18 Nut-Free Desserts

Best Brownies
Best Brownies | Photo by Paula.

Desserts can be murky terrain for people with nut allergies. Many cakes, brownies, and cookies call for some type of nut or nut butter, and they're not all easy to spot. So if you're cooking for someone with a nut allergy or you're looking for a way to treat yourself, you need nut-free dessert recipes you can call on time and time again. These popular cookie, brownie, cake, pie, crisp, and cobbler recipes have one thing in common: no nuts whatsoever. These nut-free desserts can safely satisfy people with nut allergies — and everyone else, too.

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Apple Crisp II

Apple crisp topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a white plate with a blue rim
Photo by sassyoldlady. sassyoldlady

Apple desserts, as well as crisps and cobblers, frequently come with a sprinkling of pecans, but not this nut-free dessert recipe. For especially good baked apples, be sure to use a variety of apples that bake well. (You can do no wrong using Granny Smith or Fuji, but check out our guide to baking with apples for more ideas.)

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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

chocolate chip

Your search for the perfect nut-free chocolate chip cookie recipe has finally ended. These cookies taste just like the ones you find at bakeries and specialty shops, and they get a little boost from the addition of an extra yolk. You may never need another nut-free cookie recipe again.

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Best Brownies

Best Brownies
Best Brownies | Photo by Paula.

These nut-free brownies have the best of both textures — they're simultaneously cakey and fudgy — and don't require nuts whatsoever. You won't need any special equipment like an electric mixer, either. (Seriously, a wooden spoon will work just as well). That means you can whip these up just about anywhere with a bowl and an oven.

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Eclair Cake

Eclair Cake

This no-bake nut-free dessert tastes just like an eclair, minus the hassle of working with pastry. Plus, all you really need is five ingredients, a bowl, a spoon, and a dish to layer everything in. For an extra bit of indulgence, melt the chocolate frosting before you drizzle it on top.

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Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie
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There's not a pecan in sight in this homemade pumpkin pie recipe, making it a great holiday dessert option for the nut-allergic. If you'd rather not make your own crust, use a store-bought pie crust, and you'll shave off some of the prep time.

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Deep Fried Oreos®

side view of powdered sugar-dusted fried Oreos, one with a bite taken out of it
Pam Ziegler Lutz

What's the secret to carnival-style fried Oreos at home? Using a mixture of milk, egg, vegetable oil, and pancake mix for breading that tastes pretty close to funnel cake. You can thicken the batter by storing it in the fridge for a few hours.

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The Best Lemon Bars

The Best Lemon Bars
Photo by Lela.

These nut-free lemon bars are everything a lemon bar should be: buttery, tender, and tart. The shortbread crust is nice and crisp, while the filling is zingy and gooey. For the best flavor, use real lemon juice, and for more lemon flavor, juice a few more lemons.

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Strawberry Pie II

a fresh strawberry pie with whole berries in a shiny glaze

"Without hesitation, this pie deserves more than a 5 star rating," says community member ANGELWINGS4. "If you really want to impress your guests, this is the way to do it." For an even more pronounced taste, use strawberries from your garden or farmers' market and substitute ginger ale for water.

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One Bowl Chocolate Cake III

One Bowl Chocolate Cake III
One Bowl Chocolate Cake III | Photo by Dianne.

This rich, from-scratch nut-free chocolate cake is about to become your new go-to dessert recipe. Its straightforward directions yield a super moist cake with the perfect amount of elasticity. This recipe also works well split in half to make 12 cupcakes.

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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Iced Pumpkin Cookies in front of pumpkins

These iced pumpkin nut-free cookies are perfectly spiced and have a soft, cake-like texture, making them an apt treat for fall or the holidays. Community members recommend adding some cinnamon to the icing for even more coziness.

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Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler

a white casserole dish containing a lattice topped peach cobbler sits cooling on a wooden board. A scoop has been taken out of the casserole dish and is plated with a half melted scoop of vanilla ice cream
Danielle K

Cobblers can often hide nuts, but this nut-free peach cobbler recipe absolutely doesn't. Because this recipe utilizes a crust instead of cobbled batter, it's not a true cobbler and more like a giant peach pie, but if you have an unyielding love for peaches that won't matter. Additionally, several community members say the crust is the best part of the recipe.

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Nobody has to know this fudge only requires three ingredients (in this case, the optional nuts are obviously not applied) and only needs a few minutes in the microwave. For easier removal, line your baking dish with aluminum foil and use a pizza cutter to make squares. You can alter this fudge's flavor by mixing in different types of baking chips.

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Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie | Photo by Antonia Mohamed.

This coconut cream pie has restaurant-quality taste, with a bit more freshness, richness, and decadence, making it the perfect finisher for a fancy dinner. For the best possible flavor, use (and toast) fresh coconut.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

pineapple upside down cupcakes

"Loved these! Of course baking from scratch is always nice, but this is a great way to make a yummy finger food snack without the extra work," says community member Bri. "To me adding the pineapple juice to the Duncan Hines cake mix gave it a real extra flavor boost (thanks for the tip!)"

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Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

chocolate cornstarch pudding
Deb C

This chocolate pudding is made from scratch, which means you can toss those worries about mystery processed ingredients away. It's perfectly sweet, chocolatey, and creamy, and it also makes a great medium for pudding pops — simply add a stick and freeze. In short, you'll never need a box of chocolate pudding mix again.

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Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings

apple dumplings in a baking pan
joe shepler

If you're looking for a comforting nut-free dessert that evokes grandma-level coziness, then you've come to the right place. A store-bought pie crust will work just as well here, so don't worry if you don't feel like rolling out any dough. For a beautifully golden crust, community member EQUILDOTTSIN recommends basting the apples with the sauce every 10 minutes.

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Blueberry Bottom Cake

slice of homemade Blueberry Bottom Cake recipe topped with whipped cream and fresh blueberries

This light and airy cake gets a burst of fruity flavor from a layer of blueberry, Jell-O, and marshmallow. Feel free to switch up the berries or flavor of Jell-O to suit your preferences. If you're not eating it immediately, refrigerate until serving.

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Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler

Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler

This nut-free cobbler is one of the simplest from-scratch desserts on our website. It's easy to prepare, with straightforward instructions and readily available ingredients, and the end result is pure comfort food. What more could you want in a dessert recipe?

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