It’s that time of year for holiday baking. I try my best to choose recipes that also have nutritional health benefits for my family.
This is our all time favorite family Christmas cookie ! Molasses Cookies.
Blackstrap Molasses Benefits:
It has the lowest sugar content of any sugar cane product. The amazingness of blackstrap molasses is that it's unlike refined sugar, which has zero nutritional value. Blackstrap molasses contains vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. The iron content helps to lower anemia and iron deficiency, boosts glowing hair and skin, reduces pms symptoms, the magnesium content helps create a laxative effect and strengthen bones, the vitamin B6 and magnesium raises serotonin levels for less stress, depression, anxiety, and also assists to lower blood pressure.
Molasses Cookies Recipe :
3/4 cup organic butter, melted (can replace with coconut oil)
1 cup organic sugar (can replace with coconut sugar)
1/4 cup organic black strap molasses
2 cups all-purpose organic King Arthur flour (can use gluten free flour of choice )
2 teaspoons aluminum free baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger *
in a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter or oil , 1 cup sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in the molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; blend into the molasses mixture. Cover, and chill dough for 1 hour. *
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until tops are cracked. Cool on wire rack.
A one tablespoon (20 g) serving of black strap molasses contains:
59 Calories* 14 g Carbohydrates* 12 g Sugar * 1 g Protein * Iron – 19% DV * Manganese – 15% DV * Magnesium – 12% DV * Calcium – 10% DV * Potassium – 8% DV * Vitamin B6 – 7% DV * Copper – 5%
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