The Best Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Delicious Sweets Everyone Can Eat

Dessert is always a challenge for those on a gluten-free diet, and Thanksgiving is no exception—especially considering a variety of pies are usually on the menu! Luckily, there are some delicious recipes for gluten-free pies (and a buttery, tender gluten-free crust that can turn almost any pie gluten-free), as well as for cheesecakes and cookies. Now everyone at the holiday table can finish the meal with something sweet.

  • 01 of 09

    Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

    Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

    Teri Lee Gruss

    Just a small tweak turns this classic pie filling into what may become one of your favorite gluten-free Thanksgiving pies. The ginger and cinnamon bring a spicy flavor to this rich pumpkin pie, while the eggs and evaporated milk create a creamy texture.

    Sweet and brown rice flour, cornstarch, and amaranth flour replace the regular flour in the food processor gluten-free pie crust recipe, which can be made ahead of time so this pie is fast and simple to make on Thanksgiving day.

  • 02 of 09

    Gluten-Free Bread Pudding With Bourbon Sauce

    Gluten Free Bread Pudding

    Teri Lee Gruss

    Almost any bread pudding recipe can become gluten-free by substituting gluten-free bread. In this dessert, bourbon-soaked raisins and apples are sweetened with maple syrup, spiced with cinnamon, and then mixed with heavy cream, sugar, and eggs before baking until puffed up and golden brown. A rich brown sugar-bourbon sauce is then drizzled over the top.

  • 03 of 09

    Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

    Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

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    Traditionally, the filling for this classic Thanksgiving dessert is naturally gluten-free, so there are no special substitutions you need to make. Of course, it is the crust that contains flour; thus a gluten-free pie crust recipe is a must.

    You can use a blender to make the super-rich and sweet filling of corn syrup, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and, of course, pecans. Because of the sweetness, it is ideal served with a dollop of whipped cream on the side for balance.

  • 04 of 09

    Gluten-Free New York Cheesecake

    Cherry Cheesecake

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    Thanksgiving is all about the pie, but there's always room for cheesecake, too. This recipe uses canned cherry pie filling, which helps save time while adding color and flavor. The crust is made from gluten-free graham crumbs and the filling has a bit of sweet rice flour. A sour cream topping rounds out this creamy tart and sweet dessert.

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  • 05 of 09

    Gluten-Free Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

    Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze
    Teri Lee Gruss

    Quintessentially fall flavors—cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin—combine to make an irresistible cookie, perfect for dunking in your after-dinner coffee or tea. Gluten-free all-purpose flour and guar gum are combined with the spices, butter, brown sugar, molasses, canned pumpkin, milk, and vanilla to make a drop cookie that is then glazed with a vanilla-cinnamon icing.

  • 06 of 09

    Gluten-Free Apple Tarte Tatin

    Plate with Tarte Tatin garnished with mint leaves

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    Instead of the ubiquitous apple pie, consider serving a French caramelized apple upside-down dessert; it will look stunning on your dessert table and tastes delicious as well. A buttery tart pastry of amaranth flour, almond meal, and white rice flour turn this classic dessert gluten-free.

  • 07 of 09

    Gluten-Free Fruitcake

    gluten free fruitcake
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    While you typically associate fruitcakes with Christmas, they make for a tasty dessert for Thanksgiving, too. This recipe calls for eight cups of dried fruits (versus the traditional candied) and nuts for a more flavorful dessert. The batter is made from gluten-free all-purpose flour and guar gum, along with butter, sugar, vanilla, lemon extract, and egg yolks. Whipped egg whites help lighten the cake.

  • 08 of 09

    Gluten-Free Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

    Gluten-Free Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe Image

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    This absolutely luscious, ultra-decadent gluten-free Irish cream chocolate cheesecake recipe is actually an easy, no-bake recipe. Whether on gluten-free diets or not, people will swoon over this super silky cheesecake. Crushed gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies make up the crust while chocolate and cream cheese—with a bit of Irish cream liqueur—combine to make the velvety filling.

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  • 09 of 09

    Gluten-Free Molasses Ginger Cookie

    Molasses and Ginger Cookies Recipe

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    These gluten-free molasses ginger cookies are big cookies with a pronounced molasses flavor. Ginger and cloves contribute that traditional spice, while gluten-free flour and guar gum make these classic treats accessible to everyone. Take this dessert to the next level by adding a scoop of ice cream to make homemade ice cream sandwiches.