Welcome to DAY FOUR of the first annual #KPCCookieWeek!! It has been so fun sharing brand new cookie recipes with you all week long and seeing them come to life in your home!
So far we've made Healthier Snickerdoodles, Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and an Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pizookie.
Today's cookie recipe is my new all time favorite recipe and I've been patiently waiting to share it with you. It's my Chewy Snowman Molasses Cookies!!!
They're a fun twist on chewy molasses cookies and ginger cookies but rolled in cinnamon sugar and shaped like snowmen! Seriously they are THE BEST.
When I searched "snowman cookies" on Pinterest, almost every single recipe was a sugar cookie with royal icing that required a cookie cut-out. I wanted to do something totally different that didn't need any special tools.
After lots of tests, I finally landed on these snowman molasses cookies and they are PERFECT!
Believe it or not, these delicious snowman cookies are secretly healthy too! With just a few simple ingredient swaps, your holiday baking will be even tastier! For these chewy molasses cookies, you'll need:
Not only are these snowman molasses cookies easy to make, they're fun to make too! Start out by preparing your cookie dough like any other recipe:
Now here comes the fun part! If you don't have a small cookie scoop (a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop like this one), I recommend getting one. You're going to use it for every cookie recipe here at Ka Pai Cooking and it will be especially helpful for this recipe! Here's how to make your snowman cookies:
Believe me, I asked the same question! Molasses cookies are typically chewier with less ground ginger, where ginger cookies (also known as gingersnaps) are typically crispier with more ground ginger. But, if you see "chewy ginger cookies," that's just another name for chewy molasses cookies.
Gingerbread cookies are more similar to gingersnaps, but they don't crinkle during baking because they've been chilled and cut into gingerbread men. They're also decorated with icing and small candies.
The best molasses for baking is unsulfured molasses. The specific one I use doesn't specify if it's light or dark (dark is less sweet), but it is unsulfured.
Because these holiday cookies are so soft and chewy, they will last up to 5 days at room temperature! Just make sure to keep them in an airtight container. Keep in mind that because they're so soft, they might lose their snowman shape the more they're moved around, so be careful when you're backing them up! I like to lay them flat on top of each other in a glass container like this one. If you use a ziploc bag, stack and store them carefully.
Of course! Just portion out 12 balls of cookie dough (1 tablespoon in size) per baking sheet, roll in cinnamon sugar, and bake for 10 minutes. Make sure they cool for at least 10 minutes on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack.
This recipe is naturally dairy-free if you use a plant based butter like I suggested. If you want to make them gluten-free, use a good quality 1:1 all purpose flour substitute like this flour. This recipe has not been tested without an egg, so if you want a vegan molasses cookie, I recommend this recipe from Love and Lemons. You can also use more softened butter in place of the almond butter and regular white sugar in place of the Stevia, but know that the flavor and nutrition profile will change.
Oh my goodness please please please make these snowman molasses cookies for your Christmas celebrations (and cookie week)! If I had to choose one cookie recipe to make this year, it would definitely be these!
Be sure to leave a star rating and review below if you make these snowman cookies so other readers know how you liked them! Also, don't forget to tag me on social media so I can see this recipe come to life in your kitchen!
Upgrade your gingerbread cookies with these Snowman Molasses Cookies! They are secretly healthy, ultra chewy, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. They are the perfect baking activity for kids and they will definitely be your new favorite holiday cookies!
*This recipe can be used to make regular molasses cookies. For instructions, see "FAQs" section in blog post.
Nutrition facts are a calculate estimate of one snowman, including the cinnamon sugar dusting. If you make these snowman cookies into regular molasses cookies, divide the nutrition facts by 3.
Serving: 1 snowman / Calories: 320 / Fat: 4.9g / Saturated Fat: 2.9g / Carbohydrates: 19.2g / Fiber: 0.4g / Sugar: 10.9g / Protein: 1.3g
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