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32 Super Bowl Desserts to Bake Ahead of the Big Game

The biggest football game of the year is almost here, so you’re planning to host a killer watch party. While you have the appetizers (wings! nachos! chili!) all mapped out and the cocktails on lock, there’s one course hosts may forget about until the day of: dessert. Instead of running to the supermarket for cupcakes last minute, why not serve one of these 32 Super Bowl desserts instead? They’re easy to prepare, prime for serving a crowd and, most importantly, delicious. Read on for all kinds of ideas, from mini treats to massive skillet confections

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1. Football Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours and 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

These are a no-brainer, especially if kids will be at the watch party. Start the dough on Saturday morning so it has plenty of time to chill, then roll, cut, bake and decorate on Sunday before your guests arrive.

2. Dessert Nachos

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

Forget the cheese and salsa—these are about to become your go-to game day nachos. Think crispy fried tortilla chips topped with fresh whipped cream, caramel, hot fudge and raspberries.

3. S’mores Rice Cereal Treats

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes (includes cooling)
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, make ahead

Make-ahead desserts are a hostess’s best friend. Might we suggest using a 50/50 mix of Rice Krispies and Golden Grahams cereals to drive the s’mores flavor home?

4. Football Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Blondies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, kid-friendly

These beauties are expectedly indulgent, thanks to creamy peanut butter, chocolate and peanut butter chips and vanilla frosting. The whole wheat flour will be our little secret.

5. ‘Swicy’ Caramel Corn

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

A kiss of cayenne pepper transforms this old-school favorite. Prepare it the morning of (or even the day before), pour it into festive bowl and serve with a scoop to keep everyone’s fingers out of the popcorn.

6. Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

One way to ensure that a dessert will fit in at a Super Bowl party? Infuse it with booze. Stout beer enhances these cupcakes’ chocolatey flavor, which is rounded out with a flaky salt topping for an elegant finish.

7. Mini Skillet Funnel Cakes

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

Casual is the name of the game when it comes to a football watch party, and these carnival favorites are just the ticket. Serve with chocolate or fruit dipping sauce, or dust with confectioners’ sugar and call it a day.

8. Strawberry Cheesecake Dip

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, no bake, beginner-friendly, <30 minutes

Dips are an ingeniously low-lift way to feed a crowd in one fell swoop. (Even better, they tend to be no-bake and ready in a flash, just like this one.)

9. Super Bowl Chocolate Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, special occasion-worthy

Bring on the chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. If you want to avoid slicing, go the route of cupcakes instead to create a pull-apart cake.

10. Swirled Tahini Cups

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, make ahead, <10 ingredients

This treat is just right for dairy-sensitive or gluten-free people on your guest list. Feel free to substitute maple syrup with honey or agave if you’d prefer.

11. Fluffernutter Fudge

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

This fudge tastes just like the nostalgic sandwich, yet it’s infinitely more impressive. You’ll only need 15 minutes, five ingredients and a refrigerator to pull it off.

12. Chocolate ‘High-Ratio’ Sheet Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

Made with shortening instead of butter, high-ratio cakes turn out incredibly light, tender and moist. This one is crowned with a thick layer of dark chocolate ganache.

13. Dulce de Leche Skillet Brownie

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy

Behold: the fudgiest, gooiest brownie ever baked. To save some time and energy on your end, start with store-bought dulce de leche instead of preparing your own with condensed milk.

14. Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough Truffles

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, no bake, make ahead, beginner-friendly

Good luck stopping after just one. Heat-treat the raw cookie mix before using it by spreading it onto a baking sheet and baking for about 10 minutes at 350°F.

15. Vegan Miso Caramel Dip with Pretzels and Granny Smith Apples

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegan, make ahead, <10 ingredients

Canned coconut cream gives this party dip a luxuriously rich texture without the help of butter or cream. Serve with fresh fruit, pretzels, cookies or ice cream.

16. Triple Cookie Skillet Pie

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Your cast iron skillet is the key to baking desserts with a crunchy, caramelized exterior and a gooey center. Take your pick of classic chocolate chip, pretzel M&M-snickerdoodle or chocolate s’mores cookies.

17. Mini Chocolate Snowball Cakes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, kid-friendly

These handhelds taste like straight-up nostalgia. The cakes are unbelievably moist and tender, courtesy of buttermilk in the batter.

18. Mini Yogurt Cheesecakes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, beginner-friendly

They’re just fancy enough to wow your guests without disrupting the laid-back vibe. The topping is as easy as tossing pomegranate arils in pomegranate molasses.

19. Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one bowl, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

When in doubt of your partygoers’ tastes, you can’t go wrong with this timeless classic. Their poppable size makes them all the more tantalizing.

20. Cake Batter Dip

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, no bake, <10 ingredients, <30 minutes

Rainbow sprinkles are always invited to the party. To heat-treat the cake mix without turning on the oven, simply place it in a microwave-safe bowl and warm it in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until it reaches 165°F throughout.

21. Spiked Rice Krispie Treat Shake Shooters

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, beginner-friendly

Sorry kids, this milkshake—teeming with Marshmallow Fluff, vanilla ice cream and homemade crisped rice treats—is just for grown-ups. (If they’re really jealous, skip the vodka to let them get in on the fun.)

22. Blackberry Jam Pie Crust Straws

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

It really doesn’t get easier than brushing frozen puff pastry with store-bought jam and baking until crispy. Feel free to use any flavor you’d like—just don’t skip the cinnamon-sugar coating.

23. Peanut Butter Dip

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no bake, <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser

Treat yourself to a bowl of sweet-and-salty bliss in the form of peanut butter-cream cheese dip. Salted peanuts offer texture, but we’d supplement plenty of crunchy dippers for good measure.

24. Caramel Pretzel Brownies

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Speaking of sweet and salty, allow us to introduce your new favorite dessert. Store-bought caramel sauce is swirled atop the brownie batter before baking, so they look fussier than they actually are.

25. Confetti Crust Hand Pies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, make ahead

Yes, store-bought pie crust is easier than preparing your own…but your hard work will be worth it since the dough is studded with rainbow sprinkles.

26. Slow Cooker Oreo Cheesecake

  • Time Commitment: 5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: slow cooker recipe, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

You take care of the pigs in a blanket, hot wings and spinach dip, and your Crockpot will handle dessert. Your guests will think you ordered the cheesecake from a fancy bakery.

27. Buckeye Crunch Bars

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

The only “baking” you’ll need to do is melting chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave—sound easy enough? Run a chef’s knife under hot water before slicing to cut through the chilled bars like butter.

28. Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

Nothing beats a sugar cookie encrusted in rainbow sanding sugar…except a sugar cookie spiked with tangy sour cream and a generous dose of vanilla extract, of course.

29. Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Rice Pudding

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, slow cooker recipe, <10 ingredients

This old-school dessert was long overdue for an update. Serve it warm straight from the Crockpot or chill it overnight before the Super Bowl party.

30. No-Bake Dessert Lasagna

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, no bake

Your oven is already full of pizza bites and Philly cheesesteaks, so you shouldn’t have to stress over cramming in dessert too. Try this assemble-and-chill layered masterpiece—made with chocolate whip, cream cheese filling, Oreos and cherry jam—on for size instead.

31. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, kid-friendly, no bake

Warning: You may want to make two batches, because the kids at the party will gobble the first up in seconds. Might we suggest adding mascarpone cheese to the mix for a cannoli-inspired twist?

32. Dessert Charcuterie Board

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no bake, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

The easiest dessert recipes are those that aren’t really recipes at all. There are endless possibilities with a dessert charcuterie board, but some of our favorite inclusions are sliced strawberries, chocolate-hazelnut spread, shortbread cookies and caramel dip.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.