Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gluten-free White Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies from author @DarylWoodGerber + #giveaway

Hey, I'm offering a giveaway below, for no reason whatsoever other than 
it's October and we're getting near Halloween.

From Daryl aka Avery:

Remember back when we were simply talking about posting on Facebook or tweeting on Twitter?

Nowadays, you have to ask all sorts of other questions.  Do you Snapchat? Tumblr? Pinterest?

I do like to Pinterest (is it a verb)?  It's so visual. I can get lost searching the huge boards of others.  I have lots of boards on my Pinterest page, about my books, food, animals, favorite places, etc. If you haven't visited, go take a look. There's a link at the end of this post.

Anyway, while I was posting pictures for something new that I'm working on, I saw a picture of cookies that I absolutely had to have. Had to! Yum!  There was a link with the picture, so I went to the blog site and discovered AVERIECOOKS.COM

Wow, wow, wow.  This woman can bake, and she takes fabulous photographs. I learned so much. 

Of course, I needed to make these cookies gluten-free. Immediately! I didn't find any of those kinds of foods on AverieCooks. So maybe she'll come take a look at mine and consider serving them to her gluten-free friends???

I served them at a dinner party recently (people who can eat regular cookies) and they were a huge hit. 

Note, they are really BIG cookies, so they can serve as the entire dessert! Maybe offer a glass of milk?

Gluten-free White Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 ounces (1/4 cup) cream cheese, softened (*Use only the cream cheese in a block; less water)
34 cup light brown sugar, packed
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
1 cup sweet rice flour
1 cup tapioca starch
1 tablespoon whey powder (for moisture)
1 3.5-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix (I used Jell-O, which uses cornstarch)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
pinch of salt
10 ounces white chocolate chips

(*Note: bags are usually 11 ounces – reserve the last ounce for topping; you’ll see in directions below)

(*Note: if you wish to make these using regular flour – check out Averie’s recipe or… substitute regular flour for gluten-free flour and omit the xanthan gum. PSS: I would still include the whey flour. It really makes a difference for moisture. But they can be made without it. And of course, vanilla extract can be regular at this point.)

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, combine the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, granulated sugar and egg and gluten-free vanilla extract, for about 1-2 minutes.

Add the sweet rice flour, tapioca starch, whey powder, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda, salt.  Mix on medium for 1 minutes.

Add the white chocolate chips and mix for 30 seconds.

Using a large cookie scoop (which I did not have) or a 1/4-cup measure cup, form 13 to 14 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly.  {My mixture made 13}

Note: Remember those extra white chocolate chips I mentioned?  Deliberately place three to four chips on top of each mound of dough.

Place cookies on a large plate or tray, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, up to 5 days. (I just did 3 hours.) Note from Averie: Do not bake with warm dough because the cookies will bake thinner.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place cookies on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I baked 6-7 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 11 minutes, or until edges have set, cookies are a golden brown; don't overbake.  These cookies will firm up as they cool.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes.

Note:  these cookies will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I like to wrap each one individually in a tight saran-style wrap so they stay moist.


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Cookbook Nook Mystery (#3).  To enter, leave a comment about what you plan 
to do for Halloween or whether you serve any 
fun treats on Halloween. 
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Savor the mystery!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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  1. Cookies look delicious. My plans for Halloween are to stay in and read. I live in a rural area so no visitors. I do miss seeing the costumes of the trick or treaters.

    1. I live on a hill so no kiddies come my way either. Reading sounds good to me! ~ Daryl

  2. Now that we don't have kidlets around much, Halloween isn't as much fun as it used to be. We still decorate and have treats for any little ones that show up. When my own children were young every Halloween we would have our special "Orange Dinner" - hot dogs, chili, jello, Kool-Aid, mac & cheese - you get the idea. Not too healthy but since these were kids who were going to be going out begging for candy eating a salad wasn't going to work. I am happy to say that my granddaughter now does a bit healthier version of the orange dinner for her children. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Sally, an orange dinner. That sounds so cool. ~ Daryl

  3. I have 3 small Halloween yard decorations and I put some Halloween decorations in our front windows (lighted). I do put our light on, for Halloween and pass out treats but our street doesn't get very many Trick or Treaters. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net.

    1. Dianne, I remember taking my son to the "flats" when he was young to trick or treat. We lived on a hill back then, too. We always decorated the windows, though. Now, I put up just a few things for my grandkids when they visit. ~ Daryl

  4. I have to ration out visits to Pinterest. I can get lost for a very long time there!
    We get a nice number of costumed visitors on Halloween. It's such fun to see them all.
    This year we have a brand new granddaughter to dress up! (A knitted mermaid costume I bought online)
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  5. The recipe sounds so good thanks,! I always hand out candy bars we buy a big bag well two one for the kids we get a few the other for us all, my dayghters are in their early 20's they don't go out so we all pass out the candy
    Penney luvhistoricalromance(at)

    1. What fun to hand it all out together. Good fun! ~ Daryl

  6. The cookies look delectable. We hand out treats although there are not many little ones in the neighborhood. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Elliot, they really were delicious. So moist! ~ Daryl

  7. For Halloween, I'm hosting my annual party and serving White Chocolate Blondies and Candy Corn Brownies.

  8. Wonderful cookies which I would savor. Thanks for your lovely posts. We always have goodies to give out. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Traveler, always good to see you here. You are more than welcome. ~ Daryl

  9. These look soo very yummy. Must try them!

  10. we are going to a halloween festival at our church camp on lake erie. i always make those butterscotch haystacks.

    1. Amy, those sound amazing! Care to share the recipe? I love anything butterscotch. ~ Daryl

  11. I've been gluten free for almost 5 years; really appreciate the gf recipe! I don't do a lot for Halloween. Decorate with pumpkins and mums and give out candy. Dianne

    1. Dianne, always so glad to help out a fellow celiac. Hang in there! ~ Daryl

  12. The picture of those cookies is ruining my resolve to diet. I am considering just hiding out this Halloween and reading a good book. In the past I've decorated our porch and handed out candy.


  13. Even though Halloween isn't my favorite holiday(sugar high) I do love to bake pumpkin chocolate cookies for my grandsons (3 are in the late teens and early 20's)they are their favorites as well as mine. I just plan to watch "Practical Magic" my favorite.

    1. Sue, what fun to have a favorite cookie for your favorite kids. ~ Daryl

  14. I'm going to the library for Halloween a animie party!

    1. That sounds like fun. Good for the library to get in the spirit. ~ Daryl

  15. What a lovely giveaway! Cookies look yummy!

  16. I live out in the sticks so no kiddos come out here---darn! We will just try to find some non-scary Halloween movie on Netflix---maybe Hocus Pocus.

    1. Sue, I, too, do not watch scary Halloween movies. Eek! ~ Daryl

  17. I plan on walking around with my daughter and her friends. If its too chilly, I'