Gluten Free Cream Cheese Cookies
How to describe these gluten free Cream Cheese Cookies with coconut and chocolate chips? Amazing? Decadent? Sinfully delicious? Our daughter’s “Yum!” sums it up. This cookie has become our new “go-to” gluten free party cookie. Our friends and family love the cream cheese, coconut and chocolate combination. When baked in a ball shape, they remind us both in taste and appearance of coconut macaroons.
Make Mine with Coconut and Chocolate Chips
These cookies are so easy to make, it’s shocking. The secret to the amazing flavor is in the ingredients. We use unsweetened, unsulphured medium shredded coconut and mini chocolate chips. An additional flavor boost comes from a teaspoon of coconut extract. You may use salted or unsalted butter, (we use lightly salted butter in our cookie recipes.) To make these cookies vegan, try coconut oil or non-dairy butter in place of the butter and use vegan cream cheese. We have vegan cream cheese in our refrigerator, and it works beautifully.
Tall or Round?
You will notice the height difference between cookies when viewing the pictures. This is because the cookie is naturally “tall” or rounded. Dave prefers the cookies flat, so we smash them down a bit before popping them in the oven. Whether you choose to bake rounded cookies or flat cookies, the taste will impress you: toasty on the outside and soft on the inside.
Please let us know how your gluten free Cream Cheese Cookies with coconut and chocolate chips turned out! We love to receive feedback. Rate this recipe and leave a comment in the section provided below. Thank you.
An important note: this recipe successfully uses Flour Farm Organic Gluten Free Flour Blend. Click on this link to blend a batch yourself. If you choose to make this with another GF flour blend, please note that your results may differ.
Peace & LOVE – Teri
Photos by DuPree Productions; Recipe updated 7.20 for clarity; Recipe inspired by Shelly from Cookies and Cups – we adapted her delicious recipe to be gluten free
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Say hello to your new favorite party cookie: gluten free Cream Cheese Cookies. The combination of cream cheese, coconut and chocolate make this cookie a total home-run. Use dairy free butter and cream cheese for those who just say no to dairy. Share the love!
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- 270g (9.5 oz) Flour Farm Organic Gluten Free Flour Blend (2 1/2 C – 2 tsp spoon & level)
- 1/4 tsp Extra Fine Pink Himalayan Salt (1.5g) – Increase to 1/2 tsp if using unsalted butter if desired
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda (2.5g)
- 1/2 tsp Aluminum Free, Double Acting Baking Powder (2.5g)
- 170g (6 oz) Cream Cheese- Room Temperature (3/4 C, we like to use Neufchatel, low-fat cream cheese)
- 170g (6 oz) Butter- Room Temperature (3/4 C, we use salted)
- 210g (7.4 oz) Light Brown Cane Sugar (1 C packed)
- 105g (3.7 oz) Cane Sugar (1/2 C)
- 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (10 ml)
- 1 tsp Pure Coconut Extract (5 ml)
- 145g (5.1 oz) Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, medium or fine (about 2 C)
- 340g (12 oz) Mini Chocolate Chips (2 C)
Equipment: Digital Scale (preferred), Cookie Sheets, Mixing Bowls, Measuring Cups and Spoons, Whisk, Spatula, Cooling Rack, Unbleached parchment, Stand Up Mixer with Paddle Attachment or Electric Mixer
Before You Dive In – Prep: Please read!
- Bring butter and cream cheese to room temperature
- Move oven rack to center
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius)
- Line baking sheets with unbleached parchment
Step 1: Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Step 2: In the bowl that attaches to a stand mixer or a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter using medium speed. Mix until smooth. Add sugars and continue to mix for one minute. Add vanilla and coconut extracts. Beat until combined.
Step 3: Turn the mixer to low and spoon in the flour blend until just combined. Do not over mix.
Step 4: With the mixer set to low, add in the shredded coconut and mix until just combined.
Step 5: Remove bowl from the stand mixer and fold in the chocolate chips.
Step 6: Drop cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet using a scoop for best results (we use a #40, 3/4 oz scoop). You can either leave cookies as they are in a rounded shape, OR press cookies down gently using a flat surface. You may need to spray the surface of the flat part with non-stick cooking spray or grease it with neutral oil.
Step 7: Bake cookies for about 12 minutes. Check after 10 minutes to prevent overcooking. Cookies are done when they appear golden around the edges. See pictures. Note: These cookies do not have eggs in them, so they will stay fairly light overall as opposed to turning completely golden brown in color.
Step 8: Remove from the oven and allow to sit on the cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cool completely before storing.
To store: Keep cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2-3 days, or freeze for up to a month. To thaw, allow to come to room temperature on the counter.
Note: As stated in the blog, the cookies may appear “tall” or rounded unless you gently smash them down before putting them in the oven. Either way, they taste delicious.
The nutrition information provided below is for the recipe as written using organic low-fat cream cheese and organic salted butter. Cookies weigh approximately 25g (.88 oz) each.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Category: cookies
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 130
- Sugar: 10g
- Sodium: 65mg
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 5g
- Unsaturated Fat: 3g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 15g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 1g
- Cholesterol: 10mg
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