Best Desserts for Outdoor Parties

As much as it baffles me to think about it, it’s not long until Memorial Day. And with that day, we begin the season for barbecues, backyard parties, rooftop get-togethers, and all sorts of 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.

Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies | Bake or Break

One of my favorite cookies are these Browned Butter Salty Sugar Cookies. They’re like grown-up sugar cookies. A little browned butter, a little coarse salt, and you’ve got a buttery, salty treat.

Hazelnut Brownie Tart | Bake or Break

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.

Mixed Berry Cobbler | Bake or Break

Of course, we can’t ignore berries! 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.

Sour Cream Brownies | Bake or Break

Why not try a big, sturdy brownie like these Sour Cream Brownies? These are bold and tall and rich. Really, the brownie equivalent of tall, dark, and handsome.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Bites | Bake or Break

These Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookie Bites offer a little twist on traditional chocolate chip cookies. Baking the cookie dough in mini muffin cups makes them quite portable. I, of course, added pecans to these cookies, but you can use any kind of nut or just leave them out. Or, mix up the add-ins with peanut butter chips or toffee bits or some other favorite.

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.

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!

I found so many recipes that would be great for picnics and barbecues, that I must share a few more with you. Here are some more delicious ideas:

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