Trader Joe’s Cookie Dough Gets in the Seasonal Dairy-Free Spirit


When I noticed that Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Molasses Cookie Dough was made without dairy, I had to toss it in our cart. The ingredients read just like homemade, and I was curious to know if they taste that way, too.

We live at higher altitude (about 4500 feet), which can sometimes affect cookie baking. These came out nicely right at 15 minutes, but were a bit raw at 13 minutes, and too crispy at 16 minutes. At least where I live, hitting that sweet spot was essential. But when I got it just right, these cookies came out perfect!

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Trader Joe’s Cookie Dough Gets in the Seasonal Dairy-Free Spirit

Thus far, the Gingerbread Molasses seems to be the only Trader Joe’s Cookie Dough option without dairy. But it typically returns every winter and doesn’t disappoint.

When we tried them, each bite had a warm flavor with a bold punch of spice. They were perfectly sweet, and not sugary. I enjoyed them with tea, but I also think they would be great dunked in your favorite milk beverage. Or you can serve them on a party platter or gift them to friends. They really could be passed off as homemade.

The Gingerbread Molasses Cookie Dough does puff up quite a bit as it cooks, but the cookies deflate as they cool. I was hoping for thicker, softer cookies. Nonetheless, this dough makes great chewy or crispy cookies, depending on how long you bake them.

Gingerbread Molasses

Trader Joe's Cookie Dough (Review of Dairy-Free Versions) - Gingerbread Molasses seasonal picturedIngredients: unbleached wheat flour, light brown sugar, palm fruit oil, molasses, water, eggs, baking soda, sea salt, ground ginger, vanilla extract, cloves, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), cinnamon.

Nutrition (per cookie): 150 calories, 6g fat, 21g carbs, 0g fiber, 12g sugars, 1g protein.*

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More Facts on Trader Joe’s Cookie Dough

Price: $2.99 per 14-ounce dough (bakes 12 large cookies)

Availability: Trader Joe’s Cookie Dough is sold exclusively at Trader Joe’s stores in the United States, and is in the refrigerated section.

Certifications: Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Molasses Cookie Dough is Certified Kosher D (for dairy equipment, not ingredients; see our Understanding Kosher Guide).

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Molasses Cookie Dough is dairy-free / non-dairy, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free ,and vegetarian.*

For More Product Information: Visit your local Trader Joe’s store or contact them via their website at

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

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Gingerbread Molasses

Rated 5 out of 5
September 3, 2020

A lot of cookie doughs taste a bit artificial, but these are just like homemade! They’re big, soft, chewy, and so comforting. I hope they bring this one back this year.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. A friend introduced me to this great product. I have a couple of wondeful recipes for molasses cookies that I make, but the bonus of having some of these on hand in fridge or freezer for those spur-of-the-moment times you want to serve fresh baked cookies is something I’ve come to depend on. However, Spring isn’t here and I am out. We sure wish it was a year-round product at TJ’s.