Want to find the perfect gluten-free Christmas desserts? You’re in the right place!
This post is a complete roundup of my absolute BEST gluten-free Christmas desserts. They’re all time-tested and reader-approved! Trust me when I say everyone will love these cookies, cakes, brownies, and more!
Making Gluten-Free Desserts for Guests with Allergies
I get it. It can be nerve-wracking to make gluten-free Christmas desserts for guests with food allergies. Here are some tips to ensure your desserts are safe and delicious for everyone at your holiday parties:
Clean surfaces as you go. A clean kitchen will do wonders to lower your stress as you bake. Choose easy gluten-free Christmas dessert recipes and clean surfaces and dishes as you go!
Bake in advance. If your gluten free Christmas desserts call for flour, try to make the recipe in advance. You’ll be glad you don’t have to worry about the mess getting on other food you’re prepping on Christmas Eve or Christmas day!
Use a pie crust recipe that’s specifically gluten-free. Gluten-free pie crust behaves differently than regular pie crust. Always use a recipe that is specifically designated as gluten-free (like this gluten-free pumpkin pie) to achieve the perfect dessert. (Rather than just subbing gluten-free flour in a normal recipe.)
Make a cheesecake. Remember, cheesecake filling is naturally gluten-free, making it one of the best gluten-free Christmas desserts for a crowd! I like to use a naturally gluten-free brown sugar walnut crust in this gluten-free cheesecake.
Use high-quality gluten-free baking flour. It’s essential to use high-quality, 1:1 gluten-free baking flour that contains xanthan gum. This will make all the difference in the texture of your gluten-free Christmas desserts!
Use oil instead of butter. Using oil instead of butter makes gluten-free Christmas desserts turn out with a lighter crumb.
Every year we also make these amazing caramels for neighbor gifts!
This is the BEST apple cake I’ve ever made! My #1 tip for gluten-free apple cake – slice the apples really thinly. (Also use yogurt/oil for the right texture!)I tested and re-tested this recipe to get it just right! I think one bite and you’ll agree- this is the ultimate gluten-free apple cake!
Want a gluten free pound cake recipe that is full of flavor and has a tender crumb? This is it! Adding cream cheese for richness and a touch of lemon juice for tenderness is the trick to the best gluten-free pound cake.
This gluten-free coffee cake is made extra rich and tender with the addition of sour cream! It is filled and topped with a cinnamon sugar. Based on a long-time family recipe, this coffee cake is sure to become your new go-to recipe!
This is the BEST pumpkin bundt cake I've ever had! My #1 tip for gluten-free pumpkin cake – don't use butter. Yes! You read that right. A combination of oil/shortening makes for the most perfect crumb. Full of fall spices, this gluten-free pumpkin cake is everything you love about fall!
This gluten-free cheesecake is a long-time reader and family favorite recipe! It's naturally gluten-free thanks to a delicious, walnut-brown sugar crust!This recipe originally comes from a family friend who was known for her delicious southern recipes. We've been making it for years and I hope you love it too!
Gluten-Free Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes (Dairy-Free)
These are meant to be more of a custardy pie center than an actual cupcake. They will sink in the middle as they cook but that's totally normal (they aren't cake)! Just fill in the center with whipped cream. Be sure to use a good cupcake liner like this one or a silcone liner and let them cool completely so they don't stick to the liner.
This gluten-free graham cracker crust is sweet, buttery, and SO easy to whip up. It's essential for all of your favorite pie recipes, from key lime to chocolate pudding!The trick to a good gluten-free graham cracker crust is to add 1 tablespoon of gluten-free flour along with the graham cracker crumbs to hold the crust together.
This gluten-free chocolate pie is a long-time FAMILY FAVORITE! It features the best homemade chocolate pudding and a (secret ingredient) cream cheese whipped cream topping. This pie is always a crowd-pleaser for Thanksgiving, birthdays and more. I hope you love it as much as we do!
This gluten-free apple pie has a flaky, homemade pie crust and sweet-spiced apple filling! My #1 tip for gluten-free apple pie: pre-cooking the apple pie filling! This ensures a crisp bottom crust and a thick, saucy center. UPDATE: Now I also recommend using ametal pie plate for a crisp bottom crust.This post has all the tips and tricks you need to make a classic gluten-free apple pie from scratch. Be sure to watch the full video on how to make it!
With a trusted homemade gluten-free crust and sweet caramelly filling, this gluten-free pecan pie is THE pie you should make for Thanksgiving or Christmas!Be sure to watch the video tutorial to see how to make this pie!
The ONE TRUE gluten-free sugar cookie recipe! I've tried dozens of gluten-free sugar cookie recipes over the years and this is the one I can't stop making. These gluten-free cut-out cookies are soft in the center, crisp on the edges and hold their shape during baking. Make them with your favorite cookie cutters for any holiday or occasion!
The Best Almond Flour Sugar Cookies! Soft in the middle and crispy on the edges. Easy to roll out and perfect for cut-outs!Hundreds of reviewers agree these cookies are the most delicious almond flour sugar cookie recipes around! This tried-and-true recipe was originally published in 2013 and is one of my #1 recipes today!
Chocolate + peanut butter is a classic combo for a reason. Add the crunch of Rice Krispies and you have one irresistible treat!Don't forget to include peanut butter balls with Rice Krispies on your holiday cookie plate this year!
Buttery, shortbread filled cookies with delicious jam! These gluten-free thumbprint cookies are a Christmas classic you’ll love making every holiday season!My #1 tip for gluten-free thumbprint cookies that don’t spread or absorb the jam – freeze the cookies before baking!Read the full post learn my expert tips for making the perfect thumbprint cookie.
You can make these old-fashioned gluten-free gingersnaps soft and chewy OR crispy, depending on how long you bake them. Either way, we can't stop making these buttery, delightful cookies every holiday season!
This gluten-free biscotti is light, crisp and perfect for dunking into coffee, warm milk, or hot chocolate. It makes a special breakfast or a light dessert – nobody will be able to tell it's gluten-free!
Gluten-Free Snowball Cookies (Melt in Your Mouth!)
These delicious gluten free snowball cookies have a light, fluffy texture and rich, buttery flavor! They are undetectably gluten-free and just like the classic cookies you know and love. A must for the Christmas season!
This easy gluten-free shortbread recipe makes buttery, lightly sweet and crisp yet perfectly tender cookies. They’re made with only FIVE ingredients and are especially delicious dipped in chocolate. You need these on your Christmas cookie platter!
This is my FAVORITE recipe for gluten-free gingerbread cookies. They are soft, chewy and full of holiday goodness! Hooray for cookies that are both soft AND hold their shape. They're the perfect treat for decorating and will bring a smile to your face.
Gluten-free chocolate mint cookies are soft, decadent, and full of peppermint flavor. Make this recipe for family at Christmas time or take to a holiday cookie swap! You could even gift the cookie dough for a busy family member or neighbor to bake at their leisure!
These gluten-free almond cookies are light, delicate and practically melt in your mouth! Enjoy them plain or top them with an easy almond glaze for even more almond flavor.These cookies make a delicious addition to any holiday cookie plate. Be sure to watch the full video tutorial in this post. You’ll crave them until you make them!
These gluten-free oreos are made of soft, mini chocolate cookies sandwiched around vanilla creme filling. They’re an irresistible homemade version of everyone’s favorite cookie!This recipe has the option for a cream cheese frosting filling or a classic shortening-based filling. The cookies are easy to make and perfectly chocolatey. These cookies aren’t cakey like a whoopie pie, but they are also not as crispy as store-bought oreos.
These thick and fudgy gluten-free brownies are topped with a double layer of mint & chocolate frosting.This recipe makes a large 9×13 pan of brownies so they're perfect for parties and get-togethers. Nobody will be able to tell they're gluten-free!
These gluten-free Christmas pretzel treats are festive, EASY-to-make and sweet/salty delicious. You'll be tempted to eat the whole batch!These pretzel treats come together in under an hour. Decorate them with festive sprinkles, M&Ms or just a sprinkle of sea salt if you like.
Good news! There are lots of sweets you can eat if you have a gluten intolerance. Some desserts are naturally gluten-free, like chocolate pudding, flourless chocolate cake, ice cream, and creme brulee. Others can be made gluten-free using gluten-free flour. I have many delicious recipes for gluten-free cookies, cakes, brownies, and bars.
What is the most eaten dessert on Christmas?
There are many popular desserts to accompany Christmas dinner, including cheesecake, sugar cookies, peppermint brownies, fudge, shortbread cookies, and gingerbread cookies. Hot chocolate and eggnog are also popular drinks, and candy canes, dark chocolate, and peppermint chocolate are common candies.
What is the name of the traditional dessert on Christmas?
Some of the most traditional desserts for the holiday season include yule log, fruitcake, sticky toffee pudding, and panettone (an Italian Christmas cake).
I hope you love these amazing recipes as much as we do! If you try these gluten-free Christmas desserts, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!