Father’s Day is a holiday that doesn’t seem to be tied to any specific food. A nice BBQ, perhaps? But the lack of a traditional meal is kind of nice because it means you can make exactly what your dad loves. To help, I’ve put together this guide of Father’s Day desserts for every kind of dad or father figure. From brunch to ice cream to cakes, I have a recipe that fits every kind of sweet tooth.
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Sufganiyot are jelly-filled doughnuts traditionally served during Chanukah. However, they make for a great breakfast or brunch treat for any occasion, and dad will love to wake up to a nice mug of coffee and some delicious doughnuts.
This apple almond galette is just a rustic apple pie without the top crust, and what dad doesn't love a great apple pie? This recipe can be served for any meal, but I especially love it with a nice brunch spread. It is sweet enough to be a treat, but not so much so that it feels overwhelming on a brunch plate.
Another beautiful and delicious brunch treat is my apple honey cake. It serves wonderfully in the vein of a coffee cake, and while the flavors may scream fall, it is light enough for the summer months. You could even pair it with a nice cold press.
Don't be fooled by the name into thinking that this chocolate cake can't be special. A simple chocolate cake can be beautiful and can serve as the base for all kinds of wonderful flavors, if you so choose. I love this recipe for its simplicity, and a classic chocolate cake is just plain delicous.
With hot chocolate as its inspiration, this hot chocolate cake has layers of Devil’s food, slathered with a deep, dark, luscious chocolate icing, that's like whipped ganache, but better, then I topped the whole thing in homemade marshmallows. If you think this one is just for winter, think again. It is great all year round.
The classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter is what makes these cakettes — individual-sized mini cakes — so delicious. A layer of peanuts on the outside adds a little crunch, and from the looks and tastes you would never know that this recipe came from a baking fail (read on to learn more).
As a classic summer dessert, blueberry pie is a perfect treat for dad. Fresh blueberries don't usually ripen until late July in Minnesota, but the fresher the berries you can find, the better the pie. Any berry will do when it comes to this classic, though, and it's a dessert that goes great with everything.
Peach pie is another summer classic. If you can find some nice ripe peaches, you will get almost all the sweetness and flavor you need from those little wonders alone. I throw a little booze into my recipe (which is optional), but the marker of this recipe is its simplicity.
There's something about dads that just makes me think of all these classic pies. If your dad is more of a cream pie guy, I'm sure banana cream is one of his favorites. A little shaved chocolate topping adds a hint of chocolatey goodness to this recipe.
"Milk chocolate peanut butter pie" may in itself not be considered a classic pie, but the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is definitely a classic. Plus, I have to give your dad a chocolate pie option. This pie is rich, smooth and a slice is about as comforting as a sweet treat gets.
The no-churn ice cream in this recipe is what makes this dessert such a favorite. The coffee flavor is intense in the best way, and the ice cream is truly easy to make. It is sandwiched between two dark chocolate sugar cookies for a combination that is sure to please ice cream fanatics of all kinds.
This recipe is a little bit more complicated than the others, as it requires making three different ice creams, but the results are definitely worth the time. The red, white and blue look is made for the Fourth of July, but the summer flavors and beautiful presentation make this recipe great for any summer special occasion. Watch me make it on my Instagram stories
There may be no cake more quintessentially summer than an ice cream cake. I make mine in the style of a baked Alaska, meaning the ice cream is topped with a beautiful torched meringue. The recipe itself is really quite simple, with a honey saffron chocolate chip ice cream in the center.
Even though this carrot cake was the first cake I ever gave my boys, I think that carrot cake can feel like a "grown-up" cake. Throw some vegetables in the cake, and kids will think it is just for dad. Well, in this case it is appropriate because my ultimate carrot cake is one of my favorite recipes and one I make for any occasion.
Classic, simple and tasty. The lemon flavor is intense in the way you'd want from a bundt, and the cake itself is delicate and moist. This is another one that could work in the brunch category, and its versatility is one of the great things about a nice, simple bundt.
What list of desserts would be complete without cheesecake? I couldn't choose just one, so instead, you should use my cheesecake guide to find the flavor your dad will love. There are so many ways to make cheesecake, from rich and decadent to light and delicate. A little fresh fruit always helps, too.