We'd be lying to ourselves if we said we didn't look forward to dessert at parties. Somehow there's always that one guest who is a surprisingly good baker and the next thing you know you're thinking of names for your food baby. (Something dessert related seems appropriate, like "Cookie." "Frosting" might be too out there...) Instead of only indulging in some fine party desserts why not bring some of your own to the next gathering? These easy ideas are surefire ways to wow any guest and make you the hit of the party.
A plate of cookies Unsplash / Jade Wulfraat
Even if you're not the greatest baker in the world, there are recipes out there that cater to the beginner chef. There has been a common misconception floating around for years that if you don't bring an extravagant dessert then you've done something wrong or you shouldn't have brought anything at all. Nonsense! Guests will be impressed that you took the time to make them anything, period. You don't need to come in with a homemade wedding cake to knock the socks off of partygoers.
If you're interested in bringing something you can always try your hand at classic recipes with a twist, such as chocolate chip walnut cookies or chocolate chip cookies with an added boost of flavor from browned butter.
Delicious chocolate truffles Unsplash / sheri silver
There are also recipes out there that don't require more than four ingredients and a few hours of your time. These truffles only take heavy cream and chocolate for the base and then you can choose which flavor you'd like to serve. You have the option of strawberry-black pepper, curry-coconut, caramel-corn, and orange-pistachio.
Who doesn't love a good Boston cream donut every now and again? If you're looking to give your guests a familiar taste of a favorite treat then you can take a crack at Boston cream pie bites. These take half as long as making a traditional pie, don't call for many ingredients, and yields about 24, so you'll be able to feed all the guests and then some.
Some of us seem to have a calling to the kitchen and others are soothed when they're creating delicious treats. Should you happen to be someone who's well-versed in baking, then you can try out these recipes to wow the guests and show off your skill.
A bundt cake topped with cinnamon and pecans Shutterstock / Randall Vermillion
I can confidently say that mouths water when just the smell of Cinnabon wafts through someone's house or in a strip mall. Well, why not bring the party... to the party? Consider this cinnamon bundt cake for partygoers, which keeps it simple but also provides the gooey goodness everyone gravitates towards.
Accommodating everyone at a party can be a little difficult when there's only one cake, though, and depending on the size of the fiesta, you might need to bring something that stretches a longer way. These caramel cookies mixed with marshmallows, almonds, and brown sugar are a good place to start.
You can also make these adorable brownie pops topped with toasted coconut or almonds. The recipe yields 20 so you know you won't run out... until people line up for seconds.
Traditional lemon meringue pie Shutterstock / 5 second Studio
Nothing says summer party dessert quite like homemade pie and if you surprise guests with this classic lemon meringue pie, partygoers and their full tummies will thank you.
It's important to keep every guest in mind when making something meant to be shared with everyone. To ensure you don't leave anyone out, consider bringing gluten-free party desserts to cater to any dietary restrictions. For some of us, it might be hard to imagine a gluten-free dessert that retains its taste and satisfaction, but there are plenty of options out there that can do both.
Angel food cake topped with strawberries Shutterstock / Kim Reinick
Gluten-free angel food cake is a great choice for anyone looking to please guests and pair dessert with a healthier option like fruit slices. The cake doesn't take too long to make and it's a dessert that your gluten-free guests will thank you for.
It's impossible to think of party desserts without thinking of cheesecake. Rather than making one large cake, why not make your cheesecake bite-sized and yield more dessert for your guests? These mini, gluten-free cheesecakes make 12 servings and are sure to keep everyone satisfied.
Raspberry Sorbet With Whipped Cream and Meringues is another gluten-free dish that can easily be categorized under summer party desserts. It only takes four ingredients, takes ten minutes to make, and can comfortably serve eight people.
A tray of scrumptious brownies Pixabay / skeeze
Keeping up with tradition never steers a baker wrong and if you're looking to keep classic desserts present than these almond flour brownies bring a gluten-free twist to keep everyone happy.
With the meteoric rise of the vegan movement, it might be worth going through vegan dessert options so everyone can indulge in your plate. Don't worry about vegan party desserts sullying the mood either because these treats are sure to impress everyone attending.
Chocolate chip banana bread is a favorite for many people and showing up with the dish is definitely going to increase your party cred. This recipe skips the dairy without neglecting flavor and you're left with a delicious, moist bread loaf by the end. Of course, with chocolate being the versatile little snack that it is, you can make lots of additional vegan chocolate treats, like chocolate pudding. The only thing that brings people together more than dessert is one that has a heaping amount of chocolate in it.
Cupcakes with sprinkles and frosting Unsplash / Brooke Lark
With all the party desserts we've covered in this list don't think we forgot about cupcakes. Vegan cupcakes are just as easy to make as traditional cupcakes and the serving yields 18, so you can be sure that everyone attending will get to try your tasty treats.
Of course, one of the best things you can do for guests on a hot summer day is to have everyone indulge in a delicious (and healthy) fruit salad. This is a simple way to accommodate everyone while ensuring that appetites are satisfied.
Soak up the spotlight with these fantastic party desserts and let guests know you and your baking skills are a force to be reckoned with.