Holiday Desserts That Make Great Gifts

December 20, 2019

These gluten-free desserts are as tasty as they are beautiful, which means they make great gifts. Make a few batches to show your appreciation for all the special people in your life this holiday season.

Fudge pinecones

Chocolate Pinecones

What’s not to love about this kid-friendly recipe? It’s quick (20 minutes), simple (only six ingredients), and full of superfoods (four, to be exact). And the unique presentation is sure to bring a smile.

Gluten-Free Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Need a sweet gift in a pinch? The best thing about this recipe is that it uses ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. The olive oil makes the cake so moist that you’d never guess it’s grain- and dairy-free.

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake Recipe

One bite of this cake and you’ll wonder why you don’t see chocolate and gingerbread together more often. Chocolate cake is always a hit, and it pairs nicely with spices that taste like the holidays.

Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies Recipe

Cozy up to the fire with a plate of these cookies and some warm eggnog. Slippers and a good book are optional, but highly recommended.

Linzer cookies

Hazelnut-Blackberry Linzer Cookies

These cookies take more time, but they’re well worth the effort. Swap in a variety of jams—try strawberry, apricot, blueberry, or superfruit—to add more color and flavor to your cookie plate.

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Melinda Gross

Melinda writes about health, wellness, and food for the Thrive Market blog. She started her career as a financial journalist in NYC and has written for Where Magazine, Worth, Forbes, and When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys working out, sketching, and playing with her daughter and mini-dachshund, Goliath.

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