GFM's 12 Best Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes
Ready to satisfy that sweet tooth? Here's a countdown of our readers' favorite gluten-free desserts - from pies to cookies, and everything in between!
[Updated March 9, 2018]
Anyone who manages a gluten-free diet likely has go-to recipes, including dessert selections. But there’s always room for more, right?
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of 12 reader favorites: the best gluten-free dessert recipes. This page is your directory to those recipes. Enjoy!
P.S. If you're focusing your recipe hunt on pies, you'll find a few here. But look toward "Pick the Perfect Pie: Our 12 Best Gluten-Free Pie Recipes" for just great GF pies.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS.
For a creamy, dense New York-style gluten-free cheesecake, this gluten-free cheesecake is a showstopper dessert. Everyone will want seconds. You can bake it with dry heat or a water bath. Dry-heat produces a light, fluffy cheesecake, a West Coast favorite. Baking with a water bath delivers a dense, creamy New York-style cheesecake. This cheesecake tastes best when made ahead so that flavors meld.
Each serving contains 667 calories, 52g total fat, 29g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 277mg cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 32g sugars, 11g protein, 28Est GL.
MAKES 12 SERVINGS.
This Boston Cream Pie is made with a delicious gluten-free "butter" cake. It can be prepared dairy-free and even egg-free with excellent results. (Instructions provided.) For an impressive dessert display, double the Vanilla Pudding and slice the cake layers in half horizontally to make four thin layers.
Each serving of Boston Cream Pie contains 570 calories, 38g total fat, 23g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 167mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 6g protein.
MAKES 16 SERVINGS.
This luxurious treat has a brownie crust, a creamy filling and two ganache toppings. It's a tried-and-true gluten-free dessert recipe that no one at the party will even suspect is gluten-free!
Each slice contains 614 calories, 36g total fat, 21g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 140mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 8g protein.
MAKES 24 COOKIES.
These gluten-free wedding cookies can be made one to two days ahead and stored in airtight containers. Refresh them by dusting or re-rolling in confectioners’ sugar just before serving. Recipe can be doubled or tripled for a crowd.
Each cookie contains 152 calories, 11g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 20mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 1g protein.
MAKES 12 PUDDING CUPS.
Gluten-free Yorkshire puddings are so good and so easy, consider mixing up the batter the night before and enjoying them for breakfast, too!
Each pudding contains 122 calories, 7g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 74mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, 3g protein, 8Est GL.
MAKES 40 COOKIES.
Dusted with confectioners’ sugar, these Italian gluten-free waffle cookies are deceptively easy to make. All you need is a pizzelle iron. This versatile batter can also be used to make Norwegian krumkake and Russian trubochki; wrap the warm pizzelle around a small dowel or cone and stuff them with Cream Filling. This recipe can be made with egg replacement.
Each pizzelle contains 72 calories, 3g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 23mg cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 4g sugars, 1g protein, 7Est GL.
We’re suckers for strawberries and this tasty dessert takes them to new flavor heights. Use frozen, unsweetened whole strawberries for the puree, as they’re softer and easier to work. Use summer’s best fresh strawberries to garnish the frosted gluten-free cake. You can add a touch of red food coloring to the batter to create a deeper rosy color.
Each serving with frosting contains 415 calories, 15g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 77mg cholesterol, 264mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 49g sugars, 4g protein, 43 Est GL.
MAKES ONE 9-INCH PIE.
This recipe calls for nine ingredients that, in less than 30 minutes, will transform into one of the best pies you’ll ever experience.
This egg-free pie is easy to whip up and the filling requires no baking.
Each serving contains 283 calories, 4g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 10mg cholesterol, 183mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 51g sugars, 2g protein, 41 Est GL.
MAKES 15 TO 18 DONUTS.
This is what traditional donuts taste like—soft and tender in the middle, crunchy on the outside, the perfect combination of flavors and texture.
Each donut contains 141 calories, 3g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 30mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 13g sugars, 1g protein, 19Est GL.
MAKES 24 COOKIES.
These cookies are thick, chewy, and bursting with rich chocolate chips. It’s hard to just eat one. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days. They can be made egg-free; see instructions.
Each cookie contains 146 calories, 7g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 28mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 13g sugars, 1g protein, 15Est GL.
MAKES 1 MINUTE-MUG CAKE.
Dessert doesn’t have to be fussy to be delightful. This light and airy gluten-free cake is the perfect example—only a few ingredients and just a minute or so in the microwave and it’s ready. Double the recipe for 2 perfectly proportioned desserts for a romantic evening by the fire. Vanilla bean paste elevates the vanilla flavor without undue sweetness. If you don’t have vanilla paste on hand, substitute pure vanilla extract.
Each serving contains 508 calories, 28g total fat, 16g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 271mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 28g sugars, 4g protein, 40Est GL.
MAKES 16 SERVINGS.
Professional gluten-free baker Diane Kittle teamed up with Gluten Free & More Magazine to provide our readers with this truly stellar gluten- AND dairy-free vanilla cake. This is a cake that people of all diet restrictions can enjoy. Easily substitute eggs and milk, or vary the taste of this classic recipe by replacing vanilla with a different gluten-free flavor extract, such as almond, orange or maple.
Cake serves 16. Each serving contains 324 calories, 13g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 53mg cholesterol, 49g carbohydrate, 370mg sodium, 0g fiber, 3g protein.