Molasses is a thick syrup produced when the sugar cane plant (or sugar beets) is processed to make refined sugar. Unhealthy refined sugar is becoming less popular as other more healthful sweetener options, such as the highly nutritious molasses (which contains all the minerals and nutrients absorbed by the plant), become more widely known. Molasses derives its name from the Latin word for honey, Mel. It is high in iron, vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium, potassium and selenium. These cookies are vegan, dairy-free and contain no refined sugar! A tasty, guilt-free sweet treat.
First, heat until butter is melted:
- 3/4 Cup molasses
- 3/4 Cup organic honey
- 1/2 Cup earth balance or coconut oil
- 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 Cup water
Mix together first, then stir in:
- 2 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 Cups unbleached white flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I like to add more)
Chill the dough. Grease a cookie sheet. Make little lumps, about the size of a golf ball, out of the dough and drop them onto the cookie sheet (I like to dip them in hemp hearts before I drop them onto the sheet). Flatten with a fork into little blobs (you can flour the fork if the dough is sticking). Bake at 375 degrees F for approx. 10 minutes.
Makes approx. 3 1/2- 4 dozen delicious little cookies. Store in an airtight container as this will keep them soft and improve their flavour. They also freeze well.
* This recipe can also make a great pie crust!