Moon Phase Molasses Cookies [V + GF]

Cookies!! But not just any cookies, vegan cookies! But not just any vegan cookies, these are vegan moon phase cookies, and they are fun and simple and you guessed it, delicious.

Moon Phase Molasses Cookies Moon Phase Molasses Cookies
The main objective of this recipe was creating the moon phase and bringing that element into one of my bakes. I got inspired a few months ago when checking out Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies Cookbook. She has this macaroons recipe with the different phase of the moon iced on top of them and I just thought it was the COOLEST thing!

Actually everything in that book is mind-bogglingly awesome cause she’s pretty awesome (I am assuming this is a fact though I have never met her). Unfortunately I can’t eat ANY of the things in her book because it’s sugar this and sugar that but the moon phase thing really stuck and I couldn’t get it off my mind!

Moon Phase Molasses Cookies Moon Phase Molasses Cookies
So fast forward a few months. I was thinking what I could bake that would be the right color and shape and that I could adorn with the phases of the moon. My mind went right to some yummy and dark spiced chocolate molasses cookies.

Now please forgive the rustic-looking frosting job I did on these cookies. I am not an expert froster and I don’t think I ever will be. I wanted the frosting to be simple and didn’t want it to seem like too much of a feat to accomplish. For me, who doesn’t like to complicate baking and desserts too much, I am comforted by the fact that these cookies can be made by anybody and with very little effort, yet you still feel like you made something pretty nifty and cool.

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I thought it would be useful if I designed a quick guide for you guys below. It has all the phases of the moon you will need to know in order to frost all 10 cookies.

The crescents definitely take more control but the rest is pretty easy! I would recommend first tracing the outline with your piping bag and then filling the rest of it all in. Use a toothpick to even out the frosting and cover the little pockets you missed.

Phases of the Moon

Moon Phase Molasses Cookies [V + GF]
Yields 10
Chewy, spiced vegan cookies with moon phases decorated on top!
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
35 min
For the cookies
  1. 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  2. 2 tablespoons molasses
  3. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  6. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  10. 1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
For the frosting
  1. 1/3 cup palm shortening
  2. 1/4 cup powdered coconut sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  5. 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  6. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. In a medium bowl mix together the maple syrup, molasses and coconut oil, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, brown rice flour and tapioca flour. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well until fully incorporated. Let sit for 2 minutes to allow the baking powder to react a bit and thicken the batter.
  3. Scoop two tablespoons worth of cookie dough into rounds on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies immediately to a cooling rack.
  4. While the cookies cool, prepare the icing. In the bowl of a electric stand mixer beat all ingredients except the coconut oil until well combined. While mixing on high, drizzle coconut oil in slowly and mix until whipped together.
  5. Scoop the frosting into a piping bag and with scissors cut just a little bit off from the tip, or if you are real fancy use a #2 decorating tip. When the cookies are cooled enough pipe on the outlines of the lunar phases and then fill in the centers. Use a toothpick to help spread it evenly.
  1. To make powdered coconut sugar, simply grind coconut sugar in food processor until it’s finely ground, with a texture similar to powdered sugar.
Adapted from Faring Well
Adapted from Faring Well
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33 thoughts on “Moon Phase Molasses Cookies [V + GF]

    1. Thanks Mary Ann! I also couldn’t handle how cute these were after making them a few times! And I loooove added molasses to my bakes, it just give that extra burst of flavor!

  1. These cookies look so rich and flavoursome – I’ll definitely need to try them out.

    Thank you for the moon phases template and also the idea of putting moon phases on cookies!
    It’s years off but I’ll be putting this in my ‘activities to do with spawn’ notebook.

    1. Thanks Josie! I had fun making a little moon phase template, it is definitely super useful to have on hand when making these. Oh oh my goodness these cookies are definitely super flavorsome! (love that word)

  2. These are seriously adorable!! They sound so delicious too! I think your frosting job is awesome – I love the rustic look more than anything 🙂

  3. The inner nerd in me is freaking the F out right now. This is the most unique kind of cookie that I have EVER seen. I wish I was a high school science teacher because if I was I would totally make these for my class but then get way too excited and eat them all. Pinning!

  4. i’m obsessed with these photos, the moon phases, everything! and i made a chocolate molasses cookie for christmas, the flavor combination just rocks. yours look so incredibly soft! thanks for sharing the recipe. xo

    1. Thanks Amanda! These are so incredibly soft! And chocolate molasses combined together is really such an amazing flavor, that was definitely the right way to go on Christmas!

  5. I am totally smitten. I’m smitten with the photography which is somewhere between dreamy and honey and simply beautiful to me. I’m smitten with the molasses and the spice because – molasses & spice! And I just LOVE this idea. I’m so glad I popped over today. Thanks for a beautiful post and a great recipe.

    1. Thanks for all your wonderful words and compliments, Kim! It is wonderful to hear that my photography inspires beauty in some way. I’m happy you stopped by!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I think I am going to stick to rustic frosting from now on! One day I think technology will be that advanced where we can pull food out of computer screens, maybe we will see that in our lifetime!

  6. I”m in love with your moon phase cookies, Linda. Really. And the frosting? Well, it’s just the surface of the moon, rough and cratered! It’s really perfect and I knew it as soon as I put my eyes on these babies! What a beautiful way to honor and cherish our night sky flashlight with it’s many moods. Well done (and those cookies are fabulous – molasses? – sooo good!).

    1. That is so true! If the frosting would be smoothed out it wouldn’t look like the rough and cratered surface of the moon! Thanks Traci for all your wonderful words! We should always honor and cherish the beautiful moon in some way if we can!

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