FeaturesOct/Nov 2014 Issue

Boo! 7 Gluten-Free Halloween Treats for Ghosts and Goblins

Creative goodies turn fright night into delight night—even for kids with special diet needs and food allergies.

[Updated August 3, 2017]

Halloween cookies, cupcakes, and treats

Jeff Rasmussen | Shutterstock/Angela Luchianiuc

The sampling of treats and sweets here will please even the most discerning of witches.

No child of any age should miss out on Halloween fun because of celiac disease or food allergies and sensitivities. It’s easy to create delicious, spooky gluten-free Halloween treats that everyone can enjoy. Within this story, we get you started by offering a host of gluten-free recipes; you'll find Halloween-themed sweets (gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, frostings), of course, as well as a  main course for trick-or-treat night (pizzettas—mini-pizzas perfect as individual servings).

Enlist your kids to help you create these goodies. Half the fun of Halloween baking, after all, is the special time spent together in the kitchen, designing funny skeleton faces and creepy-crawly spiders.

Crafting treats and sharing them with family, friends and neighbors, including all the resident little goblins, makes happy memories and creates lasting traditions.

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies


This versatile gluten-free recipe is a favorite treat for any holiday. Easy and delicious, the dough can be rolled out and cut into any shape cookie and decorated to fit the season. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar. For Halloween, design these tasty cookies as witch hats, spider webs, ghosts and pumpkins!

Halloween sweets and treats

Jeff Rasmussen

Tackling all of the recipes below will give you an impressive assortment of goodies disguised as ghosts, witches, skeletons, spider webs, and creepy-faced pumpkins.

Each cookie contains 123 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 9mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 8g sugars, 1g protein, 13 Est GL.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Skeleton Cupcakes


This gluten-free recipe is the basis for wonderful spider and skeleton cupcakes. Top them with marshmallow eyes, crooked teeth, top hats and gluten-free licorice legs.

Halloween cupcakes

Jeff Rasmussen

These cupcakes are scary enough to... eat.

Each cupcake with glaze contains 211 calories, 5g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 46mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 22g sugars, 3g protein, 23 Est GL.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies


Chewy and delicious, our favorite  gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are re-imagined here with little spiders for Halloween fun.

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies

Brian Ambrose Photography

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies are the perfect party fare at Halloween time.

Each cookie contains 77 calories, 4g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 11mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 6g sugars, 0g protein, 14 Est GL.

Gluten-Free Pizzettas


These yummy individual gluten-free pizzas are a guaranteed party hit. Use them as the basis for Mummy and Spider Web Pizzettas.

Halloween mummy pizzetta

Jeff Rasmussen

Spook up your own personal pan pizzas with mummy and (below) spider web decorations. These treats shouldn't take much more than a half-hour to prepare and cook.

Each pizzetta without toppings contains 202 calories, 5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 8mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 4g protein, 19 Est GL.

Halloween pizza

Jeff Rasmussen

Jules’ Homemade All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend


Refrigerate this blend in a large zip-top bag or a sealed container until used.

1 cup cornstarch, tapioca starch or arrowroot powder
1 cup potato starch, tapioca starch or arrowroot powder
1 cup very fine white rice flour, sorghum flour or buckwheat flour
˝ cup corn flour, millet flour, sorghum flour or brown rice flour
˝ cup tapioca starch, cornstarch or arrowroot powder
4 teaspoons xanthan gum or guar gum

1. Whisk ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.

Recipe excerpted with permission from Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy by Jules E. Dowler Shepard. Available from Da Capo Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group ©2010. Jules’ ready-made flour blend is available at gfjules.com.

Comments (2)

I followed the recipe, however my "dough" is very soft and not pliable. Any ideas?

Posted by: tinamariesmom | October 29, 2014 4:21 AM    Report this comment

What is non=hydrogenated oil?

Posted by: Matthew3 | October 21, 2014 10:25 AM    Report this comment

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