40 Retirement Party Dessert Ideas
Retirement parties are a great occasion to celebrate many years of hard work dedicated to your company or your career. While retirement parties all pay homage to an honored guest, there’s no one right way to throw a retirement soiree. They can be celebrated during the day or at night, at the office, a restaurant, or a venue. They can be themed or come-as-you-are, casual or formal, catered or potluck. But, no matter how you choose to commemorate a retirement, one thing is certain: any good party must have fabulous desserts.
Organizing a fantastic and cohesive dessert spread is no easy task, so we’re here to help you plan your sweet spread. There’s no better way to show your love, dedication, and reverence than with homemade cakes, pies, or cookies. So whether you’re the planner, the retiree, or a potluck partygoer, these recipes will wow the retirement party crowd.
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake
Featuring chocolate cake, mousse, and ganache, this rich cake is a chocolate-lover's dream.
Rose Petal Cupcakes
Recipe: Rose Petal Cupcakes
Simplicity with a touch of floral refinement. Rose petal decorations transform plain vanilla cupcakes into a stunning display piece.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. This recipe elevates the favorite dessert with brown butter, which adds a nutty, caramelized flavor to the time-tested classic.
Peaches and Cream Pie
Recipe: Peaches and Cream Pie
Peaches and Cream Pie combines two Southern staples (chess pie and peaches) to create a supremely fresh and bright party dessert. This cheery, nostalgic pie can't be beat.
Mini Confetti Cakes
Recipe: Mini Confetti Cakes
You’d never guess that these elegantly-decorated Mini Confetti Cakes were cut out of a sheet cake.
Lemon Chiffon Pie
Recipe: Lemon Chiffon Pie
Breeze into retirement with this light, airy Lemon Chiffon Pie. For an added personal touch, ditch the store-bought pie dough and try making your own.
Sweet Tea Bundt Cake
Recipe: Sweet Tea Bundt Cake
Prepare your retiree for the sweet tea porch-sipping lifestyle with this adorable Sweet Tea Bundt Cake. This cake may look simple, but it's soaked in Sweet Tea Glaze to add extra moisture and flavor.
Easy Coconut Macaroons
Recipe: Easy Coconut Macaroons
Your guests will adore these bite-sized mounds of crisp coconut with a soft, airy center. If you're feeling adventurous, try dipping the macaroon bottoms in melted chocolate.
Recipe: Chocolate Torte
Rich in dark chocolate and naturally gluten-free, this decadent Chocolate Torte will be an instant fan-favorite.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes
Recipe: Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes
When you're feeding a crowd, cupcakes are optimal for easy serving and pre-determined portion control. This inventive recipe transforms sticky, messy pineapple upside-down cake into a portable, potluck-friendly treat.
Mama Dip's Rum Cake
Recipe: Mama Dip's Rum Cake
Help the retiree forget all about the stress of office life with this moist and boozy rum cake.
Kentucky Bourbon Pie
Recipe: Kentucky Bourbon Pie
This pie may have been originally fashioned for the Kentucky Derby, but its winning combination of chocolate, bourbon, and pecans earns it a place at our table year-round.
Icebox Fruit Cake
Recipe: Icebox Fruit Cake
An oldie but a goodie. Fruitcake may get a bad rap, but this Icebox Fruit Cake recipe reimagines the classic fruitcake with a speedy, no-bake approach. It's full of nostalgic holiday flavor and fit for any party spread.
Cream Cheese Brownies
Recipe: Cream Cheese Brownies
A cream cheese swirl transforms boring brownies into stunning party-ready treats.
Vanilla Bean Macarons
Recipe: Vanilla Bean Macarons
Feeling fancy? Try your hand at baking this elegant French favorite. You’re sure to impress all the partygoers with your technique and bravado.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Dipping these rich chocolate cookies in powdered sugar gives them their lovely signature crinkle-top texture.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake
Accented with edible pansies, this Chocolate Bundt Cake is simple, yet addictive.
Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies
Recipe: Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies
Double down on the chocolate in these Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies. With bourbon and espresso to compliment the deep chocolate flavor, these brownies hit all the right notes.
Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
Recipe: Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
Key lime meets lemon meringue in this dreamy citrus-fusion pie.
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Repurpose that boxed cake mix sitting in your pantry to make these beautiful Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies.
Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
Recipe: Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
These Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars can be enjoyed all on their own or paired with other hand-held bars for an epic dessert platter.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Leave bowls of these cute Chocolate Covered Pretzels around the venue for guests to snack on throughout the party.
Recipe: Grapefruit Cheesecake
The bitterness of grapefruit pairs well with this creamy, smooth cheesecake.
White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Add a burst of fresh fruit to the retirement party dessert spread with these simple, yet fabulously adorned White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Recipe: Red Velvet Cheesecake
This beauty combines the rich, chocolatey flavors of red velvet with the dense tang of cheesecake to make a new favorite dessert fusion.
Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Recipe: Spiced Pecan Pie Bars
Cut these bars into quarters for a party-ready platter of bite-sized spiced pecan pie squares.
Lemon Yogurt Cake
Recipe: Lemon Yogurt Cake
Yogurt lends this lemon cake a silky-smooth consistency, and it adds a tangy lightness to the cream topping.
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
In the South, we love our mayonnaise, and we're not afraid to hide it. It's the all-star ingredient to bring moisture to this classic Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake.
Fresh Peach Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel
This versatile coffee cake can be served morning or night. It's the perfect way to finish off a daytime retirement party. Try serving this Peach Coffee Cake with vanilla ice cream.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Recipe: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
No party is complete without a plate of Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. The sight of these cute chocolate-drop cookies will bring you right back to grandma’s kitchen at Christmas time.
Recipe: Cheesecake Cookies
Topped with glossy maraschino cherries, these creamy and voluminous Cheesecake Cookies will stand out in a potluck dessert spread.
Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe: Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
Instead of sticking to a tried-and-true potluck, get more specific and theme your retirement party as a cookie swap! These classic Lemon Thumbprint Cookies are sure to satisfy.
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Poking holes in your freshly-baked cake will ensure that you'll get some delicious pudding topping in every bite.
Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
The sharp, tart flavor of lemon is accentuated by crisp crust and toasty coconut in these layered dessert bars.
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Use those extra farmers' market strawberries to make these fresh and fruity cupcakes.
Homemade Pop Tarts
Recipe: Homemade Pop Tarts
For a throwback-themed retirement party, make these easy homemade Pop Tarts! Their nostalgic flavors and whimsy will bring the retiree right back to their childhood.
Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
Sheet cake is the perfect way to feed a crowd. So when the retirement party invite list starts to grow, keep this Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake recipe on hand.
Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
Celebrate the start of retirement with these tropical cupcakes. You have many days of sitting in the sun to look forward to.
Charlotte Russe Cake
Recipe: Charlotte Russe Cake
Stun with this Charlotte Russe Cake without ever turning on your oven. This cool no-bake cake is ideal for an intimate summer retirement gathering.
Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
Recipe: Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
Even those skeptical of floral flavoring will fall for this Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with an oh-so-subtle Lavender Glaze.