Spiced molasses cookies

molasses cookies

Lyndal McNamara - Research Dietitian, 24 November 2017

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! 

Spiced Molasses Cookies 

Makes 30 cookies 

1 serve = 1 cookie


  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted 
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/4 cup molasses 
  • 2 cups plain gluten free flour*
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger  


  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 degrees Celsius 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. 

  • Store cookies in an air-tight container 
  • For extra crunch, roll balls of dough in sugar before baking 

*Check gluten free flour mixes for high FODMAP ingredients such as flours based on legumes or lupin. 

Nutrition Information/serve 1 serve = 1 cookie
Energy 478kJ
Protein 0.4g
Fat 5.1g
- Saturated fat 1.0
Carbohydrates 17.0g
- Sugar 9.1g
Fibre 0.1g
Sodium 272.5mg
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