Creative Father's Day Desserts He's Sure to Love

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. We're fans of the saying, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."

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    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.

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    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."

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    Grilled Doughnuts

    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.

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    Guinness Float

    Look out: This one's not for sharing with the kids. Serve up this simple three-ingredient, Dad-friendly version of the root beer float (with real beer) to cool him off on a hot day. Cheers!

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    Garden-Theme Cupcakes

    With all the Father's Day cupcake recipes out there, choose one that reflects his unique hobbies and interests. Is Dad the gardener in the house? Honor his outdoor work with Father's Day treats designed to look like the veggies he tends.

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    Shortbread Pizza Cookie

    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.

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    Grinning Monster Cookie Sandwiches

    These monstrously cute cookies would light up Dad's dessert tray. Homemade chocolate cookies get a creamy orange-tinted filling and googly marshmallow eyes.

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    Cinnamon-Sugar Churro Cupcakes

    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.  

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    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.

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    Shirt-and-Tie Father's Day Cake

    Does the dad in your life put in long hours at the office? Are you stuck for Father's Day cake ideas? Show him your appreciation with this adorable shirt-and-tie brownie cake. Here's how:

    1. Bake a batch of brownies (see our basic recipe below) in a foil-lined 13x9-inch pan; let cool.
    2. Frost the cake with Dad's favorite frosting flavor and color (we used chocolate). Use a second frosting (we used dark chocolate) for the collar and pocket.
    3. 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 onto paper to fill outline; cool. Trim to shape with a sharp knife.
    4. For a striped tie, use decorating gel icing or licorice.
    5. Add candy-coated milk chocolate pieces for the collar and pocket buttons.
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    Grilled Blackberries and Ice Cream

    Dessert just manned up. Skewer some sugared blackberries, grill them to perfection, and serve warm over ice cream or gelato. These remixed ice cream sundaes make scrumptious Father's Day treats.

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    Happy Father's Day Golf Cupcake

    Hit a hole in one this Father's Day with creative golf cupcakes for the dad who likes to hit the greens. Here's how to make them:

    1. Bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes.
    2. Use green food coloring to tint vanilla frosting. Using a pastry bag and narrow decorating tip, create thin blades of grass with upward strokes.
    3. For the cupcake toppers, 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.
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    Soda Floats

    Take a trip down memory lane with a serve-in-a-glass Father's Day dessert. Pick from fun flavors such as fizzy grape or caramel apple, and hand him a bubbly treat to sit back, sip, and enjoy.

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    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.

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    Dad's Root Beer Float Cupcakes

    Cupcakes for guys DO exist! Whip up a batch of nostalgia for the root beer-drinking dad. To complete the theme, root-beer-flavor hard candies and colorful straws make the perfect Father's Day cupcake toppers.

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    Grilled Skillet Peach Pie

    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 a while -- one and a half hours -- so set aside part of the grill top when you start the meal.

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    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.

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    Bourbon-Chocolate Tipsy Cake

    If Dad's favorite drink is bourbon, we have a hunch this will be his new favorite dessert. Even the sauce has a hint of the sipper simmered with caramel-flavor ice cream topping.

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    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.

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    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 glove so decorating goes fast and you can celebrate sooner.

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    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.

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    Sports Cupcakes

    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 and embellish. More on how to make them:

    1. Bake Dad's favorite cupcakes and let cool.
    2. Fill a pastry bag with green frosting, then use a small tip to create a patch of grass on each cupcake.
    3. Dip doughnut holes into melted candy coating, then use decorating frosting to draw the appropriate design on each ball.
    4. Put the decorated doughnut holes on top of the green frosting.
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    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.

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    Glazed Churros

    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.

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    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.

  • Next Slideshow Father's Day Drinks and Cocktail Recipes to Toast Dad

    Father's Day Drinks and Cocktail Recipes to Toast Dad

    Our Father's Day cocktails aren't spritzers or mint-infused sippers. When Father's Day rolls around, we head to the whiskey, stouts, and stuffed olive-topped sake drinks. Leave your cucumber slices in the fridge and try these Father's Day drinks.
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