The Best Desserts to Bring to a Dinner Party

Headed to a friend’s house for a dinner party or special occasion and want the best dessert to bring along? I have you covered with easy desserts, make-ahead dinner party desserts and every sweet treat in between!

Easy Desserts for a Dinner Party

Love easy? No problem! This handpicked selection of hassle-free and utterly delicious desserts that will make you the party’s laid-back dessert superstar. These are not only perfect desserts for a dinner party but also for a special occasion like a birthday party too! The next time you’re invited to bring along a dessert, you’ll have the perfect dish!

Apple Dump Cake with Pecans

Easy Apple Dump Cake

Delicious and easy apple dump cake with brown sugar pecan topping!
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Lemon Bread Pudding

Lemon Bread Pudding

A delicious and easy warm lemon bread pudding recipe that's perfect for entertaining!
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No Bake Key Lime Pie

No Bake Key Lime Pie

Featuring a delicious balance between tart and sweet, this No Bake Key Lime Pie is a perfect dessert for bringing to a dinner party!
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Banana Pudding Trifle

Banana Pudding Trifle

This Banana Pudding Trifle is easy (made with a pound cake and loads of fresh bananas) and perfect for taking to your next dinner party!
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No Bake Blackberry Cheesecake

No Bake Blackberry Cheesecake

No Bake Blackberry Cheesecake is one of the easiest desserts you can make. It’s rich, creamy and so delicious. Comes together in 15 minutes! Get the recipe from Miss In the Kitchen!
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Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

This easy chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is the perfect dessert not only because it's delicious but also because it serves a lot of people. It’s made in a sheet pan and the BEST chocolate cake recipe. Via Two Peas & Their Pod
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Easy Fudge

Easy Fudge

This foolproof, no-fuss, classic fudge recipe is super easy and perfect for a dinner party dessert to share!
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The BEST Easy Tiramisu

The BEST Easy Tiramisu

What to make a fancy dinner party dessert that is also EASY? A Spicy Perspective shows you how to make the best tiramisu for a crowd! It's perfect for special occasions!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This 2 ingredient chocolate covered strawberry recipe is quick & easy! With the perfect melted chocolate & a variety of toppings it’s sure to be a hit. Recipe from Spend With Pennies!
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Make-Ahead Desserts to Bring to a Dinner Party

Note, many of the easy desserts above are make-ahead as well so be sure to check that list out too!

Get ready to be the dessert hero at your next dinner party without the last-minute rush in the kitchen! We’ve got your back with a fantastic lineup of make-ahead desserts that will have everyone swooning. From dreamy no-bake cheesecakes to chilled trifles packed with flavor, these treats will make you the talk of the town (and the party!).

Brown Sugar Brownies

Brown Sugar Brownies

Rich and indulgent, these brown sugar brownies are fudgy, chewy and full of brown sugar flavor! Plus, brownies and bars are a great option to be served room temperature!
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

This dessert cheese ball tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough meets cheesecake! Delicious, decadent and super easy to make for your next party!
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Southern Lemon Chess Pie, if you''ve never had this pie, it's a MUST!

Southern Lemon Chess Pie

A lemon-lovers delight! This is easy made in advance and served chilled with a dollop of whipped cream!
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Homemade Brownies From scratch

Homemade Brownies

Good ol' homemade brownies might not seem like a show-stopping dessert but they are always the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth! I also like to bag up extras with little bows for take home favors from my dinner parties!
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Angus Barn Chocolate Chess Pie Recipe

Chocolate Chess Pie

 The famous chocolate chess pie from Raleigh’s Angus Barn
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Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe

Cream Cheese Cookies

Pillowy soft cream cheese cookies are sure to be a hit at any dessert table! They're a great way to end a delicious dinner party!
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Chocolate Chunk Toffee Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Toffee Cookies

A delicious twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie, these chocolate chunk toffee cookies are decadent! 
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Chocolate Ganache Tarts

These chocolate ganache tarts will wow your dinner party guests with a sweet finish that is extremely decadent and perfect for chocolate lovers! Recipe via Baker By Nature!
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A piece of brown sugar pie on a plate

Southern Brown Sugar Pie

Brown sugar pie is one of my favorite desserts and the best part? You can make it in advance!
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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Bake your apple in advance and simply warm to serve, with vanilla ice cream of course! Recipe via Live Well, Bake Often!
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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

This easy lemon bars recipe is the perfect party treat. Made with a rich buttery shortbread crust topped with a perfectly sweet, tart, and thick lemon custard filling, they’re irresistible and guaranteed to be the hit of your dinner party!
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Classic Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

Classic Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

This Classic Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust is made with a homemade graham cracker crust. Top with fresh fruit for an amazing dinner party dessert!
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Buttery Coconut Bars

Buttery Coconut Bars

Buttery Coconut Bars are a sinfully good dessert with a sweet, buttery crust and a coconut topping that will make everyone a coconut lover! Recipe via Real HouseMoms!
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Mixed Berry Trifle

Mixed Berry Trifle

Made with layers of fresh berries, chunks of sweet pound cake smeared with a little strawberry jam and a luscious vanilla cream custard. Serves a crowd! Get the recipe from Saving Dessert!
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Oreo Brookie Ice Cream Cake

Oreo Brookie Ice Cream Cake

Want a next level dinner party dessert? This is it! This Oreo Brookie Ice Cream Cake is made with layers of fudgy brownie, chocolate chip cookie ice cream, chocolate ganache and Oreo ice cream. Get this tasty dinner party-worthy recipe from Life, Love and Sugar!
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With these tasty desserts in your arsenal, you’re all set to make a memorable impression at any dinner party. Whether you opt for my famous cream cheese cookies or a delicious no-bake cheesecake, these crowd-pleasing treats will leave everyone asking for seconds and begging for the recipe! So, go ahead and dazzle your friends and family and end the night on a sweet note!

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