From fudgy brownies, to chewy cookies, we’ve found the best gluten-free treats to satisfy any sweet tooth.
PB, Banana, and Oat CookiesAt just 82 calories a pop, these gluten-free cookies are a healthy indulgence packed with peanut butter, bananas, rolled oats, and chocolate minichips. Pack one or two in your lunchbox for a yummy midday pick me up.
Oatmeal-Raisin CookiesSoaking the raisins in warm water rehydrates them slightly, leaving you with a softer cookie that can be a nice change of pace from the typical chewy texture.
Salted Caramel BrowniesThis luscious layered brownie made with dark chocolate beautifully combines salty and sweet for an irresistible treat.
Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip CookiesThese flourless cookies are a dream if you're going gluten-free, especially with the perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate.
Chocolate Orange Cookie CupsThese flourless cookie bites from Sunset reader Jennifer Loganathan, of Colden, NY, are a delicious cross between a brownie and a soft cookie—the orange zest adds a bit of contrast.
Kitchen Sink Oatmeal CookiesYou can put just about anything in these cookies. Chocolate chips and walnuts are definitely some ingredients that you won’t want to leave out.
Almond-Lemon BarsThese bars have a thin layer of tangy, sweet lemon atop a buttery crust made with almond meal flour. There is big citrus flavor in every little bite.
Fudgy Flourless BrowniesMedjool dates give these Fudgy Flourless Brownies an extra touch of sweetness making this gooey dessert a delicious gluten-free option.
Chocolate-Hazelnut MeringuesMake up to two days ahead, and store in an airtight container at room temperature. The chocolate and hazelnut coating adds textural interest to these airy, sweet treats
Chewy Oat and Fruit Granola BarsToasting the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed adds a rich, nutty taste to these granola bars. A much healthier and gluten-free alternative to store-bought bars, these homemade treats are a wonderful addition to any lunch box.
Double Chocolate Sorbet SandwichesPacked with powdered sugar and cocoa powder, these gluten-free cookies are completely flourless and make one unbelievable sandwich with bright sorbet smashed in the middle.
Chewy Gooey Marshmallow Cookies with MinichipsMarshmallows are what make these 69-calorie cookies so decadent without all the sugar and guilt.
Almond Butter CookiesPacked with almond butter, dates, oats, and almonds, these gluten-free cookies are more like energy bars that tastes like cookies.
BrowniesFor cookie swaps or family get togethers, bake these brownies for guests with gluten allergies.
Chewy Caramel Apple CookiesThese old-fashioned chewy oatmeal cookies are extra sweet with the addition of caramel candies and chopped apple. Even folks who don't need to eat gluten-free cookies are likely to devour these, so you'd better bake an extra batch.
Almond-Date BarsMarcona almonds are blanched and roasted--you won't need to toast them. You can also substitute regular whole almonds to make these sticky-sweet bars.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesNo substitutions here— you probably have everything on hand to make these chewy, chocolaty naturally gluten-free peanut butter cookies.
S'more BarsFor kids with gluten intolerance, it's important to create a few desserts that taste as good as the real thing. This one sure does. Try Cup4Cup flour and S'moreables gluten-free graham crackers for the best results.
Easiest Peanut Butter CookiesImpress your guests with these simple, 4-ingredient peanut butter cookies.
Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringue KissesPiping cookies from a pastry bag is a lot of fun, and the work goes quickly. But you can just as easily make these into drop cookies, if you prefer. Just drop them by level tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.
AmarettiPackage these crunchy cookies in a gift box with a pound of your favorite coffee beans. Look for almond paste on your supermarket's baking aisle, and for best results, don't substitute marzipan, which is sweeter and more finely textured, in place of the paste
Coconut MacaroonsCoconut Macaroons have sweetened coconut instead of almonds and are a sweet and crisp version of this classic cookie.
Oatmeal, Chocolate, and Walnut CookiesChewy oatmeal and crunchy walnuts can completely transform the typical lunch box chocolate chip cookie, adding new flavors and texture while subtly increasing the cookie's nutritional value.
Lemon Sugar CookiesThe stark contrast between the sweet sugars and the tart lemon juice gives these cookies personality and bite. They're a great afternoon treat with coffee or tea.
Chocolate-Frosted CookiesThis recipe, reminiscent of the classic black and white cookie, is a quick and easy gluten-free option that everyone will love. In addition to adding whole grains, sorghum flour adds a nutty flavor that pairs well with bittersweet chocolate.
SnickerdoodlesServe these spiced cookies during the holidays with a mug of hot cocoa or anytime you're craving a tasty cinnamon treat.
Mexican Wedding CookiesAlso known as Russian teacakes or snowball cookies, these dense, crumbly cookies are perfectly bite-sized. Enjoy them with a frothy cappuccino.
Gingerbread CookiesNo Christmas season is complete without the mouthwatering ginger and spice cookies we all loved as kids. Break out the cookie cutters and turn them into holiday gingerbread men.
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Roll-Out Holiday CookiesThis gluten-free recipe makes classic sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating to your liking with frosting and sprinkles! Shape them into pretty hearts for Valentine's Day, egg-shaped ovals for Easter, four-leaf clovers for St. Patrick's Day, and trees or stars for Christmas.
Chocolate-Walnut-Graham Cracker BarsThese tasty treats are more like a candy bar than a cookie. Served with hot chocolate, they're a children's sticky-finger favorite!
Coconut Macaroons with Bittersweet Chocolate and PistachiosSweet and chewy coconut macaroons have always been an easy favorite for anyone following a gluten-free diet. We jazzed up these naturally gluten-free beauties by dipping them in bittersweet chocolate and studding them with salty pistachios.
Cherry-Coconut BarsChewy, fruity, and sweet, these fanciful bars are a favorite for all ages and make for a bright and elegant display on the dessert table.
Maple-Pecan BarsReminiscent of pecan pie, gluten-free Maple-Pecan Bars deserve a spot at your holiday dessert buffet. Use pure maple syrup to form the gooey brown sugar and pecan mixture needed to make these heavenly bars.
BlondiesBlondies are like a second-generation brownie. They're cakey and comforting and awesome with milk, but teeming with vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar in place of all that chocolate.
Chocolate-Nut BarsFlaxseed meal adds to the nuttiness of the walnuts and almonds in these delicious chocolate bar cookies.
Decadent Fudge BrowniesA recipe for decadent, thick, dark chocolate brownies is a must-have for any kitchen, including a gluten-free kitchen. This version is much lighter than the typical brownie (unless you serve them with a giant bowl of vanilla ice cream). You can also dust them with powdered sugar for an even sweeter finish.
Mocha-Pistachio Biscotti"Biscotti" is an Italian word referring to hard, crunchy, twice-baked cookies. These biscotti can be kept for weeks in an airtight container, but are pretty enough to be wrapped in clear plastic with a ribbon and given as a gift.
Cardamom CookiesThese cookies from the Persian tradition are a rather special gluten-free version of shortbread--just be sure to use powdered sugar that doesn't include a starch with gluten in it.