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Ginger Molasses Cookies

If pumpkin is considered to be the staple comfort flavor of fall, ginger takes the gold medal for comfort flavor of winter. We were really excited about this fall cookie recipe and post for a few reasons! These cookies are one of our favorite holiday treats, and there is something about the fusion of ginger and molasses that just tastes Christmas-cozy. Ginger is a flavor we did not fully embrace until adulthood. We wised up, and now we each keep a bottle of pickled ginger in our fridge, ground ginger on the shelf, and ginger tea in the pantry. Bear with us as we dive into why we do this, and try to convert you into a ginger fanatic, too.

For this recipe, our key ingredient is: Ginger

Note: fresh ginger is always recommended for the below health benefits, but teas, ground spice and other forms of Ginger will still help out with the below issues, too. 

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  • Did you know ginger was used as an ancient medicine to treat period cramps? Because of its chemical compound, ginger has been proven to help ease the tension caused from menstrual cramps.
  • Ginger is accredited to the treatment of a host of stomach issues. Research supports that ginger helps cure nausea, stomach pain from digestion, diarrhea, and general stomach issues.
  • Are you stressed out of your mind, for no apparent reason, just like us? Brew some ginger tea and feel the anxiety drain out of you. Research even shows that ginger can impact serotonin levels, which is an important chemical that fights against depression and increases happiness.
  • Keep your brain sharp by upping your ginger intake. Ginger contains antioxidants which reduce stress induced cognitive impairment. As we age, we tend to develop cognitive impairments, and the properties of ginger will not only help slow that deterioration, but fight against it, too.
  • Ginger also helps fight against gastrointestinal cancers. One of the active compounds found in ginger, called gingerol, has proven cancer fighting abilities.

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

INGREDIENTS

For the dough:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup dark molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup gluten free flour*
  • 1 cup almond flour*
  • ¼ cup coconut flour*
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For Rolling:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

*If you don’t have these flours or prefer baking with regular flour, feel free to sub all three of these flours with 2 ¼ cup all-purpose wheat flour.

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, coconut sugar, molasses, egg and vanilla.
  2. Next, add in flours, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Mix well to combine.
  3. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
  4. While dough is chilling, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  5. Form rounded tablespoon dough balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet and gently flatten the dough. Bake for 8-11 minutes.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 24 Servings; Serving Size: 2 Cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100, Total Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 2.8g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 107mg, Total Carbohydrates: 13.6g, Dietary Fiber: 0.8g, Total Sugars: 8.6g, Protein: 1g

We hope you love this Christmas cookie recipe, and please let us know your thoughts in the comments below! We loved how chewy these cookies were, and must say, we are pretty proud of this one!

XO,

Amanda and Christina

 

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