32 Father’s Day Desserts to End Dad’s Day on a Sweet Note

After all the grilling and eating, you might think that Father’s Day is over—but aren’t you forgetting something? Right, there’s still dessert. Now, Dad isn’t going to complain about carrot cake for the third year in a row (he loves it, after all) but there’s an entire world of sweet treats to impress your pops this holiday. From homemade ice cream to a giant skillet cookie, here are 32 Father’s Day desserts sure to end his day on the tastiest note possible.

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1. No-churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The fresh mint flavor will blow any store-bought pint out of the park. (And it’s as easy to make as whipped cream.)

2. Pineapple And Ginger Upside-down Cake

It’s a little spicy, a little tropical and super impressive when flipped out of the pan.

3. Peanut Butter Cream Pie With Raspberry Meringue

This dessert is more of a project than most, but Dad is totally worth the effort. And besides, the result is basically a masterpiece.

4. Ina Garten’s Black And White Cookies

They’re just like the ones from a professional bakery, courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa.

5. Blackberry-raspberry Skillet Cobbler

It has all the perks of a homemade pie, but it’s ready in 30 minutes. (Head to the farmers market for the freshest berries possible.)

6. Lemon Pie With Blueberry Meringue

If the goal is to impress, we know exactly what you should make.

7. Heart Thumbprint Cookies

Nothing says “Love you, Dad” quite like a batch of heart-shaped cookies filled with his favorite jam.

8. Carrot Cake Doughnuts With Cream Cheese Glaze

We didn’t say carrot cake was completely off the table. “Doughnuts for dessert” has a nice ring to it.

9. Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake

It’s like sunshine in cake form. Use regular lemons in place of Meyer, which are only in season in the winter.

10. No-bake Key Lime Cheesecake

Yes, you can pull out all the stops without all the fuss. This cheesecake comes together without a hot water bath or an oven at all.

11. 3-ingredient Strawberry Ice-cream Shell

Freeze-dried strawberries are the source of flavor here, but you can use the same method with matcha, another fruit or even dark chocolate.

12. Instant-pot Deep Dark Chocolate Pudding

Dad won’t believe it’s made in the Instant Pot—heck, we hardly did.

13. Peaches-and-cream Ice Pops

Pops for your pop. (Heh heh, we just couldn’t resist.)

14. Mini Strawberry Ice-cream Pies

The secret to ultra-strawberry flavor is roasting, which concentrates the fruit’s sweetness and makes a mean sauce for vanilla ice cream.

15. Blackberry Plum Upside-down Cake

Plums are at their best this time of year, and they make a really gorgeous dessert addition. That’s your cue…

16. Peanut Butter And Jelly Blondies

This flavor combination will have everyone feeling nostalgic.

17. Oven Baked S’mores Bars

No fire pit, skewers or late-night cleanup needed.

18. Cherry Slab Pie

If you ask us, a slab pie has it all: It serves a crowd and has a better crust-to-filling ratio.

19. Rocky Road Cookies

This one goes out to all the chocolate lovers (and 30-minute dessert lovers, too).

20. Cookies And Cream Shortbread Cookies

These cookies are made with, you guessed it, cookies. And they’re delish.

21. Muffin-tin Lemon Meringue Tarts

They’re small, so everyone can have two (or three or four).

22. Triple Cookie Skillet Pie

If your dad is known for being a cookie monster, he’ll love this skillet treat—because no one should have to choose just one flavor.

23. Glazed Blueberry Cake

Save the leftovers for breakfast. That is, if there are any leftovers.

24. 3-ingredient Coconut Ice Cream

You’ll get major bonus points if you serve this dreamy ice cream in a pineapple half.

25. Slow-cooker Oreo Cheesecake

A pro-level dessert that requires just 15 minutes of effort? Be still our heart.

26. Chocolate ‘high-ratio’ Sheet Cake

High ratio, what? In baking lingo, this means the cake has a tender, moist, close-grained crumb that’s light as air. (Read: It’s delicious.)

27. Grilled Angel Food Cake With Blueberry Sauce

Psst: You can start with store-bought angel food cake and no one will know the difference.

28. Grilled Pineapple Split Sundae With Cherry Sauce

Nothing personal against bananas, but pineapple makes these sundaes summertime-ready.

29. Chocolate Waffle Ice-cream Sandwiches

Store-bought ice-cream sandwiches or homemade? It’s your call.

30. Strawberry Shortcake Skewers With Whipped Cream

Don’t put out the coals so fast—this classic dessert benefits from a little heat.

31. No-bake Avocado Lime Cheesecake

If you haven’t tried avocado in a dessert yet, you’re totally missing out.

32. Chocolate Chip Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Nothing against chocolate chip cookies, but this just feels more holiday ready. (And cream cheese frosting is your dad’s favorite.)


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...