I have an American recipe for molasses cookies but I live in Germany. I have not been able to find molasses in the grocery stores near me. Are there any good substitutes?

Thanks for any help.


Both http://www.germanyexpat.org/p/finding-food-items.html and https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/29436-where-to-buy-treaclemolassescornstarch/ recommend "Zuckerrübensirup," possibly brand "Grafschafter Goldsaft."

I have no experience with using this or how it compares to molasses.

  • It looks to be similar to the Dutch suikerstroop, which is just boiled down sugar beet juice. (there's also appelstroop and perenstroop, which are made from apple juice and pear juice so have a much fruitier quality to them). But before I used a fruit stroop, I'd look for British treacle (for light molasses) and black treacle for blackstrap molasses. – Joe Nov 14 '18 at 3:29
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    @Joe Such treacle would never be found " inthe grocery stores near me" in Germany. It might be available in a British shop, but I have only seen those once or twice, in very large cities. Maybe amazon.de (or rather the German part of amazon marketplace) would carry treacle, but the likelihood that it carries molasses would be just as high. – rumtscho Nov 14 '18 at 11:41
  • @rumtscho : I didn't mean to say that it's easily available ... just that it's closer than appelstroop, so worth looking for first. (it's been over 30 years since I lived in Europe (the Netherlands), so I have no idea what sort of things the stores carry these days and/or how common international groceries are. (I suspect you could find more variety in the Netherlands due to their colonies and the Dutch East India Trading Company. Although, back then, you wouldn't find much German food in the Netherlands ... they were still pissed about the war.) – Joe Nov 14 '18 at 14:09

Golden syrup is the usual substitute, although it is maybe less strongly flavoured. For some recipes it is important that both are acidic, so will react with bicarbonate of soda.

  • While maybe a suitable substitute, golden syrup is hard to get in Germany. – Stephie Nov 13 '18 at 21:16

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