These soft molasses biscuits (aka cookies) are great for lunchboxes or to add to your morning / afternoon snack mealtime share platters. Your children may enjoy being involved in making them too.  There are some wonderful sensory exposures in this recipe with the spice smells, rolling the cookie balls and dipping them in the granulated sugar. Yet, do they contain the iron boost your child needs?

Baking is our favourite sensory play & language building activity at home.  – Simone

Baking delivers loads of benefits to the children, including executive function skills, AND an edible end product.  Here is a link to some more fun ideas for involving toddlers in the kitchen and a caramelized banana loaf recipe.

Soft Molasses Cookies | Play with Food

Is molasses a good source of iron for kids?

Unlike refined sugar, molasses does contain some antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – including iron. Molasses contains 4.7mg of iron per 100g.  However, the concentration of iron in one cookie following this recipe does not make it a significant portion of your child’s daily iron needs (remember that a 2-11 year old requires 13.7 – 15.1 mg/day.)  Each cookie delivers about 3% of their daily recommended iron.  I recommend you read this article by paediatric dietitian, Natalia Stasenko, on iron sources for picky eaters, if you are concerned about your child’s iron levels.

Yet, if you are going to bake cookies anyway, the small nutritional boost can’t hurt, can it? This recipe offers a familiar texture with deep flavour and is a great alternate base for gingerbread people or cookie cups.  If you need the dough to be a bit firmer for your application, pop it in the fridge for 5 minutes before forming it.

If you are unfamiliar with molasses, you can read more about molasses here

Do you have any other favourite molasses recipes? Please leave me a comment below 🙂

Soft Molasses Biscuits

Course: Snacks and Lunchbox
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  • 2 Tbsp melted butter or oil (like vegetable or coconut)

  • ¼ cup dark molasses (or blackstrap for a more bitter taste and darker colour)

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence

  • 1/2 cup wholemeal flour

  • 1 cup Self Raising flour (or plain flour with an extra teaspoon of baking powder added)

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • Pinch of cinnamon, cloves and ground ginger

  • Optional: granulated sugar to dip the cookies in before baking


  • Preheat your oven to 180oC (fan forced). Line a baking tray with baking paper. .
  • Mix the first five ingredients together in a bowl. Then add the flours, baking powder and spices and continue to mix
  • Roll the dough into bite size balls, dip one side in the granulated sugar and then press with two fingers onto the baking tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 – 13 minutes depending on how chewy vs dry you like your cookies. Cool them on a wire rack.
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