Looking for some great graduation party dessert ideas? Then you have come to the right place!
We have found some of the best desserts to help you celebrate your big graduation day. You need something sweet, decadent, and probably something to serve a crowd. We know everyone is going to want to celebrate with you!
Desserts that can be made ahead of time are also essential. You will likely be very busy in the hours leading up to the graduation. You won’t want to be baking right before the party!
Take a look at all of our amazing graduation party dessert ideas and see which one catches your eye!
1. No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Our Simple Green Moms’ no-bake peanut butter bars make an excellent graduation dessert. They are irresistible and also easy to make. There is no baking required!
A thick layer of sweetened peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs is pressed into a casserole dish. Melted chocolate and peanut butter are spread over the top, and the bars are then chilled in the fridge.
Cut the peanut butter bars into small squares and serve them at your party. They are super easy for people to eat while walking around and celebrating!
2. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Everyone loves chocolate-covered strawberries. They are a classic celebratory dessert. They are also easy to make in advance, as long as you don’t eat too many before your graduation party!
Use this recipe for chocolate-covered strawberries from Tastes Better From Scratch. You will get some great tips and tricks about how to perfectly dip the fruit.
Drizzle the strawberries with melted white chocolate dyed in your school colors.
3. Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispie treats are an easy and festive graduation dessert idea. They can be decorated with theme-colored sprinkles. You can also put the rice Krispie treats on a stick and serve them like pops. This makes it a very easy to eat dessert for your party guests.
Use this simple recipe from Shugary Sweets. Rice Krispies are mixed with melted marshmallows and butter. Press them into the pan while the mix is still warm and easy to work with.
Chill the rice Krispie treats in the fridge to make them easy to cut.
4. Graduation Cake Pops
Cake pops are a fun dessert that can be made to match your graduation party theme. Use colored sprinkles, colored chocolate, or a mini graduation hat to decorate your cake pops.
Use this simple cake pop recipe from The Recipe Critic to make perfect graduation cake pops. Choose your favorite kind of cake mix to easily make the cake filling. Cake pops can easily be made in any flavor!
5. White Chocolate Cupcakes
Perfect white chocolate cupcakes are always good graduation party desserts. You can easily make lots of them, giving you enough dessert to feed a large party.
Use this recipe from Leite’s Culinaria to make soft, fluffy white chocolate cake. Decorate the cupcakes with white chocolate frosting for a clean, classic look. You can always add a fondant graduation hat on the top to make them even fancier.
6. Chocolate Dipped Waffles
You may think that waffles are breakfast food. However, when you dip them in chocolate, they become a true dessert.
Use this recipe from Mom Dot to make tasty chocolate-dipped waffles. Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and a little shortening are melted together. The waffles are then dipped into the mix and left to harden.
Don’t forget to add some festive sprinkles. A Sprinkle of powdered sugar will work, too.
7. Marshmallow Pops
We love these fun marshmallow pops from The Pioneer Woman. They are fun and pretty to put on a graduation dessert table.
Make these marshmallow pops in advance, and then store them in an airtight container until your party. Make-ahead graduation desserts are the best!
Make the marshmallow pops extra tall by stacking marshmallows on one stick. Use just a single marshmallow for a smaller dessert.
8. Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods
House of Nash Eats will show you how to make perfect chocolate-dipped pretzel rods. They are one of the best graduation party dessert ideas ever!
Decorate your chocolate-dipped pretzels with sprinkles, mini candies, or some drizzled melted chocolate chips. Add them to your dessert bar as a salty, sweet treat that everyone will love.
9. Graduation Hat Cupcakes
Some bite-sized graduation hat cupcakes will look great on the dessert bar at your graduation party. They are not only adorable but also delicious.
Make these festive graduation cupcakes from My Food and Family. Candies, chocolate, and cupcakes come together to make adorable graduation caps that are almost too nice to eat.
10. School Logo Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies with your school logo are a great graduation party dessert idea. They are completely customizable, making the dessert personalized to you.
Use this recipe from The Chunky Chef to make perfect sugar cookies. The dough holds its shape very well, so your school logo will be crisp and perfect.
Use royal icing to draw on the sugar cookies. You will need to make them a day or two in advance, so the icing has time to draw.
11. Cinnamon Roll Pops
Cinnamon roll pops are a great dessert idea that will wow all your graduation party guests. This cinnamon roll cake pops from A Night Owl Blog are as fun to make as they are to eat.
You will need a cake pop pan to make this graduation dessert idea, but we guarantee you will use it often.
A simple roll of refrigerated cinnamon roll dough and some sugar icing are all you need to make these tasty bites!
12. Chocolate Covered Oreos
Perfect, round, chocolate-covered Oreo cookies are great for a graduation dessert table. Use this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo to make fantastic chocolate-covered Oreos.
Make dark chocolate and white chocolate-covered Oreos. This will be very aesthetically pleasing at your graduation party.
Sprinkle the cookies with edible glitter to add a little shimmer to the cookies. This is a fun, glamorous way to class up your graduation celebration.
13. Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers
Want to have the best graduation party ever? Cover everything in chocolate!
Chocolate-covered graham crackers are a fun treat to have on your graduation dessert table. Follow the directions in this guide from Dinner Then Dessert.
Make the graham crackers look fancy by sticking to a black and white theme. Add some color with sprinkles or colored candy melts.
14. Fruit Skewers
Rainbow fruit skewers are a fun dessert that is also colorful and healthy. We love these rainbow fruit skewers from Spend With Pennies. They are very vibrant and will be quite eye-catching on your dessert station.
Choose your favorite fruits to use. Try to alternate colors or make a full rainbow like in the recipe. Use your school-colored fruits to match your graduation theme.
15. Strawberry Parfaits
Fresh strawberry parfaits are perfect for a grad party. They are pretty, sweet, and look very elegant despite being easy to make.
Use this recipe from Fifteen Spatulas to make cheesecake strawberry parfaits. Layers of cheesecake filling and fresh strawberries are added to clear glass. A graham cracker crumb topping is the perfect finishing touch.
16. Cake Push Pops
Cake push pops are a fun graduation party dessert that everyone will be talking about. Use this recipe from Sugar Hero to make rainbow cake push pops.
You can choose to dye your angel food cake batter any color you’d like to make it fit into your theme. We like how the pops are layered with white frosting, giving them a clean look.
17. Letter Shaped Cake
A nice letter-shaped graduation cake is perfect for grad parties. Make your cake in the shape of your initials or the letter of your school.
We love how this letter cake from Amy Treasure uses candy bars, frosting, and sprinkles to decorate the top of the cake. Try adding edible flowers or glitter to make the graduation cake pop.
18. Oreo Cake Pops
Oreo cake pops combine two of the best desserts ever- cake and oreo cookies! We especially love this recipe from Jo Cooks, which requires no baking at all.
Oreo cookie crumbs are mixed with cream cheese to make a thick dough. Roll the dough into balls, and then add some lollipop sticks. Dip the balls into chocolate coating and then let them harden.
That is all you need to do to make oreo pops!
19. Graduation Hat Reeses
You can make adorable graduation cap treats using mini Reese’s peanut butter cups. This guide from Hip to Save will tell you exactly how to do it!
Many recipes like to keep the wrapped on the Reeses to keep that shiny gold color. We like to take the wrapper off, so the treats can easily pop right into your mouth. The choice is yours!
20. Banana Split Bites
Mini banana split bites are a fun dessert idea that is perfect for graduation. Try this recipe from Just a Pinch. It takes a big dessert that everyone loves and transforms it into something that is easy to eat in a party setting.
Brownie bites are used as the base of the banana split. The brownies are topped with bananas, strawberries, and pineapples.
Add a squirt of whipped cream right before you are ready to serve the banana bites. Add sprinkles in your school colors to really make this graduation dessert exciting.
21. Mini Cheesecakes
Bite-sized desserts are great graduation party desserts. Any dessert that can easily be picked up and eaten is ideal.
These mini cheesecakes from Preppy Kitchen taste great and are very easy to eat while mingling with friends. Decorate them with whipped cream and fresh fruit to make them look fancy and enticing.
22. Twinkie Diplomas
These twinkie diplomas are a dessert that should be at graduation parties around the country. They are so perfectly themed but also incredibly simple to make. There is no baking required!
Check out this recipe from One Simple Party. Twinkies are wrapped in black licorice strings and dipped in mini chocolate chips. They instantly look like diplomas!
Make some of the graduation caps Reeses that we talked about, and your dessert bar is set!
23. Candy Buffet
A retro-style candy bar buffet is a great idea for a graduation party. Use this guide from Honey and Lime to help you make the perfect candy buffet table.
Try choosing popular candies from your birth year or candy that matches your school colors. Use different style jars and plates as your display. We love graduation party desserts like this that are completely customized to you.
24. Perfect Vanilla Cake
One of the most classic graduation dessert ideas is to make a beautiful cake. Cakes are big enough to serve a crowd but can be decorated and designed to suit the party, making it a very personal option.
We love this classic vanilla cake recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Make it a day or two before your grad party, and you will have a perfect dessert ready to serve!
25. Homemade Donuts
One of our favorite graduation party desserts is homemade donuts. They are such a fun way to make your graduation party exciting and interesting.
Use this recipe for baked donuts from Baked by an Introvert. We love that the donuts are baked rather than fried. You can make them before your graduation party and decorate them in different ways.
Add a lemon juice glaze or melt some chocolate squares to drizzle over the donuts. Hang them on a donut wall as a perfect decoration for your grad party.
You may even want to consider placing them around a chocolate fountain. A homemade donut dipped in warm chocolate sounds like a recipe straight from heaven.
Amazing Graduation Party Desserts You Will Love
From graduation cap cupcakes to waffle cones filled with candy, there are so many exciting graduation desserts you can try. Graduation parties deserve to be special and sweet, so go crazy, make extra dessert and have fun!
With these graduation desserts, your grad party will be unforgettable! Enjoy.
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