Thursday, March 10, 2011

Low-Fat Molasses Cookies

I don't know about you, but I always love a good molasses cookie.

However, after sitting on the couch for a month and a half rehabbing my tootsies, I don't love the thought of buying a size bigger pants.  I'm moving around a lot better these days, but physical therapy is really the most 'exercise' I can do at the moment.

Translation- if I want to eat cookies (and I do) then I'm going to have to find something slightly healthier for now.

I won't bother trying to convince you that you won't miss the butter- let's not lie, butter makes everything more delicious.  And Lord knows I'm usually quite liberal with it.

But then we're back to getting bigger pants.

And I really don't want to go there right now.

So for the time being, I'll just have to settle for less butter and hope to continue fitting in the clothes already in my closet.

Low-Fat Molasses Cookies
  • 1/4 C. butter, softened
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 C. molasses
  • 2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. ground cloves
  • 1/2 t. ground ginger
  • 3 T. large granulated sugar (optional, for sprinkling)
Preheat oven 375 degrees.  In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. 

In large bowl, cream butter & sugar together until fluffy.  Add egg and molasses and mix until combined.  Add flour mixture gradually, and beat just until combined.  Chill dough 30 minutes to 1 hour, covered, in refrigerator.

Roll into 1-inch balls, and place on greased or parchment-covered cookie sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart.   Bake about 5 minutes, sprinkle with large granulated sugar and bake 3-5 minutes more until crackled and lightly browned.  (Alternately, you can roll the balls in regular granulated sugar, then bake them for 8-10 minutes)  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Nutrition per cookie: 79 calories; 1 g fat ( 1 g sat , 0 g mono ); 9 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 106 mg sodium; 43 mg potassium.

Recipe Adapted from


  1. Ohhhh....more cookies and I can still fit into my skinny jeans. Love it!

  2. Love Molasses cookies- and they are low fat to boot!

  3. Love the recipe, thanks for sharing. I always need more recipes for cookies :)

  4. Great recipe! This cookies look so good. I love a low fat treat as long as the flavor is satisfying. I can't wait to try these out. Yummy!

  5. These look great! I'm going to be sharing healthier cookies on my blog... maybe next week? My work is doing a weight loss challenge, and usually I bring all my treats to work.. so I've got to healthify them! haha- These would be a great option!

  6. I just made this cookie dough. It was dry and wasn't coming together. It was sandy. So, I added 2 tablespoons of homemade applesauce and blended it. That was all I needed for the dough to come together. I baked a few cookies and they turned out just fine. I think I need to cook them a little longer than the 8 minutes I did. these are almost just like the molasses crinkles I make that are a favorite in my family.

    Thanks for the recipe!


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