Whether a birthday or a day-to-day victory, every celebration needs a treat. These easy dessert recipes are here to help you celebrate any occasion with a sweet treat everyone will love!

By Andrea Beck

Celebrate big and small successes with a special treat: cute cupcakes, decadent brownies, or even ice cream tacos. There's no better way to mark your child's first day of school, that A in geometry, or a birthday. Is it your turn to make the treats? Don't worry, help is at hand with these easy baking recipes and no-bake sweet recipes.

If your child is delivering the treats, pack them so they'll hold up to jostling. Gently pack crumpled waxed paper on top to keep them from bouncing in a tighlty sealed container.

Dessert Bars and Bar Cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Bars: Peanut butter-flavored pieces combine with peanuts for a special topping. This sturdy, frosting-free bar cookie travels well. Get the recipe for Easy Peanut Butter Bars.

Copycat Musketeer Bars: Just like a favorite candy bar, these copycat bars are filled with chocolatey goodness. This no-bake bar is a perfect special treat when you're short on time. Get the recipe for Copycat Musketeer Bars.

No-Bake Butterscotch Bars: Use instant pudding mix to get this no-bake dessert going, then top with creamy melted chocolate. These chilled bars will travel well to the classroom and the office. Get the recipe for No-Bake Butterscotch Bars.

For quick dessert recipes that are easy to tote, try more of our best bar cookie recipes!

Our Favorite Cookies

Our Best Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies: This recipe yields plenty of the classic chocolate chip cookie in less than an hour. Get the recipe for Our Best Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Peanut Butter CookiesThe perfect birthday treat for peanut butter-lovers, these cookies are easy to make and even easier to send in with your child as a yummy school treat. Get the recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies.

Classic Snickerdoodles: Who doesn't love a snickerdoodle? A little more cakelike than regular cookies, these cinnamon-sugar coated delights will disappear fast from your cookie jar. Get the recipe for Classic Snickerdoodles.

If you love cookies as much as we do, you need to try out a few of our all-time favorite cookie recipes!

Super-Cute Cupcakes

Sparkler Cupcakes: Customize these cupcakes with your favorite colors for a special birthday treat or holiday-celebration sweet. Making the cute and crazy sparkler decorations is easier than you think! Get the recipe for Sparkler Cupcakes.

Neapolitan Cupcakes: Can't make up your mind between vanilla and chocolate? Make both, plus strawberry! Everyone will love these pretty layered cupcakes, and they will quickly be deemed "best dessert recipe" by all their new fans. Get the recipe for Neapolitan Cupcakes.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes: Put away the ice cream scoop—these cupcakes taste like a classic root beer float! Perfect for a birthday party, your little ones will love this easy dessert recipe. Get the recipe for Root Beer Float Cupcakes.

Celebrate a birthday or other special occasion with one of these party-ready cupcake recipes!

Homemade Brownies (Better Than the Box)

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Fudgy Brownies: No treat table is complete without a plate of gooey, fudgy, chocolate-filled brownies. A layer of chocolate cream cheese frosting on top completes these yummy brownies. Get the recipe for Fudgy Brownies.

Red Velvet Buttermilk Brownies: Turn red velvet cake into a portable treat with these red brownies. Rich buttercream frosting makes these brownies just like a slice of red velvet cake. Get the recipe for Red Velvet Buttermilk Brownies.

Sweet Potato Brownies: These brownies have a secret: They're hiding almost a full cup of mashed sweet potatoes! Even though sweet potatoes make these brownies healthier than most, they're still full of sweet chocolate goodness. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Brownies.

Calling all brownie-lovers: These blissful brownie recipes are for you!

Party-Ready Cakes

Double-Layer White Chocolate Cake decorated with buttercream flowers

Double-Layer White Chocolate Cake: Anyone would be excited to see this stunning two-layer cake on their birthday! Whip up this white chocolate masterpiece as a birthday treat or for a special celebration. Get the recipe for Double-Layer White Chocolate Cake.

Classic Vanilla Cake: Everyone loves a classic vanilla cake. It's one of the best dessert recipes there is! If you want to take your cake to the next level, try mixing in your favorite fruit flavor, like fresh strawberries. Get the recipe for Classic Vanilla Cake.

Double Chocolate Cake: This dreamy two-layer cake is sure to satisfy any chocolate cravings. And when it comes to easy dessert recipes, this special treat really takes the cake. Get the recipe for Double Chocolate Cake.

Be ready for any birthday by having these delicious cake recipes on hand!

Luscious Ice Cream Treats

Ice Cream Tacos: This adorable ice cream treat is ready in a few minutes, and it's so much more special than any waffle cone. Plus, you can let your little ones decorate their own taco any way they want! Get the recipe for Ice Cream Tacos.

The Very Best Ever Chocolate Ice Cream: This ice cream isn't known as the very best ever for nothing! Luscious, creamy, homemade chocolate ice cream requires little prep and tastes so much better than store-bought. It's a special treat for sure! Get the recipe for our best Chocolate Ice Cream.

Ube Ice Cream: If you want to suprise someone who loves the color purple with a special dessert, this ice cream is perfect! This violet dessert gets its bright hue from ube, a purple sweet potato. Get the recipe for Ube Ice Cream.

If you're celebrating on a hot day, try one of our irresistible ice cream treats to cool down during the party!

Get Baking as a Family! Easy Dessert Recipes for Kids

Whether they want to help with adding ingredients and mixing or are just interested in decorating, your little helpers will love assisting you with these sweet recipes:


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