The Ultimate Holiday Baking: 26 Festive Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Discover delightful holiday baking with our 26 Very Best gluten-free dessert recipes. Elevate your festivities with delicious gluten-free desserts that are perfect for any celebration! From classic cookies to pies and iconic desserts to get you started on the ultimate holiday baking journey.

Holiday vegan buckwheat cranberry christmas cake on a plate

The Ultimate Holiday Baking:

26 Festive Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

From classic cookies and sumptuous cakes to irresistible pies, seasonal specialties, and some nostalgic recipes, this collection has something for everyone. 

holiday flavors

These gluten free holiday desserts are known for their warm and comforting flavors, incorporating seasonal ingredients like apples, pumpkins, cranberries, and our favorite UNMISTECABLE FLAVOR of chocolate.

So get ready to embrace the magic of the holiday season with a sprinkle of gluten-free goodness. Let’s celebrate flavor and health, ensuring your holidays are filled with joy, warmth, and unforgettable sweet moments. 

family traditions

Many holiday desserts are deeply rooted in cultural and family traditions, bringing back fond memories of family gatherings and special occasions. So, tie on your apron, and let’s get started on a festive baking adventure like no other!


26 Very Best

Festive Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

caribbean rum cake on a cake platter, gluten free

Recipe for Gluten-Free Caribbean Rum Cake

A holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a Gluten-Free Caribbean Rum Cake. This Caribbean-Style Rum Cake is a super moist cake infused with sweet butter rum syrup making this cake extra delicious.


a slice of vegan carrot cake for mother’s day brunch

Recipe for Vegan Gluten Free Carrot Cake

The cake is moist and fluffy, with a deliciously rich buttercream coconut frosting. With the grated carrots, grated pears, raisins, and spices, it’s full of flavour, making this a stunning holiday dessert.

lemon cranberry cake on a platter

Recipe for Lemon Cranberry Meringue Cake

This is a festive Gluten Free Lemon Cranberry Meringue Cake to celebrate the holiday season. The three layers of zesty lemon pudding cake, cranberry gelee, and vanilla meringue nestled on a buttery almond crust make this dessert extra special.

chocolate pumpkin cake on a cake platter, gluten free

Recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Ganache

Naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup, this three-layer dessert is perfect for Holiday season. And be prepared, this gluten free chocolate pumpkin cake SOO GOOD!

overview of holiday kuglof dessert with festive decorations

Recipe for Gluten Free Marble Kuglof Recipe For Holidays

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Marble Kuglof cake is a delicious and festive dessert that is always a hit during holiday season. The coffee cake is finished with a light dusting of powdered sugar or a glaze.

overview of whole chai pumpkin cheesecake decorated with flowers

Recipe for Salted Caramel Chai Pumpkin Cheesecake

This gluten free Holiday dessert combines cheesecake, pumpkin pie and salted caramel. It’s packed with all the best Fall flavors and exotic chai spices.

tiramisu swiss roll on a cake platter, gluten free

Recipe for Tiramisu Swiss Roll

This Gluten-Free Tiramisu-Style Swiss roll is a real show stopper of a dessert, with a soft, moist sponge cake and a layer of cream, coffee, cocoa powder, and, if you wish, Kahlua rolled into a log—a must-have for your Holiday table, especially when decorated with holy. 

a slice of amarettto cheesecake on a plate

Recipe for Grain-Free Italian Amaretto Cheesecake

Creamy mousse-like Grain-Free Amaretto Cheesecake not to be missed! This Italian-style cheesecake is super light, made without a crust. When it comes to holidays, cheesecakes are a must. For cheesecake lovers, this grain-free dessert doesn’t get any better.

a slice of sacher torte on a dessertt plate with a red rose

Recipe for Gluten-Free Sacher Torte – Perfect Holiday Dessert

This Viennese culinary specialty has four chocolate cake layers with dried apricots marinated in amaretto liqueur, fillings of apricot preserves, chocolate sauce and finished with more chocolate. OMG goodness!

sticky toffee pudding snacking cake

Recipe for Gluten-Free Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

Holidays wouldn’t be the same without Gluten-Free Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake. Yes, this stunning gluten-free dessert is everything we dream of—moist sponge cake made with dates and three layers of toffee sauce drowning the cake.

slice of crust free apple pie on a plate

Recipe for Gluten-Free Crust Free Apple Pie

Apple pie is another quintessential Holiday dessert. It comprises thinly sliced apples with maple syrup, spices, and lemon juice. This gluten free apple pie is a true classic without the crust.

a slice of vegan cranberry christmas cake on a plate

Recipe for Vegan Buckwheat Fresh Cranberry Christmas Cake

If anything screams festive, this gluten-free, vegan cake recipe is it! This plant-based holiday dessert is warming, filled with dates and pecans, and topped with caramelized cranberries.

ricotta lemon snacking cake sliced

Recipe for Gluten-Free Ricotta Lemon Loaf

This buttery gluten free ricotta lemon loaf is light, moist, and has a perfect crumb and a zing from fresh lemons. Enjoy a slice for Holiday brunch or a dessert.

crescent cookie, grain free

Recipe for Grain-Free Crescent Cookies

Adding another delicious gluten-free cookie to your Holiday baking is never too late. These festive cookies have only six ingredients, and they are grain-free and super easy to make.

pumpkin mousse cake the perfect holiday dessert

Recipe for 
Gluten-Free Baked Pumpkin Mousse Cake

Pumpkin lovers, this gluten-free baked pumpkin mousse dessert with chocolate ganache has sweet and earthy pumpkin flavors to evoke nostalgia and coziness during the holidays.

sweet potato pie with whipped cream on a plate

Recipe for Jamaican Sweet Potato Pie

Now that it’s officially fall, there are many celebratory gatherings such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Birthdays and Anniversaries. But, whatever the occasion, you can never go wrong with a delicious wholesome pie such as this sweet potato pie.

a slice of boston cream pie without gluten for holiday baking

Recipe for Gluten-Free Boston Cream Pie

An American classic, gluten-free vanilla pudding-like cake, creamy custard and a chocolate ganache glaze. This recipe may look complicated because of the long instructions, but it’s very simple.

gluten-free thumbprint cookies on a platter

Recipe for Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies

It is that time of year when baking is in full swing and Holiday baking begins. When it comes to cookies, an easy recipe for Thumbprint Cookies is always on top of the list.

sliced apple fritter bread, gluten free

Recipe for Very Best Gluten-Free Apple Fritter Bread

When it comes to Holiday baking, this soft, quick bread filled with sweet cinnamon apples and drizzled with a light glaze is. A must gluten free recipe to try for the festive season.

sliced rice flour pound cake on a platter, gluten free

Recipe for Gluten-Free Rice Flour Pound Cake

When it comes to festive baking, everyone should try this Gluten-Free Rice Flour Pound Cake at least once.Buttery, moist with a perfect crumb, only nine ingredients, and ten minutes prep time. An excellent gluten free dessert to have on hand during the holiday season.

overview of sliced German apple cake

Recipe for Gluten Free German Apple Cake

A mix of tart apples and sweet cinnamon creates an apple pie-like topping on a moist, buttery cake. This melt-in-your-mouth apple dessert is a classic for the Holidays in Germany.

Coconut Crème Brûlée on a platter dairy free dessert

Recipe for Coconut Crème Brûlée – Dairy Free, Gluten Free

This gluten-free dessert is a twist on the classic French dessert and is a combination of Crème Brûlée and a flan. Baking for the Holidays may sometimes be overwhelming. However, this dairy and gluten free Crème Brûlée recipe is easy enough even for novice bakers.

a slice of raspberry linzer Holiday cake, gluten free

Recipe for Gluten-Free Raspberry Linzer Cake

A classic Austrian Holiday dessert made with a perfectly sweet almond shortbread crust scented with orange zest, a layer of raspberry jam, lattice pattern shortbread topping and a dusting of confectioners sugar.

slice of grain-free pumpkin pie on a plate

Recipe for Grain-Free Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie For Holiday Baking

What better way to celebrate the Holiday season than with a freshly baked iconic Pumpkin Pie? In this dessert recipe, the crust is made without grains or dairy.

overview of maple caramel apple tart in a tart pan, egg free, gluten. free

Recipe for Gluten Free Maple Caramel Apple Tart – A true iconic Holiday Apple Dessert

This festive dessert will not disappoint – fresh apples, raisins, a hint of cinnamon and fresh lemon juice to start. The crust is light and buttery, and for the finish – the most delicious maple caramel sauce. YUM!

3 linzer Holiday cookies on a dessert plate

Recipe for Gluten Free Linzer Cookies

Gluten free Linzer cookies are a classic holiday favorite. The 7 -ingredient holiday cookie is a sandwich consisting of two thin sheets of baked pastry filled with jam, preserves, or chocolate spread.

Get Inspired!

Whether you’re a seasoned gluten-free baker or just starting out, check out these gluten free holiday dessert recipes to get you inspired and holiday spirit.

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