Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts

Indulge in 15 holiday sweets made entirely without gluten, from gingerbread cookies to white-chocolate cream cheese mousse.

Chocolate 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.Todd Coleman

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) »Todd Coleman
White Chocolate-Cardamom Panna Cotta

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.Todd Coleman
Pine Nut Brittle

Pine Nut Brittle

Crunchy, salty, and rosemary-scented, pine nut brittle makes a great gift.Noah Fecks

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

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.Anna Stockwell
Corsican Lemon Mousse

Corsican Lemon Mousse

This rich, silky mousse brightened with tangy lemons makes an elegant end to a meal.Todd Coleman
Chewy Almond Macaroons

Chewy Almond Macaroons

These intensely-flavored cookies have a crunchy caramelized exterior and a chewy, amaretto-flavored interior.Helen Rosner
Gluten-Free Vanilla Crescent Cookies

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.Anna Stockwell

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 »Todd Coleman
Almond Caramels

Almond Caramels

Mini caramels flavored with almond, orange zest, and syrup make simple, delicious treats (and wonderful gifts).Todd Coleman
White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse

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.Todd Coleman
Orange Meringue Kisses

Orange Meringue Kisses

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.Maxime Iattoni

Baci Di Dama (Hazelnut Meringue Sandwich Cookies)

Little hazelnut meringues sandwiched with milk chocolate make light and elegant desserts.Todd Coleman

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

Sweet, buttery, and chewy, classic sugar cookies maintain all of their charm even without gluten. See the recipe for Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies »Anna Stockwell
Pistachio Shortbread 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.Noah Fecks