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Festive Holiday Gluten-Free Almond Puff decorated with white icing, maraschino cherries, and chopped walnuts | Flavor Walk
Festive Holiday Gluten-Free Almond Puff
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Festive Holiday Gluten-Free Almond Puff is a perfectly sweet, buttery, and flaky pastry. This easy to prepare dessert makes every occasion special.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten free
Yield: 30 servings
Calories: 131 kcal
For the Almond Puff:
  • 2 cups gluten free flour, divided
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
For the Icing:
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 10 maraschino cherries, cut into small pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Using a pastry blender or two forks, mix together 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of flour until mixture resembles small peas.

  3. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water over the coarse mixture and, using your hands, form into a ball of dough.

  4. Split the dough in half and press out into 2, 3" wide strips, on an ungreased baking pan.

  5. In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of water to a boil and then remove from heat.

  6. Stir in the remaining cup of flour and xanthan gum. 

  7. Add in the eggs, one at a time, incorporating each egg before adding the next.

  8. Stir in the vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon almond extract.

  9. Spread the mixture on the prepared dough and bake for 60 minutes.

  10. While the almond puff is baking, make the powdered sugar icing.  Combine the shortening, almond milk, 2 teaspoons almond extract, and powdered sugar and stir together until smooth.

  11. Remove the almond puff from the oven and allow to cool slightly on the pan.

  12. Spread the powdered sugar icing over the almond puff and decorate with the walnuts and maraschino cherries.

Nutrition Facts
Festive Holiday Gluten-Free Almond Puff
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.