Soft and chewy ginger orange molasses cookies. These festive holiday cookies have the perfect bite of ginger with bright sweet orange. They are grain and gluten-free and made with simple wholesome ingredients.
The holidays are here! Christmas is just a few days away, I am sitting next to my sparkly tree, watching A Christmas Carol (the Albert Finney version, there is no other version. Period.), sipping on peppermint CBD hot chocolate, and considering getting up and making just one more batch of these cookies.
The last batch was gone in 24 hours. There are only 2 people in my house.
These Ginger Orange Molasses Cookies are:
- Healthy – seriously only real food ingredients
- The perfect balance of cute and sexy
- Also the perfect balance of warming ginger spice and zesty bright orange
These cookies are simply delicious! and deliciously simple, and also simple. Like 2 bowls, whip together. Um… yeah I'm going to finish this post quickly because now I have convinced myself to make another batch stat!
Let's get cooking!
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE GRAIN FREE GINGER ORANGE COOKIES:
Almond Flour – Ground almonds create the perfect base for just about any baked good. Please note in this recipe I packed the almond flour, this will make a huge difference in the texture of the cookies
Arrowroot Powder or also called Arrowroot Starch – This can be left out if you don't have it but after many test batches I've found that adding arrowroot powder to gluten-free baked goods improves the texture.
Butter – It's the holidays, I used butter.
Coconut Palm Sugar – You can swap brown sugar.
Molasses – Ginger and molasses are just so perfect together!
Orange Zest and Orange Extract – Bright zesty orange takes these cookies from good to O.M.G.
Spices: Ginger and Allspice – Warming holiday spices
Egg – Just one
Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt – Ya know, baking stuff.
TOOLS YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:
TIPS FOR MAKING PERFECTLY SOFT AND CHEWY GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES:
- This dough is soft and will flatten out considerably, be cautious to not over “press” the cookie balls. I tested with a gentle press, a vigorous press, and no press. The gentle press was, in the words of Goldilocks, just right.
- Chill your dough! Minimum of 1 hour
- Use softened butter, but not melted
- Pack your almond flour!
I spent last weekend with my mom baking Hungarian Kolache and Hungarian Kiffles. Two recipes that I've had every Christmas for as long as I can remember. Typically during the holiday, my mom will make anywhere from 8-10 different kinds of homemade cookies.
I love each and everyone equally, but I thought it was high time I started creating some of my own recipes to bring to the celebration. These cookies are definitely making it this year.
Provided Jordan and I don't eat the second batch as quickly as we ate the first!
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I hope you love these Chewy Ginger Orange Molasses Cookies! If you make them be sure to tag me @abrapappa on Instagram so I can see your masterpiece!
Ginger Orange Molasses Cookies
- 2 ounces white chocolate
- orange zest
- In a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients, whisk to combine and set aside.
- In a large bowl cream together butter and coconut palm sugar using an electric beater. You are looking for a light fluffy texture. Once that texture has been achieved add the other wet ingredients, except the orange zest, and beat well until combined. Stir in orange zest.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and using a wooden spoon mix together until well combined.
- Wrap the dough in parchment or wax paper and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight, or in the freezer for 30 minutes. The dough will need to be properly chilled.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll into golf ball size balls, place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Using your hand, gently press down on the balls to flatten slightly.
- Place in a 350° oven for 6-8 minutes, being careful not to burn the cookies.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Prepare icing by melting white chocolate and drizzling on cookies, top with additional orange zest.
- Store in the refrigerator for 6 days.
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