If you’ve never baked with blackstrap molasses before, I really hope you give these Molasses Cookies a try. Not only are they packed with nutrients, but they are soft, chewy, and addictively delicious!
What is Blackstrap Molasses?
Blackstrap molasses is a dark, thick syrup which is produced when the sugar cane plant is processed to make refined sugar. But unlike refined sugar, which is void of any nutritional value, blackstrap molasses contains many important vitamins and minerals. These include iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, potassium and selenium.
Blackstrap molasses can help:
- prevent anemia.
- relieve stress and anxiety.
- stabilize blood sugar levels.
- prevent cancer.
- relieve arthritis.
- improve mental focus.
- ease menstrual symptoms.
- improve sleep.
- relieve constipation.
- maintain strong bones.
Besides baking these delicious Molasses Cookies, other ways to use blackstrap molasses include:
- For the skin: fight signs of aging, acne, eczema and rosacea by diluting molasses in water and apply to the skin. After 5 minutes, rinse with warm water.
- For the hair: Drink 1-2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses in water to help reduce hair loss. Another option is to dilute it with water and then apply it as a conditioning treatment for 15 minutes before rinsing
- For fast relief of painful menses: drink a cup of hot water or tea sweetened with blackstrap molasses.
- Roast sweet potatoes or carrots with some butter and molasses for a deliciously sweet flavor.
**For this recipe, if you’re in a hurry (or are just feeling lazy) and don’t want to be bothered with chilling/rolling/cutting out the cookies, just use less flour and form the dough into balls and bake. (See notes below the recipe)
And here’s a gluten-free batch I made using the coconut and almond flours, with honey as my sweetener…