We're fans of the saying, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach." Celebrate Father's Day in sweet style with a cute and easy Dad-theme dessert that has him in mind, whether it's a football-shape brownie, a batch of Father's Day cupcakes, or a summery frozen treat perfect for a June holiday spent outside.
Put a homemade spin on basic sugar cookie dough by using alphabet cookie cutters to spell out Father's Day sentiments. Tint frosting Dad's favorite colors, then sandwich it between baked cookies for a heartfelt treat.
Our best sugar cookie recipes appear below, or you can use purchased cookies and frosting for this dad-centric idea.
Ohhhh, bacon! If your Dad considers bacon its own food group, go for this dessert. Bake or buy a frosted vanilla cake. Add chopped bacon along the side of the cake and strips of bacon to spell out "#1" on top. Use red icing to write "Dad."
The start to finish time is 6 minutes. Yep. Dad's special day dessert could be a store-bought glazed doughnut, flame-grilled for a few minutes. Whip up one of our two quick doughnut dips while you wait.
No sharing with the kids! This 3-ingredient Dad-take on the root beer float has tons of taste for a hot day.
One dozen pizza possibilities await you (and Dad) in this recipe. How about a Salted Nut Shortbread Pizza Cookie? Or a Berries and Cream take? Mmmm, Banana-Walnut.
These monsterously cute cookies would light up Dad's dessert tray. Homemade chocolate cookies get a creamy orange-tinted filling and googly marshmallow eyes.
These Father's Day cupcakes arrive as a dessert mash-up: Delicious churros (we cheated by purchasing them), and cinnamon-sugar cupcakes with buttercream frosting.
Score a touchdown in Dad's eyes with these fudgy football brownies. This Father's Day dessert is especially appropriate for the guy who loves football and chocolate.
Does the dad in your life put in long hours at the office? Show him your appreciation with this adorable shirt-and-tie brownie cake. Here's how:
Skewer some sugared blackberries, grill, and serve warm over ice cream or gelato. Dessert just manned up.
Here's a splurge you can justify on Father's Day. Mini doughnuts and brewed coffee get baked into a decadent bread pudding that's finished with a drizzle of melted brown sugar and whipping cream.
For the root beer-drinking dad, whip up these nostalgic cupcakes, complete with root beer-flavor hard candies and (slurp!) colorful straws.
Already have the grill going for your Father's Day feast? Finish the outdoor event with a peach pie made in a cast-iron skillet. It's on the grill for awhile -- 1-1/2 hours -- so set aside part of the grill top when you start the meal.
Hit a hole in one this Father's Day with creative cupcakes for the golfing dad. Here's how to make them:
Take Dad down memory lane by serving PB&J-inspired desserts. Peanut butter cookies, fruit preserves, and vanilla bean ice cream combine for the flavor flashback.
If Dad's favorite drink is bourbon, we have a hunch that this will be his new favorite dessert. Even the sauce has a hint of the sipper simmered with caramel-flavor ice cream topping.
Keep things light on Father's Day with this cinch-to-make 200-calorie dessert. Spoon pudding into waffle ice cream bowls and top with fresh fruit. Voila! Father's Day done right.
These glove-and-ball cupcakes will hit the sweet spot for any baseball-loving dad. Use purchased cookies to create the baseball and the glove so decorating goes fast and you can celebrate sooner.
If burgers are on the Father's Day menu, go all the way with our eye-fooling ice cream cake. Serve it with a side of "fries" made of cut-up pound cake.
Bake a batch of sports-inspired cupcakes for Father's Day. These basketball, baseball, and soccer ball cupcakes are so easy to make -- just dip doughnut holes into melted candy coating. More on how to make them:
Fire up a chocolaty s'mores cake for the outdoorsy dad. Starting with frozen pound cake and finishing with toasty marshmallows, this unique Father's Day dessert might become an annual tradition.
Bacon-loving dads will flip for this salty and sweet Father's Day dessert, and you'll love how easy it is to make. The trick to this decadent three-ingredient dessert is brushing the thick-cut bacon with caramel sauce before baking it.