I do like molasses cookies. I realize that molasses tends to be polarizing. You either love it or you hate it. I personally can’t say that I LOVE it, but I do like it and everyone once in a while, have a hankering for it. I had such a hankering the other day and I knew given my newfound whole foods, less refined foods lifestyle, that I would have to create my own recipe. I wanted to use whole grain and a healthy sweetener. I decided to try using sucanat, which is a non-refined sweetener that retains all of the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in the natural sugar cane plant – it has a flavor closer to traditional brown sugar but a different texture. (for a closer brown sugar replacement, try muscovado sugar.) I used white whole wheat flour which is whole grain but not quite as gritty as whole wheat but not as finely ground as whole wheat pastry flour. I would say you could easily use the whole wheat pastry flour in this recipe but I didn’t have any on hand when I made these cookies. You could also use unbleached white flour but I have transitioned to whole grains and sprouted grains whenever possible so I get more “bang for my buck” when I eat grains. The best molasses to use is unsulphured molasses. Also, be sure to use butter not margarine. I know it is tempting to us margarine because it is cheaper but it is costly to your health.
2 cups of white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
pinch of salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sucanat
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg plus 1 egg white
- Prepare cookie sheets – line pans with parchment paper.
- Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
- In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth.
- Add sucanet, molasses, egg, and egg white and mix slowly to incorporate. For a denser cookie, only use egg white. For a more cake-like cookie, use both egg and egg white.
- Slowly add dry ingredients mix and stir slowly until well blended; dough will seem thick.
- Roll dough into 3/4 to 1 inch balls. Place on cookie sheet.
- Use fork and make gentle a criss-cross pattern depression on top of cookie
- Bake for 8 minutes. Don’t overbake or they will be dry. The dough will be somewhat soft when removed from the oven. Allow to cool on sheet for one minute and move to a wire rack.
(there are ways to make this even healthier – use pastured eggs and butter from grassfed cows (like kerrygold brand.) also using organic products whenever possible is best.)