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Gluten-Free Desserts That Are Actually Delicious

Anya Hoffman

Anya Hoffman

June 16, 2015


There's no shortage of gluten-free recipes out there, but as anyone who has dabbled in the flourless arts can attest, it can be hard to find a good one. Especially when it comes to desserts. Fortunately, each of the following dishes can stand up to even the most gluten-packed sweet treats. Round out the flour-free finale with port-poached pears, a bowl of berries and cream, or homemade gelato.

Ginger Cookies

Rolling the dough in Demerara or turbinado sugar before baking is what gives these spicy, chewy cookies their crisp edges. To make this dish wheat-free, follow the special instructions provided.

Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake

This recipe comes from Alice Medrich's Flavor Flours, winner of our 2015 Baking and Dessert Book award. It's made with white rice flour or Thai white rice flour, which is used to make rice noodles and which can be found in specialty food stores or Asian markets.

James Beard's Almond Cookies

Flourless almond cookies made with ground almonds and sugar bound with eggs, then dipped in honey syrup, have been a traditional North African sweetmeat for centuries. Use oat or almond flour in place of all-purpose to dust the cookies before baking.