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26 Father’s Day Desserts That Dad Will Love

26 Father’s Day Desserts That Dad Will Love

The way to dad’s heart is through his sweet tooth.

26 Father’s Day Desserts That Dad Will Love

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

If there’s one thing about dads, they love dessert. At least the dads I know, which makes them my kind of dads.

Father’s Day comes with all kinds of clichés: the necktie for a present, the grilled steak dinner. Maybe the dad with a sweet tooth is a cliché too, but every father is different, and we have desserts here for all of them. Some of these recipes are low-key and others are showstoppers. There’s bound to be the perfect one for you, whether you’re a dad yourself or looking forward to celebrating one you love dearly.

<p>Simply Recipes / Hannah Zimmerman</p>

Simply Recipes / Hannah Zimmerman

More shareable than pie and featuring a pat-in-the-pan crust that also serves as a crumble topping, these cherry pie bars are party-ready for Father’s Day gatherings. Make a filling from scratch or use cherry pie filling from the store.

Get Recipe: Cherry Pie Bars

<p>Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm</p>

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

Split a tender yellow cake and fill it with sweetened whipped cream to build this simple yet stunning centerpiece that makes the most of late-season strawberries.

Get Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Cake

<p>Simply Recipes / Karishma Pradhan</p>

Simply Recipes / Karishma Pradhan

For all the dads who love Reese’s cups comes a peanut buttery, no-bake icebox cake based on the classic Nabisco’s Famous Chocolate Wafers recipe. Those specialty cookies are gone now, but chocolate graham crackers make a fine substitute.

Get Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

<p>Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm</p>

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

Somewhere between coconut cream pie and the classic tropical cocktail, this chill-and-assemble pie features an easy cookie crust and toasted coconut galore. For a rum-free variation, swap the booze for vanilla.

Get Recipe: Piña Colada Pie

<p>Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon</p>

Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

For the chocoholic dad, here’s a seriously dense and decadent dessert. Don’t let its fancy restaurant reputation deter you—this beauty is easier to make than its floury cousins, and the luscious ganache topping takes it…well, over the top.

Get Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake

<p>Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm </p>

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

If dad can’t get enough chocolate chip cookies but you want to surprise him with a little more of a special occasion cake, here’s the sort of supersized cookie cake you might have ordered from the mall. Making your own is totally doable, though, and more memorable to boot.

Get Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

<p>Simply Recipes / Annika Panikker</p>

Simply Recipes / Annika Panikker

Father’s Day sits right at the start of all the good summer fruits, making it an ideal time for the first peach cobbler of the season. This one is what my wonderful father-in-law would choose, topped with plenty of vanilla ice cream.

Get Recipe: Peach Cobbler

<p>Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm</p>

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

Tres leches cake meets chocolate cake in this alluring dessert that’s so good it’s practically inhaleable.

Get Recipe: Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

<p>Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon</p>

Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

Every time he can cough up an excuse, my dad likes to get an ice cream cake from our local big chain ice cream outpost. I’ll be making this one for him on the sly. It’s fun to make, even better to eat, and beats the chain store cake hands-down.

Get Recipe: Ice Cream Cake

Cindy Rahe

Cindy Rahe

Somewhere in gloriously messy cobbler territory lives the dump cake. Making it from scratch takes only minutes longer. This one uses blueberries and peaches, but you can switch out dad’s favorite fruit easily.

Get Recipe: Easy Dump Cake from Scratch

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer

This recipe is a family favorite of Elise Bauer, founder of Simply Recipes. It’s a fixture at family events, and especially beloved by her father, who exemplifies a dessert-loving dad more than perhaps anyone else on the planet. The recipe offers two methods for the caramel topping—Elise’s and her dad’s.

Get Recipe: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Marta Rivera

Marta Rivera

I think the dads of America keep the ice cream industry in business. My dad and his best friend eat it in cereal bowls; they scoff at petite dishes. The like-minded paterfamilias will receive a batch of homemade ice cream with open arms and giant smiles. This no-churn recipes makes it achievable by anyone with a regular old freezer.

Get Recipe: No-Churn Peach Cobbler Ice Cream

<p>Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas</p>

Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

Blackberry pie christens summer pie season for fatherly pie aficionados. Hands-down this is what my dad requests any chance he gets. He’s a berry-picking monster and stocks up on berries all summer long to freeze for future pies.

Get Recipe: Blackberry Pie

<p>Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu</p>

Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu

“Cassava cake is a scrumptious snack or dessert,” writes Betty Ann Quirino, who shared this recipe. “At a Filipino party, you’ll likely find it at the center of the table with other goodies. The lightly fragrant coconut, the charred spots of sweetness in the creamy broiled topping, and the soft slices are a reminder that the best treats can be made from the simplest ingredients.”

Get Recipe: Cassava Cake

Alison Bickle

Alison Bickle

A rich and sweet custard tempers the sour notes of rhubarb in this old-fashioned favorite.

Get Recipe: Rhubarb Custard Pie

Alison Bickel

Alison Bickel

WARNING: This is the best chocolate cake ever. Period. Pieces will disappear and everyone will rave. Super rich and moist, it’s true love in a pan.

Get Recipe: Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

<p>Cambrea Gordon / Simply Recipes</p>

Cambrea Gordon / Simply Recipes

“Can I make this with Oreos?” This is the most common question we get on our Perfect Cheesecake recipe. The answer is no: you need a dedicated recipe just for Oreo cheesecake, and here it is. Just look at this thing! If you’re not sold now, you never will be.

Get Recipe: Oreo Cheesecake

<p>Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon</p>

Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

The classic Midwestern strawberry pretzel salad doubles down and becomes the legit dessert it was always meant to be.

Get Recipe: Strawberry Pretzel Pie

<p>Alison Bickel / Simply Recipes</p>

Alison Bickel / Simply Recipes

If you want to pull out all the stops, here’s your project. This is two layers of picture perfect red velvet cake with cheesecake in the center and cream cheese frosting enrobing it all.

Get Recipe: Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

Cindy Rahe

Cindy Rahe

There’s a very special father who will choose cream pie over all others, and this pie specifically. And I never make it for him, but this year I will, because this recipe’s graham cracker crust makes it easy. Happy Father’s Day, Joe!

Get Recipe: Banana Cream Pie

Alison Bickle

Alison Bickle

Do you love crème brûlée, but you also love cheesecake? Get the best of both worlds. A buttery graham cracker crust balances the light and creamy cheesecake, then it’s finished with crackly caramelized sugar.

Get Recipe: Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Vivian Jao

Vivian Jao

Break out your cherry pitter for this one. A kiss of bourbon deepens the flavor of the jammy cherry filling.

Get Recipe: Bourbon Cherry Crisp

<p>Angie Mosier / Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking by Cheryl Day</p>

Angie Mosier / Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking by Cheryl Day

A simple blueberry topping graces this no-bake pie that’s like an easy cheesecake lightened with whipped cream.

Get Recipe: Blueberry Icebox Pie

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer

My daughter knows this is her dad’s favorite ice cream of all time. If a dad in your life fits that category, imagine his delight to have a batch churned up just for him (and anyone else lucky enough to be around).

Get Recipe: Coffee Heath Bar Ice Cream

Cambrea Bakes

Cambrea Bakes

This is no ordinary bread pudding. It’s got a sweet bourbon sauce, the leftovers of which make a bonus ice cream topping.

Get Recipe: Bread Pudding

Irvin Lin

Irvin Lin

A little cornmeal helps set this classic Southern custard pie. The golden custard filling pairs perfectly with cups of strong coffee.

Get Recipe: Chess Pie