Gluten Free Party Treats Everyone Will Love

By Jenny Stegen | August 20, 2020

Boys birthday party with gluten free Iowa Hawkeyes cake

Having a party or birthday celebration and looking for a quick and delicious GF treat option?

You’ve come to the right place. These are the perfect GF treats and sweets that everyone will love. There is no need to make separate treats for the non-GF crowd as these are sure to please everyone!

Treats prepared in a kitchen that is not set up to be gluten free can easily be contaminated with gluten. Before preparing these treats please review my Quick Guide to Safely Preparing Gluten Free Food. The steps you take to prepare gluten free food are so very important. You do not want to contaminate your guest or loved one. The idea is to make them happy, not sick!

Ready to earn a whole lot of love from your gluten free friend? Read on!

For the Confetti Lover: Pillsbury Funfetti Gluten Free Cupcakes

Gluten free confetti cupcakes with frosting

Pick up a box of Pillsbury Gluten Free Funfetti cake mix

If using a mixer, wash attachments very well to remove residual traces of gluten. Prepare cake as directed on box. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners. Fill each liner ⅔ full with batter. Bake as directed. Allow to cool then frost with Betty Crocker cake frosting. If desired, sprinkle with Betty Crocker rainbow sprinkles. You will never know these are gluten free.

Serve with ice cream and a candle on top. ENJOY!

For the Crispy Lover: Gluten Free Rice Crispy Treats

Boy with pan of gluten free rice crispy treats

Kellogg's Rice Krispies are not gluten free as the malt flavor contains gluten (malt flavoring is derived from barley). A good alternative is Malt-O-Meal Crispy Rice. These are found with the bagged cereals. You won’t taste the difference.

Make sure you have a nice clean, larger pan. Melt 8 Tablespoons of butter. Add a 16-ounce bag of mini marshmallows. Melt LOW AND SLOW and do not bring to a boil or your bars will be hard as bricks! To the melted marshmallows, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir in 9 cups of Crispy Rice cereal.

Press into a clean 9 x 13 pan, preferably glass which is less likely to hang on to gluten residue. You can use some Betty Crocker Rainbow Sprinkles to make them festive. We like to melt a bag of milk chocolate chips in the microwave and coat the bars in chocolate.

Your entire crowd will ENJOY these crispy treats!

For the Peanut Butter Lover: Peanut Butter White Chip Clusters

Pan of gluten free peanut butter clusters on parchment paper

Please use a fresh supply of peanut butter for these treats. Most likely your current supply is full of crumbs that will contaminate your gluten free treats.

In large glass bowl melt chips then add peanut butter. Stir. Add marshmallows, peanuts, and Crispy Rice cereal. Combine well and drop in clusters onto parchment paper. Allow to set and ENJOY pleasing your peanut butter lovers! These are soooo good. Refrigerate to store.

For the Chocolate Lover: King Arthur Gluten Free Fudge Brownies

Boy with pan of gluten free King Arthur brownies

Pick up a box of King Arthur Gluten Free Fudge Brownies. If using a mixer, wash attachments very well to remove residual traces of gluten. Prepare brownies as directed on box. Glass pan is preferred to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Note this recipe is for an 8-inch square pan. I make two boxes (double all ingredients) for a 9 x 13 pan. Serve with ice cream. A little hint: We love the Kemps gluten free frozen yogurt and ice cream varieties. They are sold in oval-shaped 1.5-quart containers. They have a delicious flavor called Mint Cow Tracks. This is AWESOME with brownies! YUM YUM. My mouth is watering!

For the Crunchy Lover: Gluten Free Puppy Chow

Gluten free puppy chow in bowl

Please use a fresh supply of peanut butter for these treats. Most likely your current supply is full of crumbs that will contaminate your gluten free treats.

In a medium glass bowl, melt 1 stick butter, 1 cup milk chocolate chips, and 1 cup peanut butter. Stir well. Place one 12 ounce box of Rice Chex in large bowl, pour melted mixture over cereal and gently stir with large spoon. (Don't use Crispix cereal - it is not gluten free). Next, place 2 cups powdered sugar in jumbo-sized Ziplock. Add coated cereal. Seal bag and gently shake and turn upside down until well coated. Store in an airtight container.

ENJOY the crunchy, powdery sweetness of this classic treat!

For the Caramel Lover: Gluten Free Caramel Chocolate Oatmeal Chews

Boy with pan of chocolate caramel oatmeal chews

This is one of my favorite recipes modified from Pampered Chef website. These have a wonderful combination of caramel, chocolate, and oatmeal and everyone asks for the recipe. I use gluten free flour (either Domata or Bob’s Red Mill) and no one can tell the difference. Oats are naturally gluten free but they are often contaminated with wheat so you must use gluten free oats. Popular brands are Quaker gluten free quick oats or Bob’s Red Mill GF oats.

Preheat oven to 350. In medium-sized mixing bowl, combine 2 cups gluten free oats, 1 ½ cups gluten free flour, ¾ cup packed brown sugar, and 1 tsp baking soda. Add 2 sticks melted butter and mix until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of 9x13 pan, preferably glass which is less likely to hang on to gluten residue. If you use an older metal pan, place parchment paper down for an added layer of protection. Bake crust 12-15 minutes, it will be light brown and slightly bubbly around the edges, don’t overbake.

In small bowl, combine 1 cup caramel ice cream topping with 1/4 cup gluten free flour. Our very favorite is Mrs. Richardson’s caramel topping. Drizzle topping mixture over crust. Sprinkle ½ cup milk chocolate chips and ½ cup butterscotch chips over the drizzle. Crumble remaining crust mixture on top and bake 15-18 minutes or until light golden brown and bubbly. You better sit down before you take a bite - you may pass out they are SO GOOD!

For the Fruit Lover: Gluten Free Fruit Pizza

Girl holding pan of gluten free fruit pizza topped with fresh berries

For this recipe, you will be using your mixer for the filling. Make sure your mixing bowls and beater attachments are nice and clean to remove old gluten residue. Use a large jelly roll pan or a large pizza pan and cover with parchment paper. Heat oven to 350. Prepare two boxes of Betty Crocker gluten free sugar cookies (that’s right - you need a double batch - double all ingredients). Spread sugar cookie dough on baking sheet. It is sticky and it helps to wet your hands under the sink to prevent dough from sticking to your hands. Spread it out somewhat thin - about ¼ inch - it will rise with baking. You will have some leftover dough you can use to bake a few cookies! Bake the crust about 12 minutes - it will be slightly bubbly and a very light golden color. Remove from oven. While crust is cooling, mix 8 ounces slightly softened cream cheese, 1 cup of powdered sugar, and an 8-ounce container of cool whip. To prevent lumpy cream cheese, gently soften in microwave (do not melt), mix it with the beater before adding the powdered sugar and cool whip. Spread the filling onto the cooled crust and top with your favorite fruit toppings. We love using berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. Use fresh as frozen berries get wet and mushy when they thaw. This is one of my kids' all-time favorite desserts and is sure to be a hit at your party!

For the Cookie Lover: Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza

Gluten free chocolate chip cookie cake on parchment paper

I am about to share the absolute best gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever have. I make them with Domata gluten free flour every time and my kids’ friends can’t get enough. They definitely have no idea they are gluten free, and I often get asked to share the recipe. You can make the standard cookies, but it’s fun to make a cookie pizza for something a little different. Once again, make sure your cooking supplies are well washed including your bowls, utensils, and mixer attachments. Cover your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Or, in the case of a cookie pizza, cover the pizza pan. In a large mixing bowl, cream together 2 sticks butter, ¾ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup white sugar. Add 1 box instant vanilla pudding and 1 tsp of vanilla. Stir. Add 2 eggs and stir.

In a separate bowl mix together 2 ½ cup gluten free flour and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Pour into the dough mixture and combine well. Lastly, stir in a 12-ounce bag of milk chocolate chips. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes or press into pizza pan and bake 12 -14 minutes. The batter is thick - if you make standard cookies press them down a little with a fork before baking. I am certain you will be baking these again! It’s all about the vanilla pudding. ENJOY!</span

For the Oatmeal Lover: Flour Free Monster Cookie Bars

Gluten free monster cookie bars on parchment paper

I discovered this recipe at togetherasfamily.com. It was one of the first desserts I made after the kids were diagnosed with celiac disease. These bars are really amazing - just like a soft, chewy, delicious monster cookie. You must use gluten free oats because regular oats are often contaminated with wheat. We also like Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats. Use a large jelly roll pan covered with parchment paper. Heat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 1 ½ cups peanut butter and 1 stick softened butter. Beat until fluffy. Add 3 large eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Stir. Add 4 cups gluten free oats and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Mix well with a large spoon. Lastly, add 1 cup plain m&ms and 1 cup milk chocolate chips. Stir until well combined. Press down into baking pan. Spray hands with Pam or moisten hands with water to prevent sticking. Bake 17-20 mins. Edges will look slightly brown and the middle will look pale. Do not overbake these. If anything, underbake a little. ENJOY!

For the Sweet and Salty Lover: Gluten Free Party Mix

gluten free party mix in a bowl with ingredients

Nothing beats a tasty snack everyone will love that takes three minutes to prepare! Throw together some sweet and salty treats to create this super yummy snack mix. Sure to please your party guests! Some of my favorite gluten free ingredients include:

Nuts.com is an amazing online company that offers gluten free nuts that are sure to be free from gluten contamination. I love having some of the roasted cashews and roasted Virginia peanuts on hand!

I know you will enjoy this tasty snack.

A Word on Ice Cream

Many baked treats are better with ice cream. Ice cream is usually gluten free but it can be contaminated with gluten in the manufacturing facility. Check the label to make sure there is no wheat or malt. Choose vanilla or chocolate to be safe. Avoid cookies and cream, cookie dough, and flavors with brownie chunks. Our family loves the Kemps vanilla and chocolate frozen yogurt. They come in an oval-shaped 1.5-quart container and they are labeled gluten free (in small print). Breyer’s is also reliably gluten free. Want to have ice cream cones?  These Joy gluten-free cones are awesome. Your gluten free friend will seriously love you for having these cones!

Don’t have time to make treats from scratch? Wondering about safe gluten free candy options?

Check out this amazing resource which provides a comprehensive candy list:https://www.verywellfit.com/gluten-free-candy-list-562806

Also you will find some great snack ideas in my post entitled Top 12 Gluten Free Snacks Kids Love

XOXO from your GFF,

Jenny's Signature