Creative Father's Day Desserts He's Sure to Love
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."
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
It doesn't get more decadent than cheesecake. Serve up a slice for dad that's filled with rich caramel and a drizzle of chocolate. Made in the pressure cooker, you won't believe how easy this cheesecake recipe is to make!
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.
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!
Football Cookie Dough Pops
Is your dad a sports fan? Whip up a batch of cookie dough pops and you've got a winning Father's Day dessert. Serve up the decorated treat on individual sticks for a mess-free dessert that dad will cheer for.
Cookies and Cream Cookies
Does it get any better than the classic combo of cookies and cream? We think so! Take it to the next level by creating a sweet cookie filled with both decadent flavors. Finish them off with a drizzle of vanilla frosting.
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.
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 monstrously 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.
Coffee Cone Affogato
Is dad a coffee fanatic? Serve him up a dessert that's part coffee and part sweet. Fill chocolate-lined cones with a sweet mix of ice cream and java. Finish with a sprinkle of crunchy hazelnuts. It's a quick assembly-only dessert that dad's sure to love!
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:
- Bake a batch of brownies (see our basic recipe below) in a foil-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 chocolate) 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 onto paper 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.
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.
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:
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Grilled Berry Crumble
Nothing say Father's Day food like recipes served straight from the grill. This sweet and smoky berry crumble is easy to make and a little unexpected—perfect for celebrating dad. Top each warm bowl with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
Boozy Orange Creme Brulee
A dad-approved splash of whiskey gives this creamy dessert a decidedly grown-up flavor. Accent the boozy flavors with tart mandarin oranges and vanilla. It's a combination that's guaranteed to wow on Father's Day.
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.
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.