller, meat grinder, and even ice cream maker! I highly recommend it!
The Cookie-Making Process
There are a few key steps in the baking process that can’t be missed to for these healthier chewy ginger molasses cookies as follows:
- Chill the dough before baking. Once you’ve mixed up the cookie dough it’s best to form it into a ball and wrap with saran wrap and pop in the fridge (or outside in the cold!) to chill for about 1 hour. This makes the dough firmer and easier to form into balls as well as solidifies the fat in them so that when the cookies bake they spread slower in the oven and don’t fall completely flat.
- Once chilled, roll the dough into balls. Rather than adding the dough in mounds to the baking sheet, this cookie dough is best rolled into golf ball sized balls as it will melt and form into the proper shape in the oven.
- Roll the cookie-dough balls in turbinado sugar. This type of partially-refined sugar is perfect for rolling the cookie-dough balls into to get that classic cracked sugary look that ginger molasses cookies have.
- Bake for only 8 or 9 minutes. The cookies may seem slightly soft when removed from the oven but harden over time while cooking. To avoid hard, non-chewy cookies, you don’t want to bake much longer than 9 minutes at 350 degrees!
That’s all you really need to know for making the best healthier ginger molasses cookies you’ll ever have! I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you have a favorite festive cookie you love to enjoy this time of year, tell me about it in the comments!
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I’m signing off for the holidays so I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and Happy New Years! Oh, and I’ve got something BIG coming the first week of January that’s going to be an amazing inspiration for your healthiest year yet! I’ll share more details very soon!
Christal // NITK
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by The Brick, as always the thoughts and opinions are my own.