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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Gluten-Free Molasses Cashew Butter Cookies

This week is the parade of cashew butter cookie recipes! Once I figured out how to make a really good gluten-free cashew butter cookie, I had to start experimenting. The result was the recipe below for gluten-free molasses cashew butter cookies. These cookies are wonderful. Yes, they would be perfect for the holidays, but honestly I love them any time of year, especially with a nice cup of coffee or tea.  

Gluten-Free Molasses Cashew Butter Cookies Uneaten on Blue Plate

Gluten-Free Molasses Cashew Butter Cookies broken open to show crumb

When I first tried turning the cashew butter cookies into something that was reminiscent of molasses cookies or gingerbread, I wasn’t 100% sure it would work. But I’m really glad I tried because cashew butter cookies proved to be an excellent base for these spicy flavors. 

Gluten-free cashew butter molasses cookies side view on pan

Gluten-Free Molasses Cashew Butter Cookies from above on pan

Next up in the parade of cashew butter cookies will be a vegan version. And don’t forget the original recipe, which is especially tasty with chocolate chips! 

Gluten-Free Molasses Cashew Butter Cookies Uneaten on Blue Plate view from above

Gluten-Free Molasses Cashew Butter Cookies
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Serves: 12-16
  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • Granulated Sugar for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg then add all the other ingredients. Stir well.
  3. On a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat, drop cookie dough balls, evenly spacing them like you would in other cookie recipes. I used a medium (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop. The dough is quite wet and the scoop makes it easy to create the cookie dough balls. If you don't have a scoop, use a spoon and wet fingers to form your dough balls.
  4. Once the dough balls are on the cookie sheet, with wet hands, gently press each dough ball down a bit so they are a bit more disc like, rather than balls. Sprinkle each dough ball with granulated sugar, gently pressing the sugar into the dough.
  5. Bake for approximately 11-15 minutes, or until the cookies look set, with some cracking. If you peek in the cracks, the cookies should no longer look wet inside. (See pictures as a guide for what they should look like.)
  6. Let cool at least 10 minutes before eating.


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