Gluten-Free Holiday Desserts
Cranberry and Orange Pavlovas
This Pavlova has a secret: The whipped cream on top of the crisp meringue shell tastes a lot like a Creamsicle. Pastry chef Wendy Boys flavors the Australian dessert with vanilla and fresh oranges, and then—in another break from tradition—tops it with cranberries and mint.
Gingerbread Pear Loaf Cake
This tasty gluten-free version of loaf cake features ripe pear coarsely chopped and crystallized ginger. Make ahead and enjoy for up to three days.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Ginger Cupcakes
These supermoist, gluten-free cupcakes have terrific pumpkin flavor and an irresistible topping of fluffy, creamy frosting and golden caramel sauce.
You would never guess that these moist, fudgy brownies with perfectly crackled tops are gluten-free.
Pistachio Pavlovas with Oranges and Blood Orange Sorbet
If you can find them, use blood oranges instead of lighter-colored navels because darker pigments deliver more antioxidants.
Lemon zest adds a bit of tartness to this otherwise sweet almond cake recipe. Bonus: It's naturally gluten free.
This version of the classic banana cake, topped with crushed pineapple and a sugary glaze, is completely gluten-free.
Frozen Maple-Mousse Pie with Candied Cranberries
Pastry Chef Kathleen Callahan makes delicious desserts like this frozen pie topped with slow-simmered cranberries.
Beet-and-Wine-Infused Poached Pears
Ludo Lefebvre’s take on the classic French recipe features pears poached in a beet juice–spiked syrup, which gives them a gorgeous magenta color.
Apple-Raisin Pie with Walnut-Cream Cheese Crust
This deliciously flaky gluten-free pie crust is made with chopped walnuts and cream cheese. Use raisins and Honeycrisp apples or any other fruit for the filling.
Dunked Dulce de Leche Doughnuts
Dulce de leche, a sweet, caramelized milk, flavors both these gluten-free doughnuts and their glaze.
Gluten-Free Buckwheat Gingerbread Cookies
These soft cookies are based on hermits, a traditional American cookie made with molasses and spices. Baker Mani Niall uses buckwheat flour to add an earthy flavor and hearty texture—and to make them gluten-free.
Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Meringue Frosting
A mother of two and former bakery owner, Silvano Nardone loves nostalgic desserts, like these rich chocolate cupcakes mounted with a fluffy marshmallow-esque meringue frosting.
Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake
This incredible dessert features layers of crisp chocolate-hazelnut meringue and whipped cream.