People are always searching for Christmas cookie exchange ideas or themes. Having a gluten-free cookie party allows people who wouldn't be able to participate in this holiday to join in this important and fun ritual.
Additionally, for those who want to learn how to make white chocolate chip cookies, having to deal with the gluten-free angle can provide extra challenges. What I like about this particular recipe is that other than some of the ingredients, it's still just a step-by-step process that makes putting together a gluten-free white chocolate chip cookie recipe a whole lot easier.
- 2 sticks or 1 c. softened unsalted butter
- ½ c. granulated sugar
- ½ c. packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 c. all-purpose gluten-free flour (use pastry-quality)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. kosher salt
- 15 maraschino cherries (remove stems, pat dry and chop up)
- ½ c. chopped shelled pistachios
- 6 ounces good-quality white chocolate chips
- Heat up the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line 2 cookie sheets with silicon baking mats or parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the butter with the sugars and cream the mixture.
- Add in the eggs, breaking them in one at a time. Don't beat in the second egg until the first one is completely mixed in.
- Pour in the vanilla extract and the cream. Mix these into the creamy mixture as well.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine together the salt, flour and baking powder. Mix them with a whisk.
- Add in the sugar and butter mixture, beating the ingredients until they are just combined.
- Keep the sides of the bowl scraped with a spatula until all the ingredients combine thoroughly.
- Add the pistachios, cherries and white chocolate chips. Fold these ingredients into the mix.
- Use a teaspoon to make cookie droplets, which you'll drop onto the covered baking sheets.
- Flatten the cookies with a spatula or spoon. Be gentle.
- Bake the batch of cookies for up to 12 minutes until they turn light brown.
- Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 4 minutes before removing them. Lay them out on a wire rack to complete the cooling process.
- Serve with a variety of teas or a dessert wine.
- If you're hosting the party, head to the dollar store and buy pretty tins plus some wax paper for your guests to take the cookies home in.
- For more tips on throwing a cookie exchange party, watch the video attached to this article.