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