30 Easy Party Desserts

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Easy party desserts will help you feed a crowd at your next dinner party. Make ahead treats for a special occasion are easy to prep and serve at room temperature. Delicious desserts include easy cakes, cookies, cheesecake desserts, and so much more.

A photo collage shows a party desserts table alongside 3 photos of easy dessert recipes.

Easy party desserts are the best part of planning a special occasion.

Make-ahead desserts are a great idea for helping you to fill a dessert table with the perfect treats.

This is a list of my personal favorite desserts that my family has used for dinner parties and special events for years and years.

Lemon Torte

This make-ahead lemon torte is a classic party favorite and is loved by everyone we've served it to.

Creamy layers of lemon pudding whipped topping, and a cream cheese filling top a crispy cookie crust.

It is a light and refreshing perfect ending to your dinner party but also travels well if you're in charge of bringing dessert.

Light and Lemony Torte
This light no-bake lemon torte recipe is perfect for warm weather entertaining. Easily adjustable for sugar-free or traditional sugar use to accommodate your guests.
5 from 1 vote
A slice of layered lemon torte sits on a blue plate. You can see the yellow lemon layer, a white whipped topping layer, and the graham cracker crust. A twirled slice of lemon sits on top for garnish.

Easy Poke Cake

An easy poke cake like my strawberry kiwi cake is the perfect simple dessert for beginner bakers.

An angel food cake has ribbons of chilled strawberry Jello and a Cool Whip frosted top. It tastes best when you make it ahead and chill it in the fridge.

Serve it with fresh strawberries and slices of kiwi.

Strawberry Kiwi Cake
Cool and refreshing, this fruity poke cake features Jell-o and a whipped topping and is perfectly delicious straight out of the fridge.
5 from 1 vote
A square slice of strawberry kiwi cake shows the red Jello poke stripes, fluffy whipped topping, and has two thin slices of fresh kiwi on top for garnish.

Vanilla Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

A great idea for an easy party dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth is one of my personal favorite party hacks!

Pick up a giant vanilla cheesecake from Costco or a box of mini cheesecakes from the grocery store and plan a "Top Your Own Cheesecake Bites" bar.

Set out fresh fruits, whipped cream, and a sweet dessert sauce to drizzle over the top.

My strawberry sauce or triple berry sauce are great options, but I have an entire list of cheesecake toppings for you to pick from for any season of the year.

Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

One of the best ways to take a simple boxed cake mix to the next level for a birthday party is to make an easy homemade frosting for decorating the top.

You can turn them into bite-size desserts by using a mini muffin tin which is the perfect recipe for filling a dessert tower.

Just whip up a batch of my easy cream cheese frosting or this decadent chocolate cream cheese frosting for swirling over the top of each mini cupcake.

Garnish them with sprinkles, candies, fresh berries, or nuts to match your party menu.

Coconut Cake with Pineapple Filling

Bake a simple boxed cake mix and no one will guess you took a shortcut when you top it with my homemade pineapple filling, a layer of cream cheese frosting, and fresh shredded coconut on top!

This would make a stunning birthday party cake but is absolutely delicious for any dinner party you have planned.

Pineapple Filling
This easy pineapple filling recipe uses canned pineapple tidbits for a burst of pineapple flavor in a rich and decadent cake. Pair with a boxed coconut cake mix and cream cheese frosting for a simple dessert.
5 from 29 votes
A slice of coconut cake with cream cheese frosting and shredded coconut has a layer of bright yellow pineapple filling.

Easy Homemade Brownies

Another easy recipe for making homemade bite-sized desserts is my daughter's favorite rich and fudgy homemade brownies made with melted chocolate chips.

This is the perfect treat for chocolate lovers who want to take them to the next level by garnishing them with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, a dollop of whipped cream, or fresh berries.

Easy Brownies for Kids
These are the BEST brownies for kids to bake for their families. Chewy centers with crispy edges and loaded with extra chocolate chips for the fudgiest brownies ever.
4.70 from 49 votes
A round platter of a pile of chocolate brownies with a bite taken out of the one on top and a sprinkle of chocolate chips to the side.

Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Vanilla ice cream sandwiches and layers of Cool Whip topping with drizzles of chocolate sauce and caramel sauce is an excellent party dessert for the summer heat with very little effort.

My favorite make-ahead ice cream sandwich cake serves a lot of people if you cut the squares into smaller portions.

Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
This easy peasy ice cream sandwich dessert is the perfect ice cream cake for a backyard party. 
5 from 38 votes
A metal pan has an ice cream cake with red and white sprinkles over the top. A slice is missing so you can see the layers of ice cream sandwiches inside.

Easy Ice Cream Sundae

Hosting large crowds can be a bit of a challenge when it comes to picking the perfect recipe for a simple dessert. You need something easy to serve that pleases a lot of people with different tastes.

You can turn a basic tub of vanilla ice cream into a surprisingly elegant dessert for your next dinner party by planning unique ice cream sundae toppings.

Make a big pan of my easy roasted cherries and serve them warm over the vanilla ice cream. You could add dark chocolate chips for sprinkling over the top.

Or choose a "Build Your Own Sundae" Bar with all the fresh ice cream toppings your guests need to build one of these 20 easy ice cream sundae recipes.

Set out big piles of ice cream cones and bowls so everyone can choose their favorite way to eat the treat.

Strawberry Jello Pretzel Dessert

This classic make ahead strawberry jello pretzel dessert recipe is often found on the dessert table at every special occasion you can imagine. It is the perfect ending for a baby shower or bridal shower because it is so light and creamy.

Fresh strawberries are tucked inside a strawberry Jello layer. Cool whip and cream cheese create a sweet and tangy filling on top of a crispy, salty pretzel crust.

Strawberry Jello Pretzel Dessert
Cool and creamy strawberry pretzel salad is the classic summer torte you've had at many church potlucks and backyard parties. Made with a salty pretzel crust and topped with a sweet layer of cream cheese and refreshing strawberry flavored Jell-O and fresh strawberries, this dessert is always a hit at a picnic.
4.67 from 6 votes
A 9x13-inch pan has finished strawberry pretzel salad for serving, a plate with a single slice and a fork is in front.

Crescent Roll Cheesecake

This portable potluck-friendly crescent roll cheesecake combines the flavors of a crispy cinnamon churro and a creamy vanilla cheesecake in one delicious bar.

Don't miss the dozen or so fun flavor variations included in the recipe:

Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars
Layers of flaky crescent rolls surround a creamy cheesecake filling topped with a crispy cinnamon sugar coating. This easy dessert tastes like two treats in one: a delicious rich and creamy cheesecake and a crispy cinnamon churro!
4.98 from 37 votes
Two churro cheesecake bars are stacked on a blue and white plate in front of the baking dish of treats.

Banana Pudding (No Bananas)

After seeing it on dessert table after dessert table, I finally decided to go rogue and make an easy banana pudding with no bananas. While not exactly traditional, it tastes amazing.

But if you're a purist, no worries. I included instructions for adding the fresh bananas if you insist.

Banana Pudding {No Bananas}
This easy potluck dessert recipe is a classic southern church dessert. While it usually features fresh bananas layered in the creamy pudding mix, this recipe is completely banana free for anyone who has an allergy or strong aversion to banana flavor.
4.91 from 53 votes
A slice of banana pudding sits on a stack of white plates. You can see that there are no bananas in the layers.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

This classic strawberry shortcake recipe can be made ahead in just 20 minutes.

Serve the biscuit style shortcakes on a pretty platter next to a large bowl of the fresh strawberries mixture.

Set out cans of whipped cream or tubs of whipped topping and let your guests assemble their own desserts!

Classic Strawberry Shortcake
This classic strawberry shortcake is just like the one grandma used to bake. A slightly sweetened shortcake biscuit is filled with fresh strawberries and sugar and topped with whipped cream. An essential summer dessert during strawberry season!
5 from 1 vote
A classic strawberry shortcake has been split in half with fresh berries and whipped cream.

Strawberry Cream Pie

This easy strawberry cream pie recipe is the perfect make ahead party dessert.

It should chill for 8 hours in the fridge before slicing so you can have all your party prep out of the way.

Strawberry Cream Pie
Sweet strawberry cream pie is an easy no bake dessert that uses fresh strawberries and cream cheese. The longer chill time makes this an amazing make ahead dessert to serve at a party.
5 from 38 votes
The no bake strawberry pie has a graham cracker crust and fresh strawberries on top. It is in a clear pie plate so you can see the crust.

Make Ahead Apple Slab Pie

Next time you need an easy treat, plan ahead and prep this rich and buttery make-ahead apple slab pie.

It is a great option when you want to prep it ahead and bake it fresh right before your dinner party. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream.

If you want to really showcase the fall flavors, add a drizzle of salted caramel sauce over the top.

Apple Slab Pie
This freezer-friendly apple slab pie is a delicious fresh apple dessert any time of year. The flaky pie crust and juicy apples are great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
5 from 40 votes
A square piece of apple pie has a fork taking a bite.

Southern Style Peach Cobbler

The only thing my mom and sister want during our annual family beach vacation is for me to bake a pan of my easy southern style peach cobbler.

This is such an easy recipe, I can make it at a rental kitchen in a few minutes.

The sweet and juicy peaches are tossed with brown sugar and are covered in a crispy cobbler topping that pairs perfectly with vanilla ice cream in the summer heat.

Southern Peach Cobbler
This classic southern peach cobbler made with fresh peaches is a quick and easy dessert to make for summer. Serve it topped with vanilla ice cream for an unforgettable treat.
4.56 from 9 votes
A dish of peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and a spoon.

Easy Cherry Crisp

When it comes to fresh fruit desserts, this cherry crisp recipe is my all time favorite easy treat.

I freeze fresh cherries every summer so I can make this baked dessert any time of year. The crispy oatmeal and butter topping has a hint of almond and is a delicious twist on the classic recipe.

It's one of the most amazing dinner party desserts, I've never had a guest turn down a warm dish with melty vanilla ice cream.

Fresh Cherry Crisp
This delicious fresh cherry crisp is the perfect way to use up everyone's favorite summer berry. The buttery crispy topping is wonderful with the sweet, syrupy filling. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
4.98 from 48 votes
A white bowl of fresh cherry crisp shows the juicy filling and golden brown crumble topping.

Easy Cherry Pie

Another great option for using frozen cherries is my make ahead cherry pie.

This delicious dessert is a great option when you need a room temperature dessert that can sit on the dessert table for a long period of time.

If you bake it fresh before your next party, it can be served warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream over the top.

Cherry Slab Pie
A simple way to feed a crowd, this delicious cherry slab pie can be baked with frozen cherries or fresh cherries during the peak of the season.
4.93 from 57 votes
A cherry slab pie sits in a metal baking pan and has heart-shaped cut outs for the top crust.

Freezer-Friendly Apple Crisp

Next time you need to feed a crowd and want a make ahead baked dessert, try my freezer-friendly apple crisp!

The warm fall flavors of cinnamon and apple with a buttery crisp topping can be prepped ahead and frozen. Just bake it fresh before the event and don't forget the vanilla ice cream!

Freezer Friendly Apple Crisp
This freezer apple crisp will change your holiday baking forever. Make one big batch but split it into two smaller desserts -- one to bake now and one to stash in your freezer for later. Perfect quick and easy Thanksgiving dessert. 
4.34 from 86 votes
A freezer-friendly metal pan holds an 8x8-inch apple crisp with crumble topping.

Easy Tiramisu

The best part of my easy tiramisu recipe is that it is a perfect option for turning into bite sized mini desserts if you prep it ahead in individual serving cups.

Instead of making the large pan as directed in the recipe, simply break the lady finger cookies into smaller pieces and layer them in sweet mini dessert cups for your dessert table.

Store the cups on a platter in the fridge for an easy treat you can make the day before.

Easy Tiramisu
This cool and creamy no-bake recipe is a classic Italian dessert. Tiramisu, or "pick me up," is so easy to make ahead for your party.
5 from 35 votes
A slice of tiramisu is on a white plate, a spoon has a bite on it showing the cream filling and spongey cookie layer.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Listen up, chocolate lovers. These Mexican hot chocolate cookies are the perfect easy party dessert after a heavy meal.

They are loaded with dark chocolate flavor and a not-too-spicy kick of cayenne. They satisfy your sweet tooth with a little bit of crispy crunch but without overwhelming your palette.

Bake them ahead and keep them in an airtight container until you're ready to serve them for an easy treat.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
These sweet and spicy cookies are an awesome addition to your holiday cookie tray. The kicked-up cayenne powder adds a spicy touch to your sweets.
4.95 from 40 votes
A platter of chocolate crinkle cookies show the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookie recipe finished.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Before you scoff at the idea of serving fresh baked chocolate chip walnut cookies as a party dessert, consider that these delicious cookies are a much beloved favorite and would make an easy finale at your dinner party!

Serve them warm from the oven with icy glasses of cold milk.

But if you insist on dressing them up for your dinner party, serve them alongside platters of chocolate-covered strawberries from the grocery store!

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
These amazing chocolate chip walnut cookies are based on the DoubleTree cookie recipe and can be prepped for making a small batch of chocolate chip cookies direct from the freezer.
5 from 43 votes
Baked chocolate chip walnut cookies with chocolate chips sprinkled over the top.

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Sweet peanut butter blossom cookies have that easy peanut butter cookie bottom with the melty chocolate kiss on top.

If you need a simple sweet treat this is one of the best bite-sized desserts ever.

Easy Peanut Butter Blossoms
This classic peanut butter blossoms recipe is an essential cookie for every baker. The soft and chewy peanut butter cookie base is topped with a sweet chocolate Hershey Kiss. Perfect for Christmas or baking all year round.
4.84 from 56 votes
Peanut butter blossom cookies are on a white tray on a pink background.

Saltine Cracker Toffee

Melted chocolate and butter are a match made in heaven with these easy saltine cracker toffee bites.

Break them into bite sized pieces for adding to your dessert table during the holiday season or any time you want a decadent chocolate treat.

Technically, I'd consider this one of the easiest cookie recipes ever and even beginners will have great luck making the dish for a lot of people.

Saltine Cracker Toffee
Christmas Crack is a classic Christmas cookie tray treat that is super easy and only takes a few minutes of prep work to bake. It is the most addictive sweet at the holidays and your holiday cookie offering will disappear in moments. No one can resist that crispy, buttery cracker toffee topped with creamy milk chocolate.
5 from 39 votes
A Christmas holly plate has a pile of choclolate covered saltine cracker toffee.

Shortbread Pecan Pie Bars

Chewy and crispy shortbread pecan pie bars are a perfect easy dessert recipe for big Thanksgiving dinner parties but I enjoy eating them any time of year.

They are a perfect easy party dessert when you need to package them in an airtight container for bringing the dessert.

Cut them into generous squares or turn them into a bite-sized dessert by cutting them into small pieces.

Shortbread Pecan Pie Bars
These rich and chewy shortbread pecan pie bars have a crispy cookie crust, a gooey caramel center, and salty pecans all over the top. Slice up a square to share with friends for fall entertaining.
4.96 from 41 votes
A stack of shortbread pecan pie bars on a cake plate for serving.

Cookies and Cream Bars

These Oreo cookie filled cookies and cream blondie bars have dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips for extra richness.

Press the cookie dough into a 9 x 13-inch pan for an easy baked dessert you can make ahead.

OREO Blondies
Rich and chewy cookies and cream blondies are the perfect twist to a cookie bar for your next homemade treat. Kids will love to crush the Oreo cookies for mixing in.
5 from 33 votes
A tray of cookies and cream bars have OREOS sitting next to them.

Butterscotch Blondies

This easy butterscotch blondies recipe is mixed together quickly in just one mixing bowl and then baked for a rich and delicious party treat that won't melt in the summer heat.

I love the brown sugar batter with the crispy pecans and butterscotch chips! It's a cozy party dessert your guests will love.

Butterscotch Brownies
This one-bowl recipe is so easy, the batter will be done before the oven has even pre-heated! It's a perfect first recipe for kids learning to bake. The sweet and salty combo is utterly addictive.
4.90 from 47 votes
A batch of butterscotch brownies have been cut into squares on a piece of foil.

Hello Dolly Bars

Hello Dolly bars are a chewy layer bar made with graham crackers, shredded coconut, and dark chocolate chips.

They are another great cookie bar recipe that you can cut into bite-sized desserts for a crowd.

Hello Dolly Bars
This easy dessert recipe is perfect for beginner bakers. Delicious Hello Dollies are filled with shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and chopped pecans on a graham cracker crust.
4.58 from 7 votes
A metal baking pan is filled with hello dolly bars topped with shredded coconut and chocolate chips.

Caramel Apple Tart

The easiest way to make a caramel apple tart is to bake a giant sugar cookie crust, layer it with a cream cheese icing, and sprinkle fresh chopped apples and caramel over the top.

You could bake it round like a pizza and cut it into wedges or bake it rectangular in a baking pan and cut it into bite-sized squares.

Taffy Apple Pizza
This ooey-goey caramel apple pizza with sugar cookie crust is such a fun way to use up leftover Halloween candy for a dessert your kids will love. 
5 from 1 vote
A sugar cookie baked in a pie skillet is topped with fresh chopped apples, chopped snickers candies, and is drizzled with caramel sauce over the top.

Tangy Lemon Curd and Buttery Shortbread Cookies

This classic English dessert would be a light and elegant dessert for large crowds.

Fill beautiful platters with storebought or homemade shortbread cookies.

Then fill pretty dipping bowls with my easy homemade lemon curd for your party guests to spoon over their cookies.

It's an easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth with very little effort in serving.

Lemon Curd
Homemade lemon curd is so easy to make with fresh lemons. This rich lemon sauce is delicious as a base for a lemon tart but would be amazing spooned over a pound cake, spread onto toast or a biscuit, or used with French toast or pancakes.
5 from 49 votes
A piece of lemon pie with lemon curd filling.

Pistachio Fluff Fruit Salad

Is it a party dessert or is it a fruit salad? Let your dinner party guests decide how they want to enjoy this vintage pistachio fluff fruit salad.

I serve it on my buffet table and smile as guests take a spoonful as a side dish with their meal or circle back for a sweet ending to the party.

Top it with toasted pecans just before serving for extra crunch.

Pistachio Fluff Fruit Salad
This light and creamy pistachio fluff fruit salad makes a great holiday side dish or no bake dessert. Top it with chopped pecans for color and crunch.
4.98 from 44 votes
A large serving bowl of pistachio fluff has chopped pecans sprinkled over the top and a blue napkin on the side.

Pineapple Marshmallow Salad

If you want a refreshing and juicy party treat, this pineapple marshmallow salad is loaded with oranges, pineapple, and coconut.

Turn it into a tray of mini desserts by preparing it in individual dessert cups for your dessert table!

Pineapple Marshmallow Salad
This sweet pineapple ambrosia salad made without mayo can be served as a no bake dessert or holiday side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. Stir it together in just minutes and it is ready to serve.
4.95 from 40 votes
A serving of pineapple ambrosia has a spoon for serving.

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