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In the past, going gluten-free was a tough life sentence. It was nearly impossible to find ingredients to make edible recipes, let alone whip up a dessert that had any flavor—or a texture that didn’t feel like sand. But times have changed! These 17 gluten-free desserts are a sweet treat that anyone will enjoy.

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1. Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart

The title says it all: savory chocolate and a zing of ginger. Yum! You’re not going to be able to resist going for a second slice of this.

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2. Gluten Free Rose Petal Brownies

Do you love rich fudge? Then make these no-bake brownies, stat!

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3. Pistachio Apricot Tart Recipe

It’s totally true that you eat with your eyes first. But the balance of sweet and tart in this recipe will make your taste buds happy, too!

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4. Lemon Raspberry Pavlova

Light and airy, this is the dessert you want on a hot summer night.

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5. Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Whoever invented the cookies and jam combination was absolutely brilliant. Make these little bites of heaven for your next cookie swap!

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6. Apple Rose Tart

Talk about a stunner! This dessert is just the thing to serve when you want to be the envy of all your friends, gluten-free or not!

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7. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Who says you have to wait until fall to enjoy pumpkin desserts? Make these throughout the year for yourself and share with your kids or coworkers (whoever gets to them first).

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8. Cheesecake with Blueberry Topping

This creamy dessert is so delicious, you won’t even notice that there’s no flour or cream cheese in it. Oh, and it’s dairy-free too!

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9. Easy Nutella Mousse

Locate that container of Nutella in the pantry and put it to use. You know, other than spreading it on breakfast toast.

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10. Fig and Ricotta Flatbread

If cheese can be a dessert, so can this sweet flatbread with ricotta and sweet figs. Pour a glass of crisp cider for the perfect pairing!

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11. Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love the surprising kick of citrus injected into these perennial favorites.

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12. Almond Butter Blossom Cookies

Chewy and dense, these cookies give you all the feels!

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13. Apple Crisp

Ooey and gooey on the inside and crisp on the outside, just as it should be. Don’t forget to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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14. Chocolate Coconut Almond Tart

Calling all Almond Joy lovers: This is the classic candy bar on steroids!

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15. Coconut Apple Muffins

You don’t often see apple and coconut together. But why not get your daily serving of fruit in one sweet dessert?

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16. Rice Pudding

It’s always better if you can make a dish where you don’t have to sub ingredients. Because, by the way, rice pudding is naturally gluten-free!

(Thanks, Coterie member Liz Falcigno.)

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17. Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream Frosting

Who would ever guess that a vegan gluten-free cake could be this moist and delicious? (Thanks, Coterie member Dorit Jaffe!)

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