Creative Father's Day Desserts

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.


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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.

    • 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.

    • Guinness Float

      No sharing with the kids! This 3-ingredient Dad-take on the root beer float has tons of taste for a hot day.

    • Garden-Theme Cupcakes

      Is Dad the gardener in the house? Honor his outdoor work with Father's Day cupcakes designed to look like the veggies he's in charge of.

    • 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. 

    • Grinning Monster Cookie Sandwiches

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

    • 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.  

    • 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? 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 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 chocoalte) 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 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

      Skewer some sugared blackberries, grill, and serve warm over ice cream or gelato. Dessert just manned up.

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      Soda Floats

      Fun flavors to pick from, a bubbly treat to enjoy. Flashback to childhood with a serve-in-a-glass Father's Day dessert.

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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

      For the root beer-drinking dad, whip up these nostalgic cupcakes, complete with root beer-flavor hard candies and (slurp!) colorful straws.

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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 awhile -- 1-1/2 hours -- so set aside part of the grill top when you start the meal.

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      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:

      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 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.
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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 that 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 the 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. 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

      Father's Day Drinks and Cocktail Recipes

      No spritzers or mint-infused sippers here. When Father's Day rolls around, we head to the whiskey, stouts, and stuffed olive-topped sake drinks. Leave your cucumber slices at home.
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