Our 16 Best Super Bowl Desserts
Super Bowl food is all about salty snacks, sweet treats, and plenty of beer. To make your menu as low-fuss as possible, stick with easy desserts that everyone will love—we're thinking apple crisp, easy cookies, and no-bake treats. Read on for even more desserts to make for the Super Bowl.
These fudgy, gluten-free brownies are baked in a graham-cracker crust, then topped with marshmallows and broiled.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Bars
Break-and-bake cookie dough, which comes packaged in eight-inch squares, is the secret to these incredible ice cream sandwich bars. Simply roll out all the dough to create one giant cookie, then bake, slice and layer it with store-bought ice cream and hot fudge sauce. The best part: dipping the ice cream bars into crushed chocolate toffee candy to form a super-crunchy shell.
Pear-and-Cranberry Slab Pie
Instead of making a traditional two-crust pie in a pie plate, Food & Wine's Justin Chapple makes this free-form, fruit-filled, ginger-laced pie on a baking sheet.
Dulce de Leche, Coconut and Chocolate Chip Magic Bars
This is Grace Parisi's version of magic bars, that chocolate-coconut bake-sale favorite. Browning the butter gives the crust a nutty flavor; cooking it in a metal baking dish makes it extra crisp. Bacon also adds a nice salty touch.
Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Salty-Sweet Chocolate Pretzel Bars
There are only a handful of ingredients in these simple but outrageously rich and fun dessert bars from Food & Wine's Justin Chapple. If hard pretzels aren't your thing, feel free to swap in thinner pretzels.
Chocolate-Chip-Pecan Cookie Bars
Feel free to swap walnuts or almonds for the pecans, or use half nuts and half dried cranberries for tart, chewy bars.
Banana Snacking Cake
A snacking cake—a simple dessert meant to be eaten unadorned—may seem like an odd between-meals treat, but this version, perfectly balanced between sweet and savory, fits in just right. Add a scoop of ice cream for the perfect dessert.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
These made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies take less than half an hour, start to finish.
Birdseed Rice Crispy Treats
Kim Alter’s original recipe featured a “birdseed” mixture of puffed grain and brown rice; we riffed on her idea and added some toasted and raw seeds and flaky sea salt to add even more layers of flavor to these updated classic treats.
Creamy Peanut Butter Pie
This delicious whipped-cream-topped peanut butter pie offers the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors.
The made-from-scratch icing for these cupcakes gets swirled with peanut butter and chocolate-covered peanuts for the ultimate topping.
Toffee-Apricot Oat Cookies
These lacy cookies are studded with tart dried apricot, salty-sweet chunks of toffee, and sweet milk chocolate for the perfect combination of flavors and textures. Be sure to rotate the pans during baking to ensure evenly baked, perfectly crisp-chewy cookies.
Banana and Chocolate Cream Pie Parfaits
To make her outstanding deconstructed banana cream pie, pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka, of Honolulu’s MW Restaurant, layers eggless chocolate pudding with cinnamon-flavored graham cracker crumbs, ice cream, bananas, and banana whipped cream.
Brandied Apple Crisp with Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts dress up the classic oat topping for an extra fragrant twist; a dollop of tangy crème fraîche provides the perfect counterpoint to all the sugary, toasty goodness.
Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Layers of delicate flavors from lemon, honey, and extra-virgin olive oil—which helps keep the cake moist and imparts mild fruitiness—come together in this one-bowl batter. Stacked with a fluffy and rich lemon–cream cheese frosting, this easy layer cake is a keeper. Be sure the butter and cream cheese are softened for the smoothest frosting.