40 Church Picnic Desserts That'll Be The Talk of the Town
Peach Fried Pies
Recipe: Peach Fried Pies
No summertime picnic is complete without some Southern peaches, and these Peach Fried Pies will really wow the crowd.
Pecan Pie Brownies
Recipe: Pecan Pie Brownies
We combined two Southern-favorite desserts—pecan pie and brownies—to create the ultimate decadent treat.
Rose Petal Cupcakes
Recipe: Rose Petal Cupcakes
Add a touch of elegance to the picnic spread with these simple vanilla cupcakes. They’re garnished with rose petals for extra refinement.
Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
Love the flavor of a hummingbird cake, but don’t want to mess around with stacking and assembling cake layers? Meet Hummingbird Cupcakes.
Recipe: Rhubarb Pie
Fresh, slightly-sour rhubarb is the star in one of our favorite summer pies. Add strawberries for extra sweetness.
Mixed Citrus Bars
Recipe: Mixed Citrus Bars
Lemon bars, grapefruit bars, orange bars, oh my! Grandma will love the countless twists we’ve put on her classic recipe.
Freezer Peach Pie
Recipe: Freezer Peach Pie
Make use of that bag of frozen peaches in this Freezer Peach Pie. It tastes as fresh as you can get.
Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
Recipe: Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
When you’re on-the-go, you need a dessert that’s easy to serve and mess-free. That’s why these sliceable Raspberry Crumble Bars are the ideal picnic food.
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe: Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
If you like chocolate on chocolate, you’ll love these Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes.
Blackberry-Peach Cobbler Bars
Recipe: Blackberry-Peach Cobbler Bars
No summertime church get-together is complete without fresh peach cobbler, but a gooey casserole isn’t necessarily the ideal portable picnic food. These Blackberry-Peach Cobbler Bars are the perfect alternative.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Bake everybody’s favorite layer cake into easily portable, personal-sized cupcakes.
Chocolate Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars
Buttermilk Pound Cake
Recipe: Buttermilk Pound Cake
Serve this pound cake with berries and fresh cream or ice cream to make a lovely warm-weather dessert.
Recipe: Butterscotch Cookies
Those candies that Grandma always kept stocked in bowls around the house? Imagine those in cookie form.
Recipe: Strawberry-Blueberry Cupcakes
Make the most of that seasonal farmers’ market produce with these fresh berry cupcakes.
Toasted Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe: Toasted Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal-raisin may get a reputation for being boring, but these cookies are anything but. The recipe calls to toast the oats, which brings a nutty depth of flavor to the dough.
Recipe: Lane Cupcakes
The storied Lane Cake has been a Southern staple for decades, and we’ve just made it portable with these Lane Cupcakes.
Raspberry Jam Thumbprints
Recipe: Raspberry Jam Thumbprints
This classic cookie can be found at cookie swaps and church potlucks year-round, and your picnic simply wouldn’t be complete without a plate full of these thumbprints.
Pink Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Pink Lemonade Cake
Sip on some pink lemonade and add a touch of that same sour sweetness to the dessert spread with this pretty Pink Lemonade Cake.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ramp up the flavors of a classic, yet often bland chocolate chip cookie with the addition of nutty brown butter.
Chocolate Pound Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Pound Cake
Transform Nana’s classic pound cake into a chocolate-lover’s dream with this decadent recipe.
Apple Pie Cookies
Recipe: Apple Pie Cookies
A cross between a hand pie and a cookie, these Apple Pie Cookies tuck luscious apple pie filling between layers of short cookie dough to accomplish a completely creative dessert.
Brown Butter-Caramel Blondies
Recipe: Brown Butter-Caramel Blondies
Talk about decadence. These blondies get a lovely swirl of homemade caramel on top, adding just enough salty-sweet flavor to complement the blondie dough.
Mini Red Velvet Cakes
Recipe: Mini Red Velvet Cakes
Bake red velvet cupcakes, then cut them sandwich-style and pipe the frosting in the middle for a whimsical way to enjoy this dessert classic.
Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Recipe: Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
This indulgent pound cake, complete with delicate swoops of caramel frosting, is one of our all-time favorites. After just one bite, you’ll understand why.
Coconut Cheesecake Squares
Recipe: Coconut Cheesecake Squares
Bring a bit of tropical flair to the church picnic with these easily sliceable, perfectly bite-sized coconut cheesecake squares. There’ll be plenty to go around.
Salted Butter-Pecan Shortbread Cookies
No fall picnic is complete without a toasty butter pecan dessert, and these homemade shortbread cookies are the ideal vehicle for the crowning pecan.
Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes
When it comes to pound cake, we don’t want to share, and with these mini pound cakes, we don’t have to.
Recipe: Pecan-Peach Cobbler
Two Southern favorites, pecans and peaches, collide in this sweet and nutty cobbler.
Recipe: Classic Chess Pie
Chess pie is one of those staples that we’ll never stop making, and it’s sure to satisfy the church crowd.
Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
The whole crowd will be singing the praises of these tart, smooth Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars.
Salted Caramel-Apple Hand Pies
Recipe: Salted Caramel-Apple Hand Pies
If you’re having a fall picnic, these Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies are the ideal on-the-go sweet snack.