Spiced Molasses Cookies

molasses cookies
Serves: 30
Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Molasses, also known as black treacle is a thick syrup sweetener produced as a bi-product of sugar production from sugarcane. Unlike table sugar, molasses has an intense flavour that is sweet, yet bitter and works well in baked goods like gingerbread, cookies and cakes. Interestingly, blackstrap molasses is a rich source of micronutrients including iron, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins, so has a long history of being used as a dietary supplement. These traditional cookies utilize a small amount of molasses, meaning that the are low FODMAP in a single serve, but remain big on flavour! 

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¾ cup butter or margarine, melted

185 g 6.5 oz

1 cup white sugar

220 g 7.8 oz

1 egg

58 g 2 oz

¼ cup molasses

80 g 2.8 oz

2 cups gluten free plain flour

300 g 10.6 oz

2 tsp baking powder

10 g 0.4 oz

½ tsp salt

2.5 g 0.1 oz

1 tsp ground cinnamon

5 g 0.2 oz

½ tsp ground nutmeg

2.5 g 0.1 oz

½ tsp ground ginger

2.5 g 0.1 oz


  1. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, sugar and egg and mix until smooth. Stir in molasses, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and all spice and stir until mixture combines into a dough. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until dough is firm. 

  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180°C/356°F and line a large baking tray with baking paper. 

  3. Divide dough into 30 walnut sized pieces and roll into balls. Place dough balls on the baking tray ~5cm apart. Do not flatten dough - cookies will spread out as they bake. 

  4. Bake cookies in oven for ~10 minutes, or until tops of cookies begin to crack. Leave cookies on tray to cool slightly before transferring onto a wire cooling rack. 


  • Check gluten free flour mixes for high FODMAP ingredients such as flours based on legumes or lupin. 
  • Store cookies in an air-tight container 
  • For extra crunch, roll balls of dough in sugar before baking 

Nutrition Information (per serve)
Energy 478 Kj / 114 cal
Protein 0.40g
Carbohydrates 17.00g
Sugar 9.10g
Total Fat 5.10g
Saturated Fat 1.00g
Fibre 0.10g
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