Gluten Free Brownie Pizza Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on May 27, 2013

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Gluten Free Brownie Pizza Recipe

As you can imagine, I get lots of emails from people asking me how to make something gluten free or for advice on converting old favorites to gluten free. What you probably didn’t imagine is that I also get a lot of emails asking me if a recipe of mine can be converted to non-gluten-free. Sometimes the writer is hesitant to ask in fear of offending me. I am never offended. Quite the contrary, I am flattered.

I recently got a very specific recipe request; the person wanted a dessert pizza recipe that is simple, combines chocolate and maraschino cherries, and is gluten free but easily converted to non-gluten-free.

Simple enough! I used a gluten free brownie mix for the “crust” of the pizza. To convert to non-gluten-free, all one has to do it swap out the brownie mix if one so desires.

This dessert is pretty, fun, and so quick and easy to whip up. If you need a last minute dessert idea for a barbecue or pot luck, this Gluten Free Brownie Pizza recipe does the trick!

For natural maraschinos free of high fructose corn syrup and dyes, look for Cherryman Farm to Table Maraschinos or Royal Harvest Maraschinos.


Gluten Free Brownie Pizza Recipe


1 box gluten free brownie mix*
½ cup sliced almonds
16 ounces cream cheese (or dairy free alternative), at room temperature
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
20 maraschino cherries without stems, cut in half and patted dry
½ ounce dark chocolate, grated

*plus ingredients needed to prepare the brownies according to the package directions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12 inch pizza pan (non-perforated) with butter or gluten free, non-stick cooking spray.

Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions, spread into the prepared pan, and bake for half the time called for in the directions or until a toothpick inserted 2 – 3 inches from the edge comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Toast the almonds in a dry skillet, stirring often, over medium-high heat until browned and fragrant. Let cool.

Whip the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread on the cooled crust. Top the cream cheese with the toasted almonds, halved cherries, and grated chocolate.


This Gluten Free Brownie Pizza recipe serves 12

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa May 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I seriously wish you were my neighbor! What a fun idea for a quick and easy dessert. You amaze me!


Carol Kicinski May 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I wish you were my neighbor too!!!


Maggie May 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Oh my goodness! My kids would love this Carol. It would be fun for them to put it all together – it’s perfect! I think I would use frosting instead, they’ve never tried dairy-free cream cheese so I’m not sure if they’d like it! But they loooove frosting :) Thanks for the inspiration!


Carol Kicinski May 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thanks Maggie – and I am with you – who doesn’t love frosting? Enjoy!


Jeff May 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm

That brownie pizza looks simply amazing. Looking that good and easy to make, I will be making one soon!


Carol Kicinski May 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Thanks Jeff!


Cliff May 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

lol…sorry! when I looked at the pic initially I really thought you had created a traditional pizza on a brownie base!!! That is the joy of reading blogs on a phone on the train


Carol Kicinski May 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

LOL! That would have been pretty terrible. Thanks for the laugh :)


Melissa May 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

This looks delicious. I haven’t seen such a recipe before, I need to give it a try. I’ll just replace the sugar with stevia, hopefully that works well. Thanks again for the step by step recipe :)


Carol Kicinski May 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

My pleasure, enjoy!


Lynne Homa May 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Wow!! Yummy, yummy – a brownie and a pizza all in one. A person just couldn’t ask for anything better. Thanks Carol, can’t wait to make this for desert for the office for our staff meeting.


Carol Kicinski June 1, 2013 at 7:19 am

Thanks Lynne. I hope you and your co-workers enjoy it!


Rachael June 14, 2013 at 4:53 am

This looks delicious, here I am sat at work drooling over the thought of having this lol :)


Carol Kicinski June 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Ha-ha – well you will be home sometime :)


Laura June 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

Amazing!!! This looks so delicious! I am so going to try the recipe out this weekend. Here is the recipe for super healthy, gluten free brownies that I made last week. The brownies turned out really good and super good for you. Here is the link


Carol Kicinski July 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

Thanks Laura!


BeePropolisBenefits October 20, 2013 at 4:45 am

We love pizza with my kids and enjoy experimenting with new recipes . Yours is our next! :)
Thanks for sharing!


CarolKicinski October 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Thank you! Enjoy.


Yacon May 8, 2015 at 9:31 am

This looks delicious. I will be making one today! :)


Nancy June 24, 2015 at 11:15 am

I am trying to cook for a friend that is gluten AND dairy free (eggs are ok). Would the chocolate in the brownie mix be dairy free?


Carol Kicinski July 24, 2015 at 10:25 am

Hi Nancy, How nice of you! Look for brownie mix that is gluten and dairy free. xo, Carol


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