Gluten Free No Bake Cookies & Creme Cheesecakes Recipes

by Carol Kicinski on June 23, 2011

Gluten Free Cookies and Creme Cheesecakes

[donotprint]If I had known is was to be our last time together, I would have paid more attention. I would have etched into my memory every detail, every sensation, and every joyous nano-second. I would not have taken our time together for granted, as if it could happen again at any moment. How could have I been so careless, so blasé?

In truth I don’t even remember the last time I ate an Oreo cookie – it never occurred to me that they wouldn’t always be a part of my life. And to be very honest, I didn’t even mourn the loss of Oreos along with other gluten-filled foods such as pasta and bagels at the time of my gluten intolerance diagnosis. It wasn’t as if I ate them every day. But then I saw my husband eating one, gently twisting the two chocolate wafers away from the creamy white center, scrapping almost all of the filling with his teeth then crunching happily on each lightly creamy layered cookie, one at a time. Oh the envy. Oh the remorse. It was then that I mourned.

You can imagine my joy when I was meandering through the gluten free section of my local natural foods store and found Kinnitoos – gluten free chocolate sandwich crème cookies! They looked just like the beloved cookies of my past, but how did they taste? Let me give you a clue – I created a whole dessert in honor of them! – No Bake Cookies & Crème Cheesecakes.

This dessert is so simple and it takes maybe 5 minutes to prepare. To make it even easier you can forgo whipping the cream and substitute an 8 ounce tub of Cool Whip and if you want to reduce the fat and calories, use fat free Cool Whip and low fat cream cheese. The cheesecakes are ready to eat after just a few minutes in the fridge or you can even make them up to a day ahead.

What food would you have taken more care to etch into your memory if you knew it was the last time to eat it?

Gluten Free Cookies and Creme Cheesecakes
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Gluten Free No Bake Cookies & Creme Cheesecakes Recipes

Ingredients

21 Kinnitoos
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Place paper liners in the cups of a standard muffin pan (12 cups).
Take 3 of the cookies, cut them in quarters for garnish and set aside. Place 12 cookies in a plastic freezer bag and pound them with a rolling pin until they turn into fine crumbs. Divide the crumbs among the muffin cups and press down firmly and evenly. Place the remaining cookies in the bag and break them up so that there are bigger pieces of cookie as well as some crumbs.

Whip the cream on high speed until stiff peaks form with a hand held mixer. Place the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on high speed until smooth and well blended. Fold in the whipped cream and the crushed cookie pieces. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups. Place one of the quartered cookies on top of each cheesecake. Refrigerate until serving, at least 5 minutes, up to a day ahead.

Servings

This gluten free recipe makes 12 mini cheesecakes.
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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Jesica Ronning June 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Um, wow these look awesome!

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Carol Kicinski June 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Thanks Jessica, they are pretty tasty if I do say so myself :)

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Desi@ThePalatePeacemaker June 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Since going gluten/dairy/egg/refined sugar-free, I really have not missed Oreos. Until right now. And if I find a dairy-free alternative for that cream cheese (c’mon…. not a problem), I don’t have to miss them at all! :) Though I’m not sure if Kinnitoos are safe for me… I shall check now! Either way, thanks for this creative idea, Carol!

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Carol Kicinski June 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I know they are gluten and dairy free but not sure about refined sugar. Dairy free cream cheese is easy peasy so I think you are most of the way there. Good luck!

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Danielle July 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I am also dairy free and wondering the best substitute for the heavy cream so I can try this! It looks SO good!

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Jeri June 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Considering it’s been close to 100 here in CA this week you had me at ‘no bake’. I’ve had chocolate Kinnitos and they are good. This recipe looks delicious.

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Carol Kicinski June 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Jeri. It is in the 90′s here with such humidity! I feel your pain :)

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Kathryn June 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm

My birthday is next tuesday. I am going to make these for it. They look wonderful! My 3 GF grandkids, my GF daughter and GF old me will love them. I think my biggest problem will be to keep my non-GF husband from eating most of them! Thanks for the recipe!

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Carol Kicinski June 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Haha – well that was the problem I had, keeping my non-gfree hubby away from them. He gobbled up more than his share!

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InTolerantChef June 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

How nice to find a gfree substitute that tastes so good!

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Carol Kicinski June 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I was quite pleased!

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Crystal June 25, 2011 at 3:17 am

Oh my! I have got to try the cookies and then the recipe.

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Carol Kicinski June 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I don’t think you will be disappointed Crystal!

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Lori Lundberg June 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Thanks for this recipe and your blog Carol! You make maintaining a gluten free lifstyle so much easier by sharing your experiences/information/recipes. I hadn’t really missed Oreo’s either until I read the beginning of this entry….it tugged at my heart….lol! I definitely see these desserts in my future :-)

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Carol Kicinski July 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm

LOL – how cute that it tugged at your heart! They were such a part of my childhood.

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Michele B June 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

Oh these look great! I really had to watch when I found Kinnitoos…would eat the whole package if I could (okay maybe not such a great idea). Will have to give these little cheesecakes a whirl, as I can see my friends not even knowing that they are GF. Will say that I miss freshly baked bread that has a soft doughy texture with butter and strawberry jam…and that is what I would have more carefully etched in this mind of mine. Thanks for all your great recipes. Cheers!

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Carol Kicinski July 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Oh thank you and I know what you mean, I ate almost a whole bag before I realized what I had done!

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Sleepinghorse July 2, 2011 at 6:17 am

I love your description of mourning and I can feel your pain and distress. We don’t really have Oreo cookies here in New Zealand so I don’t mourn them but oh boy, I have many moments of mourning and it is usually when my husband is eating something that I will suddenly miss so much. And the sad thing is that he is blissfully unaware of how I am feeling.

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Carol Kicinski July 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Oreaos were such a part of my childhood. It is funny that people who can eat what ever they want rarely think of the loss of not being able to eat someting one once loved.

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TJ July 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I can hardly wait to try these. Have you tried freezing them?

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Carol Kicinski July 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Yes, I have frozen them, LOVE them that way too!

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Louise July 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Heck yeah this is exactly what I neeedd.

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Carol Kicinski July 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Thanks Louise!

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amy July 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I was wondering the same thing about freezing them. Looks yummy!

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Carol Kicinski July 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Yes, they freeze great, LOVE ‘em frozen.

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Nancy Cherven July 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

Hi, just wanted to let you all know about “Healthy Top” by Mimiccreme(mimiccreme.com). You will be in heaven after tasting this whipped topping. It is awesome, better than the dairy stuff…my non-gf husband always asks for it on just about everything. I picked it up from amazon.com.
I plan to make this recipe today and use 1 cup of “Healthy Top” instead of heavy cream. One aseptic pack of HT makes 4 lustrious cups of whipped topping. I love the fact it is in an aseptic container and I keep them right at my finger tips. No worry about spoiling. It is so good when mixed with instant espresso grans and also …of course cocoa powder…..mmmmm. Well, are ya hooked yet..you will be…try it soon.

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Carol Kicinski July 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Sounds good Nancy! Let me know how it comes out.

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Nancy Cherven July 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Delicious! I love them out of the freezer; so fun to make. I used 2 zipperlock bags…ya, I just couldn’t waste those yummy cookie crumbs the spoon couldn’t reach. I did increase the Healthy Top to 2 cups.
I am anxious to try Galaxy’s new dairy-free cream cheese product. Have you seen it in your Florida markets?
Thanks for all you do! Ciao

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Erica Kindler July 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

amazingly good! wow is i can say…the kids loved it. hows this for a comment “it tastes better the oreos!” thats what my 8 year old said :) Thanks and keep up the great recipes!

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Jen August 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Please try the Mi-del Chocolate wafer cookies. I faciliated a taste test and the results were an overwhelming slam dunk! (4 out of 5 consistently chose the Mi-del cookies) Much more chocolately taste! Just say’in…..This recipe looks Yumm-O! Thanks for sharing…

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Laura August 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm

oh. my. gosh. If it wasn’t 9pm, I’d run back to the store NOW to get what I need for this…. I cannot buy these GF Oreo cookies at all, because I will eat. every. last.one. in no time flat. BUT I’m aaaaaall about the freezer, and so glad these can be frozen!! I will literally have to make them and then hide them from myself at the back of the freezer so I forget about them. Until I find them. And eat them.

I miss Krispy Kreme donuts.

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Monica September 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I was just wondering if this could be made into an actual cheesecake, so instead of the cupcake tins just use a full-sized pan? These look soooo delicious, I’m gonna make them for a girls’ night! :)

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Carol Kicinski September 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Yes, very easily. USe a spring form pan or even just a deep dish pie plate!

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Caroline December 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm

These look delicious! I hope to try them tomorrow. (Snowy day in the Northeast, perfect time for baking or no-bake!)

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Carol Kicinski December 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Enjoy your snow and cheesecake! Still warmish here in Florida – alas no white Christmas for us :)

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