20 Father's Day Desserts He'll LOVE

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Father's Day desserts made with love to show how much you appreciate dad. All his favorites including fresh baked cookies, fruity pies and cobblers, easy cakes, and so much more are here for the choosing!

A photo collage shows 4 delicious desserts to make for Father's Day including cookies, smores bars, a pie, and a blueberry cobbler.

Hey there, dessert lovers! Father's Day is approaching, and it's time to show the dads in our lives just how much we appreciate them.

What better way to do that than with some homemade desserts?

Whether your dad has a weakness for chocolate, a passion for fruity flavors, or a love for all things sweet and salty, we've got you covered.

From easy cakes and fresh fruit pies to rich and chocolatey cookies and bars the kids can bake on their own, there's a dessert here to satisfy every dad's craving.

The dessert recipes on this list are my own husband's all-time favorites. He gives two thumbs up to these sweet treats and thinks your special guy is going to love them, too.

Father's Day Cookies

Cookies are a great treat that are easy enough for kids to bake for dad.

I think they make the best Father's Day dessert because he can enjoy what he wants for his special day and freeze the leftovers for a midnight snack when the mood strikes.

An easy gift idea that keeps on giving . . .

A photo collage shows 4 easy cookies to make for dad.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

This freezer-friendly chocolate chip walnut cookies recipe is totally amazing for Father's Day because you can freeze the cookie dough balls and bake them fresh, just a few a time.

Prep the cookie balls for the freezer and stick a bow on the container. Give dad a note that offers to bake them for him any time he wants!

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.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

This was the cookie recipe my husband begged me to bake over and over again when we first got married. It is still one of his all-time favorites.

We love to freeze these chocolate peanut butter chip cookies because they taste amazing eaten cold with a glass of milk.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
This chewy chocolate cookies are filled with creamy peanut butter chips. They freeze well if you want to store some for later.
5 from 1 vote
A stack of chocolate peanut butter chip cookies with one cookie in the front broken in half to show the inside.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

If your dad likes things a little bit spicy, this dark chocolate Mexican hot chocolate cookies have a pinch of cayenne and would be right up his alley.

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.

Patriotic Cookies for Military Dads

Is your dad a veteran? Or maybe he's currently serving the armed forces?

If so, thank him for his service and let him know just how proud you are with a pretty platter of red, white, and blue sugar cookies.

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Easy red, white, and blue sugar cookie designs for the 4th of July. This would make an incredible cookie platter for a military dad for Father's Day.
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Black and White Cookies

For dads who like things simple and clear cut, these cakey black and white cookies are a classic treat.

HINT: You could tint the white half of the cookie to be dad's favorite color or add sprinkles the chocolate part to jazz them up.

Black and White Cookies
This classic New York cookie is actually really easy to make at home with a few simple tricks.
5 from 36 votes
A serving platter filled with black and white cookies.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Take your cookie game to the next level and make these crunchy peanut butter sandwich cookies with an easy creamy peanut butter filling.

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches
Thin and crunchy peanut butter cookies are filled with a sweet peanut butter frosting and turned into the tastiest cookie sandwiches you've ever had! Don't forget a tall glass of milk to go with them. Adapted from The Great Minnesota Cookie Book.
5 from 1 vote
A platter of crunchy peanut butter sandwich cookies next to a scattering of peanuts.

Dessert Bars for the Kids to Bake

Cookie bars, brownies, and rice krispie treats are always a favorite when you're just a kid at heart.

Dad will love these easy desserts baked in a 9x13-inch pan. The recipes are so easy, your kid baker can make them alone.

A photo collage shows several brownies and bars the kids can bake for Father's Day.

Homemade Brownies from the Kids

These easy homemade brownies are almost as easy as a boxed mix but so much tastier.

Kids can customize these just for dad by stirring in his favorite things like peanut butter chips, mini M&Ms, or frosting them with cream cheese frosting and decorating them.

Personally? We love them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

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.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Snack Mix

Dads love peanut butter pretzels, right? Top them off with a drizzle of chocolate and his favorite peanut butter candies.

This chocolate peanut butter pretzel snack mix is super easy to make in minutes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
Elevate your next movie night with these chocolate peanut butter pretzel bites. This easy party snack mix only needs 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of effort for a perfect party treat.
5 from 41 votes
Pretzel nuggets have drizzled chocolate over them and orange and yellow candies.

Mini Trix Rice Krispie Treats

Marshmallow cereal bars were one of the first things my husband learned how to bake as a young kid and they still hold a special spot in his heart.

Let the kids mix and match Dad's favorite cereal into these easy mini Trix krispie treats.

Mini Trix Rice Krispie Treats
Use the new Trix Minis cereal to make these adorable rice krispie treats style dessert. The rainbow fruity cereal pieces make a colorful marshmallow treat that is easy for kids to make on their own. This is a perfect lunchbox treat or could be used as a fun St. Patrick's Day dessert for kids!
4.94 from 49 votes
A cake plate has several squares of cereal bars in rainbow colors with mini marshmallows scattered about.

Cookies and Cream Blondie Bars

If Dad loves OREOs, this is the cookie bar for him! Yummy cookies and cream blondie bars are loaded with crushed OREO cookies and chocolate chips for a sweet treat he'll love.

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.

Hello Dolly Bars

If crispy coconut and chocolate is a combo Dad loves, these classic hello Dolly bars are so easy to make.

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.

Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars

My husband totally swooned after one bite of these amazing crescent roll cheesecake bars.

They are a total "twofer" -- two treats in one! Creamy cheesecake and crispy cinnamon churros. YUM.

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.

Father's Day Cakes

Here's the truth: Dad's usually have pretty basic tastes. They don't need a lot of fuss and flair.

If you're baking a Father's Day cake, keep it simple and classy. Just focus on his favorite flavors like chocolate, coffee, almonds, or creamy vanilla. The cake will speak for itself.

A photo collage shows several easy cakes to make for Father's Day.

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Orange Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

The combination of zesty orange and dark chocolate ganache with a hint of espresso in this orange chocolate chip bundt cake makes it a memorable dessert for Father's Day.

My husband loves it both with and without the ganache on top so don't let that scare you off from this super easy bundt cake recipe.

Orange Chocolate Chip Cake
This zesty orange chocolate chip bundt cake is covered in an easy chocolate ganache. Perfect easy cake for a party.
5 from 1 vote
A chocolate glazed bundt cake sits on a white cake plate with a blue robins egg decoration to the left.

Classic Almond Cake

This stunningly simple classic almond cake recipe was one of my husband's newest favorites. You can serve it with or without the fresh berries on top.

Mini chocolate chips could be sprinkled over the top or even stirred into the cake batter before baking.

Almond Cake
This old fashioned almond sheet cake has a delicious fluffy almond icing. Serve it with fresh raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries for a quick and easy dessert in under 30 minutes.
5 from 38 votes
A square of almond cake with white almond icing is on a blue plate and topped with fresh strawberries. A fork is taking a bite.

Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Shhh, here's my top secret: No one will care that the cupcakes are from a box mix if you make homemade frosting to put on top!

Bake dad his favorite flavor boxed mix cake as cupcakes or in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and frost it with this easy chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Decorate them with a salty twisted pretzel on top or his favorite candies.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Rich and delicious chocolate cream cheese frosting is a tangy way to top a vanilla birthday cake or cupcakes and is so easy to make.
5 from 39 votes
Cupcakes topped with a swirl of chocolate cream cheese frosting sit on a baker's rack next to a piping bag filled with frosting.

Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

The easiest Father's Day cake to make actually involves layers of ice cream sandwiches!

This fun ice cream sandwich cake has caramel and chocolate drizzles in the layers and could be left plain white or decorated with any sprinkles you love.

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 Tiramisu

Not all cakes require batter. This easy tiramisu cake is made from layers of ladyfinger cookies soaked in coffee and an easy mascarpone cheese filling.

It's a great make ahead dessert for Father's Day because it tastes even better after it has had a chance to set in the fridge.

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.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

If you don't want to turn on the oven, this easy no-bake peanut butter pie is always a hit with dads.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Cool and creamy no bake peanut butter pie decorated with Reese's peanut butter cups is a perfect make ahead dessert for a party. Let the assembled pie chill in the fridge for up to 2 days and then just frost and decorate before serving.
5 from 2 votes
A slice of peanut butter pie on a blue plate. You can see the Oreo cookie crust and creamy filling.

New Orleans Bread Pudding

Top this New Orleans bread pudding with bourbon sauce and make dad's day. This is one of my husband's all-time favorites.

New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
This New Orleans bread pudding is adapted from Emeril Lagasse's classic dessert recipe to be made easier for beginner bakers at home. A golden brown and crispy bread pudding with a vanilla bourbon custard is dotted with golden raisins and drizzled with warm bourbon sauce over the top.
5 from 1 vote
A baking pan of bread pudding sits next to a small dish with one serving that has a drizzle of the bourbon sauce over the top. The pitcher of bourbon sauce sits to the side.

Father's Day Fruit Desserts

Since Father's Day falls right in the middle of summer when produce is at its very best, why not spoil Dad with a rich and buttery fruit crisp or flaky fruit pie?

A photo collage shows 4 separate fresh fruit desserts that dads love.

Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler

My husband is very partial to fresh blueberry desserts because they remind him of his home in Northern Minnesota.

This old fashioned blueberry cobbler is amazing when served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler
This old fashioned blueberry cobbler is just like grandma used to make. Fresh blueberry filling is topped with a buttery cake-like topping and baked. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for a classic summertime dessert.
5 from 1 vote
A white dish has the blueberry cobbler with golden brown topping ready to eat. A spoon is about to dig in.

Apple Slab Pie

This apple slab pie has the best butter pie crust!

Cinnamon flavored apple filling makes a classic filling. If you can find it, cinnamon flavored ice cream is an amazing topping.

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.

Fresh Cherry Crisp

Fresh cherries always remind our family of a favorite uncle who owns a cherry orchard. I developed this fresh cherry crisp recipe all thanks to the delicious fruit he sends us each summer.

There's a hint of almond in the filling which perfectly accents the fresh cherries.

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.

Snicker Salad

Finally, this dessert is sure to put a smile on Dad's face, especially if he is also from the midwest like my husband.

Chopped up apples and Snickers bars in a creamy filling make this authentic Snicker salad a fun and vintage dessert you'll love.

Snicker Salad
Snicker salad is right at home on your holiday table. Is it a side dish or is it a dessert? No one knows for sure, but no matter what it is a tasty part of your holiday meal.
4.77 from 34 votes
A bowl of Snicker Salad next to marshmallows and green apples.

More Easy Dessert Recipes

If the kids are excited to bake for Dad, you'll definitely want to pick up a copy of The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book.

A copy of The Ultimate Kids' Baking Book sits on a pink background with a whisk, sprinkles, and cookie cutters.

There are so many more easy and delicious treats that would be perfect for Father's Day included inside:

  • S'mores Bars
  • Salted Pretzel Toffee
  • Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Grasshopper Torte
  • and so many more . . .

More Father's Day Ideas

Life is short, eat dessert first. BUT any good Dad would tell you dinner matters, too.

Plan a Father's Day dinner Dad will love with these easy recipes.

The photo collage shows 5 of the best Father's Day desserts to bake.


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