Spicy Molasses Biscuits

If you fancy spicy biscuits who’s flavours resound with the richness of molasses and the warmth of Christmas, then these are your cup of tea.


  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or raw sugar
  • ¼ cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  •  125 grams spelt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 85 grams unsalted butter
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Put an oven rack in the middle position and  preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  3. Melt the butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Stir in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until it starts to smell of spices.
  4. Put the butter mixture into a glass bowl and let it cool a bit.
  5. Whisk the 3 tablespoons of molasses, the maple syrup, egg yolk, vanilla and the blackstrap molasses into the melted butter mixture.
  6. Stir in the flour mixture until they are combined.
  7. Scoop out one tablespoon of dough and shape into a bowl. Be warned, it will be sticky and will expand and grow in the oven.
  8. Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of sugar on each biscuit.
  9. Bake the biscuits for about 9-15 minutes, carefully watching for burning. The centres will still be slightly soft but the edges should be set.
  10. Leave the biscuits to cool for about 10 minutes, then put on a wire rack.