GF Chewy Cinnamon-Molasses Cookies (+ “Flourless” Giveaway)

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At the end of this post you will find the giveaway entry area for the flourless. cookbook (Giveaway ended) and the recipe for these gluten-free Cinnamon-Molasses Cookies.

Chewy Cinnamon-Molasses Cookies

Sometimes I am just making a family favorite recipe (like these Cinnamon Cookies) or creating a new recipe that turns out awesome (Spaghetti Squash with Peanut Sauce anyone?). And only later on I realize that the recipe actually is super healthy, or vegan, or gluten-free!

Totally unintentionally! I don’t follow any specific dietary restrictions, but it’s such an added bonus when I can provide a recipe to someone who does.

Nicole Spiridakis had a similar experience which led her to write flourless. – a cookbook for naturally gluten-free desserts. Her cookbook focuses on fantastic desserts that just happen to be gluten-free. Rather than taking all the regular desserts we know, that are made from wheat flour, and trying to make them gluten-free with a bunch of (sometimes obscure) flour mixes.

Chewy Cinnamon-Molasses Cookies

In flourless. you’ll find no strange ingredients. In fact, chances are you’ll have most of them already in your kitchen. While devouring the pages I realized that I had all the ingredients for these Chewy Cinnamon-Molasses Cookies at home. So I made them the same night still.

Both Konrad and I LOVED them! I am always big on texture and the crisp, snappy edges of these cookies with soft, chewy centers were perfection. Their spiced flavor of cinnamon, cloves and ginger together with the rich molasses reminded faintly of gingerbread and made them a very fitting treat for the season.

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I have a lot more recipes bookmarked, that I can’t wait to try. Ginger-Chocolate Snaps, the Opera Cake from the cover, Pistachio-Coffee Toffee, Flourless Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce, and the Double Chocolate Brownies look and sound absolutely decadent!

Which brings me to the amazing photography in flourless. Unfortunately, not every recipe comes with a picture, but the ones that are there are absolute food porn. The talent behind those swoon and drool worthy images is John Lee. I am in love with that dark & moody style.

Flourless - Recipes for naturally gluten-free desserts

Now, it is worth to note that this is a true dessert book. If you are looking for healthy treats, there are other options out there for you. If on the other hand, you are looking for gluten-free desserts that don’t taste like cardboard, are made from natural + regular ingredients, and taste absolutely heavenly flourless. is for you!

Or maybe a relative or friend you still need a gift for?

Just in time for Christmas baking or gifting I am giving away 1 copy of the flourless. cookbook. There are a number of ways to enter in the box below. (If you scrolled down here quickly, the widget might take a moment to load).

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Giveaway is open to residents of Continental U.S. and Canada. The winner will be be emailed within 48 hours of the giveaway ending. If there is no reply from the winner within 24 hours another winner will be drawn.

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Gluten-Free Chewy Cinnamon-Molasses Cookies
 
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These chewy molasses cookies are naturally gluten-free. They are made with almond flour and deliciously spiced with cinnamon and touches of cloves and ginger.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yield: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons (55 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup (50 g) packed light or dark brown sugar (I used demerara sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups (240 g) ground almonds
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (for sprinkling)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Fill a small ramekin or bowl with water.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the butter with the brown sugar, molasses, and egg. In another bowl, whisk together the ground almonds, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Add the dry mixture to the butter-molasses mixture and stir well to combine (dough will be sticky).
  3. With a teaspoon or your fingers, scoop out walnut-size portions of dough. Dampen your hands, then roll the dough portions into balls. Place them on the prepared baking sheets about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Gently press the cookies with a fork dipped in water to flatten. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  4. Bake until the cookies are set and slightly firm to the touch, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet got 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Notes
My food processor makes only rather coarse almond meal. My dough was quite runny (not just sticky), so I added more ground almonds incrementally until the dough was workable. I don't think this will be necessary with finely ground almonds.

Chewy Cinnamon-Molasses Cookies
Disclaimer:

I received a free review copy of flourless. and another one to giveaway. This post contains affiliate links.

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Comments

  1. says

    What an interesting cookbook. I love that you don’t need weird ingredients for this recipe! That’s usually the reason I won’t attempt a gluten free recipe. Anyway, I love these photos!

  2. itzia says

    I’ve been looking for a cookbook like this. Thanks. I’d like to try making the chocolate souffle cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream

    • Regina says

      So happy to hear this is a book topic you like (have been looking for). Chocolate and caramel always go so well together :)

  3. Julie says

    I would definitely make the Apple Tea Cake with Maple Glaze! So nice to see a gluten free book that doesn’t use a bunch of different starches that aren’t guaranteed to work anyway! I have been so discouraged with gluten free baking, up until now 😉

    • Regina says

      Mmmm…apple and maple does sound so good together indeed! I really hope you can get some encouragement and delicious treats from this book :)

  4. melanie huttner says

    I would love to make the chocolate souffle cupcakes with salted caramel butter cream, they sound AMAZING!!!!

  5. says

    These look great. I love a ginger cookie and the chewy ones are my favourite. I’ve never done any flourless baking and the cookbook sounds lovely.

  6. Teslaca says

    I would have to try the Opera Cake, just because it sounds interesting. Also the Salted Caramel Sauce for sure. Just looking at the index, this looks like a spectacular book. I love the idea of naturally gluten-free recipes without too many fancy ingredients.

    • Regina says

      I am not too familiar with blackstrap molasses. But from what I know, I am guessing the flavor might be stronger but it should still work for these cookies. Maybe use only 1 tablespoon at first to see?

    • Regina says

      Hi Kathy, I can only applaud your healthy life change. Unfortunately, the giveaway ended already. But feel free to browse my recipes. I have a lot of GF and sugar-free recipes on this site.

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