45 Big-Batch Desserts for a Crowd
It’s no secret that Southerners know how to throw an event. Here, a small soiree often ends up with a guest list three pages long. Blame our Southern hospitality. After all, we always say, ‘the more the merrier!’
The task may seem intimidating, but there’s no need to fret about feeding a large group. With these simple desserts for a crowd, preparing food for a whole house full of folks has never been easier. Mama might have told us that it’s what’s inside that matters the most, but these bountiful desserts are just as delectable as they are visually striking. From Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies to Auntie’s Apple Cake, chocolate to strawberry, these irresistible desserts will fulfill everyone’s cravings. Invite the whole crew over to take part in these treats or make a batch for just a few so you can all have a few helpings. We promise we won’t judge.
Recipe: Pecan-Peach Cobbler
We’re so peachy-keen on this multi-layered cobbler.
Cappuccino Swirl Bars
Recipe: Cappuccino Swirl Bars
Calling all coffee lovers! With crushed coffee beans on top, these cappuccino swirl bars keep us energized throughout the day.
Cream Soda Confetti Sheet Cake
Recipe: Cream Soda Confetti Sheet Cake
As whimsical as it is bright, this cream soda confetti sheet cake is just what your birthday bash needs.
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
The secret to melt in your mouth cake? Just add mayonnaise.
Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies
Recipe: Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies
Blissfully rich, these dark chocolate brownies are irresistible.
Kitchen Sink Cookies
Recipe: Kitchen Sink Cookies
Everything but the kitchen sink! These cookies are jam-packed with oats, almonds, and chocolate chips.
Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
Recipe: Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
The perfect mixture of salty and sweet, this caramel cake just can’t be beat.
Apple Pie Cookies
Recipe: Apple Pie Cookies
Everything you love about warm apple pie in cookie form.
Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes
Drizzle chocolate and buttermilk glaze over these bite-sized mini bundt cakes to make them oh-so decadent.
No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
No bake? No problem! This easy peanut butter-fudge ice-cream is oh-so creamy.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Recipe: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
These thumbprint cookies are so tasty, they just might rival Grandma’s recipe
Recipe: Strawberry-Mango Semifreddo
Need to prep ahead? This bright-colored cake can be prepared up to five days in advance of any party.
Brown Butter-Caramel Blondies
Recipe: Brown Butter-Caramel Blondies
Homemade caramel has never done us wrong, and these ooey-gooey blondies are no exception.
Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
The perfect dessert to make if you’re in a time crunch, these peanut butter cookies only call for 4 ingredients.
Little Layer Chocolate Cake
Recipe: Little Layer Chocolate Cake
Made up of 18 tiny layers, this cake is fluffy and irresistable.
Rose Petal Cupcakes
Recipe: Rose Petal Cupcakes
An elegant collection of white cupcakes topped with rose petals, this recipe is ready for any sophisticated event.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
These classic chocolate chip cookies taste just as sweet as Mama makes them.
Blackberry Jam Cake
Recipe: Blackberry Jam Cake
This berry-filled cake with extra creamy cream-cheese frosting is certainly our jam.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Although typically made during the holidays, these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are so easy-to-love that they might be requested year round.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
These ooey-gooey and chewy cookies are guaranteed to fly off the plate.
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies
Recipe: Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies
Presidential and family-approved, these cookies will impress at any party.
Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting
This cherry-flavored soda pop is a Southern favorite and so are these cheerwine-infused cupcakes.
Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
Hummingbird Cupcakes are our springtime go-to recipe.
Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes
Top these gluten-free cupcakes with scoops of fudge swirl ice cream instead of frosting for a highly enjoyable dessert.
Auntie's Apple Cake
Recipe: Auntie's Apple Cake
Apples are a signature autumn staple, which is why we created the ultimate apple cake with a brown-sugar drizzle.
Recipe: Snowball Cake
Snow doesn't have to be falling for these Snowball Cakes to make a splash on the party scene.
Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
Recipe: Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
This indulgent Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake will make any day brighter.
Charlotte Russe Cake
Recipe: Charlotte Russe Cake
This no-bake, tangy cake filled with a zesty lemon custard will be the talk of the party.
Recipe: Chocolate-Zucchini Cake
It’s easy to get your daily dose of vegetables with this healthy yet devilishly good cake.
Mini Confetti Cakes
Recipe: Mini Confetti Cakes
Isn’t everything better when it’s bite-sized? Frost these mini cakes with homemade whipped cream for a smooth, clean texture.
Texas Skillet Cake
Recipe: Texas Skillet Cake
We brought our Southern touch to this cake by baking it in a cast iron skillet to create a soft, gooey center.
Cream Cheese Brownies
Recipe: Cream Cheese Brownies
Offset rich brownies by creating this swirled cream cheese masterpiece that offers a tangy, sweet combination.
Vanilla Bean Macarons
Recipe: Vanilla Bean Macarons
This elegant dessert requires keen attention to detail, but trust us this vanilla sweet treat is well worth it.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
We can’t help but to feast our eyes on this summer delight. This cake is strawberry-jam packed with a juicy combination of fresh strawberries and lemons.
Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
Recipe: Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
You can make this fluffy citrus pie all summer long.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Put out a bowl of these decadent pretzels and watch them be devoured in seconds.
White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Elevate your fresh strawberries by dipping them in white chocolate and drizzling them with semi-sweet chocolate.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake
Combine brownie mix with chocolate cake mix to create the ultimate heavenly chocolate cake.
Luscious Lemon Bars
Recipe: Luscious Lemon Bars
The perfect addition to any luncheon or tea, these refreshing lemon bars are quite the treat.
Hello Dolly Bars
Recipe: Hello Dolly Bars
Hello Dolly Bars are sinfully sweet and the perfect delight to bring to a holiday gathering.
Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
This cake combines summer’s best known beverages: sweet tea and lemonade to make a heavenly dessert.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Brownies
Happy fall y’all! Jump into fall with these rich pumpkin brownies.
Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake
No-Bake Cookies and Cream Bars
Recipe: No-Bake Cookies and Cream Bars
This recipe calls for about 25 cream-filled cookies. Consider our cookie craving filled.
Mississippi Mud Cake
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake
This classic sheet cake is filled with a few of our favorite things: marshmallows, chocolate frosting and pecans.