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Dairy- and Egg-Free Molasses Cookies


Classic molasses cookies get an allergen-friendly twist: These babies are dairy- and egg-free. The recipe comes from "The Food Allergy Mama's Baking Book," by Kelly Rudnicki.

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 7055


  • 3/4 cup dairy-free shortening
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, for coating


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together shortening, brown sugar, applesauce, and molasses until well combined.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to shortening mixture; mix until combined. Transfer dough to refrigerator and let chill for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  4. Using your hands, form dough into 1-inch balls. Place granulated sugar in a shallow dish; roll each ball in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle a few drops of water onto each ball using your fingers.

  5. Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake until lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on baking sheet before serving.

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  • lesliewaugh1
    25 NOV, 2015
    I had a craving for molasses cookies, but was out of eggs. Found this recipe and went for it. I used butter instead of shortening b/c I didn't have any. Cookies turned out OK--Texture was a bit gritty but I will assume it was the butter. That said, I feel like the flavor was too mild for my taste. If I make these again, I would definitely increase the spices. The molasses flavor was fine, but the spices need to be kicked up a notch.