Best Desserts for Outdoor Parties

Don't fret over melting desserts and drippy frostings with these desserts that work well for outdoor gatherings. - Bake or Break

When warm weather arrives, that also ushers in the season of barbecues, picnics, and other outdoor parties. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have dessert delegated to you more often than not.

When you think about warm weather desserts, it’s easy to think immediately of icebox pies and mini cheesecakes and all kinds of cold desserts. But, here’s the thing. If you’re going to be dining outside, then those kinds of desserts are not your friends. No melty, gooey desserts here. What we do have is plenty of delicious crowd-pleasers like cookies, bars, cakes, and more.

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies are packed with oats, nuts, and plenty of chocolate. - Bake or Break

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

As you can guess from the title of those cookies up there, I absolutely adore these. They have ground oats mixed into the dough to give them a little oatmeal cookie twist. For years, these have been my most requested cookie. And the recipe makes a big batch, so you’ll have plenty for your dessert-hungry crowd.

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Dress up your brownies with this beautiful and delicious Hazelnut Brownie Tart. - Bake or Break

Hazelnut Brownie Tart

For a dressed-up brownie, try making this Hazelnut Brownie Tart. Fudgy, nutty brownie batter gets baked on top of a simple cookie crust in a tart pan. This is another good candidate for making a day ahead, as it’s somehow even better the day after it’s baked.

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Mixed Berry Cobbler is a delicious celebration of fresh berries with a sweet vanilla cobbler topping. A summertime dessert must! - Bake or Break

Of course, we can’t ignore summer fruits! They’re the best thing about warmer weather. Make good use of your favorite berry or a combination of berries with this Mixed Berry Cobbler. If you happen to have some freezer access nearby your outdoor party, a little ice cream dolloped on top of this is just lovely.

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Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake | Bake or Break

Bundt cakes are always a winner with me. They’re simple and easily portable. This Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake is one of my favorites. It’s packed with chocolate chips and pecans and deliciousness. Plus, it will definitely feed a crowd.

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You only need 5 ingredients to make these sweet, nutty, chewy, gooey, delicious Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares. - Bake or Break

These Coconut Pecan Shortbread Squares may be the perfect dessert for an outdoor meal. They are amazingly easy to make. We’re talking 5 ingredients. They aren’t overly gooey or sticky. And, they’re made a day in advance. All of that, and I haven’t even mentioned how incredibly good they are!

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Enjoy outdoor party season, my friends! What desserts do you enjoy at your warm weather gatherings?