40 Crowd-Friendly Potluck Desserts for Warm Weather Parties
Whether you're hosting a gathering for Thanksgiving or a casual backyard soirée, potluck parties are a fun opportunity to get together with family and friends. They're easy to prepare for and everyone can bring a dish that they love. Whether you're hosting or attending a potluck, these crowd-friendly desserts are just the thing for any warm-weather occasion.
One of our favorite desserts to bring to any party is a sheet cake. They're easy to make, travel well, come in a variety of flavors, and everyone loves them. Our Chocolate-Zucchini Sheet Cake with Cream-Cheese Frosting, pictured here, has a chocolate cake base enhanced with four cups of grated zucchini, which adds a bit of texture and plenty of moisture. Another potluck dessert recipe that's a guaranteed hit is our Chocolate Sheet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream. It's as simple and satisfying as you'd expect—and can feed more than a dozen people.
While all of our potluck dessert recipes are sure to please, we have a few that are particularly kid-friendly. Who doesn't love Rice Krispies bars? Our Crispy Cereal Treats come in four different, delectable iterations so there's an option for every guest at the table. Our S'mores Bars are also guaranteed to please; graham cracker pieces and chopped chocolate are folded into the signature puffed-rice cereal and marshmallow mixture for a dessert that will have everyone asking for more. From layer cakes to cookies, the dessert recipes we're sharing are just the thing to dish out at your next potluck.
Orange-Cardamom Bundt Cake
Hummingbird Carrot Cake
Crispy Cereal Treats
Cherry-Cheese Strudel Pie
Lemon-Glazed Sheet Cake
Rich, plump figs and plums peek out of the top of this almond cake that's easy to bake and even easier to love. Making it requires less than half an hour of hands-on prep work.
You'll feel like you're sitting around the campfire when you take a bit of these s'mores-inspired treats. Broken graham crackers and chopped chocolate are folded into the puffed-rice cereal and melted marshmallow mixture, then everything is pressed into a pan to set. Cut the bars into fun shapes for an irresistible potluck dessert.
Strawberry Biscuit Sheet Cake
Triple-Chocolate Brownie Cups
Fudgy Turtle Brownies
Upgrade a basic batch of brownies with a decadent cream caramel sauce and crunchy pecan halves. The finishing touch is a sprinkling of flaky sea salt, which adds crunch and contrasts the sweet bars.
Everyone's favorite sweet, golden ice cream flavor—butter pecan—takes on new life in these chewy blondies. Dark rum is the secret ingredient that takes these rich, caramel-y blondies to a whole new level. This dessert yields 24 blondies, serving as the perfect addition to any potluck.
Buckwheat Chocolate-Chip Cookies with Sea Salt
Anyone can bring a batch of chocolate chip cookies to a potluck party, but this beloved dessert feels totally new with nutty, salted cookies. A combination of all-purpose flour and buckwheat flour come together for a unique base that will have all the guests talking.
Lemon Curd Souffle Tart
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
While these cookies are most popular during the holiday season, they're snackable and sweet all year long. Gently pressing a Hershey kiss into each peanut butter cookie helps to create the signature cracked finish.
Key Lime Whoopie Pies
Take the graham-cracker crust and bright, tart filling of a traditional key lime pie and reinvent it in a potluck-friendly cookie.
Three-Layer Pound Cake
Inspired by a traditional marble layer cake, this multi-layered dessert is rich, fudgy, and sweet as can be. Cocoa powder and melted semisweet chocolate are added to the batter for the dark layers.
Vegan Blueberry Crisp
Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries
Lime Sandwich Cookies
In between delicate butter cookies is a bright and zesty lime cream filling that we could eat with a spoon. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out pieces of the top cookie so that everyone can get a peek of what's hiding on the inside.
Rhubarb Crumb Cake
Dark Chocolate-Walnut Date Bar
These feel-good bars are made with just a handful of healthy ingredients such as coconut oil, walnut pieces dates, natural peanut butter, and semisweet chocolate.
Big Almond-Orange-Ginger Cookie
Bake and slice this potluck-friendly dessert flavored with orange zest and orange marmalade, ground cardamom, and fresh ginger. It's warm, inviting, and just what we want to serve to family and friends.
Cut into bite-sized pieces, this six-ingredient fudge recipe is perfect for serving to a crowd at a potluck party. The one-pot base is made with mini marshmallows, evaporated milk, bittersweet chocolate, sugar, and vanilla.
Snickerdoodle Crumb Bars
Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
Hidden beneath an oat drop-biscuit topping lies a juicy combination of summer fruits—apricots and strawberries tossed with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch. It's a potluck dessert that's pure sunshine.