A very soft gluten and dairy-free cookie with ginger and molasses, almost a marshmallow texture.

Ginger cookies … sigh.  This is the quest to end all quests – to find the ultimate ginger cookie that the whole family will enjoy.  I have come pretty close in the past with recipes such as lebkuchen and healthy ginger cookies but this one came as a surprise.

We recently went on a road-trip to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas with Grant’s parents.  Along the way we stopped in at Seligman, Arizona and I found a cookbook from the Seligman Historical Society (as you do when you’re on Historic Route 66!).  There are SO many recipes I want to try out, although I’m not sure about the one for Elephant Stew (reproduced below):

  • 1 medium elephant
  • 2 rabbits (optional)
  • Salt, pepper
  • Brown Gravy

Cut the elephant into small, bite-size pieces.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add enough brown gravy to cover.  Cook over kerosene fire about 4 weeks at 465F.  This will serve 3,800 people.  If more are expected, two rabbits may be added.  But do this only in an emergency, most people do not like hare in their stew.

I’m thinking that was more for a joke than anything else?  Maybe?

Anyway, I found a recipe for soft molasses cookies and adapted it (as I do).  This is kind of healthy, but not healthy … which is why I’ve put it in healthy treats section of the website – there’s no refined sugar in them, but I did use shortening rather than any other more ‘natural’ product and there is sugar in the molasses.  If you would like to try it with butter (which I can’t at the moment, being lactose intolerant!), or some other shortening substitute, I’d love to hear from you!

Soft molasses cookies
Yields 30
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
76 calories
11 g
0 g
4 g
1 g
1 g
22 g
43 g
5 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
22g
Yields
30
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76
Calories from Fat 31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
5%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 43mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  2. 1/2 cup unrefined sugar
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  4. 1/4 cup molasses
  5. 1/2 cup almond milk
  6. 1 tsp white vinegar
  7. 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend
  8. 1 tsp baking soda
  9. 2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 2 tsp ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Add vinegar to almond milk and set aside to sour.
  3. Mix together the shortening, sugar, applesauce and molasses until creamy. Add in the almond milk/vinegar mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and gradually add to the wet ingredients. Mix for 1 minute until combined well.
  5. Place by rounded tablespoon on an UNGREASED cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.
Adapted from Seligman Historical Society Cookbook
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calories
76
fat
4g
protein
1g
carbs
11g
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Adapted from Seligman Historical Society Cookbook
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