10 Best Cookie Recipes for a Party

One thing I like taking to holiday parties (or to just make) are cookies. This year, for Thanksgiving, I volunteered to bring gluten free desserts. I plan on making gluten free brownies, but I also will be making a platter of gluten free cookies. Rather than scour the internet for the best of the best cookie recipes, I compiled the 10 best cookies recipes for a party! All of these recipes can be made gluten free!

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10 Best Cookie Recipes

Cookies are the perfect thing to take to a party or holiday get together. They are easy to make and most recipes you can make a head and freeze until you need them. Let’s not forget, everyone loves cookies. They are also good to have when kids will be there because kids don’t always like the pies that adults have at the holidays.

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Without further ado, I give you the 10 best cookie recipes that are super easy to make, freeze well, and are a great crowd pleaser. Keep these cookies in mind when you are doing your holiday cookie swaps!

  1. Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies
  2. Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
  3. Pumpkin Coffee Cookies with Maple Icing
  4. Sweet and Salty Cookies Recipe
  5. Butterfinger Cookies Recipe
  6. S’mores Cookie Recipe
  7. Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
  8. Kit Kat Cookies Recipe
  9. Gluten Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies
  10. Oatmeal Apple Spice Cookies

Don’t these sound like the best cookie recipes?!? I just recently made the jam thumbprint cookies and they were amazing! The jam thumbprint cookies and two others (that I will share the recipes for later) will be the cookies I take to Thanksgiving this year. The nice thing about ALL of the cookie recipes above is that you can make them with regular flour or gluten free flour. The Namaste gluten free flourbest cookie recipes is my favorite gluten free flour brand. I highly recommend it. Everything I make with it turns out perfectly.

What is your go to cookie to make?


Banana Mini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Banana muffins are a staple in our house. I swear the kids leave three to four bananas in the basket just so they will get too ripe to eat, but perfect for muffins! This week was no different. Since my daughter got her braces on, certain foods have become difficult to eat. While muffins are soft, she likes to break them apart and she said big muffins take too long to eat. So, to help her out, this week I made banana mini muffins with mini chocolate chips!

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Banana Mini Muffins

Delicious recipe for gluten free banana mini muffins with mini chocolate chips.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword banana muffins, mini muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 36 People

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Bananas ripe
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 TBSP Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your mini muffin pan with liners or pick up this great silicone mini muffin pan. You won't need any liners and the muffins pop right out.

  2. In a large bowl, mash your bananas. Make sure to mash them well so you don't end up with lumps.

  3. In a separate bowl, cream together your butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, bananas, milk and vanilla extract. Be sure to mix between each new addition.

  4. Next add your baking soda, salt and gluten free flour. Mix in between each addition. 

  5. Fill your muffin wells with the banana mini muffins batter and place in the oven for 13-15 minutes. If you chilled your batter before baking, you may need the full 15 minutes.

  6. Allow the mini muffins to fully cool before storing them in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

*You may sub regular flour for the gluten free flour. 

These banana mini muffins are super moist (I cringed typing that word, but it’s true) and absolutely delicious. They are great for kids lunches or snack time. For my daughter that just got braces on, they are super easy for her to break apart and eat, without wasting a ton of time at lunch!

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If your family likes muffins as much as mine, be sure to try our other favorites:

Any gluten free recipe can easily be made with regular flour. You just substitute 1 cup for 1 cup! I’ve made each of those recipes with both gluten free flour and regular flour. While I haven’t tried it with the regular flour (allergy), the kids like it either way! If you were to ask my daughter, the apple spice pumpkin muffins are one of her favorites.

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Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

I’m probably going to say this a million times in this post, but this chicken enchilada soup is amazing. It’s filling too. I’m not sure where you live, but here in Michigan, it feels like winter. With the windchill, it was 24 degrees today. So total soup weather. This chicken enchilada soup is filling and the best part is, if you are following Weight Watchers (WW), it is zero SmartPoints for one serving.

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Delicious recipe for chicken enchilada soup. Can be made in your slow cooker or on the stovetop. 0 SmartPoints on Weight Watchers!

Course Main Course, Soup
Keyword chicken enchilada soup, crockpot, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 People

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 10 oz Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce, Hot
  • 11 oz Canned Corn
  • 4 1/2 oz Old El Paso Green Chilies, mild, chopped
  • 29 oz No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes (2 14.5 oz cans)
  • 15 oz Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 med Onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 3 tsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup Fat Free Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt

Instructions

  1. You have the option of using either the stovetop or your slow cooker. Place your chicken breasts (raw) in the slow cooker or stock pot.

  2. Add ALL of the other ingredients, but the plain fat free Greek yogurt. Stir.

  3. If you are using the stovetop, bring your soup to a slow boil and then turn on low. I used the "simmer select" option on my stove. Allow it to simmer for about 65 minutes. 

    If you are using your slow cooker, cook on high for 4 hours or low for about 8 hours.

  4. Check to make sure your chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken from the stock pot or slow cooker and shred. Add it back to the pot/slow cooker.

  5. Stir in your plain fat free Greek yogurt and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Each serving is 1 cup.

You guys…it’s so good. I was texting my cousin and she asked me if I thought it would be good without the greek yogurt (she likes more brothy type soups). To be honest, it was good, and I would eat it either way, but it was WAY better with the Greek yogurt. If you are thinking, “ew, I don’t want to use Greek yogurt”, I think you could totally use heavy whipping cream. I use that in my Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe and it’s amazing too.

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This Chicken Enchilada Soup is 0 pts on WW

For my Weight Watchers people, this chicken enchilada soup is 0 SmartPoints for 1 serving. With that said, if you choose to eat 2 servings (so 2 cups), and I can’t blame you…it’s that good, then it is 1 point. So technically, this recipe works out to 1/2 a point. But even at 1 point for 2 cups, that’s a good deal! This soup is super filling!

This chicken enchilada soup is definitely a recipe that you want to keep the ingredients on hand. I made it today and everyone in my house had a bowl of it and there is not much left. That makes me very sad! I think what I will do next time is double the recipe and freeze some of it. This is an excellent freezer soup recipe!

Other WW Recipes You May Like

I love making WW friendly recipes. Other recipes you will want to check out are:


Gluten Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies

This Thanksgiving, I volunteered to bring a few gluten free desserts. I figured I would make cookies and brownies (I am NOT good at making pies). Once I said I would bring cookies, I knew I wanted to bring jam thumbprint cookies. I hadn’t had them in years and they used to be a favorite of mine. However, I didn’t want to just make them the day before Thanksgiving without doing a trial run. So I made some gluten free jam thumbprint cookies today!

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Gluten Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery jam thumbprint cookies. Delicious and gluten free!

Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • 2/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 large Egg Yolks
  • 2 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • Your favorite seedless jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. 

  2. Using your hand mixer, beat your butter until it is light and fluffy. Next add your egg yolk, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix after each new addition.

  3. Add your gluten free flour. Rather than using your hand mixer to mix this, it is much better to wash your hands (or wear gloves) and mix the cookie dough with your hands. The dough is dry. Just keeping mixing it all together. 

  4. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, take 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball with your hands. Next roll in the granulated sugar, making sure to cover all sides with sugar. Place on your baking sheet and press your finger in the center to make a little well. Add your favorite seedless jam to each well.

  5. Place your baking sheet in the oven and bake for 12-13 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool longer.

Recipe Notes

*If your gluten free flour does not contain xanthan gum, add 1 tsp to your mix.

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These jam thumbprint cookies are amazing! They are buttery and melt in your mouth. My kids, who are hyper critical of everything and have no problem telling me what they think, thought they were delicious. Once piece of advice though. Don’t overflow the cookies with the jam. It will bubble over and make a mess!

Jam Thumbprint Cookies Tips

Aside from the obvious tip of not putting too much jam in the cookie, a few other tips I have are:

  1. Definitely use a cookie scoop. It is imperative that these cookies are all the same size so they cook evenly.
  2. Don’t overcook the cookies. In my oven it took 13 minutes. You want to take them out as they are just about to brown the edges. Keeping them on the cookie sheet for ten minutes will allow them to cook a tiny bit more.
  3. For a more uniform look, you can use a dowel rod to make the little well so they are all the same.

FYI…if you are following Weight Watchers, like I am, I put this recipe in the recipe builder and each cookie is 5 points.

What are your favorite type of cookies?


5 Mashed Potato Alternatives for Thanksgiving

I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. Ever since my husband and I got married, we’ve alternated years. This year we are spending it with his family and there will be like 60+ people there. Not even joking. It’s so much fun to sit, eat and just enjoy each others company. The food is always amazing. I truly look forward to all of it. If you are just starting to plan your menu and you want a few new recipes or alternatives to the traditional side dishes, then you will want to check out these 5 mashed potato alternatives for Thanksgiving!

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Planning the Perfect Thanksgiving

If you are anything like me, when you are hosting a holiday, you start planning WAY in advance. While I am not hosting this year, next year I will be and yes…I am already thinking about it! Last year, when my husband and I were following the Keto diet, we made sure that EVERYTHING (or nearly everything) we made for Thanksgiving was Keto approved. Everyone that came to our house that year really enjoyed the food. When you put a lot of thought into the planning, you can’t go wrong!

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Yes…I realize mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple. However, if you would like to shake things up a bit and have something slightly different, then one (or more) of these mashed potato alternatives are for you! Or…if you think your guests will go nuts if they don’t have mashed potatoes…make both! But I’m telling you, these alternative recipes are amazing!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

If you are like me and you are looking for a less starchy option to mashed potatoes, then my garlic mashed cauliflower is the recipe for you. It is amazing! The consistency is very similar to mashed potatoes, but it’s a lot better for you. That is, if you are watching carbs like I am. Even my kids tasted it and liked it!

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Twice Baked Potatoes

If cauliflower as a potato substitute is not your thing, I get it. It’s definitely not for everyone. If you are having a smaller get together for the holidays, then these twice baked potatoes by Emily Enchanted are perfect! They are super easy to make and you can make them ahead of the holidays for a little easy pre-holiday prep!

Cheesy Potato Casserole

If there is one thing that is a standard Thanksgiving food, it’s a casserole of some sort. This cheesy potato casserole by The Salty Side Dish is an excellent mashed potato alternative! Not only does it look super simple to make, and it’s full of flavor, but it’s another recipe that I would put together ahead of time. All I would need to do is pop it in the oven on Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Loaded Potatoes

I have a couple more mashed potato alternatives for you! This next recipe, by Rocky Mountain Savings, mixes two Thanksgiving staples…potatoes and stuffing! Sounds good already, doesn’t it? These Thanksgiving loaded potatoes take the traditional baked potato and jumps it up a notch with the addition of stuffing (and a few other tasty ingredients).

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

One of my favorite recipes of all time is a good cheesy hash brown casserole. This delicious cheesy hash brown casserole recipe by Cosmopolitan Cornbread has a few ingredients that I’ve never had in similar casseroles before and I bet those additions are amazing! I guarantee you, if you make this as one of your mashed potato alternatives this Thanksgiving, your family and friends will not even notice that mashed potatoes are missing!

So…what are your favorite mashed potato alternatives?

Other Thanksgiving recipes you may enjoy are: