Christmas Desserts for Someone with Multiple Food Allergies

Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, and Wheat-Free Christmas Cookies and Desserts

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If you're allergic to wheat, eggs, dairy, corn, sesame, nuts, or peanuts, the sheer amount of baking (and more importantly, sharing) that goes along with this time of year can be truly daunting.

Enjoy this collection of allergy-friendly desserts from around the world for the Christmas season.

Christmas Desserts

Here are multiple allergen-safe recipes for the season — cakes, candies and more. All recipes in this section are safe for a variety of allergies.

  • Gingered Pears. These delicious, simple pears are free from all Big Eight allergens. They're also corn-free, sesame-free, citrus-free and sulfite-free.
  • Nut-Free Fruitcake Recipes. This link contains a variety of fruitcake recipes, some of which are free of multiple allergens.
  • Bûche de Noël. Bûche de Noël means "Yule log," and this traditional French chocolate cake is made in the shape of a log. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and peanut-free.
  • Kompot (Dried Fruit Compote). Kompot is eaten all year in Poland but is especially popular on Christmas Eve. This recipe is free of all Big Eight allergens, and is also gluten-free and corn-free.
  • Marzipankartoffeln (Marzipan Candy Potatoes). These aren't really potatoes -- instead, they're marzipan candies shaped like little spuds. They're obviously not nut-free (marzipan is made from ground almonds), but they're dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free and sesame-free.

    Christmas Cookies

    Food allergies need not stop you from enjoying holiday cookies. Here are recipes from around the world. All recipes are one or more of egg-, dairy-, or wheat-free; many are multiple allergen-free.

    • Dairy-Free Christmas Cookies. This collection of 36 dairy-free Christmas cookie recipes ranges from vegan raspberry Linzer bars to delicious iced shortbread. Some of these are free of multiple allergens.
    • Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies. There are 50 gluten-free Christmas cookies here in all, some of which are suitable for people with other allergies, as well.
    • Schwarzweiss Gebaeck (Checkerboard Cookies). These traditional German cookies are nut-free, peanut-free, can be made egg-free, and are sesame-free.
    • Spiced Vegan Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies. You'll need a vegan margarine to make these dairy-free. They're also egg-free, peanut-free, nut-free and sesame-free (but be sure to read labels, especially on oats and baking ingredients).
    • Polvorones. Polvorones are Spanish almond cookies that traditionally are eaten during Christmas. This recipe makes an egg-free and soy-free version.
    • Mantecados (Traditional Spanish Crumble Cakes). Anise-flavored mantecados literally melt in your mouth, which is why they're nicknamed "crumble cakes." These contain no dairy, soy, peanuts or tree nuts.
    • Truchas de Navidad (Sweet Potato Turnovers): A traditional Christmas sweet, Truchas de Navidad are made from sweet potatoes and originated in the Canary Islands. These are dairy-free, nut-free and peanut-free.
    • Kolaczki. Kolaczki are cookies made with cream cheese and traditionally filled with apricot, prune or raspberry fillings. This recipe is egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and sesame-free.
    • Melomakarona (Honey-Dipped Spice Cookies). A traditional Greek Christmas cookie that's sweetened with honey, these melomakarona are dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free.
    • Homemade Fortune Cookies. Who can resist fortune cookies? These homemade cookies are dairy-free, nut-free (assuming your "almond" extract comes from apricots, not almonds, as many do — you'll need to double-check labels), and peanut-free.
    • Cinnamon Hazelnut Meltaways. Reminiscent of Mexican wedding cookies, these cinnamon hazelnut meltaways are egg-free and soy-free.
    • Chocolate Rice Squares. These low-fat treats are egg-free, nut-free (check labels on chocolate or use a dedicated nut-free manufacturer) and peanut-free. Looking for an allergy-safe crispy rice cereal? Erewhon and Nature's Path are among the manufacturers that sell allergen-free cereals.
    • Cranberry Walnut Cookies. Low-carb and gluten-free, these delicious cranberry treats are also sugar-free.
    • Easy but Fancy Cookies: You'll never believe what great cookies can be made from just three ingredients. These are egg-free, nut-free and peanut-free (check labels on chocolate to be sure).

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