Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Molasses-Almond Cookies

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Molasses-Almond Cookies are delicious for a holiday cookie! 

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I can go months without making cookies most of the year, but when it’s December I feel that cookie-making urge  For the last few holiday seasons I’ve been experimenting with making more carb-conscious cookies, and although I’m not really a baker, I’m getting better at looking at a recipe and figuring out how to adapt it.

This recipe for Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Molasses-Almond Cookies was adapted from a cookie in the Bob’s Red Mill Baking Book that used whole wheat flour. I subbed an approved sweetener for sugar and used trans-fat free margarine instead of butter to make these cookies more diet friendly. (Coconut oil would also be a good choice.) I also switched out some of the flour for almond flour for a slightly different texture and a more nutritious cookie.

This is not an ultra-sweet tasting cookie, but if you like molasses, I’m betting you’ll like them.  Of course, if you’re not on a diet, go ahead and make them with sugar and butter if you prefer.

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Molasses-Almond Cookies found on KalynsKitchen.com

Cream together the butter, margarine, or coconut oil with the sweetener of your choice. Combine white whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, almond flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground allspice. Add half the flour mixture to the sweetener/fat mixture with half the molasses and beat to combine, then add the other half of flour and molasses and beat again to combine. Chill one hour.

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Molasses-Almond Cookies found on KalynsKitchen.com

Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough, smash it down until it’s flat, and bake cookies at 350F/180C about 14-16 minutes. Let cool 20-30 minutes.

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Molasses-Almond Cookies

(Makes about 20 medium-sized cookies, adapted from Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies in the Bob’s Red Mill Baking Book.)

6 T margarine. butter, or coconut oil (use trans-fat free margarine or coconut oil for the South Beach diet)
4 T Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener, Splenda, or sugar (use Stevia or Splenda for the South Beach Diet)
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup almond flour (I use Honeyville Almond flour, which is made in Utah)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (I use Vietnamese Cassia Cinnamon from The Spice House)
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/3 cup molasses (not blackstrap molasses, unless you want a stronger molasses flavor)


Put the margarine, butter, or coconut oil and sweetener of your choice into a medium-sized plastic bowl and use hand beater to beat until the mixture is creamed together.  (You can use a stand mixer, but I thought it was easier with a hand beater for this small amount.)

In a smaller bowl, combine white whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, almond flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground allspice.  Add half the flour mixture to the bowl with the sweetener mixture, along with half the molasses, and beat at low speed until fully combined.  Then add the other half of the flour mixture and other half of the molasses and beat again.  When dough is all combined, mold it into a ball, cover the bowl with cling wrap, and refrigerate for 40-60 minutes, or longer if you get distracted. 

When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350F/180C.  Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper (or oil it if you prefer.)

The original recipe called for cookies to be rolled out with a rolling pin and cut with cookie cutters, so if you want shapes other than circles you can definitely do that.  I used a cookie scoop to scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough, then used a flat metal turner to smash the cookies (using another turner to scrape them off.)  Make cookies about 3/8 inch thick.

Bake cookies for 14-16 minutes, or until they’re just starting to look golden on the edges.  (Shorter baking time will make chewier cookies and longer baking time will make crispier cookies.)  Let cookies cool 20-30 minutes.

I have lots of cookies left which I’m planning to freeze, and I can’t think of any reason why they won’t freeze well.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

When the cookies are made with whole grain flour, almond flour, margarine or coconut oil, and an approved sweetener they’d be suitable for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet.  The molasses has about 78  grams of sugar (slightly less for Blackstrap Molasses) so these are not a sugar-free cookies, and they’re calorie dense, so make them a “once-in-a-while-treat” and use portion control if you’re actively trying to lose weight. Molasses cookies are too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb eating plan.

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More Tasty Ideas for Low-Sugar Cookies:
15 Delicious Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Cookies to Bake for the Holidays from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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6 comments on “Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Molasses-Almond Cookies”

  1. Hey there! Yum. I have a gluten free recipe for molasses cookies that I'll have to whip up, now that I saw this one!

  2. Kalyn, anything sugar-free or low sugar makes me excited. I love these cookies because of that!

  3. Your low sugar cookies always look so delicious! I love the almond infusion in these…definitely Christmas-worthy.

  4. I found your blog while searching for low GI resources on the web and much say I appreciate your South Beach approach. However I cannot agree that those cookies are low sugar. Molasses is a sugar that scores pretty high on the GI scale.

    I do like your other low/no sugar flour-less cookies though!


  5. Angelika, maybe so, but there is a minimal amount of molasses compared to the other ingredients, so the total amount is low. There is 78 grams of sugar for 20 cookies, which comes out to just under 4 grams of sugar per cookie. That's certainly not very high.

    I also added almond flour to make the GI lower than cookies with all whole wheat flour.

  6. Your cookies look very tasty! Great recipe for the holiday season.

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