Ginger Cookies (Without Molasses)

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These ginger cookies without molasses are perfectly spiced with warm flavors. They are gluten-free, egg-free, refined-sugar-free, and are the perfect sweet treat!

Soft ginger almond flour cookies served with fruits.

If you don’t usually have molasses on hand but still want an easy-to-make cookie recipe that still provides those warm spiced holiday flavors, these are the cookies for you! These cookies are soft and chewy when baked and a treat your whole family is sure to love!

If you love these cookies, you’ll also love these warm-spiced gingerbread waffles and this soft and tender banana gingerbread.

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What You’ll Need

Here is what you’ll need to make these easy ginger cookies without molasses:

Ingredients to make ginger cookies.
  • Almond Flour: The base ingredient for these cookies. I always use the Kirkland brand blanched almond flour!
  • Butter: Added fat to help make the cookies more soft and tender. Make sure to use softened or cooled melted butter.
  • Maple Syrup: The main source of sweetness for these cookies.
  • Cinnamon: Warm spice to enhance the sweetness in these cookies.
  • Ground Ginger: Star ingredient for that classic gingerbread flavor.
  • Ground Nutmeg: Warm spice for added flavor.
  • Baking Powder: Leavening agent to help the cookies rise.

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Ingredient Substitutions & Additions

  • Butter: The butter may be replaced with a mild-tasting oil like coconut oil.
  • Ground spices: Some stores sell gingerbread spice already combined. If you are able to locate this, you may replace the ground spices in the recipe with 2 teaspoons of this blend.

Step By Step Instructions

Steps to make ginger cookies without molasses.

STEP 1: Stir together the almond flour, baking powder, and ground spices until combined (Image 1).

STEP 2: Add in the butter and maple syrup and mix until combined. The mixture will seem crumbly at first but will come together into a dough as you continue to mix. Use your hands as needed to form the dough (Images 2 & 3).

STEP 3: Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions and roll each piece into a ball. Press down on the balls to flatten them and shape them into cookies. Place these cookies on a parchment paper-lined pan (Image 4).

STEP 4: If you’d like, top the cookies with some sugar sprinkles for an extra sweet treat!

STEP 5: Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown. Let the cookies cool completely before serving.

Storage Instructions

Once cooled, store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. To freeze, store in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag with parchment paper-lined between each cookie to prevent sticking for up to 3 months.

Soft ginger almond flour cookies served with fruits.

Tips For Success

  • Make sure to flatten and shape the cookies beforehand because they will not change shape while baking.
  • Do not bake the cookies for more than 12 mins. They may appear light-colored since they do not contain any molasses, but they will slightly darken as they cool.
Soft ginger almond flour cookies served with fruits.

Recipe FAQs

What is the texture of these cookies?

These cookies are soft-textured with a slight crisp on the edges. They will seem soft when they come out of the oven but will firm up as they cool.

Can I use a different flour besides almond flour for these cookies?

Unfortunately, only almond flour works for this specific cookie recipe. If you’re looking for a simple-to-make nut-free cookie recipe, try out these maple sugar cookies or banana coconut cookies!

If I have molasses on hand, can I include it?

Yes! For a darker-colored cookie with a deeper flavor, replace 1 tablespoon of maple syrup with 2 tablespoons of molasses. I prefer to use unsulfured molasses as opposed to blackstrap.

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Ginger Cookies Without Molasses

These ginger cookies are made without molasses but perfectly spiced with warm flavors. They are gluten-free, egg-free, refined-sugar-free, and are the perfect sweet treat!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 11 cookies

Ingredients 

  • 1 ¼ cups almond flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tbsp sugar sprinkles, optional for topping cookies

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Stir together the almond flour, baking powder, and ground spices until combined.
  • Add in the butter and maple syrup and mix until combined. The mixture will seem crumbly at first but will come together into a dough as you continue to mix. Use your hands as needed to form the dough.
  • Scoop out tablespoon-sized portions and roll each piece into a ball. Press down on the balls to flatten them and shape them into cookies. Place these cookies on a parchment paper-lined pan.
  • If you'd like, top the cookies with some sugar sprinkles for an extra sweet treat!
  • Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown. Let the cookies cool completely before serving.

Notes

  • Make sure to flatten and shape the cookies beforehand because they will not change shape while baking.
  • Do not bake the cookies for more than 12 mins. They may appear light-colored since they do not contain any molasses, but they will slightly darken as they cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 101.32kcal, Carbohydrates: 5.47g, Protein: 2.75g, Fat: 8.39g, Saturated Fat: 1.77g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.08g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.54g, Trans Fat: 0.08g, Cholesterol: 5.47mg, Sodium: 26.41mg, Potassium: 12.15mg, Fiber: 1.48g, Sugar: 2.65g, Vitamin A: 64.25IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 38.76mg, Iron: 0.55mg
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About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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