The ultimate game day desserts are fuss-free: they’re easy to pass around a room, and they won’t make a mess if you eat them off of a napkin. And happily, the simplest, easiest desserts are often the best tasting. Here are some of our favorite picks to top off a menu of chips, dips, chili and cornbread — let the games begin!
|Chocolate Chip Cookies
These classic cookies are large, chewy and buttery, with just the right amount of chips and nuts — the ultimate party dessert.
|Lemon Buttermilk Bars
These snack bars get a boost of bright flavor from lemon juice and zest. Bonus: they look impressive, but their simple to make.
|Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Eating a cupcake brings out the kid in all of us. Topped with a thick layer of luscious cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with toasted coconut, these cupcakes will literally melt in your mouth.
|Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sandwiches
These sweet sandwich cookies are guaranteed to please kids and adults alike. Two soft chocolate-y cookies are bound by a layer of sweet, creamy peanut butter filling for a decadent treat.
|Dark Chocolate Bark with Toasted Almonds and Dried Blueberries
Bark isn’t just for the holidays. This version is nutty and fruity and calls for only three ingredients; feel free to mix it up with whatever dried fruit and nuts you have on hand.
|Chocolate Chip-Pecan Bars
Chocolate chips and pecans add texture and contrast to this big batch of blondies. For a delicious variation, substitute butterscotch chips, or a mixture of butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips, for the chocolate chips, and walnuts for the pecans.
These buttery pecan cookies are a classic and a lot of fun to make with kids. When the cookies are baked, the jam becomes firm and chewy and the nuts turn toasty.
|Coconut, Almond and Chocolate Bars
Nutty, chewy and chocolaty, these bars hit every craving. A toasty almond crust is topped with a creamy coconut and dark chocolate filling, and finished with a thick bittersweet glaze.
|Chewy Fruit & Nut Bars
These homemade bars make great healthy snacks. You can assemble them in minutes and walk away while they set in the refrigerator — no baking required!
|Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
When all you want is a simple, classic chocolate cupcake, this recipe does the trick. Moist, tender dark chocolate cake topped with smooth, creamy dark chocolate frosting feeds the chocoholic in all of us.
|Crunchy Toffee Triangles
Chewy and moist on the inside, these indulgent bars get crunch from toffee pieces mixed into the dough and a generous sprinkling of almonds on top.
Within this recipe is a fantastic brownie—just the right balance of fudgy and cakey with a crackle top—embellished with crunchy graham crackers and big melting marshmallows. If you’d prefer the classic, just leave those two ingredients out and bake as directed.