30 Gluten-Free Desserts to Enjoy This Christmas

Discover a delightful array of gluten-free holiday desserts, from classic cakes to festive pies. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these delicious treats!

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If you're avoiding gluten, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your favorite desserts this holiday season. Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten allergy, or gluten intolerance, there are plenty of gluten-free Christmas desserts that you’re bound to enjoy this time of year.

Simple swaps can make traditional recipes gluten-free, plus other options are naturally gluten-free. From decadent cookies to show-stopping cakes, this listicle provides 30 recipes that will please all your guests – even the ones who eat gluten.

While this list provides gluten-free recipes, if you’re watching your carb intake or blood sugar, it’s important to know that gluten-free does not mean low-carb.

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Gluten-Free Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes

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1. Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

If you’re new to gluten-free baking, this is a great cake to try. You’ll love this cake recipe because of its vibrant red color that’s perfect for Christmas. It’s also easy to make, has great texture, and tastes delicious. 

2. The Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

This Gluten-Free Carrot Cake is also dairy-free. This recipe is so easy and foolproof that you’ll want to make it again and again. You can also make a sheet cake or cupcakes instead of a round cake if that’s more your style.

3. Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

This is guaranteed to be the most tender Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake you've ever had. It has all the right warm winter spices and plenty of molasses, maple syrup, and honey. I’d bet this will be your new favorite gluten-free Christmas dessert recipe. 

4. Easy Vegan Eggnog Cake (Gluten-Free)

You either love eggnog or hate it and if you’re an eggnog lover, this recipe is for you. You’ll be surprised at how creamy and delicious it is for a dairy-free cake. Not only is this cake vegan and gluten-free, but it’s also lower in sugar than most normal cake recipes. 

5. Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

Just look at this gorgeous specimen of chocolatey goodness. This rich and decadent German Chocolate Cake is layered with sweet coconut icing & drizzled in chocolate ganache. Not only is it suitable for your gluten-free lifestyle, but it’s also free of the top eight allergens. 

6. Cranberry Pecan Coffee Cake

This Cranberry Pecan Coffee Cake is filled with sweet cranberries and a spritz of orange and topped with a cinnamon sugar pecan crumble. It's all of my favorite holiday flavors mixed together in one easy breakfast cake that can be made ahead of time.

7. Gluten-Free White Peppermint Cupcakes

These cupcakes are the ultimate gluten-free Christmas dessert. They’re tender, bursting with vanilla and peppermint flavor, and perfect for any holiday gathering. The crushed candy canes that adorn the frosting give these Christmas cupcakes a festive flair. 

Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

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8. Italian Orange-Fig Cookies

There’s just something about orange and spice that feels warm and cozy during the holiday season. These delicious Italian cookies will be a treasured holiday tradition for your whole family, whether they’re gluten-free or not. No one will know they’re gluten-free unless you tell them! These gluten-free cookies last for weeks if stored in a dry place.

9. Stained Glass Cherry Macaroons

Macaroons are a timeless treat and can be made in different varieties. This version adds a festive flair with red and green candied cherries. They make a beautiful addition to any holiday cookie tray. 

10. Gluten-Free Almond Cookies

These almond cookies are super easy to make and taste just as good as the decadent treats usually made with puff pastry and almond paste. Everyone loves these cookies; in fact, one of my good friends loved them so much that she asked for the recipe. 

11. Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Gluten-Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are super chewy and fudgy. They're a holiday favorite, coated in powdered sugar that creates a beautiful snowy cookie. They take about 20 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of bake time, so they’re easy to whip up last minute if you’ve been tasked with bringing dessert on short notice. 

12. Big, Chewy, Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies

These are the best Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies, with chewy centers and crisp, rippled edges. They are full of warm flavors, including cinnamon, ground ginger, and mild molasses.

13. Favorite Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies

With beautiful crackled tops, crisp edges, and chewy centers, these Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies do not disappoint! Rich with cocoa powder and a handful of chopped milk chocolate. Easy to make, and there is no chilling of dough required.

14. Foolproof Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

These Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies are so easy to make, and the dough doesn't have to be chilled! The cookies hold their shape perfectly as they bake and do not spread, which is important for cut-outs. Finish them with a fluffy buttercream frosting.

15. Best Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

These soft and chewy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms are filled with extra peanut butter flavor and have a piece of dark chocolate pressed into their centers! Roll them in colored decorating sugar for Christmas or plain sugar any time of year.

16. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Balls

These chocolate-dipped Peanut Butter Cookie Balls taste like a Reese's bonbon! They are your answer to a last-minute treat that looks like you spent hours in the kitchen. There’s a surprise center that contains crushed Udi’s Gluten-Free Coconut Peanut Butter Cookies, which add texture, sturdiness, and extra peanut buttery goodness.

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Gluten-Free Christmas Crisps and Pies

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17. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Craving pumpkin pie but afraid to make a gluten-free version of this tried and true classic? This Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie recipe will please any crowd, even your friends and family, without dietary restrictions. It’s super easy to make and can be made non-dairy if you choose.

If you’re anything like me and always have canned pumpkin on hand, you probably have everything you need for this pie in your kitchen already.

18. Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

This Gluten and Refined Sugar-Free Pecan Pie is a super delicious take on the traditional version. It has far less sugar and has a rich, aromatic pecan frangipane as the filling. The buttery and flaky crust completes this amazing gluten-free holiday dessert.

19. The Best Gluten-Free Apple Pie

This Gluten-Free Apple Pie is the real deal. It has a flaky, buttery, gluten-free pie crust and a delicious apple pie filling that boasts flavors of cinnamon and caramel. You and your Christmas guests won’t be disappointed if you choose to make this one. It’s super easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

20. Gluten-Free Coconut Cream Pie 

This easy Coconut Cream Pie features a flaky pie crust, coconut custard, toasted coconut, and fresh whipped cream. It’s a coconut lover's dream come true. Make it with a regular or gluten-free pie crust.

21. Fudge Brownie Pie

If you love brownies, you must try them as a pie. The contrast between the pie crust and the chocolate filling is unreal. This Fudge Brownie Pie makes a standard brownie more elegant and worthy of a fancy Christmas party. This easy recipe is low-carb, keto, gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free.

22. Chocolate Cream Pie

You’ll love this amazingly delicious pie if you love cookies and cream. This rich and creamy Gluten-free Chocolate Pie has a chocolate cookie crust sans gluten. It is perfect for holidays and family get-togethers.

23. Gluten-free Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pie

This Gluten-Free Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pie is a fun treat for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or anytime! Not only is this delicious recipe gluten-free, it’s also surprisingly dairy-free. 

24. Easy Creamy Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pie

If you love Southern sweet potato pie, you will love this easy Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pie Recipe! This pie is full of cozy flavors. It is smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness.

Other Healthy Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts

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25. Gluten-Free Sugarplums

This is a unique dessert that will delight your guests. The fruity flavor and nutty crunch give these sweet and spicy bites a gumdrop richness. They make a delicious addition to traditional Christmas cookie trays. Grab one when you serve them because they’ll be gone before you can lick the sugar off your fingers!

26. Festive Meringue Christmas Trees

These meringues are eye-catching on the dessert table at a holiday party, and they taste heavenly! Look no further for the perfect gluten-free treat to get you into the Christmas spirit.

27. Sticky Toffee Rice Pudding with Caramel Cream

Don’t be mistaken – this isn’t your average rice pudding. This recipe takes traditional rice pudding and gives it an upscale makeover. It has just the right thickness to soak up a hot caramel topping. Perfect for a warm Christmas breakfast or after-dinner delight. 

28. Hazelnut Toffee

This is one of the most requested recipes in my house. It's sweet and buttery with plenty of crunch. You could use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or even white chocolate and substitute almonds for the hazelnuts if you wish. Customize this recipe to however you see fit!

29. Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

These luscious Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries are the perfect bite-sized dessert. Their red and white color makes them the perfect treat to enjoy at Christmas.

30. Gluten-Free Christmas Crack 

This Gluten-Free Christmas Crack is so easy to make and is a delicious holiday treat that everyone will love. It only takes five ingredients and 15 minutes total time to make. You only need gluten-free crackers, butter, sugar, and chocolate chips. 

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