Just Desserts: Make Your Own Sweet Endings


Picture this: you've just been invited to a party, and the host has asked you to bring dessert. Instead of running to the store or bakery for something, you can make something at home. If you bring any of these homemade desserts to your next gathering, you could be the life of the party.

Unleash Your Inner Cookie Artist

Cookies are an easy party dish where you don't have to slice anything or provide cutlery. Make them even better by drawing designs in the frosting, like patterns or cute phrases.

Sonya Nimri

Experiment with Edible Flowers

Another way to up your sugar cookie game is to swap out sprinkles for real flowers. Getting creative with your petal patterns will help your confection stand out amongst the other offerings.

Sonya Nimri

Put a Twist on Milk and Cookies

If kids are at this potluck, then bringing these cookie shot glasses filled with milk will make you the #MVPG: the most valuable party guest.

Gillian Ellis

Bake the Best Black Forest Cake

If someone else has the cookies covered, a cake is a great dessert to bring instead. Post a photo of this creamy, fruity and chocolate-y German black forest cake on your Instagram, and all of your followers will have serious FOMO.

Thalia Ho

Go Crazy with the Crepes

Crepes aren't just for breakfast — they're delicious for dessert, too. Don't be afraid to add extra layers of dark chocolate and caramel to this crepe confection. Everyone's taste buds will thank you.

Thalia Ho

Indulge the Chocolate Cake Lovers

You can't go wrong with adding something chocolate-flavored to the party, and cocoa enthusiasts will love this molten chocolate lava cake. Serve with a side of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Charity Curley Mathews

Wow With a Tres Leches Cake

For an unexpected cake flavor, think about a tres leches cake. This version incorporates yummy coconut in both the frosting and the garnish.

Thalia Ho

Put a Spin on Mini Cheesecakes

Cupcakes make regular appearances at all kinds of parties, but you can shake things up with no-bake cheesecake served in baking cups. The best part about this recipe is that it's easy to put your own spin on the flavor with different types of sprinkles or fruit.

Michelle Valanzuela

Surprise with a Vegan Cheesecake

If you need to make something that will work for a variety of diets, go with this almost raw vegan cheesecake recipe. Your fellow potluck guests won't believe that you didn't use real cream cheese.

Ashlae Warner

Cool Down with Cookie Dough Popsicles

Everyone appreciates a cold dessert during the summer. Ditch a traditional fruit flavor popsicle for a layered cookie dough and vanilla confection.

Jamie Shields

Booze Up Your Ice Cream Sandwiches

Just knowing about these boozy peach bourbon ice cream sandwiches will have the over-21 guests wanting to start the meal with dessert. This is a great dish to bring to a summer event, when ice cream sounds good on a hot night and peaches are in season.

Shaina Olmanson

Show Off Your Baking Skills with a Soufflé

If your gathering's upscale, you'll want to bring something that fits in with the menu. A soufflé will be sure to impress everyone at the table. Ask the host ahead of time if you can use the kitchen, as this is a dessert that's best served straight out of the oven.

A.J. Andrews

Upgrade Your Pudding to Pots de Creme

These mouthwatering butterscotch pots de creme are a French dessert custard typically served in porcelain cups. Pro tip: scout discount stores for pretty dishes that won't break the bank.

Thalia Ho

Go for Gourmet Chocolate-Covered Apples

You'll never be able to eat a regular chocolate-dipped apple again once you find out about the gourmet versions. Don't be afraid to try interesting flavor combinations with different chocolates, flavored liqueurs and chopped nuts.

Molly Thompson