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Healthy Chocolate Chunk Molasses Gingerbread Cookies

These healthier chocolate chunk molasses gingerbread cookies are chewy, soft and filled with the flavors of the holidays.

Healthier chocolate chunk molasses gingerbread cookies are soft, chewy and filled with all the flavors of the holiday.

*Post updated 12/6/2017 to include a video on how to make these healthy chocolate chunk molasses gingerbread cookies. Photographs and content below are original to when this was published in December 2012. This cookie recipe is a personal favorite. As someone who isn’t super keen on gingerbread, the addition of chocolate chunks to this cookie completely transforms the classic combination of gingerbread and molasses into a cookie worth eating: soft, chewy and with just enough holiday spice. Hope you enjoy some this holiday season! SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE VIDEO!

Up until last Friday I was positive that I would never like the whole molasses gingerbread cookie thing. I can get behind many a cookie but that combo just wasn’t doing anything for me.

Then I saw a chocolate molasses gingerbread cookie recipe similar to these just a bit more indulgent and being the good wife that I am, knew Ulysses would love them (his love for gingerbread baked goods is enough for the two of us) so I decided to bake them up for his return home on Friday night.

And now, November 30 will forever be the day my molasses gingerbread hatred turned to love. No awkward in between friendship stage, straight to love. That’s how I roll. Or maybe it’s just lust? Jury’s still out on that.

Either way, we’re a thing now with the creation of these soft and chewy chocolate chunk molasses gingerbread cookies.

Make these easy chocolate chunk gingerbread molasses cookies for a slightly healthier way to indulge this holiday season.

Thanks to a little help from a good friend called dark chocolate.

That was the missing link.

I took the weekend off from working out, happily ate 4 or 5 (which took massive amounts of self control) of the cookies and when Ulysses left again on Sunday night, I froze the remaining 18 or so.

Somehow frozen = off limits to my brain. But then Monday night rolled around and my nightly tea was incredibly pathetic without an accompanying cookie.

So I made the batter for this healthier version of those molasses gingerbread cookies.

Looking for more holiday cookies? Try out these almond chocolate thumbprint cookies, dark chocolate amaretto fudge cookies or, one of my favorites, these chocolate dipped cashew almond butter cookies with candied sage (<– they’re so festive!)

Soft, chewy and bursting with chunks of chocolate, these molasses gingerbread cookies are a must make this holiday season.

Honestly, they were a total experiment.

Could molasses gingerbread cookies actually be health-ified to a state where I can eat the whole batch and not think twice?

Because as awesome as the other ones were, a stick of butter and a cup and a half of sugar is not something I need or want to be eating regularly.

These molasses gingerbread cookies with chocolate chunks will become a holiday favorite. Soft, chewy and a bit healthier than the classic!

Some experiments work, some don’t.

These kicked ass.

Without trying to sound a bit cocky, I’m totally floored that they came out as well as they did. They’re soft and chewy with the perfect balance of spicy molasses flavor to chocolate and yet there’s a mere 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/4 cup honey in them as far as the fat and sugar go.

I don’t get it, but I’m not complaining.

Molasses gingerbread cookies

I know I’m going to get comments on whether you can sub the spelt flour to all almond flour to make these completely paleo (assuming you don’t roll them in sugar before baking) and while I haven’t tried it, I’m going to say yes, I think you could.

No promises, but I think it would work. And if you don’t care about the paleo thing, all purpose or whole wheat pastry would probably work in place of the spelt too.

Now that that’s out of the way…


Healthy Chocolate Chunk Molasses Gingerbread Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Chunk Molasses Gingerbread Cookies

Yield: about 1 dozen
Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes

These healthier chocolate chunk molasses gingerbread cookies are chewy, soft and filled with the flavors of the holidays.


  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup spelt flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate (72% or higher), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (almond flour, spelt flour, baking soda and spices).
  2. In a small bowl whisk together remaining wet ingredients until completely smooth.
  3. Add wet to dry ingredients and mix together until fully incorporated.
  4. Add chocolate chunks and fold into batter.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Once chilled, roll about 1 tablespoon of batter into a ball.
  7. If coating with sugar mixture, combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and roll ball until covered.
  8. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
  10. Remove cookies from oven and press down on the top of them with a spoon for that signature molasses cookie wrinkle effect.
  11. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  12. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

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Wednesday 18th of December 2019

YAY for a gingerbread cookie that doesn't call for sticks of butter or 25 different spices I don't have--this is a rarity among these cookie recipes! I added some chopped crystallized ginger because I love the added texture and spice, but otherwise made is written and YUM! Thank you.

Running to the Kitchen

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

So glad you liked it! The crystallized ginger addition is a great idea!


Monday 17th of December 2018

Dough tasted great, added 2x the ginger and subbed in a gf flour blend for spelt. Seem to be holding shape well in oven + sure they will taste great. Thanks!

Running to the Kitchen

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

Hope you enjoy them!

Natasha @ Salt & Lavender

Friday 8th of December 2017

Love how you added chocolate!! SO much better.

Tieghan Gerard

Thursday 7th of December 2017

These look so good! Love those chocolate chunks!

Leigh Ann

Thursday 7th of December 2017

I'm all about gingerbread everything right now!

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