Welcome to the ultimate guide for making Gluten-Free Gumdrop Cookie Bars! These delightful treats blend the chewy goodness of gumdrops with the classic comfort of cookie bars, all while staying gluten-free. Ideal for those with gluten sensitivities or anyone looking for a delicious, alternative baked good.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Gluten-Free Indulgence: Made with King Arthur's all-purpose gluten-free flour, these bars are safe for those with gluten allergies or celiac disease.
- Unique Flavor: The combination of spice drops and a sweet, buttery base offers a unique taste experience.
- Perfect Texture: Achieve that ideal balance between chewy and soft, making them irresistible.
- Versatile Treat: Great for parties, school lunches, or a cozy night in.
Key Ingredients and Their Benefits
- Gluten-Free Flour (King Arthur All-Purpose Blend): This high-quality blend ensures your cookie bars have the perfect texture without any gluten.
- Spice Drops: Adds a burst of flavor and color, making these bars not only tasty but visually appealing.
- Brown Sugar & Granulated Sugar: The combination of these sugars provides depth of flavor and the right amount of sweetness.
- Butter: Gives the bars a rich, creamy taste and helps achieve a soft texture.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F and prepare a square baking brownie pan with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, combine 2 ⅓ cups of gluten-free flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt.
- Using an electric mixer, cream together 2 sticks of softened butter, ⅔ cup of granulated sugar, and ¾ cup of brown sugar.
- Add 2 room temperature eggs to the mixture and blend until smooth.
- Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until well combined.
- Fold in 1 cup of spice drops.
- Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
Serve these delightful gumdrop cookie bars as a standalone treat, or pair them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra indulgence. They're also perfect for holiday gatherings or as a special after-dinner treat.
- Can I use a different type of gluten-free flour? Yes, but results may vary. King Arthur's blend is recommended for its reliable quality and texture.
- How long can I store these cookie bars? They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
- Can I add nuts or chocolate chips to this recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to customize with your favorite add-ins.
Gluten-Free Gumdrop Cookie Bars
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a square baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with granulated and brown sugar.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing until well combined.
- Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
- Fold in the spice drops.
- Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.
- Let the cookie bars cool completely in the pan before slicing.