7 Ridiculously Delicious Gluten-Free Desserts

02/13/2015 07:12 am ET | Updated Feb 13, 2015

They taste amazing and don't contain a speck of gluten. Plus, you probably have many of the needed ingredients in your pantry already (read: no obscure alterna-flours!).

By Lynn Andriani

  • The 2-in-1 Classic
    Lara Farroni
    A cross between an oatmeal and a chocolate chip cookie, these treats will appease any craving for something sweet and chewy. The recipe, from blogger Katie Higgins' new book Chocolate-Covered Katie, uses rolled oats to form the dough's base. Then you mix in brown sugar, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips, oil and milk. The cookies bake in just six minutes, but the crucial step is to leave them on the baking sheets for 10 minutes after removing them from the oven -- they'll continue to cook and firm up until they're the perfect consistency.

    Get the recipe: Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • The Brownies with a Secret Ingredient
    Lara Farroni
    If you don't tell anyone that Higgins' dark, rich squares are made with dates, they'll probably never know. The truth is, when you puree the pitted, dried fruits in a food processor with cacao powder, walnuts, vanilla extract, water and salt, they turn into a silky and smooth "batter" that's surprisingly brownie-like in texture. A topping made from more cacao and vanilla, and a little maple syrup, makes an icing-like paste that you spread over the date mixture. There's no cooking necessary; these brownies just need a few hours to chill in the refrigerator.

    Get the recipe: The Ultimate Unbaked Brownies
  • A Treat You'd Be Crazy to Eat Without a Glass of Milk (or Wine)
    Annabelle Breakey for Gluten-Free Baking
    This indulgent dessert from Kristine Kidd's new Gluten-Free Baking has an impressive array of flavors, from balsamic-soaked dried cherries to finely ground almonds to bittersweet chocolate. Together, they form the perfect special-occasion cake, one that would be just as wonderful with a cold glass of milk as it would with a dark, fruity red wine.

    Get the recipe: Chocolate-Cherry Torte
  • The Nutty Bites That Are Just Right After a Big Meal
    © 4Ingredients.com.au
    Smooth, sweet marzipan is an old-world ingredient that usually shows up in whimsical, brightly colored European holiday desserts. These streamlined versions of those traditional treats are made with just four ingredients, including almond paste and pecan halves. They're small enough that you can eat one or two without feeling as if you're going to burst, yet they still deliver an almond-infused, sugary hit.

    Get the recipe: Marzipan Marbles
  • Carrot-Raisin Cookie Bites
    Lara Farroni
    Higgins manages to pull the highlights of a ubiquitous spice cake into one tasty, portable snack with these little balls. All you do is combine carrots, raisins, walnuts, oats, cinnamon, salt and coconut, shape the dough into rounds and pop them into the fridge. Add a dollop of cream cheese if you wish (though, they're so delicious they really don't need a thing.)

    Get the recipe: Carrot-Raisin Cookie Bites
  • The Go-To Confection You Can Take in Any Direction
    Alice Gao
    Coconut macaroons are often the default dessert for those avoiding flour; they simply consist of condensed milk, shredded coconut, egg whites and some flavorings. And while they're lovely on their own, they also take well to additions. Here are three slam-dunk ideas: Drizzle them with bittersweet chocolate, embellish them with dried fruits or sprinkle the tops with flaky sea salt.

    Get the recipe: Original Vanilla Macaroons
  • The Pastry That'll Transport You to Paris
    Hannah Whitaker
    Although French macarons and coconut macaroons both start off with egg whites, that's where the similar-sounding, no-flour-treats similarities end. The former also include powdered sugar and finely ground almonds, so they're much more smooth and refined-looking. Crisp on the outside, airy on the inside, the cookies form an elegant sandwich when you pipe lemon buttercream between two of them.

    Get the recipe: Plain Parisian Macarons with Lemon Buttercream

  • 4-Ingredient Brownies (No, Really)
    Jonny Valiant
    The only thing standing between you and subtly sweet, cakey brownies is a handful of everyday ingredients (Nutella, eggs, flour and kosher salt) and 45 minutes. You could probably get away with skipping the salt, but it adds a sophisticated and savory edge.

    Get the recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Brownies
  • The Extravagant French Dessert That's Secretly A Snap To Make
    Chris Court
    Pots de creme -- which are basically individually portioned bowls or cups of loose custard -- take just 20 minutes to prepare (plus chilling time). This recipe includes clementine zest, which is a bright complement to the rich chocolate. If you don't have ramekins, just use assorted wine or martini glasses.

    Get the recipe: Clementine Pots de Creme
  • The Chewy Chocolate-Chip Classic
    Chef and Food Network personality Alton Brown shares his recipe for deliciously ooey-gooey chocolate-chip cookies. The magic ingredient: bread flour. It has a higher gluten content, which thickens the dough and helps make the finished product chewier.

    Get the recipe: The Chewy Cookie
  • The Truly Genius Way To Pair Wine And Chocolate
    Gentl & Hyers
    Rather than letting an open bottle of red wine languish on the refrigerator shelf, blogger Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, uses it in place of the usual food coloring in a red velvet cake. The result -- a fudgy marriage of chocolate and wine -- will leave you hopeful for more leftover Pinot Noir in the near future.

    Get the recipe: Red-Wine Velvet Cake
  • A Chocolate Cake The Size Of Texas
    Erin Kunkel
    Forget your 8-inch round pans: This ginormous dessert gets baked in one big sheet pan -- which gives you at least 24 servings of moist, pick-it-up-with-your-hands cake. Just have plenty of napkins handy to wipe the chocolate icing off your fingers (though we won't judge if you just want to lick it off).

    Get the recipe: Texas Sheet Cake
  • The Candy-Brownie Mash-Up
    Johnny Miller
    These two-bite treats from "The Chew" cohost Carla Hall are a mind-blowing cross between a chocolate-ganache truffle and a velvety, fudge-like brownie. They make excellent gifts -- if you can bear to part with them.

    Get the recipe: Chocolate Decadent Bites
  • A Candy Bar That Does More Than Just 'Satisfy'
    Romulo Yates
    Sure, these nougat-caramel-peanut-chocolate treats look like the convenience-store snacks you gobbled up as a kid, but they taste so amazing, you could serve them at your next dinner party.

    Get the recipe: Snacker Candy Bars
  • The Brilliant Combination Of Chocolate And Pie
    Anna Williams
    In this over-the-top dessert, a tender, cocoa-flavored crust holds a custard filling made from dark chocolate. A last-minute topping of pistachio whipped cream is a beautifully smooth finishing touch.

    Get the recipe: Chocolate Pistachio Pie
  • A Can't-Screw-It-Up Total Package
    Rachel Been
    Economical, super-simple to make, good-looking and tasty, this chocolaty matzo-based confection will "magically disappear before your eyes," say Liz Gutman and Jen King, proprietors of the Brooklyn candy company Liddabit Sweets. You can use any kind of matzo (salted or not) or even Saltines, and add toppings such as coconut, slivered almonds or chopped dried cherries.

    Get the recipe: Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crunch
  • The Brownie With A Really Good Identity Crisis
    Sang An
    Baking expert Alice Medrich's easy-to-make chocolate treats look like cookies (you drop spoonfuls of batter onto baking sheets instead of pouring it into a pan). But there's no mistaking the moist, buttery taste: These are brownies. (Get yourself a cold glass of milk.)

    Get the recipe: Bittersweet Brownie Drops
  • A 'But It's Good For You!' Cookie
    Gentl & Hyers
    If you're going to eat a healthy dessert, these chocolately bites are the way to go. Yes, they contain butter, brown sugar and chocolate, but also whole wheat flour, oats, apple butter, walnuts and raisins -- so you can get your chocolate fix (relatively) guilt-free.

    Get the recipe: Chocolate Rocks
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