12 Desserts for a Crowd That’ll Satisfy Any Taste

When guests are due, rely on a recipe that’s made for a crowd. Whether light and fruity or dense and chocolaty, there’s a big-batch recipe here for anyone. 


Ice Cream Truffles

Photo by Anna Williams

This no-bake dessert serves 30 and couldn’t be any simpler—just roll scoops of ice cream in chopped up candy bars. Place each truffle in a mini cupcake liner for easy serving. 

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Mint-Melon Pops

Photo by Sang An

When serving a crowd, double the recipe and pour the ingredients into paper cups for easier clean up. Pop out the frozen treats just before you’re ready to serve dessert. 

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No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal Cookies

Photo by Raymond Hom

Make cookies for the entire party—without even turning on the oven. It takes just 10 minutes of minimal hands-on work to whip up three dozen. 

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Strawberry Shortcake 

Photo by Lisa Hubbard

Thanks to yellow cake mix (yes, cake mix), this seasonal favorite requires just 20 minutes of hands-on time, but feeds 12. 

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Chocolate Ganache Sandwiches

Photo by Melanie Acevedo

Sandwich airy chocolate whipped cream between store-bought chocolate wafer cookies for a double dose of chocolate. It takes just 15 minutes to make 30. 

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Easy Doughnuts

Photo by Yunhee Kim

Refrigerated biscuit dough is the secret to this speedy breakfast-for-dessert. Making enough for a big group is easy—just buy an extra pack of biscuits and double the remaining three ingredients. 

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Secret-Ingredient Devil’s Food Cupcakes

Photo by Anna Williams

A few clever additions—sour cream, chocolate chips, and vanilla—and your guests will never know you actually used a… box mix. 

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Lemon Bars

Photo by Victor Schrager

After a rich meal, let these tangy lemon bars serve as a sweet way to cleanse the palate.

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Pretzel Turtle Brownie

Photo by Joseph De Leo

What’s better than a fudgy chocolate brownie? One swirled with a buttery dulche de leche and topped with salted pretzels, of course. Tip: These stay fresh for up to five days, so make them ahead to save time. 

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S’mores Blondies

Photo by Raymond Hom

The ideal ending to a summer barbecue, adults and kids alike won’t leave any crumb of this campfire-classic-turned-bar-cookie behind. 

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Coconut Macaroons

Photo by José Picayo

These light and chewy macaroons offer a tropical crunch for fruit lovers. Dip the bottoms in melted chocolate if you prefer a richer dessert.

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Sour Cherry and Cranberry Slab Pie

Photo by Roland Bello

In this recipe, an entire jelly roll pan becomes the perfect vessel for a crowd-pleasing pie. Coat the bottom with a layer of piecrust, fill with a tangy cherry-cranberry mixture, and top with another layer of piecrust. Serve with plenty of vanilla ice cream.

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