Ginger Molasses Gluten Free Sourdough Cookies

by Kaitlynn Fenley

These Ginger Molasses Gluten Free Sourdough Cookies are the easiest holiday cookies you’ll bake this year. Sourdough molasses cookies have a gingerbread flavor with a soft and gooey cookie texture. You can prep this gluten-free cookie dough in just 10 minutes!

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies

I know we have a lot of blog readers here that have been making my gluten-free sourdough starter. So I wanted to make a gluten free sourdough cookie recipe for those readers.

Gluten Free sourdough Christmas cookies are simply the best. Gingerbread is my favorite, and after taking stock of what I have in my pantry, I decided to whip up this gluten-free sourdough cookie recipe.

baked ginger molasses gluten free sourdough cookies on a white counter, one cookie has a bite taken out of it.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread is my favorite type of Christmas cookie. Okay, fine, gingerbread cookies are my favorite cookies of all time. I’d eat gingerbread cookies year-round, but then they wouldn’t feel as special during the holidays.

I’ve only ever made gingerbread cookies with all-purpose wheat flour. I had a big bag of organic buckwheat flour, though. After a quick google search, I found out that buckwheat flour substitutes evenly in most baking recipes.

You should stick to the recipe as written, but some people have subbed the buckwheat flour for other types of gluten free flour with good results.

Gluten Free Sourdough Cookies

Before this recipe, I had never baked cookies with buckwheat flour. BUT Y’ALL… It’s so good! The rich flavor of the buckwheat goes so nicely with the zingy ginger and thick sweet molasses. I consider these a holiday cookie, but feel free to make them all the time, because they are fantastic.

baked ginger molasses gluten free sourdough cookies cooling on a white marble counter, half are coated in sugar half are plain.

Gluten Free Sourdough Cookies with Molasses and Ginger

A good molasses cookie starts with good molasses.

I really enjoy this Steen’s molasses straight out of Louisiana.

Here are a few tips for making gluten-free sourdough cookies:

  • Make sure you mix those wet and dry ingredients separately before combining.
  • Don’t skip the chilling of the dough. It needs to be cold going into the oven.
  • Use a real egg if you can, but for vegan cookies just evenly sub with any vegan egg substitute

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baked sourdough molasses cookies made with gluten free sourdough cooling on a white marble counter
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Ginger Molasses Gluten Free Sourdough Cookies

These Ginger Molasses Gluten Free Sourdough Cookies are the easiest holiday cookies you’ll bake this year. They have a gingerbread flavor with a soft and gooey cookie texture. You can prep this gluten-free cookie dough in just 10 minutes!

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1620 Cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 340 g Buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 120 g  natural creamy peanut butter
  • 80 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 150 g cane sugar
  • 120 g molasses
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 14 g vanilla extract
  • 100 g gluten-free sourdough starter (active, hydrated)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the softened butter, peanut butter, cane sugar, and molasses together until combined.
  3. Scrape down the bowl and add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and sourdough starter.
  4. Mix well until light and fluffy.
  5. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together with a spatula until combined.
  7. Pour some extra granulated sugar into a separate small bowl. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough out into 1-inch balls, rolling them in the granulated sugar first before dropping them 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Press the cookie dough balls down slightly, this helps to shape them since they don’t spread out a lot while baking.
  9. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies have puffed up and are set on the edges, but are still gooey in the middle.
  10. Allow to cool completely on the pan before eating!

 

Notes

  • You can sub the peanut butter for any creamy nut or seed butter. The cookie dough may be dry depending on the nut butter you use, some are more thin and creamy than others. peanut butter and sunflower seed butter work best.
  • for vegan cookies, evenly substitute with a vegan egg replacer or a flax egg and vegan butter. 
  • Not GF? you can sub with all-purpose flour and regular sourdough starter.
  • You can ferment the cookie dough over night in the fridge before shaping and baking.
  • Any granulated sugar, like coconut sugar or organic cane sugar, works in this recipe.

Keywords: gluten free, cookies, molasses, ginger, gingerbread

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Mimi October 28, 2021 - 12:48 pm

The whole family loved these. I had substituted half of the buckwheat for arrowroot flour because I had ran out, and it was still a great batch of cookies.

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Kaitlynn Fenley October 28, 2021 - 4:07 pm

Ahhh! I forgot all about this recipe until you commented on it! I’m so happy the substitution worked and everyone loved them. 🙂

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Lmb Zx March 8, 2022 - 10:05 pm

I used triple the amount of nutmeg and cinnamon (Ceylon) and a little extra ginger. (A herbalist once told me that spices and herbs are nature’s vitamin pills so you should double or triple the amount called for in the recipe). Turned out most excellent! Thanks for the recipe

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