We Heart Dad Cookies
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.
Father's Day Bacon Cake
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."
Dad's Root Beer Float Cupcakes
For the root beer-drinking dad, whip up these nostalgic cupcakes, complete with root beer-flavor hard candies and (slurp!) colorful straws.
PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches
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.
11 Ways to Decorate a Cake for Dad
Still stumped for a Father's Day dessert? Start with a simple layer cake (a boxed mix will do), and use one of these cute and easy cake-decorating ideas to make his day special.
Cinnamon-Coffee-Dunked Doughnut Pudding
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.
Shirt-and-Tie Father's Day Cake
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:
- Bake a batch of brownies (see our basic recipe, below) in a lined 13x9-inch pan; let cool.
- Frost the cake with Dad's favorite frosting flavor and color (we used chocolate). Use a second frosting (we used dark chocoalte) for the collar and pocket.
- Draw the necktie on waxed paper. Melt chocolate chips (we used 1/2 cup of white chips) according to package directions. Using a knife, spread melted chips to fill outline; cool. Trim to shape with a sharp knife.
- For a striped tie, use decorating gel icing or licorice.
- Add candy-coated milk chocolate pieces for the collar and pocket buttons.
If Dad's a gamer, make a game of dessert. This young-kid-friendly DIY treat features graham crackers dipped in melted chocolate and topped with small candies.
Embrace the heat of summer for a Father's Day dessert the kids can make. A blender is the only tool you'll need.
Dad doesn't have to know how easy it was to make these cannolis. A purchased cannoli shell does the heavy lifting (call your local bakery ahead to see if they have them); all you do is pipe in the ricotta-based filling and sprinkle on some semisweet chocolate pieces. Ciao!
Football Brownies for Dad
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.
Grilled Skillet Peach Pie
Already grilling 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 just set aside part of the grill top when you start the meal.
Bourbon-Chocolate Tipsy Cake
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.
Fruity Waffle Bowls
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.
Happy Father's Day Golf Cupcake
Hit a hole in one this Father's Day with creative cupcakes for the golfing dad. Here's how to make them:
- Bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes.
- Use green food coloring to tint vanilla frosting. Using a pastry bag and narrow decorating tip, create thin blades of grass with upward strokes.
- For the cupcake topper, write a message on a new golf ball. Hot-glue the ball to a new, clean golf tee. Stick the topper in the middle of the cupcake just before surprising Dad with the treat.
Grilled S'mores Father's Day Cake
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.
Cheeseburger Ice Cream Cake
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.
What does Dad want for Father's Day? A plate of buttery, crispy churros dunked in his favorite flavor. Choose from Mexican chocolate, vanilla cake, pistachio, and orange glazes to make Dad's day sweeter.
Bacon Chocolate Bark
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.
Bake a batch of sports-inspired cupcakes for Father's Day. These basketball-, baseball-, and soccer ball-adorned cupcakes are so easy to make -- just dip doughnut holes into melted candy coating. More on how to make them:
- Bake Dad's favorite cupcakes and let cool.
- Fill a pastry bag with green frosting, then use a small tip to create a patch of "grass" on each cupcake.
- Dip doughnut holes into melted candy coating, then use decorating frosting to draw the appropriate design on each ball.
- Put the decorated doughnut holes on top of the green frosting.
Coconut Cream Banana-Topped Pie
One bite of this creamy coconut pie will have Dad feeling the love. It's the perfect Father's Day dessert for the old-school dad with classic (and indulgent) tastes.
Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies
If the Dad at your house has a sweet spot for chocolate, this is the must-make dessert for Father's Day. Chocolate-hazelnut spread improves both layers of this double-decker brownie.
Baseball Glove Cupcakes
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.
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