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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.