Gluten-Free Holiday Appetizers and Desserts
From savory appetizers to decadent desserts, win over any crowd with these delightful gluten-free goodies that are perfect for any occasion.
Coconut, Macadamia Nut, and Dark Chocolate Bark
Bittersweet chocolate morsels and creamy white chocolate morsels combine with crunchy dry roasted hazelnuts and toasted coconut for an incredibly easy and fast gluten-free candy the whole crowd will love.
Chocolate Orange Cookie Cups
These 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.
No flour is needed here; sweet corn syrup is the glue that holds this delicious holiday candy together. Pack in smoked almonds, pecans walnuts or peanuts for an extra salty crunch.
Mocha Truffle Cake
This flourless cake's prep is so easy, making it perfect during those busy holiday months. Its bold chocolate flavor is so satisfying that it's unlikely you'll be able to think about seconds.
Baked Brie with Honey
A drizzle of honey adds a bit of sweetness to savory Brie. Pair this Baked Brie with Honey appetizer with grapes, dried figs, or apple slices.
Bourbon Caramel Sauce
A big splash of whiskey flavors Bourbon Caramel Sauce to create one decadent topping for your favorite ice cream.
Perfect Poached Shrimp
Shrimp is always a popular appetizer item, and it also happens to be a great low-fat and gluten-free offering, particularly when it's poached. You can make this recipe a day ahead and keep chilled in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.
Buttery toffee is topped with chopped whole almonds to add extra crunch in this gluten-free dessert. If you use other nuts, toast them first.
A little bourbon goes a long way in these delightful truffles filled with chocolaty goodness.
Cranberry-Whiskey Sour Slush
Is it a drink or dessert? Who cares? It satisfies both cravings. This garnet-colored slush has all the qualities of a delicious cocktail--a not-too-sweet combination of high-quality liquor and fruity tang.
A heavy meal sometimes needs a light dessert. AT 87 calories per serving, this homemade applesauce satisfies your sweet tooth without setting you over the edge at holiday meals.
Sausage Mushroom Caps
These sausage-stuffed mushrooms are the perfect 1-bite party food and are always a crowd pleaser. Use spicy sausage for more kick.
Pavlova, a golden pink-hued dome of meringue topped with whipped cream and juicy ripe fruit, is a seriously underappreciated dessert
Coffee Sundaes with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel
The sweet and salty combo in this sundae is truly amazing. Serve it to special guests, or treat the family to a weeknight splurge.
Cream Cheese-and-Olive Pecan Bites
These little cream cheese-filled pecan bites are the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy. You'll have a hard time stopping with just one bite.
Homemade Caramel Taffy
A gift of Homemade Caramel Taffy will be a sure hit for the caramel connoisseur on your list.
Salmon and Cucumber Bites
Dramatically cut the calories out of this simple canape by subbing crisp cucumber slices for bread. The freshness of the cucumbers pairs well with the smoked salmon and creamy topping.
Skip the store-bought stuff! Chai-Spiced Fudge is the perfect bite and makes a great gift, too.
Ham and Cheddar Potato Skins
This traditionally high-fat appetizer got a makeover using reduced-fat sour cream, a reduced amount of cheese, and smaller potatoes to keep these bites portion-controlled.
Brazilian Pecan-Cinnamon Truffles
These adorable gluten-free truffles only require five ingredients and have just the right amount of sweetness for the perfect bite-sized holiday treat.
Baked Chocolate Mousse
Serve this creamy decadent Baked chocolate mousse this holiday season for a no-fail treat the entire family will love. The texture is so incredibly light and fluffy, that it just melts in your mouth.
Warm Lemon-Rosemary Olives
Mixed olives are available at most groceries and make the easiest appetizer whether you’re gluten-free or not.
Chocolate Pots de Crème
This no-fuss dessert requires less than 15 minutes of prep time, and the finished product is sure to draw oohs and aahs from guests of all ages.
Savory Gluten-Free Tart Crust
Look no further for a perfectly portioned out gluten-free crust recipe. Filled with savory or sweet fillings, this crust is sure to satisfy with any holiday recipe.
Warm Mocha Pudding
If you've never tried a warm pudding, this is the one to try. The flavors are more up front when the pudding is warm.
Smoked Salmon and Cheese Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes
Potatoes make the perfect canvas for hearty gluten-free appetizers like these Smoked Salmon and Cheese Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes.
These bite-size treats only require 4 ingredients and 20 minutes of prep time.
Greek Yogurt with Warm Berry Sauce
Frozen berries make this a year-round treat and a perfect solution for a gluten-free guest.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
Ask for paper-thin slices of meat at the deli counter. To ease prep, look for a package of presliced mango in the produce section. We do not recommend jarred mango slices—they're too soft.
Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote
This lovely appetizer is about as quick and easy as it gets--as tasty, too. You don't even need to let the cheese come to room temperature first; the warm fruit that goes on top will soften it up. Serve with crostini or crackers.
Spicy Herb Roasted Nuts
This roasted nut recipe is perfect for the holidays as it features herbs traditionally used at Thanksgiving and Christmas, such as sage, thyme, and savory.
Stuffed Baby Potatoes
Stuffed Baby Potatoes pack plenty of favor in bite-size portions.These savory appetizers also present a touch of elegance to your party table. If you don't have chives on hand, minced scallions will do the trick.
Bittersweet Fudge with Sea Salt
Sprinkled sea salt surprises the palette and brings out rich, dark chocolate flavor in Bittersweet Fudge with Sea Salt. Atop this fudgy treat, flaky types of salt shaped like pyramids or thin shards show up the best and won't overpower the sweet.
Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Skewers
Pickup appetizers are ideal for cocktail parties; they're individually portioned and don't require any plate balancing while your guests enjoy. Try this new spin on the prosciutto skewer. It's delicious and can be made ahead to save you time on the day of the party.
Serve this dip with assorted vegetable dippers.