In a hurry? No worries. These No-Bake Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Cookie cups are simple to make and allergy friendly.
I don’t just love easy gluten-free desserts – I appreciate them! My husband and I work full time, and when I say full time, I mean 40+ hours a week. Simple gluten-free anything makes our lives easier and helps us get through the week.
If you know me, and you’ve been a Gluten-Free Palate reader for a while, you’ll know that I tend to create dessert recipes more often than non-dessert recipes. My family finds gluten-free meals to be easier than desserts. There are tons of protein, vegetable, fruit, and potato options.
But when it comes to desserts (and we love dessert), it can get tricky. Recipes can involve a lot of ingredients, or require an extravagant ingredient that’s hard to find.
That’s where my passion comes in. I like to deliver quick and delicious desserts that are simple to make and quick to bake (or no-bake like these cookie cups).
Do you have a favorite dessert? My favorite is probably cake, and donuts, and cookies, and.. well everything – especially if it’s easy, bursting with flavor, and has a pleasing texture.
The other day we had some last minute (unexpected) guests stop by. Every time someone comes over I feel obligated to bake them something.
Plus I love making people smile through my treats. Not only were they unexpected, it was the day before I had planned to go grocery shopping. You know what that means? Yep. I was just about out of EVERYTHING.
With limited time and even less ingredients I had to come up with something quick. Baking something from scratch with limited ingredients is challenging. I probably could have pulled something together, but I didn’t want to risk it not turning out.
Luckily I had two Cocoa Loco Bars and two S’mores Soft Baked Bars. I had heard of cookies being used as a cookie cup base or pie crust, but never chewy bars. I thought, why not give it a try? I cut each of the bars into thirds and tried to press them into a mini muffin pan.
Although they were chewy, they weren’t quit soft enough to mold. I popped them in the microwave for a few seconds to soften them, pressed them into the bottom of the pan wells, and then used the back of my melon baller to create a crater in the center.
I then simmered up a quick batch of dairy-free caramel and spooned it into the center of each cookie cup. I carefully removed the cookie cups and placed them in the refrigerator to accelerate the cooling time.
Let me tell you, these little gluten-free salted caramel cookie cups were amazing. And our guests were impressed. The chewy bar cookie cup was a perfect match for the caramel and sea salt. Next time we make them, I’m going to use the Enjoy Life Foods cocoa loco bars.
I also have the Mixed Berry Chewy Bars on my shopping list so that I can try the no-bake vegan gluten-free lemon bars that my friend Brianna made.
Looking for more bite sized treats? Amanda from My Gluten-Free Miami has a recipe for Gluten-Free Brownie Cups that are sure to curb your sweet tooth.