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Chewy Molasses Kernza® Cookies

Chewy Molasses Kernza® Cookies

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Makes 2½ dozen cookies


  • 2 cups (275g., 9.7oz.) all-purpose flour
    * If substituting Kernza: 1 Cup (135g., 4.8oz) all-purpose flour, and 1 Cup (100g, 3.5oz.) Kernza Flour
  • 2 teaspoons (12g., 0.4oz.) baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon (2g., 0.05oz.) ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon (2g., 0.05oz.) ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon (roughly 1g., 0.03oz) ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon (4g., 0.15oz.) kosher salt 
  • 1 large egg (roughly 50g., 1.8oz.)
  • ½ cup (1 stick, 113g., 4oz.) unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup (70g., 2.5oz.) granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup (120g., 4.2oz.) mild-flavored (light) or robust-flavored (dark) molasses
  • ¼ cup (54g., 1.9oz.) (packed) dark brown sugar
  • Coarse sanding or raw sugar (for rolling)

This molasses cookie recipe from Bon Appetit makes delicious, chewy and fluffy molasses cookies. This recipe, which substitutes 50% of the all-purpose flour with Kernza, was featured in our recipe trial Substituting Kernza for All Purpose Flour.

Recipe Preparation

Place racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 375°. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk egg, butter, granulated sugar, molasses, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Mix in dry ingredients just to combine.

Place sanding sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop out dough by the tablespoonful and roll into balls (if dough is sticky, chill 20 minutes). Roll in sugar and place on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2” apart.

Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until cookies are puffed, cracked, and just set around edges (overbaked cookies won’t be chewy), 8–10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.


Jan 15, 2021 • Posted by Ami

This has become one of my favorite cookie recipes ever! I’ve made a few batches now and absolutely love the crunchy texture on the outside with the soft inside. The flavor is excellent. I have also bumped up the spices a bit to make them extra spicy.

Nov 24, 2020 • Posted by Lane Johnson

Tonight was my second time making this recipe. The flavors and texture are so good! I added some extra ground ginger with this second batch but have otherwise kept the recipe as described above using 50/50 Kernza and AP flour. Thanks Joe!

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