Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts December 05, 2012 Food Todd Coleman SHARE Indulge in 15 holiday sweets made entirely without gluten, from gingerbread cookies to white-chocolate cream cheese mousse. Chocolate Mousse This simple yet sophisticated, airy yet intense concoction has been a hit with home cooks in America at least since the New York Times published its first recipe for the dessert in 1955. Get the recipe for Chocolate Mousse » Basler Brunsli (Chocolate-Almond Spice Cookies) Almonds, sugar, and chocolate are ground fine and bound together with egg whites to create a satisfyingly chewy texture, while cinnamon and cloves impart an unmistakable flavor of old-fashioned Christmas cheer. See the recipe for (Chocolate-Almond Spice Cookies) » White Chocolate-Cardamom Panna Cotta Sweetened with white chocolate only, this rich, Middle Eastern-inspired panna cotta gets its distinctive floral aroma from an infusion of blistered cardamom. Pine Nut Brittle Crunchy, salty, and rosemary-scented, pine nut brittle makes a great gift. Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies A blend of white rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca starch makes a perfect gluten-free base for these sweet and spicy cookies that have long been a holiday favorite. Corsican Lemon Mousse This rich, silky mousse brightened with tangy lemons makes an elegant end to a meal. Chewy Almond Macaroons Chewy Almond Macaroons Gluten-Free Vanilla Crescent Cookies Akin to the famed Mexican wedding cookies, Greek kourambiethes, and Southern pecan puffs, these crumbly shortbread crescents, made gluten-free with a variety of specialty flours, are showered with confectioners’ sugar while still hot from the oven. Swedish Rice Pudding Serving this silky dessert at room temperature is the best way to bring out its subtle notes of citrus and spice. See the recipe for Swedish Rice Pudding » Almond Caramels Mini caramels flavored with almond, orange zest, and syrup make simple, delicious treats (and wonderful gifts). White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse In this updated take on a classic French dessert, cream cheese adds stability and a pleasing tang, which balances the sweet white chocolate without overpowering it. Modeled after the classic Creamsicle, these orange meringue kisses sandwiched with buttery white chocolate are a lively and bright addition to the holiday cookie spread. Baci Di Dama (Hazelnut Meringue Sandwich Cookies) Little hazelnut meringues sandwiched with milk chocolate make light and elegant desserts. Sweet, buttery, and chewy, classic sugar cookies maintain all of their charm even without gluten. See the recipe for Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies » Pistachio Shortbread Cookies An adaptation of Basque Christmas cookies, these crumbly harinados are made with ground up pistachios and a blend of gluten-free flours. MORE TO READ RELATED Queen of the King Cakes In New Orleans, the customary Mardi Gras dessert gets a feminist rethink. READ NOW RELATED Our 14 Best Vinaigrette Recipes to Up Your Dressing Game Because your salad deserves the best-dressed award RELATED Lessons in Caretaking: Preserved Lemons Because you can't kill a jar of fruit.