13 All-Star Potluck Desserts

Looking for the perfect finish to a picnic or holiday potluck? Arm yourself with one of these sweet and simple seasonal desserts and prepare for a round of applause.

1

Blueberry Cobbler

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Photo by Lisa Hubbard

A topping of fluffy, buttery biscuits soaks up all the luscious juices from the sweet blueberries. Serve with a drizzle of heavy cream, or our personal favorite—a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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2

Nectarine Galette

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Photo by Sang An

Galettes are the free-form sister to pie, which means little technique is needed to create galette perfection. Swap in peaches for an equally tasty treat that highlights the best of juicy summer stone fruit.

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3

Plum Upside-Down Cake

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Photo by Con Poulos

This fluffy sour cream cake boasts a beautiful layer of juicy, tender plums. To avoid serving slipups, let the cake cool before removing it from the pan, and use a large plate to assist with the flip.

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4

S’mores Blondies

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Photo by Raymond Hom

Enjoy the campfire favorite as an indoor treat by tossing graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows into warm and gooey blondies. The bars keep well between sheets of wax paper—though chances are you won’t have many left over.

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5

Blackberry Crumb Cake

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Photo by Katherine Wolkoff

Sprinkle the cake with fresh blackberries before baking; they’ll sink into the batter a bit, creating a sweet and juicy berry layer. Chopped pecans add nuttiness and crunch to the brown sugar-based crumb topping.

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6

Double Chocolate Brownies

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Photo by Levi Brown

Unsweetened cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate combine for an ultra-decadent treat with an addictively fudgy center. A simple parchment paper overhang ensures the brownies won’t stick to the pan.

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7

Sour Cherry and Cranberry Slab Pie

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Photo by Roland Bello

The rectangular shape of this dreamy slab pie makes it the perfect choice for first-time pie bakers. Turbinado sugar gives the crust a sweet crunch, while brushing it with cream gives it a shiny bronzed finish.

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8

Turtle Bars

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Photo by Sang An

These decadent turtle bars are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth—they’re filled with pecans, chocolate chips, and toffee to boot. Allow them to set and cool completely before cutting into squares.

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9

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

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Photo by Jose Picayo

Adding lemon juice to both the batter and the glaze ensures a burst of lemon flavor in each and every bite. A cup of Greek yogurt gives it a moist and tender crumb.

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10

Blackberry Granola Crisp

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Photo by Sang An

Five ingredients are all you need to make this fruity crisp that’s so versatile it does double duty as breakfast or dessert. If possible, use fresh blackberries from the farmers’ market for naturally sweet flavor and an extra juicy dish.

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11

Apricot Crumbles

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Photo by Beatriz da Costa

Sandwiching sweet fruit filling between buttery crust makes for a decadent treat that’s perfect for potlucks. The grated fresh ginger mixed into the apricot jam adds unexpected spiciness that will have you scooping up seconds.

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12

Peanut Butter Pie

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Photo by Paul Sirisalee

Peanut butter lovers, rejoice! Marshmallow cream makes this pie light and airy, while salty peanuts and chocolate cookies give it extra crunch and flavor. Use a prebaked piecrust for easy prep and assembly.

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13

Peach and Blueberry Buckle

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Photo by Jens Mortensen

This mouth-watering dessert is studded with fruit for picturesque slices that will impress friends and family. The texture itself is a cross between cobbler and cake—a win-win when it comes to summertime sweets.

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