Big Molasses Cookies: Yes, the Thick & Chewy Kind


I’ve always declared cookies as my favorite dessert, but not just any cookies. In fact, as a kid I didn’t like dry cookies, crispy cookies, flaky cookies, or even chocolate cookies. Consequently, I wasn’t usually the first one to dive into the Christmas cookie platter. But when I spotted those tender, thick molasses cookies, it was hard to hold me back. These days, I’m not as particular about my cookie cravings. But I still love big molasses cookies, as long as they’re dairy free!

Big Molasses Cookies Recipe - Dairy-free, Nut-free, Soy-free + Vegan Options

And this year I decided to share my favorite holiday cookies with the people in my building. I think they were a bit surprised by such early holiday cheer, but they certainly weren’t going to turn down these marvelous molasses cookies. I thought about gifting them to just our close neighbors, but there has been a bit of upheaval in our entire building lately, so I knew more people could use a jumbo cookie!

These big molasses cookies do keep fairly well when sealed in an airtight container, so they’re great for gifting and gatherings. The sugar coating is optional, but it does seal the deal on sweetness! I do find that the cookies come out more tender overall without the sugar coating, but are more crispy-chewy with the sugar coating. I used Bob’s Red Mill cane sugar for a generous dusting that still stood out. But if you want extra holiday sparkle, they also have sparkling sugar.

Big Molasses Cookies Recipe - Dairy-free, Nut-free, Soy-free + Vegan Options

I also tested these as dairy-free roll and cut molasses cookies. They work pretty well! The dough is stiff, so you don’t want to refrigerate it first, just roll away. I rolled mine about an 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness and baked them for just 9 to 10 minutes.

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Special Diet Notes:Β Big Molasses Cookies

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.

For egg-free and vegan big molasses cookies, use 1 flax egg, 1 chia egg, or 3 tablespoons aquafaba. In a pinch, you can just add 2 to 3 tablespoons water, as needed to get the right dough consistency.

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I baked up this tender cookie recipe to kick off a season of giving with Bob's Red Mill, my go-to brand for holiday pantry stocking.
Serves: about 24 cookies
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Put the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and cloves in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Put the shortening, brown sugar and cane sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer until creamed, Add the molasses and egg and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour and beat to combine. The dough will become very thick. Switch to stirring, if needed.
  4. For big cookies, roll the dough into ping pong-sized balls (about 1½ inches in diameter), and optionally roll them in sugar. Place them 2 inches apart on your prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on how thick vs how chewy you want them.

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Big Molasses Cookies Recipe - Dairy-free, Nut-free, Soy-free + Vegan Options

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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.


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  2. What is sustainable palm oil? We just found out we need to be dairy free so I substitute a lot with coconut oil, may I ise that instead or is it a sustainable palm oil?
    -old school Army cook aka never substitue (ha)

    • Palm oil and palm shortening are the same thing, so it is essentially shortening. Straight coconut oil won’t substitute as well, you’ll end up with flatter, crispier cookies. You can use another shortening if preferred. There should be a link in the recipe to the brand I used specifically (it is actually a palm/coconut blend shortening). I put the word “sustainable” because there is an uproar about palm oil and orangutan habitats. I want to ensure people know there is sustainably certified palm oil so they don’t leave angry comments πŸ™‚

  3. Ummm YES, please! Gosh, these look so perfect! Definitely going to have to try this recipe out for the holidays. πŸ˜‰

  4. I feel like these are the kind of thing that become an annual family tradition! My mom was not a baker, which is where I get it so we didn’t make much variety in cookies, which means i totally need to try these.

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