On the hunt for the BEST gluten-free dessert recipes? Check out this post for a roundup of 25 TESTED & PERFECTED recipes! This blog has hundreds of dessert recipes, but these are the very best!

Eating gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to settle for subpar desserts. Each one of these recipes has been carefully tested and 5-STAR reader approved.

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Tips for Gluten-Free Baking

Since many traditional desserts rely on gluten-containing wheat flour to achieve a light, chewy texture, there’s definitely a learning curve to gluten-free baking! However, it’s totally possible once you learn a few pro tips like these:

  • Follow the recipe exactly: If you’re new to gluten-free baking, this is not the time to experiment. Gluten-free baking can be finicky, and it’s important to follow every instruction without making any modifications.
  • Measure carefully: Adding too much or too little of any ingredient could affect the outcome, so take your time and measure carefully. Consider getting a kitchen scale to make your measurements even more exact.
  • Use high-quality 1:1 gluten-free baking flour: I like to use gluten-free measure-for-measure flour blend like King Arthur Flour in my baked goods. (It works best to use a blend that contains xanthan gum, like this one!)
  • Let your batter rest: Most recipes will taste a lot better if you let the batter rest for at least 15 minutes before baking. This minimizes grittiness and improves the texture.
  • Don’t worry about over-mixing: Good news! Unlike gluten recipes, gluten-free recipes usually can’t be overmixed. (They don’t contain the gluten that can get tough if the batter is mixed for too long.)

Gluten-Free Desserts

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The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
The BEST Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! A few tricks make these gluten-free cookies perfect – soft, chewy, golden and irresistible! Easy-to-make and NOBODY will guess they are gluten-free! 
A few tricks make these gluten-free cookies perfect – soft, chewy, golden and irresistible! They're easy to make, and NOBODY will guess they're one of your go-to gluten-free dessert recipes! 
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Mousse Cake
This gluten-free chocolate mousse cake is rich, decadent and perfect for any celebration! With a brownie-like cake layer and cream-cheese-based chocolate mousse, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream. 
This cake probably isn’t the most traditional chocolate mousse cake, but it sure is delicious. The bottom layer is chewy and rich, like a cross between a brownie and flourless chocolate cake.
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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These gluten-free oatmeal cookies are chewy and delicious, with nothing but rave reviews. Plus, they're made with everyday ingredients and are total crowd-pleasers.
With wholesome oats, a little bit of coconut and gooey chocolate chips, the texture, flavor and chew of these cookies can’t be beat. I’ve worked for years to perfect this recipe and it’s one of my tried-and-true go-to recipes.
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gluten free cheesecake topped with cherry filling
Gluten-Free Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
This is guaranteed to be the BEST gluten-free cheesecake recipe you’ll ever try! The texture is smooth, rich, and creamy, and served over an easy, gluten-free walnut brown sugar crust. 
My mom would make this exact recipe over the holidays every year, even before any of our family members starting eating gluten-free. It has a naturally gluten-free crust as well as a rich layer of creamy cheesecake and sour cream topping.
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Perfect Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake
Since angel food cake gets it’s structure from egg whites, it is really easy to make it a gluten-free dessert. Add fresh strawberries or fresh berries on top and you have one of the best gluten-free desserts.
Hundreds of reviewers agree this is the most delicious gluten-free angel food cake recipe around! This tried-and-true recipe was originally published in 2013 and is one my #1 recipes today.
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Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Recipe
The BEST gluten-free vanilla cake you’ll ever make! This cake is fluffy and has a pillowy-soft crumb. Topped with a creamy vanilla buttercream, it’s worthy of any celebration.
I tested this recipe dozens of times to get it just right! The secret to delicious gluten-free cake is skipping the butter and using a combination of sour cream and oil instead. Whipping the batter also makes a light and fluffy cake!
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The Best Gluten-Free Brownie Recipe (Ultimate Fudgy!)
The best gluten-free brownie recipe from scratch! These brownies are soft, chewy and perfectly chocolatey. Plus they're easy-to-make!
They're one of those decadent treats that's also easy to make. What more could you ask for?
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The Best Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
The BEST gluten-free blueberry muffin recipe you'll ever make! Soft and tender from whole milk yogurt (dairy-free option too!) and bursting with blueberries (use fresh or frozen!), these muffins have been a long-time family favorite.
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The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread
The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread! EASY to make with perfect texture and delicious flavor! Sure to become your go-to recipe!
This banana bread is a long-time reader and family favorite! This recipe has a few tricks so you get soft, moist, easy-to-slice and completely delicious gluten-free banana bread every time.
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Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles (Brown Butter)
Soft and chewy gluten-free snickerdoodles with crisp, golden edges! Browned butter and a few other tricks give these cookies delicious flavor and texture.
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Perfect Gluten-Free Cupcake Recipe
This PERFECT gluten-free cupcake recipe makes moist and fluffy cupcakes. It's sure to become your go-to cupcake recipe! 
This recipe makes moist and fluffy cupcakes that are perfect for any occasion. Bake them for your next birthday party, family gathering, or just-because celebration!
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Easy Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
Hands down the best gluten-free carrot cake around! Easy to make with everyday ingredients and topped with a blanket of fluffy cream cheese frosting. Nobody will guess this is gluten-free!
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close up shot of gluten free coffee cake in metal baking dish with piece scooped out
Gluten-Free Coffee Cake (with Sour Cream)
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!
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Easy, Gluten-Free Monster Cookies
These gluten-free monster cookies are FLOURLESS – you only need gluten-free quick oats and other pantry staples to make them. They're chewy cookies and full of peanut butter, M&Ms and chocolate chips!
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The BEST Gluten-Free Apple Cake
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!
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Gluten-Free Blueberry Scones (Bakery Style!)
These gluten-free blueberry scones are like a high-end bakery treat, right from your own oven! The bright pops of blueberry and sweet icing take the scones to the next level of deliciousness.
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Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake
German chocolate cake is an indulgent dessert perfect for special occasions. Made with two different types of frosting, it's the ultimate combination of chocolate, coconut, caramel, and pecans.
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The Best Gluten-Free Coconut Cake
This gluten-free coconut cake is one of the best cakes you’ll ever make! It’s soft, moist and covered in fluffy cream cheese frosting. Plus toasted coconut adds the perfect contrast of textures.
My #1 tip for gluten-free coconut cake is to use buttermilk powder for a light and tender crumb! Keep reading for my expert tips on making delicious coconut cake.
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Perfect Gluten-Free Pound 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.
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Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread
Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread! EASY and completely delicious! This recipe makes 3 mini loaves or one 9×5 loaf. It's lightly sweet and perfectly moist – make it all summer long!
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gluten free biscotti recipe
The Best Gluten-Free Biscotti
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!
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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Pie
This gluten-free peanut butter pie has a smooth, creamy cream cheese-based peanut butter filling and an easy, gluten-free Oreo crust.
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The Best Gluten-Free Pecan Pie
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!
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Slice of pumpkin pie with a piece on a fork
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie (with Homemade Crust)
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie! A crowd-pleasing holiday favorite made from scratch with a flaky gluten-free pie crust. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without it!
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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars
These gluten-free pumpkin bars feature a soft, spiced pumpkin sheet cake topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting. They make the perfect gluten-free fall dessert!
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What types of desserts are gluten-free?

Most desserts can be made gluten-free using gluten-free flour, including chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cake, cupcakes, and more. Other desserts are naturally gluten-free, like coconut macaroons, flourless chocolate cake, three-ingredient peanut butter cookies and more.

Is creme brulee gluten-free?

Yes, creme brulee is naturally gluten-free, since it is made with cream, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and water. (But if you’re buying store-bought creme brulee, it’s always best to double-check the label!)

Is Nutella gluten-free?

Yes, Nutella is naturally gluten-free. The company has confirmed it does not contain any gluten ingredients, like wheat, rye, barley, or oats.

I hope enjoy these recipes as much as I do! When your sweet tooth strikes, you always have a great recipe to turn to—even while living a gluten-free lifestyle!

Happy baking! If you try any of these gluten-free dessert recipes, leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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