Deliciously Decadent Gluten-Free Molasses Crinkles

Hello there, my dear readers! As a nutritionist and food blogger, I am constantly on the lookout for recipes that are not only delicious but also good for you. Today, I am excited to share with you my recipe for Gluten-Free Molasses Crinkles. Trust me when I say that this cookie recipe is one of the best out there!

These cookies are not only gluten-free but also dairy-free, making them ideal for those with food allergies or intolerances. They are soft, chewy and full of flavor thanks to the addition of molasses, ground ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and other warm spices. Every bite is a comforting treat that will remind you of cozy evenings by the fire.

I created this recipe with health in mind without sacrificing taste. You won’t even be able to tell that these cookies are gluten-free! They have all the texture and flavor of traditional molasses cookies without any of the negative health effects.

So what are you waiting for? Get your baking gear ready because it’s time for some Gluten-Free Molasses Crinkles!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Molasses Crinkles
Gluten Free Molasses Crinkles

If you’re a fan of sweet treats and bold flavors, you are in for a treat with our gluten-free molasses crinkles recipe. These cookies are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without compromising on taste or quality. Here are a few reasons why this recipe is a must-try:

First, these cookies are gluten-free, making them suitable for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities. Using a blend of buckwheat and rice flour ensures that the flavor and texture are not compromised, so even those without dietary restrictions will love them.

Second, the combination of dark molasses, spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves creates a unique and flavorful taste that’s perfect for any occasion. The richness of the molasses and the warmth of the spices make these cookies perfect for cozy nights by the fire or as an afternoon snack.

Third, these cookies are soft and chewy on the inside yet perfectly crispy on the outside. This is thanks to the use of xanthan gum, which gives gluten-free baked goods that desired chewiness often lost in gluten-free baking.

Last but not least, this recipe is incredibly easy to follow, and most ingredients can be found right in your kitchen pantry or at your local grocery store. Whether you’re an experienced baker or new to gluten-free baking, this recipe yields perfect results every time.

In conclusion, whether you have dietary restrictions or not, our gluten-free molasses crinkles recipe is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. With its rich flavor, unique texture, and ease of preparation, it’s impossible not to love these chewy ginger cookies. So give this recipe a try and experience what everyone is raving about!

Ingredient List

 Gluten-Free Molasses Crinkles: a delectable treat for those with gluten allergies.
Gluten-Free Molasses Crinkles: a delectable treat for those with gluten allergies.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you will need to create these delicious Gluten-Free Molasses Crinkles. Gather all the necessary ingredients and equipment before starting to bake for smooth sailing!

#### Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour blend (King Arthur’s Measure for Measure or Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 baking flour recommended)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of Xanthan gum
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar, plus extra ⅓ cup for rolling
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses

If you’re vegan or looking to make this recipe vegan-friendly, try swapping the butter with shortening or oil and use an egg substitute. For a healthier twist, use coconut sugar or alternative sweeteners such as honey or agave nectar in place of white granulated sugar. Blackstrap molasses can be used for a more robust flavor.

Make sure that your ingredients are fresh to ensure the best taste and texture of your Gluten-Free Molasses Crinkles.

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with these dairy-free and gluten-free molasses crinkles!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these dairy-free and gluten-free molasses crinkles!

Now, let’s move onto the most fun part of this article: the recipe how-to. I will guide you step-by-step on how to make these scrumptious gluten-free molasses crinkles.


Firstly, gather all the ingredients listed above except for the granulated sugar that will be used later.

  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup blackstrap molasses

Mixing Instructions

Before anything else, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour blend, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and xanthan gum until well combined.

Then in a standing mixer, cream together the butter and dark brown sugar for about two minutes until light and fluffy.

Add the egg and molasses to the mixture and continue mixing on medium speed until well combined.

Next, with the mixer still running slowly pour in the dry ingredients until everything is mixed together completely.

Then cover the dough with plastic wrap and store it in your refrigerator for at least one hour before baking or until chilled through.

Meanwhile, place a half-cup of granulated sugar into a small bowl. Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough and roll them into balls then coat them in granulated sugar coating each ball fully.

Place coated dough balls on prepared baking sheet leaving enough space between each one as they will expand while baking.

Bake for around 8 to 10 minutes or until the tops are cracked but still soft.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool down completely.

Once cooled down, serve and enjoy!

I hope you find these instructions easy to follow and fun to make! In the next section, I will be providing some tips for substitutes and variations you might like to try.

Substitutions and Variations

 These crinkles are perfect for the holidays- warm, comforting, and scream Christmas!
These crinkles are perfect for the holidays- warm, comforting, and scream Christmas!

Are you looking for some creative ways to switch up this gluten-free molasses crinkles recipe? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here are some possible substitutions and variations that will keep things fresh in the kitchen.

– Flour Blend: If you don’t have buckwheat flour on hand, you can try using a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend instead. Just make sure it includes xanthan gum (or add 1/4 teaspoon to the mix) as a binder to replace gluten.

– Sweetener Switch: Instead of granulated sugar, you can use coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, or honey if you prefer. You can also swap out the brown sugar for either coconut sugar or pure maple syrup.

– Eggless: For a vegan twist, simply use a flax egg instead of regular egg. To make one flax egg, mix 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 10 minutes until it becomes gooey.

– Butter Substitutions: This recipe calls for unsalted butter, but if you want to skip dairy entirely, then feel free to use vegan butter or coconut oil in its place.

– Add-ins: Feel free to add some nuts or dried fruit to these cookies to take them to the next level. Try adding some chocolate chips (I recommend King Arthur Flour brand) for an indulgent chocolate molasses cookie or some roasted almond slivers for a nutty twist. You could even try adding dried cranberries or raisins for a fruity flavor.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to substitutions and variations in cooking. Some will be hits and others will miss the mark – but that’s all part of the fun of experimenting in the kitchen! So go ahead and play around with these Molasses crinkles- who knows what delicious creation you’ll come up with?

Serving and Pairing

 The cookies are soft and tender, making them the perfect choice to dunk into your favorite beverage.
The cookies are soft and tender, making them the perfect choice to dunk into your favorite beverage.

Congratulations on making these delicious Gluten-Free Molasses Crinkles! Now that they are out of the oven and looking irresistible, it’s time to decide how you’ll enjoy them.

These cookies are perfect for a quick snack, a special dessert, or as a holiday treat. You can serve them warm or cold, depending on your preference. Warm cookies with a glass of cold almond milk or your favorite tea form a cozy and comforting pairing. Cold cookies with a glass of cold-pressed juice will energize you and give you that much-needed boost.

Gluten-Free Molasses Crinkles have an earthy flavor profile which pairs well with spicy and savory foods. Serve them as part of a charcuterie board accompanied by cucumbers, olives, hummus, and pickles for a delicious combination of tastes and textures. They are also an excellent addition to holiday feasts such as Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

For those who are daring, pair these spicy gingerbread alternatives with chocolate truffles or chocolate fondue instead of the conventional milk – they surprise taste buds in divine ways!

Overall, these cookies perfectly complement any occasion, whether it’s just being enjoyed at home or presented impressively to guests at an event; every taste bud will derive fun satisfaction. You can experiment and find your favorite way to serve and pair them. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Biting into these crinkles is like taking a warm hug from a loved one, they're so comforting!
Biting into these crinkles is like taking a warm hug from a loved one, they’re so comforting!

If you’re anything like me, molasses crinkles are one of those desserts that get better with time. Luckily, this recipe is perfect for making ahead of time! Once you’ve baked a batch of gluten-free molasses cookies, storing them correctly is the key to keeping them soft and chewy for days.

To store your gluten-free molasses crinkles, begin by ensuring that the cookies have cooled completely. Then, place them in an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid. For optimal freshness, consider lining the bottom of the container with parchment paper to prevent any moisture from seeping into the cookies.

Store your molasses cookies at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. If stored correctly, your gluten-free molasses crinkles should stay fresh for 3-5 days.

If you’d like to reheat or refresh your cookies before serving, I recommend preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the desired number of cookies on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Alternatively, you can microwave your gluten-free molasses crinkles for 10-15 seconds per cookie – just be careful not to overheat them!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These molasses crinkles are made for pumpkin spice lovers- they're a match made in heaven!
These molasses crinkles are made for pumpkin spice lovers- they’re a match made in heaven!

When it comes to baking gluten-free cookies, there are a few key things to keep in mind to ensure that you get the best results. Here are some tips for making perfect gluten-free molasses crinkles:

1. Use a Gluten-Free Flour Blend: Gluten-free flours have a tendency to absorb more moisture than traditional wheat flour. For this recipe, I recommend using a blend of buckwheat flour and xanthan gum, which will help to give your cookies the right texture and structure. I also suggest using King Arthur’s gluten-free flour as it bakes well and provides a good flavor.

2. Measure Accurately: Baking is all about chemistry, so it’s important to measure ingredients accurately. Be sure to use measuring cups and spoons that are specifically designed for dry or liquid ingredients to avoid any mistakes.

3. Chill the Dough: It may seem like an unnecessary step, but chilling the dough for at least 30 minutes will help the flavors develop and make the dough easier to roll into balls. This will also prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking.

4. Don’t Overmix: When adding the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, be sure not to overmix the batter as this can result in tough cookies. Mix until everything is just incorporated evenly.

5. Use Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure your butter and egg are at room temperature before beginning this recipe as this will help everything mix together more smoothly.

6. Adjust Oven Temperature Adjust time of baking: Since every oven behaves slightly differently, it’s important to keep an eye on your molasses crinkles while they’re baking. If you notice that they’re browning too quickly or not enough, adjust the temperature up or down by 25°F and check them again in five minutes.

7. Substitutions for Vegan Option: If you’re vegan, substitute unsalted butter with vegan butter or coconut oil; use 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of 1 egg.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to baking the perfect gluten-free molasses crinkles. So, turn up those holiday tunes, put on your apron, and get ready to whip up some delicious treats!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free molasses crinkles recipe is the perfect addition to your baking arsenal. With ingredients like buckwheat flour and xanthan gum, you can rest assured that these cookies are both nutritious and delicious. And with easy substitutions and variations, you can customize this recipe to suit your taste preferences or dietary restrictions.

Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to satisfy your cravings or you’re simply seeking gluten-free alternatives for your favorite recipes, these molasses cookies won’t disappoint. They’re soft, chewy, and full of flavor – perfect for indulging on a cold winter’s day or enjoying with a hot cup of tea.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try. Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you! And be sure to share your results with us below in the comments – we’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Happy baking!

Gluten Free Molasses Crinkles

Gluten Free Molasses Crinkles Recipe

This is a gluten free recipe that requires no refrigeration of the dough. It is made from soy and buckwheat flour. Despite the name having wheat in it, there is actually no gluten in buckwheat flour. I adapted this recipe from a traditional molasses crinkle recipe. They are raised version of the gluten free cookies. Hope you enjoy!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 25 cookies
Calories 471 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 1/4 cups soy flour
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • granulated sugar (for topping the cookie)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together and remove all lumps.
  • Mix in the butter, egg and molasses.
  • Shape the dough into balls and drop onto the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for around 15 minutes and remove the cookies from the cookie sheet immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 121gCalories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 73.5gProtein: 9.1gFat: 17.8gSaturated Fat: 9.2gCholesterol: 65.1mgSodium: 571.8mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 51.3g
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