The Best Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Delicious Sweets Everyone Can Eat

Gluten free New York Cheesecake recipe

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Dessert is always a challenge for those on a gluten-free diet. Thanksgiving is no exception, especially considering the variety of pies that are usually on the menu. While you can use a gluten-free crust to make almost any pie gluten-free, there are delicious recipes for gluten-free pies, cheesecakes, and cookies that are ready for you to bake up. Now everyone at the holiday table can finish the meal with something sweet.

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    Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

    Gluten free pumpkin pie recipe

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    Just a small tweak turns this classic pie filling into what may become one of your favorite gluten-free desserts. Ginger and cinnamon bring a spicy flavor to this rich pumpkin pie while the eggs and evaporated milk create a creamy texture. The crust is made with sweet and brown rice flours, cornstarch, and amaranth flour and it can be made ahead of time.

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    Gluten-Free Bread Pudding With Bourbon Sauce

    Gluten Free Bread Pudding

    Teri Lee Gruss

    Gluten-free bread pudding is as easy as switching to gluten-free bread. In this dessert, bourbon-soaked raisins and apples are sweetened with maple syrup, spiced with cinnamon, then mixed with heavy cream, sugar, and eggs. It's baked until puffed up and golden brown then topped with a drizzle of rich brown sugar-bourbon sauce.

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    Gluten-Free Pecan Pie

    A slice of pecan pie.
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    Traditionally, the filling for this classic Thanksgiving dessert is naturally gluten-free, so there are no special substitutions needed. You will, however, have to switch to a gluten-free pie crust. And, while the super-rich pecan pie filling is sweet, serving it with a dollop of whipped cream on the side adds balance.

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    Gluten-Free New York Cheesecake

    Gluten free New York Cheesecake recipe

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    Thanksgiving is all about the pie, but there's always room for creamy 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 cracker crumbs and the filling has a bit of sweet rice flour. A sour cream topping rounds off this tart and sweet dessert wonderfully.

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    Gluten-Free Yellow Cake

    Gluten Free Cake

    Kristina Vanni 

    After a filling holiday meal, sometimes a simple dessert is what guests are craving. This gluten-free yellow cake is made with dried coconut and almond flour, meaning no gluten-free flours are necessary. Powdered sugar and raspberries are a pretty finishing touch.

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    Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Almond Flour Cookies

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    No Thanksgiving dessert table should be without the all-American favorite, chocolate chip cookies. In this gluten-free version, almond flour takes the place of all-purpose, making for a thin and crispy cookie with a slightly chew texture. Make sure to space out the dough as these cookies tend to spread a lot while baking.

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    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. The apple tarte Tatin will look stunning on your dessert table and it tastes delicious as well. A buttery tart pastry of amaranth flour, almond meal, and white rice flour transform this classic dessert into a gluten-free delight.

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    Gluten-Free Fruitcake

    gluten free fruitcake
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    While fruitcakes are typically associated with Christmas, they make for a tasty Thanksgiving dessert, too. This fruitcake au naturel recipe calls for dried fruits rather than the traditional candied variety and the nuts help create a more flavorful dessert. The batter is made with gluten-free all-purpose flour and guar gum and using whipped egg whites lightens the cake to make it even more enjoyable.

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    Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

    Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

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    This gluten-free apple crisp has everything you love about the old-fashioned dessert, from rolled oats to the cinnamon topping. We combine our favorite baking apples with the standard rundown of brown sugar, maple syrup, and lemon juice, then top it all off with a crumbly topping of gluten-free rolled oats, gluten-free flour, butter, cinnamon, and even more brown sugar.

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    Gluten-Free Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

    Gluten-Free Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe Image

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    This ultra-decadent gluten-free Irish cream chocolate cheesecake recipe is actually an easy, no-bake recipe. Whether gluten-free or not, people will swoon over it because it's absolutely delicious. The crust is made of crushed gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies and chocolate and cream cheese—with a bit of Irish cream liqueur—combine for the velvety filling.

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    Gluten-Free Molasses Ginger Cookie

    Molasses and Ginger Cookies Recipe

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    These gluten-free molasses ginger cookies have 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 vanilla to make homemade ice cream sandwiches.

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    Gluten-Free Buttery Apple Crumble

    Gluten-Free Buttery Apple Crumble

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    Use up the last of the season's apples for a buttery apple crumble. The filling pairs apples with orange juice or apple cider and the topping uses gluten-free oats and baking mix. With brown sugar and cinnamon, it's a mouthwatering dessert everyone will appreciate.