25 Epic Father's Day Desserts That'll Make His Day

Bittersweet Chocolate Cake
Photo: Carson Downing

Celebrate Pop in sweet style with a cute and easy Father's Day dessert that has him in mind, whether it's a football-shape brownie, a batch of Father's Day cupcakes, or a frozen treat perfect for a June holiday spent outside. With these delicious recipes, you can tip a cap to your favorite guy all month long.

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Grilled Donuts

Grilled Doughnuts
Andy Lyons

For a dad who's on fire, share this "grate" dessert idea! The start-to-finish time is a lightning-quick 6 minutes. Start with a store-bought glazed doughnut and flame-grill it for a few minutes. Whip up one of our two dips while it cooks to perfection.

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Giant Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies on cookie sheet
Jason Donnelly

Nothing hits quite like a warm chocolate chip cookie dunked in a glass of cold milk. Dad will love these extra gooey, oversized cookies—and they're easy enough for the kids to help make!

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S'mores Milk Shakes

S’mores Milkshake
Matthew Clark

Even if you don't have a bonfire blazing, you can share some s'mores with Dad. Broil the marshmallows in the oven while you rim glasses in marshmallow creme and crushed graham crackers. Then blend up the ice cream drink and put the pieces together for an over-the-top shake.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Brownies
Jason Donnelly

Can't decide between brownies or cheesecake? Combine them! These cheesecake brownies are topped with hazelnut extract, hazelnut spread, and topped with plenty of nuts and chocolate chips for a perfectly gooey and crunchy dessert he'll love.

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Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Apple Pie Egg Rolls
Matthew Clark

Give Dad a preview of the fried fair fare ahead with this handheld easy apple pie recipe. Making this Father's Day dessert idea with egg roll wrappers instead of a homemade pastry crust takes the stress out of the sweet course.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Cake

Bittersweet Chocolate Cake
Carson Downing

This rich chocolate cake from Ina Garten is the perfect dessert for Father's Day. The bittersweet recipe is the perfect mashup of a molten lava cake and a chocolate torte. As one reviewer raves, "So easy and absolutely delicious".

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We Heart Dad Cookies

We Love Dad cut out sugar cookies
Andy Lyons

Put a homemade spin on basic sugar cookie dough by using alphabet cookie cutters to spell out Father's Day wishes. Tint frosting his favorite color, then sandwich it between baked cookies for a heartfelt treat.

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Chocolate-Banana Snack Cake

Chocolate-Banana Snack Cake
Carson Downing

Dad will gobble up this vegan-friendly cake, whether he's vegan or not! The gooey chocolate cake is topped with caramelized banana slices and homemade tahini icing for a sweet—and ultra rich—treat.

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Football Cookie Dough Pops

Football Cookie Dough Pops
Hannah Bigot

Is your dad a sports aficionado? Show him you're his biggest fan by whipping up a batch of cookie dough pops for a winning dessert. Serve them up on individual sticks for a mess-free treat that Dad will cheer for.

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Cookies and Cream Cookies

Cookies and Cream Cookies
Blaine Moats

Does it get any better than the classic combo of cookies and cream? Yes, and this easy dessert idea is proof! Take the vanilla-chocolate duo—a stellar team, just like you and Dad—to the next level by creating a cookie filled with both decadent flavors in each bite.

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Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars

Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars stacked with glass of bourbon
Brie Passano

Dad's favorite bottle of bourbon is always a good gift idea, and now you can up your gift game with a batch of homemade desserts to go with it. These alcohol-infused pecan pie bars are buttery sweet just like the iconic pie, but this handheld version packs a punch with a splash (or two) of bourbon. Plus, they last up to 3 months in the freezer, so you can prep this gift ahead of time.

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Father's Day Bacon Cake

Father’s Day Bacon Cake
Blaine Moats

Ohhhh, bacon! If your dad considers bacon its own food group, opt for this sweet and savory Father's Day cake idea. Bake or buy a frosted vanilla cake; add chopped bacon along the side of the cake and cut strips of bacon to spell out "#1" on top. Finish with red icing to write "Dad."

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Moscow Mule Cupcakes

Moscow Mule Cupcake
Matthew Clark

Make any of his hours happier with these cocktail-inspired cupcakes. Dress up white cake mix with lime, vodka, and ginger. Voilà: The best baked good for the man who taught you to love Moscow mules as much as he does. Copper mug optional!

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Churro Cupcakes

Cinnamon Sugar Churro Cupcakes
Matthew Clark

If you're wondering what to make for Father's Day, these cupcakes arrive as a dessert recipe mash-up. Pair buttercream-frosted cinnamon-sugar cupcakes with delicious churros. Crunched for time? Choose store-bought churros rather than whipping them up from scratch.

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Football Brownies

Fudgy Football Brownies
Andy Lyons

Score a touchdown in Dad's eyes with these fudgy football brownies. Use a cookie cutter to create each individual treat and pipe on creamy white frosting to create the details.

Editor's Tip: Make the most of the leftover scraps and create a brownie trifle! In a mason jar, layer crumbled brownie pieces, frosting, chocolate sprinkles, and melted caramel or hot fudge sauce.

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Coffee Cone Affogato

Coffee Cone Affogato
Hannah Bigot

Pour it on! This Father's Day dessert idea is part coffee and part sweet. Fill chocolate-lined cones with a mix of ice cream and java, then finish with a sprinkle of crunchy hazelnuts. Raise a cone and say a toast to the man of the day!

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Limoncello Cheesecake Bars

Limoncello Cheesecake Bars
Carson Downing

A splash of Italian lemon liqueur takes this Father's Day cheesecake recipe over the top. Finish each bar with a homemade candied lemon slice and a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Test Kitchen Tip: Make these bars up to three days before serving.

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Golf Cupcake

Father’s Day Golf Cupcake
Blaine Moats

No mulligan will be necessary when you share these chocolate Father's Day cupcakes with the family! If Dad likes to hit the greens, you'll surely score a hole in one this holiday by creating a platter of golf cupcakes. Real golf tees make a fitting accessory.

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Dad's Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Dad's Root Beer Float Cupcakes
Blaine Moats

Can't decide between an ice cream float or a cake? Combine both into one! (Or try our Root Beer Float Sheet Cake.) To complete the bubbly theme, crown the cupcakes with root-beer-flavor hard candies and colorful straws.

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PB&J Ice Cream Sandwiches

PB and J Ice cream sandwiches
Alison Miksch

No brown bag is required to serve this four-ingredient PB&J-inspired dessert. Peanut butter cookies, fruit preserves, and vanilla bean ice cream combine for the flavor flashback. Customize the cookie filling with his favorite jam.

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Bourbon-Chocolate Tipsy Cake

Bourbon-Chocolate Tipsy Cake
Kritsada Panichgul

"Tipsy" is accurate! If Dad's favorite drink is bourbon, we have a hunch this Father's Day cake will be his new most-requested dessert. Even the sauce atop the chocolate bundt cake recipe has a hint of the sipper simmered with caramel-flavor ice cream topping.

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Fruity Waffle Bowls

fruity waffle bowls
Blaine Moats

Keep things light with this cinch-to-make low-calorie dessert. Spoon lemon pudding into waffle ice cream bowls, and top with fresh fruit. Try finishing each serving with a sprinkle of chopped mint.

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Baseball Glove Cupcakes

Baseball Glove Cupcakes
Karla Conrad

Score a home run with this sporty treat that's topped with homemade peanut butter frosting. These cupcakes will hit the sweet spot for any baseball-loving dad! Use your favorite purchased cookies to create the baseball and glove.

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Cheeseburger Ice Cream Cake

Cheeseburger Ice Cream Cake
Kritsada Panichgul

How cute is this faux fast food?! If burgers are on the Father's Day menu, round out the meal with our eye-fooling ice cream cake. Serve it with a side of "fries" made of cut-up pound cake.

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Fiesta-Ready Churro Bar

Fiesta-Ready Churro Bar
Andy Lyons

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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