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Molasses Crackle Cookies

You can treat yourself to one or two of my crackle cookies without guilt. Most molasses cookies are loaded with butter and have way too much sugar, but not mine. You would never know these are so low in fat.— Jean L. Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar


  • In a small bowl, beat sugar and oil until blended. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves; gradually add to sugar mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in confectioners' sugar. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray; flatten slightly. Bake 7-9 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 77 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.
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  • karen
    May 26, 2020

    Thanks to I_Fortuna !! I have mentioned many times that the recipes on this website that are labelled " diabetic" are far from it. Also some cooks try to make their recipe seem better for you by making the servings a ridiculous size. Often when I think the nutrition is off I will check with a nutrition counter. That being said , there are many good recipes here. You just have to pick

  • Zacloco
    Feb 24, 2019

    Since I am always on the lookout for cookie recipes that are not loaded with butter or shortening, I decided to try these lower-fat cookies. These came out great tasting and moist. I used just regular white all-purpose flour and lined the cookie sheets with parchment paper so they would not stick to the cookie sheet. Next time, I will roll the cookie dough in some granulated sugar first, then roll in confectioners sugar before baking, like I do when making chocolate crinkle cookies. Will make these again.

  • I_Fortuna
    Dec 21, 2017

    Not sure how these are diabetic friendly when sugar is involved as in white sugar and molasses. 14g of carbs per cookie is a lot. I always use sugar sub and no one can tell the difference and this cuts the carb amount. I just replace 1:1 ratio of sugar replacement. I mix a small amount of molasses with sugar free maple syrup. They don't come out as crispy but they are healthier.

  • DS2006
    Oct 17, 2017

    I love crinkle cookies, but these had a weird texture (probably the white whole wheat flour) and I found them overly sweet. I'll stick with my Nonnie's recipe.

  • szhenson
    Mar 7, 2017

    Ran across this recipe looking for low sugar desserts for diabetic spouse. They were so good - enjoyed by all family members. Did not miss all that sugar ( in fact, reduced to 1/2 cup) and flavor enormous. Skipped confectioners ' sugar.

  • Maxine81
    Dec 6, 2014

    One of the best cookies I have made in a long time. Easy to make. My family loves them very much and the kitchen swell's wonderful when baking. Great for Christmas.