Call your gal pals and catch up over any of these gluten-free cocktail, appetizer and dessert recipes!

Recipes for Girls' Night photo collage

If Saturdays are for the boys, then Saturday nights are for the girls. Well, at least this Saturday night is! Oh yes, tomorrow evening this Mama is swapping her stretchy pants and sweatshirt for…fancy stretch pants and a somewhat fancy sweatshirt (poor Ben) and going out on the town. Aka having two cocktails then crawling into bed at 10:30pm. Still!

If you’re a woman in your 30s you can probably relate to the fact that it feels next to impossible to get two or more of your gal pals together in one spot at the same time. The last time I got together with the group of ladies I’m heading out with this weekend, it took us two months to plan a brunch then everyone backed out at the last minute and we had to re-plan for another month away. Why women have such a hard time making and sticking to plans, while Ben grabs drinks or late night bites with friends all the time, I’ll never know. I think we wait for the perfect conditions and feel the need to plan ahead instead of simply calling each other and saying, ‘let’s go out’!

That being said, sometimes it’s easier when your friends come to you. While I’m heading out Saturday evening, at this stage of my life most girls’ nights are spent in my or someone else’s home, gathered around a kitchen island in our sweats and messy ponytails. What can I say, sometimes good company, a few bottles of wine, and some tasty nibbles with your kids tucked in upstairs is a lot more fun then stuffing yourself into fancy clothes, straightening your hair, and agonizing over overpriced cocktails and getting glutened at some restaurant or bar.

That’s where today’s post comes in. Ladies, call your gal pals – you’ve got 15 gluten-free drinks, apps, and desserts to catch up over!

MY OTHER RECIPES

I don’t want to generalize that all women love festive drinks, delicious dips, and chocolatey desserts, but if your friends do then you’ve come to the right place. All the recipes I’m sharing below can be prepped or made ahead of time and are perfect for sipping and nibbling on during a night of great conversation.

While I’m excited to hit the town tomorrow, I can’t say I’m not looking forward to the next time I have everyone over to enjoy this amazing spread for girls’ night!

Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria

If you’re like me and love sangria but don’t keep liqueurs or mixers on hand, my lazy-girl’s Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria is for you. Spoiler alert: it’s just wine, hard apple cider, and sliced fruit. ‘Tis the season, y’all!

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French 75s

If the idea of a lemon drop martini is appealing but you don’t enjoy sweet cocktails, try a French 75. These sparkly sippers are tart, fun, and super easy to make.

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French 75 Champagne Cocktails are made with just four ingredients, no specialty liqueurs or mixers needed! Enjoy this delicious and bright champagne cocktail for any occasion. | iowagirleats.com

 

Chambord Margaritas

Not to generalize that all women love pink, but come ON – the adorable blush color of these Chambord Margaritas are too fun (so is the tequila!)

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Extra Giggly Sparkling Maple Bourbon Ciders

Another crazy-easy, 3-ingredient, fall-inspired cocktail recipe for ya! If your girls are gigglers – Extra Giggly Sparkling Maple Bourbon Ciders will really get them rolling.

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Sparkling Maple Bourbon Ciders are for when you're feeling extra giggly! Maple-swirled bourbon is topped with hard apple cider in this delicious, fall-inspired, 3-ingredient drink recipe. | iowagirleats.com

 

Gluten-Free Mozzarella Bites

If your buds don’t love molten cheese then I hate to break it to you but you’re hanging out with the wrong crowd. There, I said it. All good girlfriends deserve Gluten-Free Mozzarella Bites!

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No-Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

Trust me when I tell you this no-frills-yet-knock-your-socks-off dip will be the HIT of your next girls’ night. No-Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip calls for just 3 ingredients, is make-ahead, and can be made dairy-free too.

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No-Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip is absolutely luscious! Dip into this whippy, 3-ingredient dip recipe with fresh apples and graham crackers. It is such a treat! | iowagirleats.com

 

Fig and Prosciutto Goat Cheese Dip

Good girlfriends don’t judge how much dip you can shovel into your mouth at one time, which is a good thing because you’ll be piling each cracker HIGH with this easy, sweet and savory, Fig and Prosciutto Goat Cheese Dip. Readers go CRAZY for the combination of fig, prosciutto, and goat cheese.

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5-Ingredient Warm Fig and Prosciutto Goat Cheese Dip will be a hit at your next party! Layers of goat cheese and prosciutto, fig jam, and pistachios scooped up with gluten-free crackers will leave a lasting impression. | iowagirleats.com

 

Bacon and Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers

Finger foods are a must for girls’ night and my Bacon and Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers are the most delicious little 2-biters. Prep ahead of time then bake right before you’re all ready to nibble.

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Bacon and Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers are an addicting, gluten-free appetizer recipe. Less than 20 minutes to assemble and cook, and perfect for parties and get-togethers. | iowagirleats.com

 

How to Make a Cheese Platter

Any time my friends and I get together, there’s undoubtedly a giant cheese platter involved. Making a cheese board isn’t hard, nor does it have to be expensive. My How to Make a Cheese Plate for Entertaining post tells you how much cheese to have on hand for everyone, plus provides lots of yummy ideas for fillers. Don’t forget the Herb and Garlic Marinated Olives!

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Basic or not, your friends will ADORE Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Covered Pretzels. These babies are incredibly addicting and pair perfectly with a juicy glass of cab.

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Pumpkin Spice White Covered Pretzels are absolutely irresistable...dare you to stop at just one! This easy gluten-free dessert recipe calls for just 4 ingredients, and 15 minutes. | iowagirleats.com

 

Gluten-Free Fudgy Brownies

Never have I ever seen chocolate NOT go over well with a group of gal pals. My Gluten-Free Fudgy Brownies are made in one bowl with 6 everyday ingredients, and are dense, chewy, and chocolatey. BRB going to go make a batch.

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Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies are the ultimate, dense and chewy brownie. Made in just one bowl, these gluten-free brownies are easily made dairy-free, too!

 

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

I can’t be the only girl who squeals at individual-sized desserts that taste like giant peanut butter cups, right?! No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecakes are rich and decadent, yet portion controlled – they’ll be a hit with your buds.

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Gluten-Free No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecakes No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

 

Berries in a Cloud

Berries in a Cloud SCREAM ‘girl time’! They’re so, so adorable, light, and have just the right amount of sweet. Great for your friends who are trying to eat healthier but still want something special. Bonus points for all the components being make-ahead, too.

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Berries in a Cloud desserts on a platter.

 

Triple Berry Crumb Bars

Easy, colorful, pairs well with wine. Triple Berry Crumb Bars are checking all the girls’ night dessert boxes!

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Stack of Triple Berry Crumb Bars, a gluten-free dessert recipe.

 

Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Print out multi copies of the recipe for Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies because your friends are going to be asking for it. Friends don’t keep amazing cookie recipes from friends!

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