Easy Party Dessert Ideas

The latest trend in wedding desserts? A dessert display featuring homemade treats. These easy party dessert ideas pack outstanding taste in recipes big enough to feed a crowd. Impress your guests with homemade desserts served in fun and pretty party style.

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    Confetti Cookies

    It's not a party without confetti—luckily, these icebox cookies bring all the color and playfulness of regular confetti with none of the cleanup afterward. Plus, these fun cookies are made from a cake mix (yes, cake mix) so you can prep them in no time.

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    Fluffernutter Dessert Hummus

    Take hummus from easy app to delectable dessert by mixing in creamy peanut butter and marshmallow creme. Be sure to make a double batch of this sweet hummus—everyone will be clamoring to get a taste!

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    Pretty Pie Pops

    No need to serve old-fashioned slices of pie! Bake up these blueberry pie pops and serve them in Mason jars. They look great on a dessert buffet or reception tables.

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    Dessert Fruit Pizza

    Start with refrigerated sugar cookie dough to make this pizza fast, and finish with fresh fruits and berries to make this gorgeous dessert irresistible. If you want to serve a larger crowd, just cut into smaller wedges.

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    Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries

    Most layer cakes require a lot of time-consuming prep, but this easy dessert starts with a white cake mix (shhh!), so the prep is just 20 minutes. Don't worry, though—we dressed up the cake mix by mixing in champagne and topping with fresh strawberries, so no one will ever know it isn't homemade.

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    Caramel Drizzle Brownies

    Fudgy, chocolaty brownies always have a place at any party. Prep and bake this dessert in less than an hour, then finish with a generous drizzle of caramel sauce to make these chocolate brownies the stars of your treat table.

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    Easy Peach Dump Cake

    You may not think you have time to bake a whole cake before party time, but trust us—with this easy recipe, you do. Just dump canned peaches and cake mix into a baking dish, top with butter, and pop it in your oven. No one will guess this mouthwatering peach cake took just a few minutes to prep!

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    Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip

    Dessert dips don't get much easier than this 20-minute recipe. But this dip isn't as unhealthy as it may seem—it's hiding cannellini beans and dates beneath the creamy peanut butter and chocolate, so you won't feel guilty about taking an extra-large scoop.

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    Snickerdoodle Shortbread

    Combine two party-favorite cookies into one with this easy dessert recipe. Add a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar, then bake the dough all at once on a cookie sheet so your guests can grab these super easy cookies by the slice.

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    Easy Confetti Celebration Cupcakes

    These cupcakes will look just like your confetti and streamer party decorations! Bake up a batch of your favorite cupcakes or buy a package premade from the store (we won't tell), then frost with multicolored frosting to make them party-ready.

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    Cookies and Cream Cookies

    You could bring store-bought chocolate sandwich cookies to the party, but why not give them a quick upgrade? Stir together a quick icebox cookie dough, then add crushed chocolate cookies to give your party treats the mouthwatering taste of cookies and cream.

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    Ultimate Bar Cookies

    We don't call these bar cookies "ultimate" for nothing. Walnuts and macadamia nuts, white chocolate and milk chocolate—this one-hour recipe has it all!

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    Chocolaty Zucchini Loaf Cake

    The easiest DIY wedding cake? One that's baked in a loaf pan! Simply slice and serve. Your guests will love this chocolaty cake that's spiked with bold espresso.

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    Peach Melba Pie Pops

    Party guests will feel like kids at a candy store when they spy pie pops on the dessert table. These show-off desserts hide a delicious peach-and-raspberry filling that will have guests buzzing.

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    Berry Cheesecake Pops

    These cheesecake bites are perfect for a dessert buffet. Simply roll baked cheesecake into balls and coat with white chocolate. A drizzle of chocolate or a roll in crushed cornflakes makes them extra cute.

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    Greek Baklava Bars

    Bursting with honey, nuts, and spices, this Greek classic is a surprisingly easy way to impress party guests with a beautiful, bite-size dessert.

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    DIY S'mores Kits

    Let wedding guests cook up their own desserts! These DIY s'mores kits will have everyone feeling like a kid again.

    To assemble, fill berry cartons with patterned napkins and the s'mores fixings: graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows.

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    Brownie Pops

    These decadent brownie pops are dipped in white chocolate and topped with toasted coconut. We also love them rolled in chopped nuts or sprinkles. 

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    Easy Berry Cheesecakes

    These little cupcakes hide a flavor secret. The surprise is how easy the pretty desserts are to create with white cupcakes, cream cheese frosting, and fresh fruit.

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    Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlets

    Perfect for a party buffet, tiny tartlets pack rich flavor into a bite-size package. A topping of yummy strawberry preserves crowns each cheesecake, giving the dessert party-pleasing color and taste.

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    Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

    Delightful thumbprint cookies are stacked with gooey caramel, smooth chocolate, and crunchy nuts for a fun party dessert with sophisticated flavor pairings.

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    Browned-Butter Toffee Tartlets

    The browned butter in this custard-style filling has a delightful nutty flavor, adding warm richness to the toffee-topped mini tarts.

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    Bourbon-Brownie Petits Fours

    When you want a one-bite dessert to star at your party, turn to these petits fours. Infused with bourbon and coffee, the flavors are as impressive as the presentation.

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    Browned-Butter Glazed Macadamia Moons

    The charming crescent shape of these nut-filled cookies adds sophisticated character to your party dessert table.

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    Black Forest Cupcakes

    Every party needs a dessert that puts the cherry on top of the festivities. Chocolate and cherries is a classic flavor combination that makes cupcakes a party delight.

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    Fudge Ripple Turtle Brownies

    Brownies drenched in chocolate, caramel, and nuts will delight party guests with their rich flavor.

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    Strawberry-Lemon Bars

    Classic lemon bars don party attire when glazed and dressed with lovely red strawberries.

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    Party Cake Pops

    Guests may have trouble choosing from this pretty assortment of cake pops. Easy to make, the pops feature party-pleasing toppings covering flavorful cake centers.

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    Triple Shortbread Bites

    With one easy recipe you can serve three scrumptious party desserts. Dress a five-ingredient shortbread recipe for the party in three ways: lemon-raspberry, chocolate-cashew, and simple spritz.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

    Filled with all the sweet pleasure of cookie dough, these truffles show party-perfect style. The no-fuss dessert will make guests think you slaved over preparation, but they come together in 30 minutes.

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    Chocolate-Dipped Bacon

    Bacon for dessert? You bet. Create a party sensation with crisp bacon strips dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with pistachios, almonds, or cashews.

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    Mocha Chewies

    Coffee fans will adore these no-bake wonders. You'll adore the easy preparation and party-worthy appeal.

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    Chocolate-Rum Petits Fours

    The deep chocolate color of these mini cakes displays nicely against glassware or other shiny serving pieces. Their rich, rum-infused flavor adds to the party feel.

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    Classic Truffles

    These sweet truffles will be the talk of any dessert table. While guests moon over their luscious flavor and lovely presentation, you'll be secretly pleased to know how easy it was to make all three variations.

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    Cherry Crumble Pie Bars

    Pack all the old-fashioned flavor of cherry pie into finger-friendly, crumb-topped dessert bars.

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    Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

    Make these cheesecake bars the day before the party. It only takes 20 minutes to mix up the no-bake bites, and they need to be well-chilled before serving.

    Editor's Tip: Instead of full bars, cut the cheesecake into 1-inch squares for the perfect bite-size addition to a dessert buffet.

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    Peanut Butter Truffles

    Make these pretty party-size truffles loaded with rich and creamy peanut butter filling and encased in dark chocolate.

    Editor's Tip: Drizzle some of the truffles with a little melted milk chocolate after the dark chocolate coating is set; let stand until milk chocolate is set. You'll have two attractive finishes for one recipe.

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    Butterscotch Fondue

    Guests will quickly fall for butterscotch fondue. Try this butterscotch version in place of traditional chocolate fondue. It is an ideal match for fruit, sponge cake, cookies, brownies, or whatever sweet dipper you can imagine.

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    Easy 3-Ingredient Party Appetizers

    These so-easy appetizers only call for three ingredients. We've come up with these delicious flavor combinations to help you take the work and stress out of party food prep.
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