8 Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts Everyone at the Party Will Love
You can be mindful of potential allergies—without cooking multiple dishes. These gluten-free crowd-pleasers make a decadent addition to any holiday table and will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Rich, fudgy… and for serious chocolate lovers only! This incredibly moist cake has no flour—just butter, heavy cream, sour cream, sugar, and a double dose of chocolate. For a party-worthy presentation, dust the top with confectioners sugar and serve each slice with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.
(No-Bake) Nutella Truffles
Struggling to find time to put the finishing touch on your holiday meal? These no-bake treats require just four pantry staples and 20 minutes of hands-on time. Plus, they don’t require any oven space and will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Apple Pie Ice Cream
This delicious frozen dessert gives new meaning to a la mode. Stirred into cinnamon ice cream, caramelized apples take on the same great taste as the classic American pie. Just plan accordingly: You’ll need to have an ice cream maker on hand to make this sweet treat.
No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal Cookies
Make cookies for the entire party—without even touching the oven. A handful of pantry staples—oats, peanut butter, sugar, and more—combine to make chewy drop cookies in a classic flavor combination. In just 10 minutes of hands-on time (and 20 minutes of cooling time), you’ll have three-dozen cookies ready to be devoured.
Honey Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
This restaurant-quality dessert doesn’t require a team of chefs to create. Make the custard ahead, and pour it into individual ramekins ahead of time. Then, right before guests arrive, melt sugar on the stovetop, pour the liquid over the custard, and let the topping harden as it cools.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream Crunch Cake
A triple layer cake is decadent, but still satisfies dietary requirements. A sweet and salty chocolate peanut butter ganache tops two flavors of ice cream—vanilla and chocolate-peanut butter—but the icing on the cake? A sprinkling of peanut honeycomb that lends crunch to every bite.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Thanksgiving’s most popular dessert isn’t suited for those with gluten sensitivities. But the ice cream version fits the bill and tastes delicious. With thin ribbons of soft, silky marshmallow crème swirled into a rich pumpkin ice cream, nobody will even miss the crust.
Chocolate-Dipped Espresso Meringues
When egg whites are whipped into soft peaks and then baked, the result is cookies so light and airy they’ll melt in your mouth. A teaspoon of espresso powders provides a jolt of flavor, while a coating of melted bittersweet chocolate adds an extra layer of deliciousness.