21 Gluten-Free Versions of Classic old Fashioned Desserts

Whether your grandmother was a baker or not, certain desserts have that timeless appeal – and now, we’ve made them gluten-free! From cookies to shortcakes to cobblers, coffee cakes, layer cakes and pies, you simply must experience these desserts at least once in your lifetime. And, if you are gluten-sensitive or celiac, now you can. PS: If you make ONE recipe, try the gluten-free pie crust. It is the best gluten-free pie crust anywhere!

Strawberry Shortcake

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This is classic strawberry shortcake, based on buttery, flaky biscuits. The berries are sliced and half of them are crushed to create the perfect compote to layer between the biscuits along with homemade softly whipped cream. Get the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake.

Rhubarb Lattice Pie

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If there is one pie that says spring to us it is rhubarb pie. We like it with a lattice crust so that we can see the gorgeous pink and red colors peeking through. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Lattice Pie.

Key Lime Pie

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You are going to LOVE our Key” Lime Pie; tangy, creamy and resplendent in a crispy crust. Why the quotes around “key”? Because this recipe uses the common Persian typically found in your supermarket. You don’t need any fancy ingredients. Get the recipe for Gluten-Free “Key” Lime Pie. 

Banana Cream Pie

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This might look like a classic banana cream pie with a pastry crust, pastry cream, sliced bananas and whipped cream – and it is all that – but our version also happens to be gluten-free and lactose-free! Get the recipe for Banana Cream Pie.

Foolproof Gluten-Free Pie Crust

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I have been baking for many decades, and eating gluten-free for over 30 years I have perfected the gluten-free pie crust. I promise you, I have fed this to hundreds of people (probably thousands) and most didn’t know it was GF! Get the recipe.

Angel Food Cake

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Angel Food Cake is naturally low calorie, as it contains no fat. Its loft, tender texture and sweet flavor is created by whipped lots of egg whites and stabilizing with sugar. Serve with fresh fruit, or a scoop of sorbet. Get the recipe for Angel Food Cake.

Blueberry Pie

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Looking for a classic double crusted blueberry pie? In a flaky buttery crust? That just happens to be gluten-free? This is the one! Get the recipe for Blueberry Pie.

Wacky Cake

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Created during the Great Depression, Wacky Cake is so-called because the ingredients look like they shouldn’t work, but they do! Even with no eggs or butter, this cake is deliciously chocolaty, tender, and easy to make. we just call it Easy Chocolate Cake, and our version is even gluten-free. Use it for the basis of your next chocolate layer cake, or make cupcakes! Get the recipe for Easy Chocolate Cake.


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Snickerdoodles are an old-fashioned cookie with a funny name. They are simply the best sugar cookie, with a cinnamon-sugar topping, you have ever had. And they have a “secret” ingredient that you can find in any supermarket. Get the recipe for Snickerdoodles.

Sour Cream Blueberry Bundt Cake

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This blueberry Bundt cake is incredibly moist due to the inclusion of sour cream. Baked in a Bundt pan, it is perfect four brunch, big sales, anytime you want to feed a crowd. Gluten-free too! Get the recipe for Sour Cream Blueberry Bundt Cake.

Carrot Cake

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Everyone loves a good carrot cake, and Nana loved making them because they were thrifty and easy. No mixer required! Great with or without cream cheese frosting. Get the recipe for Carrot Cake.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Whether you are a chip person or a chunk person, these Toll-House inspired cookies are beloved. Our GF version might become your newest favorite recipe. Chips, chunks and with or without nuts, it’s your choice! Get the recipe.

Yellow Snack cake with Sprinkles

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We happen to think this Low FODMAP Yellow Snack Cake With Rainbow Sprinkles is the perfect birthday cake! Tender, gluten-free lactose-free yellow cake, creamy smooth and not-too-sweet vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream and rainbow sprinkles. (You might know them as “Jimmies as they are called in parts of New England). Get the recipe.

One-Bowl Coffee Cake

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Everyone needs a good coffee cake recipe and this one is one-bowl! Get ready for tender yellow cake and a cinnamony-brown sugar streusel topping. Click here for Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake.

Old-Fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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We love a good old-fashioned cake and a Pineapple Upside Down cake fits the bill! This is one instance where you can use canned pineapple to great effect! Get the recipe for Old-Fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Oatmeal Cookies

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Chewy, sweet and nutty oatmeal cookies are a cookie jar staple! Kid and adult beloved; Grandma approved! Get the recipe for Oatmeal Cookies. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

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Cobblers are an easy dessert to make, especially when they are the kind that feature a drop-biscuits style topping, such as this one. The sweet juicy strawberries, and sweet and tart rhubarb are a classic combination, which works quite well with the buttery and rich cobbler topping. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler.

Lemon Pudding Cake

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Pudding cakes have a homespun appeal. One batter bakes up into two distinct layers: a cakey top and a saucy pudding on the bottom. This one is lemon packed and zesty! Get the recipe.


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Okay, we know there are fruitcake detractors out there, but for those of us who love it, we are always on the lookout for a “best” version. This one is rich with dried and candied fruit, as well as nuts, honey and lots of whisky, brandy or, you can even use orange liqueur. We love making it in mini muffin tins. Adults only please. Get the recipe for Fruitcake!

Yellow Cake

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Everyone needs a recipe for a classic yellow cake. It makes the BEST birthday cake! This recipe is gluten-free and oh, so versatile (and yes, of course we have the chocolate frosting recipe, too). Get the recipe.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies

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You might only think of gingerbread cookies around the winter holidays, but we say, “why”? Their spicy flavor is delicious all-year round. And, you get to cut out whatever shapes you like, which is part of the fun. Get the recipe for Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies.

57 Ways To Use Strawberries That You Have Never Thought Of

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We love strawberries. We will eat them out of hand as a snack, slice into a fruit salad, dip them in chocolate (of course), and every year we make strawberry shortcake, but this berry is so versatile, for both sweet and savory dishes. Click to read: 57 Ways To Use Strawberries That You Have Never Thought Of

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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