Gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe – sadly Cadbury’s caramel bars aren’t gluten-free… BUT Cadbury nibbles most definitely are. Yassss!
Gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe? Yep, it’s here! Cadbury Nibbles are basically like chocolate buttons with caramel in the middle. Throw them into my super thick, chunky, chewy cookies and you’re golden.
Sometimes you just can’t beat a SUPER thick cookie that’s crisp on the outside and packed with loads of soft cookie dough in the middle.
(oh and lots of melty caramel-filled chocolate buttons too, of course)
When you’re gluten-free, all our options are often very basic with very few ‘out of the ordinary’ options. So that changes now – starting with my gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe!
These cookies are the kind that muggles get to enjoy whenever they like, but now… so can you!
Here’s a few reasons why you need to make this:
Why make my gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies?
- They’re super chunky and like soft cookie dough in the middle with lots of melty caramel-filled chocolate buttons.
- Nobody would ever know these cookies are gluten-free – you’ll have to fight to keep the muggles away!
- No xanthan gum required.
- Cadbury Caramel bars aren’t gluten-free… but Cadbury caramel Nibbles are. They taste almost identical!
So, what do my gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies taste like?
Well, one thing is for sure: they’re the best tasting gluten-free cookies I’ve ever tasted. Scratch that, they’re the best cookies I’ve ever tasted, fullstop!
The outside is lovely and crisp, but the inside is soft and chewy, like cookie dough, packed with melty milk choc chips.
The sheer amount of caramel Nibbles in every cookie is a little mindblowing – you’ll be as addicted to these as I am after one bite!
Here’s everything you’ll need for this recipe, keep scrolling until you see the recipe card for the measurements and method 👇🏻
Gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe: Ingredients
- 295g gluten-free self raising flour
- 125g butter, softened
- 100g light brown sugar
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100g milk chocolate chips
- 200g Cadbury caramel nibbles
So I thought I’d kick things off with a little frequently asked questions section – if you just want the recipe, then keep scrolling.
But I’ve thrown in some tips here that will be really helpful if this is your first time baking this, or you want to adapt it. So here they are!
Gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe: Frequently asked questions
Can I make this recipe gluten free?
It is gluten free, though nobody would know just by tasting it – trust me!
Bear in mind that minimising cross-contamination is hugely important if you’re Coeliac or making this for someone who is. Here’s some tips from Coeliac UK on minimising the risk of cross contamination.
Also, make sure that all ingredients used don’t have any gluten-containing ingredients. Then make that that they also don’t have a ‘may contain’ warning for gluten, wheat, rye, barley, oats (which aren’t gf), spelt and khorasan wheat (aka Kamut).
Here’s some more info from Coeliac UK on identifying safe gluten free products. Double check your sprinkles to make sure they’re gf too.
Can I make your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe dairy free?
Sadly not as Cadbury caramel Nibbles aren’t dairy-free.
However, you can always make my gluten-free funfetti cookies which are MUCH easier to make dairy-free.
It’s the same recipe, but with funfetti instead of Nibbles!
Can I make your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe vegan?
Sadly not as Cadbury caramel Nibbles aren’t vegan-friendly.
However, you can always make my gluten-free funfetti cookies which are MUCH easier to make vegan.
It’s basically the same recipe, but with funfetti instead of Nibbles!
Is your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe nut free?
Sadly, this is not a nut-free recipe as Cadbury caramel Nibbles have a ‘may contain’ warning for nuts.
However, you can always make my gluten-free funfetti cookies – it’s the same recipe with funfetti instead of Nibbles!
Is your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe low FODMAP?
Unfortunately not, due to the high quantity of dairy in the Cadbury Nibbles.
Are Cadbury Nibbles gluten-free?
As I said in the intro, Cadbury caramel bars are NOT gluten-free. They have a ‘may contain’ warning for wheat.
However, Cadbury caramel Nibbles are gluten-free! Yep that’s right, no gluten-containing ingredients and no ‘may contain’ warning for gluten, wheat, barley etc.
According to Coeliac UK, that makes them safe for us to eat!
They taste exactly like a Cadbury caramel bar anyway, so put them to good use in this recipe.
Can I make your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies in a food processor or standing mixer?
Of course you can and to be honest – a standing mixer or electric mixer would probably be easier!
I’ve never actually tried to make this in a food processor either, but just make sure that the mixture is really well combined and that you scrape the sides down occasionally too. The same goes for a standing mixer.
Also, you can make this by hand too – just ensure everything is evenly mixed.
Do I need weighing scales to bake your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies?
In short… yes, yes and yes! And I wouldn’t advise attempting any my recipes without them.
A lot of work went into fine tuning ratios and quantities and for me, baking is all about consistency and precision. I want you to make this recipe and for it to turn out EXACTLY like mine did.
For example, adding too much flour can make things dry and crumbly, whereas not adding enough sugar means it’ll lose its crisp exterior. I don’t want you to be disappointed, so please weigh your ingredients!
I’d recommending using digital cooking scales like these so you know you’re getting an accurate measurement and replicating my recipe as accurately as poss.
What chocolate chips should I use to bake your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies?
I’ve recently started using the Callebaut milk chocolate chips (or callets) and I can tell you, though expensive, they are AMAZING.
You definitely don’t need to use them for this recipe, but I thought I’d share what I used in the photos. They’re perfect for baking and come out perfectly melty!
Can I make your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies without sugar?
I can understand the need to reduce sugar in our foods, but sugar is integral to the structure of this bake – it’s not just for adding a sweet taste!
Sugar helps to achieve that nice crisp finish as well as working harmoniously with the butter and flour to achieve a specific consistency. So yeah, remove/reduce the sugar at your own risk!
Can I use other sugar apart from light brown sugar in this recipe?
Brown sugar is unrefined and contains molasses which makes these cookies taste like… well, like awesome, bakery-style cookies!
You’re welcome to substitute it for more caster sugar, but I’d always recommend using light brown sugar for these if you can.
Can I make this recipe using other gluten free flours like buckwheat flour or coconut flour?
There’s a big difference between ‘gluten free plain/self-raising flour’ and a *singular* type gluten free flour.
When I say ‘gluten free plain or self-raising flour’ in a recipe, I mean a BLEND of gluten free flours, not just one, singular flour.
Definitely go for a gluten free flour blend.
Does this recipe need xanthan gum?
You’ll see xanthan gum in a lot of my recipes as it’s often an essential ingredient in gluten free baking. But not with cookies – it’s not required!
How long can I keep your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies for?
I’ve kept my cookies for around 4-5 days and they still taste as good as they day they were made. Obviously store them in an air-tight container too.
You can always reheat them for 30 seconds in the microwave at 900W for the ‘fresh out of the oven’ feel too.
When they lose the crispiness on the outside, they’re probably starting to get past their best.
Can I freeze your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies?
Of course! I’ve frozen them for up to a month and after allowing them to full thaw, you’d never know they were frozen. One cookie should take around 3-4 hours to thaw at room temperature.
After thawing, I’d recommend baking them in the oven for 5 minutes or so just to remove any excess moisture before enjoying them warm though.
Can I print your gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe?
Of course! Just hit the print button located on the recipe below ?? (otherwise you might end up printing this entire post which would probably make your printer go into early retirement)
How can I tell when my gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies are done?
They should look slightly crisp on the outside (not excessively wet-looking in the middle) and a little more golden on the edges.
If you start seeing them go excessively brown at the edges, they’ll probably be a little overdone and become crunchy instead of crisp. Remember, they’ll crisp up more as they cool.
If they’re underdone, just pop them back in until you’re happy. Oh and make sure you leave them to cool before sampling them, otherwise they’ll be quite fragile.
My gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies weren’t soft – they were hard and crunchy.
Sounds like they were over-baked. So either your oven is way too hot or you’re leaving them in too long.
Remember, that we just want a slightly crisp outside, leaving them soft and chewy in the middle. We’re not aiming for hard biscuits here so don’t over-bake them!
My gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies spread too much and were flat like pancakes!
You might not have allowed enough time for the dough to chill in the fridge.
If the dough is warm before it goes in the oven, it’ll spread a lot quicker and result in flatter cookies!
My gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies were thick with a bump in the middle, what did I do wrong?
These cookies are supposed to be like that – they’re definitely not supposed to be totally flat.
By having a lovely bump in the middle, that means it’ll full of melty chocolate chips and lots of chewy cookie dough. Sounds like you nailed it to me!
Gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe: Method
Ok, so here’s a printable version of my gluten-free Cadbury caramel cookies recipe. Please remember to give it 5 stars if you tried it and enjoyed it as it helps people know it’s worth trying too! ⭐️ Feel free to leave your written reviews in the comments below this post.
Gluten-free Cadbury's caramel cookies recipe - super chunky, chewy and packed full of caramel nibbles! Nobody would ever know these were Coeliac-friendly and wheat-free. You can make these smaller if you wish, you might want to reduce the cooking time if so by a minute or two depending on the size difference. You can keep the cookie balls frozen for longer and just cook them whenever you fancy a cookie. If they have been frozen for longer, they might need a minute or two more in the oven. Nutritional info is estimated and not always accurate.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 576mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 5g
Gluten-free Cadbury's caramel cookies recipe - super chunky, chewy and packed full of caramel nibbles! Nobody would ever know these were Coeliac-friendly and wheat-free.
You can make these smaller if you wish, you might want to reduce the cooking time if so by a minute or two depending on the size difference.
You can keep the cookie balls frozen for longer and just cook them whenever you fancy a cookie. If they have been frozen for longer, they might need a minute or two more in the oven.
Nutritional info is estimated and not always accurate.
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