Gluten-Free Recipes for Dessert



Pride Krispies

June 1, 2022

Have you been wondering what to take to the June Pride celebration potluck? We’ve got you covered! These Pride Krispy treats are gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan and delicious.
A plate of pride krispies

Ingredients:

  • 4 ½ cups Fruity Pebbles cereal (always gluten-free and clearly labeled)
  • 10 oz bag full-sized Dandies vegan marshmallows
  • ¼ cup coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Grease an 8×8 or 7×11 baking pan with coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut the marshmallows into quarters with scissors.
  3. Combine the marshmallows in a pan with the coconut oil and heat on the stove on medium heat, stirring continuously. I found it easier to use a large pan to give the marshmallows more heated surface area and also to have enough room for the cereal when you add it. Note that the marshmallows will not melt to a liquid state, but will instead get soft, sticky and pliable.
  4. Once the marshmallows are soft, add the cereal a cup at a time. Expose a sticky surface of marshmallow, stick the cereal onto it, fold the cereal in and repeat. You may want to use your hands for the mixing process once most of the cereal is in the pan, but warning! It will be hot! If you have heat resistant silicone cooking gloves, this would be a great time to use them!
  5. Once the cereal is mixed in, transfer the mixture to your baking pan and push it into place, all the way to the edges.
  6. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight and then cut into squares.
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Coconut Cake

April 4, 2022

This recipe was provided courtesy of Taleen Benson, author of the cookbook Just as Tasty: Gluten-Free and Eggless Baking Through the Seasons and blogger at Just As Tasty.

View of a coconut cake from above. Two pieces are cut and on a plate next to the cake.

Ingredients for the Cake

Makes 12 servings

  • 2 cups (296g) gluten-free flour blend
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (171g) plain Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup (35g) unsweetened shredded coconut

Ingredients for the Glaze and Topping

  • 1 cup (120g) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (53g) unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted*

*To toast the shredded coconut, spread an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Toast in the oven at 350°F for 5 minutes.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9.5” bundt pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugar until smooth. Add the Greek yogurt and vanilla extract and beat to combine. Add the dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the buttermilk. Start and end with the dry mixture and beat briefly after each addition to combine. Fold in the shredded coconut.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 48–50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 30 minutes before inverting onto a wire cooling rack. Cool completely before topping with the glaze.
  5. To make the glaze: Mix the powdered sugar and heavy cream until the glaze reaches drizzling consistency, then drizzle over the cake and top with shredded coconut.
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Grandma’s Noodle Kugel

March 29, 2022

A plate with slices of kugel.Kugel, a sweet, egg noodle casserole, is a common sight at any Jewish party. Try making this for your next holiday event, Jewish or not.

Ingredients

  • ½ stick butter or margarine
  • ½ pound gluten-free lokshen (egg noodles)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 small carton cottage cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook noodles and drain.
  3. Separate 3 eggs and beat yolks, reserving egg whites.
  4. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites until stiff.
  5. Melt butter or margarine in baking pan.
  6. Combine noodles with egg whites, cottage cheese, sour cream, sugar, cinnamon and raisins in baking pan.
  7. Stir in milk and fold in egg yolks.
  8. Bake 60 minutes.
  9. Let stand 15 minutes. Can be served warm or cold.
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Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Pie

March 10, 2022

No Southern holiday would be complete without a pecan pie! For an extra touch, serve this pie with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

A slice of pecan pie on a plate with a fork.

Ingredients:

  • Frozen gluten-free pie crust
  • 1 ½ cups pecan halves or pieces
  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup, molasses, maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Toss together the pecans, chocolate and flour in a medium bowl.
  3. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  5. Add vanilla, salt and your choice of syrup, and beat until blended; the mixture may look curdled—this is normal.
  6. Stir in most of the the pecan mixture. Set aside a few to top the pie.
  7. Transfer the filling to the pie shell, then arrange some pecans on the top.
  8. Bake for about 55 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with just a bit of melted chocolate. The pie should be set around the edges, but still jiggly at the center.
  9. Cool the pie completely in the pan on a wire rack and then enjoy! The pie will keep for two days at room temperature.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

November 2, 2021

This recipe earned an honorable mention in the 2021 Beyond Celiac Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Contest!

Recipe by Katie Blauser


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins by Katie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (coconut or olive)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Josie’s Best Muffins & More Gluten-Free Mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease or line a muffin tin.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients together well.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until there’s no lumps. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin.
  5. Bake for 22–24 minutes.

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Peanut Butter Cups

This recipe earned an honorable mention in the 2021 Beyond Celiac Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Contest!

Recipe by Tammy Aiken


Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Cups by Tammy

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup gluten-free smooth peanut butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt or table salt
  • 1 tablespoon confectionery sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup Enjoy Life Semi-sweet Vegan chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter cup mold. I use the Palksky chocolate almond peanut butter cup mold.

Directions:

  1. In a glass measuring cup mix the peanut butter, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In another glass measuring cup or a microwavable bowl, add 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  3. Melt the the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals until smooth, mixing as you go.
  4. Warm the peanut butter mixture in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds until melted and smooth. Mix.
  5. Add 1 full teaspoon of chocolate to each mold section. Spread over the bottom and up the sides of the mold.
  6. Add 1/2 tablespoon of the peanut butter filling to each section and spread over the bottom.
  7. Add 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate over the top and spread to cover.
  8. Put into the refrigerator for 25 to 30 minutes and allow them to set.
  9. Remove the mold from the fridge, pop each cup out and enjoy.
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Pizzelles

This recipe was the grand prize winner of the 2021 Beyond Celiac Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Contest!

Recipe by Deb Graham


Gluten-Free Pizzelles by Deb

Ingredients:

Yields 30 cookies

Basic Vanilla Pizzelles
  • 2 cups gluten-free baking mix (flour)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free vanilla extract
For flavored pizzelles add:
  • Anise pizzelles: 2 tablespoons anise extract and 2 tablespoons anise seeds
  • Orange pizzelles: 2 tablespoons gluten-free orange extract (or Grand Marnier) and 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • Coconut pizzelles: 2 tablespoons coconut extract and 2 tablespoons lemon or orange zest
  • Chocolate orange pizzelles: add ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons orange zest

Directions:

  1. Add the vanilla (or other flavored extract) to the melted butter and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and sugar in a separate bowl until well-combined.
  3. Add the melted butter and vanilla in a slow, steady stream while continuing to whisk until well-blended.
  4. Add the baking mix and various spices or seeds, orange zest, etc., and using a rubber spatula stir everything together until just combined, but don’t over mix.
  5. Important—let the batter sit for 10 minutes before baking. This will create a better texture.
  6. Drop a rounded teaspoonful of batter into the center of a pizzelle iron.* Close lid and bake for 60–75 seconds, depending on your pizzelle iron. Check for doneness often.
  7. Let cool on a wire rack.
*To achieve a stained glass effect, drop a few multi-colored sprinkles on top of the batter before closing the lid.
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Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

November 1, 2021

Recipe courtesy of our sponsor Schär

These mouth-watering Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes will delight your friends and family. We top them with Cream Cheese Icing so they look and taste just like the classic cinnamon rolls of your dreams!


Ingredients

  • 10 slices Schär Gluten-Free Artisan Baker White Bread
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tsp divided vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Make the Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Grease a 12-cup nonstick muffin/cupcake pan.
  • Trim crusts from bread. Arrange bread slices on large cutting board.
  • Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
  • Spread each bread slice with butter.
  • Evenly sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of buttered bread slices.
  • Stack 2 bread slices together with cinnamon-sugar sides facing each other. Repeat to make a total of 5 sandwiches.
  • Using a serrated knife, gently cut each bread stack into 8 to 10 strips, then cut each strip crosswise in half.
  • Carefully line the muffin cups with the strips, in a circular pattern, dividing the slices evenly to fill all 12 cups.
  • Place the eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and the half & half in a medium bowl. Whisk to blend.
  • Use a small measuring cup to pour the egg mixture over the bread strips, dividing the mixture evenly among the muffin cups. Let rest 5 minutes.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until cupcakes spring back to the touch. Cool pan on wire rack for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Use a knife to loosen the edges of the cupcakes, and then carefully invert muffin pan to release cupcakes onto a platter.

Make the Cream Cheese Icing:

  • Combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a small bowl. Stir until smooth.
  • Spread 1 teaspoon icing evenly on top of each cupcake.
  • Serve warm!
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Apple Walnut Streusel Dessert Pizza

August 23, 2021

Recipe courtesy of our sponsor Schär

This gluten-free Apple Walnut Streusel Dessert Pizza offers all the sweet goodness of coffee cake in a unique easy-to-serve treat!

 


Ingredients

package pizza crusts
tbsp bread crumbs
tbsp brown sugar
tbsp walnuts, coarsely chopped
tbsp powdered sugar
tbsp melted butter
tbsp cold butter
tbsp cream cheese, softened
tbsp sugar
small apples, very thinly sliced
1/4 tsp cinnamon
tsp lemon juice
tsp whole milk

 

 

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Combine the bread crumbs, brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of melted butter and stir well. Set this streusel topping aside.
  • Melt the 2 tablespoons of cold butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the apple slices, white sugar and lemon juice.
  • Cook and stir frequently for five minutes or until the apples are tender and the mixture is thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool for three to five minutes.
  • Spread cream cheese evenly over pizza crust.
  • Arrange apple slices on the cream cheese, overlapping them shingle style, in a circular pattern.
  • Drizzling any remaining juice from the pan over the apple slices.
  • Sprinkle the reserved streusel topping mixture evenly over the pizza.
  • Bake the pizza 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is slightly golden brown.
  • While the pizza is baking, make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Stir until smooth.
  • Remove pizza from oven. Cool for five minutes.
  • Using a teaspoon, drizzle glaze over the pizza.

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No-Bake Red, White and Blue Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

July 6, 2021

Recipe courtesy of Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

This is not a baked custard cheesecake. It is a gelatin-set cheesecake that I first made in England and continue to make. There is no baking (apart from the crust, which some prefer cooked but it is not necessary), no worrying if you’ve overcooked the custard, no cracking of cheesecake, no overnight cooling, etc. It is very popular with my students and clients and you can vary the flavors with different chocolates and liqueurs. It is stiff when you remove it from the fridge but softens to more of a mousse consistency when it’s been out of the fridge for half an hour. Gelatin stops it from melting in the heat. “Lite” cream cheese makes a softer-set cheesecake than 100% cream cheese, but I’ve used lite cream cheese for years.

I added my homemade, microwave-cooked lemon curd to cream cheese mix. Homemade lemon curd (made of butter, sugar, lemon, and eggs and can be used to top scones, cakes, bagels, etc) is delicious. Yes, you could substitute store-bought lemon curd, but the brands I’ve seen use lemon oil, pectin to thicken, palm oil, lemon concentrate, cornflour, citric acid, acetic acid, sodium citrate, color, egg powder, water and then call it authentic. Not in my book!

I’ve made variations of this cheesecake for years, from when I lived in London, including versions with Kahlúa coffee, chocolate peanut butter, white chocolate raspberry, dark chocolate orange, margarita, and white chocolate hazelnut praline. Play with flavor variations using these quantities as a guide.

Gluten-Free No-Bake Cheesecake Mousse

Ingredients:

  • Crushed crumbs of gluten-free graham cracker, cookies, or shortbread crust. Schar gluten-free shortbread cookies, 7 oz bag, makes a generous crust
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 packet of powdered gelatin. An orange box of Knox gelatin in the grocery store is 2 and 1/4 tsp (11g)
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 lb room temperature cream cheese
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup, roughly 8 oz lemon curd
  • 1 cup of liquid heavy or whipping cream
  • ½ cup cream with 2 tbsp sugar (whip these together to make whipped cream for decorating)
  • More lemon curd, if you like your cheesecake tangy
  • Fresh blueberries and/or fresh strawberries

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in the microwave in 15 second intervals and then add to cookie crumbs when liquid.
  2. Press the butter and crumb mixture evenly into a 9” pie plate or springform pan and either bake for 10 minutes or just refrigerate. With current temps being 100°F, I microwave cookie crumbs and butter in a microwave-safe bowl for about a minute or two, then press into the pan and refrigerate.
  3. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water, stir in and leave to stand for 2–3 minutes. The gelatin will set in a rubbery lump but will dissolve with microwaving.
  4. Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon curd. Beat for a few minutes, until light and fluffy.
  5. Melt gelatin mix in the microwave for about 15 seconds. It will stay the same light brown color but should have melted, no granules left. It is important to melt it thoroughly otherwise it will set into little nuggets of gelatin.
  6. Beat gelatin mix into the cream cheese mix.
  7. Beat 1 cup of cream until stiff and gently beat into the cream cheese mix.
  8. Pour mix into pan, over the crust, and refrigerate for several hours.
  9. Once chilled, run a thin plastic spatula or knife around edge between cheesecake and pan, release springform and remove. Leave in pie plate or brownie pan.
  10. Cut a tiny sliver of set cheesecake and taste it to see if it’s lemony enough. You can hide the absent sliver with whipped cream before serving. I often spread more lemon curd on top of the cheesecake to make it really tangy. Whipping cream and adding 50% lemon curd folded in is also delicious for a topping or on it’s own with fresh fruit.
  11. Pipe whipped cream rosettes around top edge of cheesecake, and top with fresh blueberries and strawberries.

You can also make this in 8×8 brownie pan, then arrange blueberries and strawberries in flag pattern.

About Chef Oonagh Williams

I have written a monthly recipe column for Beyond Celiac since January 2011. I have a Culinary Arts degree as well as celiac disease and other food allergies, so I know food and live this way daily. Remember that most real food is naturally gluten-free until manufacturers mess around with it, and only baking really needs changing. Real food is now being called clean eating.

Talks and appearances are currently canceled, but you can connect with me on Facebook at Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh or on LinkedIn. I’ve just filmed recipes at home for New Hampshire’s ABC WMUR’s Cooks Corner and they are being aired. I am also being included in the nationwide library database of online presenters.

For new recipes and lots of advice, my e-cookbook Delicious Gluten-Free Cooking is only $20 and available to download on my website. It has tips, full-color photos, and recipes like grandma’s comfort soup, shrimp and crab bisque, English trifle, buffalo chicken, tiramisu, dinner party fare, and more. Follow the link to see the table of contents and thumbnail photos of the full-size photos in the e-book.

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