Chewy Oatmeal Molasses Cookies with Dark Chocolate

Super chewy oatmeal molasses cookies drizzled with dark chocolate. Made with wholesome ingredients like oat flour, coconut sugar, and almond butter. The perfect holiday cookie recipe that is dairy-free + gluten-free friendly!

Gingerbread molasses cookies drizzled with dark chocolate on brown parchment paper.

Once December rolls around Christmas baking are in full swing! And these ultra-soft gingerbread molasses cookies are a healthier way to enjoy your favorite holiday treat. They have a touch of almond butter for taste and texture, are made with dairy-free ingredients, and can easily be made gluten-free.

I also drizzled these cookies with a decadent touch of dark chocolate that sends the whole recipe over the top! They’re like a fancy, chewier version of gingersnaps – but even better. 😉

Let’s get baking, shall we?

Ingredients – What You Need

Here is the full list of ingredients you’ll need to make these soft molasses cookies – plus helpful ingredient substitutions if needed.

  • Oat flour: instead of using whole rolled oats, this recipe uses oat flour which is ground-up oats! You can make this yourself (see notes below) or purchase it online or at your local grocery store.
  • Coconut sugar: I love using this sugar as a healthier alternative to brown sugar! If you don’t have this on hand you can use brown sugar instead.
  • Ginger: dried ginger is used for spiced, festive flavor!
  • Almond Butter: creamy almond butter or peanut butter is used for a chewy texture and sweet flavor!
  • Butter: I like keeping these cookings dairy-free so I use vagn butter, but you can also use regular unsalted butter.
  • Egg: to bind all the ingredients together! Make sure the egg is room temerapture so it doesn’t interact with the melted butter.
  • Vanilla extract: to enhance flavors!
  • Cinnamon: for delicious flavor with the dried ginger.
  • Molasses: to sweeten and add chewy texture!
  • Dark Chocolate: for dipping or drizzling over top!
  • Baking Soda: to help the cookies rise.

How to Make Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

(1) First whisk together dry ingredients.

(2) After dry ingredients are mixed – mix together the wet ingredients with the dry.

(3) Cover with plastic wrap and freeze dough for 15 minutes. Then preheat the oven to 350F.

(4) Use a small cookie scoop to measure the dough and roll dough into balls. Set 3 inches apart on a sheet pan and bake for 8 minutes. Then drizzle with melted chocolate.

Cookie Frosting & Drizzle Variations

I chose chocolate to drizzle over these cookies because – well, I love chocolate. But I’ve also made these cookies with a regular icing drizzle or you can swap for your favorite cookie frosting to spread over top.

This recipe is also delicious all by itself – if you prefer no icing or chocolate they are just as good without!

A close up of a gingerbread molasses cookie drizzled with chocolate and has a bite out of it.

Tips for Success & Recipe Faqs

Make them gluten-free! If you want these cookies to be gluten-free friendly simply swap regular oat flour with gluten-free oat flour. You can also use a gluten-free flour blend too!

Don’t forget – use room temperature ingredients! An important tip in baking is making sure the ingredients are the same temperature. The melted butter should be cooled before mixing in to the batter, and the egg should be warmed to room temperature! Otherwise when combined the cold egg will start to solidify the melted butter or the egg could cook when mixed with the hot melted butter (yikes!). Avoid this by using room temperature ingredients!

What is oat flour? The flour this recipe uses is oat flour. Simply put, it’s ground-up rolled oats made to look and work similarly to regular baking flours! So these cookies are not only decadent in taste but filled with all the nutritious benefits of oatmeal.

How to Store & Freeze Molasses Cookies

Keep cookies fresh: Because these cookies have chocolate on them, I like to store them in an air-tight container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Freezing cookies: Let cookies cool then store in a freezer-friendly zip lock back and freeze for up to 2-3 months.

A close up of a gingerbread molasses cookie drizzled with chocolate on brown parchment paper.

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Gingerbread molasses cookies drizzled with dark chocolate on brown parchment paper.

Chewy Gingerbread Molasses Cookies with Dark Chocolate

Super chewy gingerbread molasses cookies drizzled with dark chocolate. Made with wholesome ingredients like oat flour, coconut sugar, and almond butter. The perfect holiday cookie recipe that is dairy-free + gluten-free friendly!

Servings 12
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tags: gingerbread molasses cookies, gluten free gingerbread cookies, Soft molasses cookies
Freezer Friendly: Yes
Calories: 189 kcal
Author: Bethany Kramer

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

Wet ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted (or regular butter)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter, creamy
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Chocolate Drizzle

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients – oat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, coconut sugar, and salt.

  2. Then add wet ingredients to dry and whip together – melted butter, almond butter, molasses, vanilla, and egg.

  3. Freeze dough for 10 minutes and preheat oven to 350F.

  4. Use a cookie scoop to measure dough and roll into balls – place 3 inches apart on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8 minutes then let cool for 5 minutes.

  5. Melt chocolate and oil in microwave for 30 second at a time – stirring after each session until melted. Drizzle over cooled gingerbread cookies – refrigerator for 5-10 minutes before enjoying.

Notes

Oat flour tips: I use oat flour because it’s rich in nutrients & antioxidants and responds well in baking recipes. Use gluten-free oat flour if needed or replace with regular all-purpose flour.

How to store cookies: Because these cookies have chocolate on them, I like to store them in a air tight container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How to freeze cookies: Let cookies cool then store in a freezer friendly ziplock back and freeze for up to 2-3 months.

Nutrition Facts
Chewy Gingerbread Molasses Cookies with Dark Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 82
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.1g14%
Cholesterol 15.9mg5%
Sodium 154.6mg6%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 14.9g17%
Protein 3.7g7%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bethany Kramer

Bethany Kramer is a home cook, recipe developer, and dog mom. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!

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  • Avatar for Sara james Sara james says:

    The recipe is simple to follow. I came to your blog via Kalin’s post (abundance Of flavor). Thanks, Bethany, for sharing your homemade amazing recipe with us.