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28 Best Potluck Desserts to Feed a Crowd

Looking for the best potluck desserts to make for your next gathering, once it’s safe to gather, of course?

From cookie balls to layer bars, I have some of the perfect potluck treats! If you’re in charge of dessert, you can’t go wrong with these easy recipes.

White Chocolate Oreo Cookie Balls

From fruity confections to chocolate delights, there’s a dish that will please everyone’s palette.

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As a bonus, all of these desserts are super portable, making them ideal for potlucks. With recipes these scrumptious, you can’t pick the wrong one. 

You might want to make extra, just in case. These treats are so yummy, people will gobble them up.

Here are 28 of the best potluck desserts around. Time to get cooking!

Homemade Fudge Brownies with Nuts

1. Fudge

There’s nothing better than a bar of delicious creamy fudge. No dessert has a truer chocolate flavor than fudge done right.

Take out the intimidation of a fudge recipe and use this easy-to-follow one instead! This recipe uses common ingredients and appliances to produce remarkable results.

Steal the show with this fantastic fudge recipe! Forget the main course. Your dessert will be what people remember.

2. Potluck Cheesecake Dessert

It can be hard to make enough cheesecake to feed all of the people at a potluck. But it’s always a favorite!

Deliver on the promise without the hassle with this cheesecake dessert recipe. It’s just as creamy and sweet as the real thing!

Save yourself the mess and stress and bring this cheesecake-inspired dessert to your next potluck.

Oreo Cookie Balls

3. Oreo Cookie Balls

This no-bake treat is sure to delight your friends and family! Made from crushed Oreo balls, these desserts have the elegance of a truffle.

Fortunately, the store-bought cookies have done most of the work for you.

All that’s left to do is crush them up and mix them with some cream cheese before dunking them in candy coating.

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What could be easier than that?

Ambrosia Fruit Salad

4. Ambrosia Salad

This fruit salad is so delicious, it counts as dessert! Five different types of fruits bring their natural sweetness to this delectable concoction.

Scoop up a serving and call it a day, this fruit salad is the grand finale to a wonderful meal.

If a salad doesn’t sound like dessert to you, it will after tasting this recipe.

No one will miss the chocolate treats with this salad hanging around.

5. Magic Monster Layer Bars

If you can’t decide on one dessert, have them all. These magic monster layer bars have a little bit of everything from all of your favorite desserts.

The base is a peanut butter oatmeal cookie that is stuffed with chocolate candies.

Everyone’s favorite is represented in these magic monster layer bars. Serve up satisfaction with this divine recipe.

Rice Krispie Treats

6. Rice Krispie Treats

An oldie but a goodie, Rice Krispie treats are always a crowd-pleaser. They’re so simple, yet so sweet.

Filled with marshmallow goodness, these ooey-gooey desserts delight young and old. Bring people together this weekend over a big plate of Rice Krispie treats.

Don’t forget the napkins! These sweet treats tend to hang around on little fingers even after they are gone.

7. Amish Sugar Cookies

Amish communities are known for housing some incredibly skilled bakers. What’s their secret? Find out in this Amish sugar cookie recipe!

This recipe for sugar cookies troubleshoots typical problems with other sugar cookie recipes. Say goodbye to bland and dry sugar cookies and hello to moist treasures.

This humble sugar cookie is deceptively delicious. They are so good, no one will call them vanilla!

No-Bake Cookies

8. No-Bake Cookies

There’s a chocolate peanut butter party waiting for you in this recipe! No-bake cookies are fudgy mounds of oats held together by a chocolate peanut butter base.

They live up to their name by never once entering your oven. These cookies are made right on the stovetop and then harden as they cool.

Serve them up and watch them disappear. You won’t have to worry about leftovers!

9. Frosted Banana Bars

Banana is a dessert flavor that often gets overlooked. Bring it front and center with this frosted banana bar recipe.

Similar to banana bread, these little bars are small squares of cake with a marvelous banana icing. Topped with a banana slice, these desserts are almost too cute to eat.

Go bananas for these frosted banana bars!

10. Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter desserts are the perfect blend of salty and sweet. These peanut butter bars are no exception!

They’re the perfect cookie consistency and pack loads of peanut butter flavor.

These bars are moist and flavorful, making them the perfect dessert for any potluck.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

11. Peanut Butter Cups

The pinnacle of peanut butter treats is the ever-popular peanut butter cup. However, if you’ve only had store-bought cups, you are missing out!

Recreate your favorite candy using this peanut butter cup recipe. The homemade version is one thousand times better than the packaged kind.

Surprise yourself by making these delicious peanut butter cups. There is a confectioner inside all of us.

Kitchen Sink Cookies with Crushed Pretzels and Chocolate Chips

12. Kitchen Sink Cookies

“All but the kitchen sink” is what this recipe calls for. A little bit of everything is represented in this cookie recipe.

Blend all your favorite flavors together in these outrageous cookies. More is more, am I right? Have a little bit of everything in each bite.

These cookies are sure to please because they are not missing a single flavor. Whatever your fellow potluckers are craving, they will find it in these cookies.

13. Cookies and Cream Brownies

Elevate chocolate brownies to the next level by making this cookies and cream recipe.

Brownies and Oreos are a match made in heaven. Just when you thought brownies couldn’t get any better, the Oreo entered the picture.

These brownies are cute and different from normal potluck fare. Stand out with this creative recipe.

14. Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate and peanut have teamed again up to create another award-winning dessert. These clusters are the perfect blend of salty and sweet.

The chocolate coating gives way to delightfully crunchy peanuts. These clusters have been around for a while, and they are full of old-fashioned charm.

Bring on the childhood memories with these chocolate peanut clusters.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

15. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies may be the most iconic dessert. How could they not be? No one can resist a brown sugar cookie stuffed with ooey gooey chocolate pieces.

These cookies melt in your mouth with each bite. The cookie base is incredibly fragrant and flavorful, and the chocolate pieces are so yummy.

What’s not to love about a classic chocolate chip cookie?

16. Butter Toffee Pretzels

Butter toffee is an old-fashioned sweet flavor that hints of salt. Bring it back in style with this butter toffee pretzel recipe.

If you like chocolate-covered pretzels, you’ll love these! Butter toffee is the perfect complement to a pretzel’s salty exterior.

Give your guests something to crunch on with this recipe!

17. Crispy Chocolate Squares

Put Rice Krispies to work in this crispy chocolate square recipe. There is nothing more delightful than these chocolatey squares with a slight crunch throughout.

The mild cereal pieces take on the flavor of the chocolate while adding some exciting texture to the dessert.

It might be a good idea to double the recipe with this one. They’ll be gone before you know it!

Homemade Bundt Cake with Chopped Almonds

18. Louisiana Crunch Cake

Nothing will make your guests smile more than this Louisiana crunch cake. It has a myriad of delicious flavors and a satisfying texture.

There’s no better way to end your meal than with a slice of this cake! Coconut and pineapple are the perfect accents for the fluffy vanilla base.

Slice up a little piece of heaven with this recipe!

19. Mocha Brownie Trifle

This mocha brownie trifle is the perfect pick for an adult-only trifle. While little ones might not love the mocha flavor, grown-ups sure will!

Layer your way to success with whipped cream, coffee, chocolate liquor, and ladyfingers. Allow this trifle to set up in the fridge so all the flavors come together.

This trifle is so moist, you can eat it with a spoon!

20. Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie is good, but it’s not enough to feed a crowd. Bump up your serving size with these delicious pecan pie bars.

They’re the perfect squares of toasted pecans held together by a chess pie filling, on top of a classic pie crust.

The bars are the perfect serving and are great with ice cream!

21. Chocolate Pudding Pizza

There isn’t a tomato, or cheese, or pepperoni, or anything else typically associated with pizza on this pie. This chocolate pudding pizza is a dessert pizza!

Swap out the sauce for chocolate pudding and the cheese for whipped cream, and you’ll have a delectable pizza you can enjoy for dessert.

Slice yourself a piece of this pie!

22. Snickers-Stuffed Brownies

What’s better than a brownie? A brownie that’s stuffed with Snickers bars! With this recipe, every brownie has a surprise inside!

You’ll get the chewy qualities of a brownie with the peanut caramel goodness of a Snickers bar. They soften in the oven, making them extra gooey.

No party is complete without these Snickers-stuffed brownies!

Millionaire's Shortbread

23. Millionaire’s Shortbread

If they’re good enough for millionaires, they’re good enough for anyone, right? Buttery shortbread cookies are always a favorite, and this recipe doesn’t disappoint.

Bake these as circles or use this dough to make delicious cut-out cookies. Celebrate every season with festive shapes.

Decorate with royal icing, and you’ll have a new holiday tradition.

24. Cherry Chewbilees

Maraschino cherries are the perfect topping for any dessert. In this recipe, they’re no longer the accessory but the main flavor.

Give these candied confections the attention they deserve by whipping up a batch of cherry chewbilees.

They’re the perfect combination of cookie and candy. Resulting in a crowd-pleasing dessert that will be the talk of the potluck.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

25. Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Turn your favorite candy into a cookie with these delicious peanut butter cup cookies.

Top your traditional peanut butter cookie with a Hershey’s kiss for a match made in heaven.

This classic flavor combination never disappoints. The salty sweetness of the peanut butter is the perfect pairing for the deep richness of the chocolate candy.

These pretty cookies make any potluck better!

26. Macaroon Madness Bars

These coconut confections are a baker’s dream! The texture of the coconut does the hard work for you, making every batch as beautiful as they are delicious.

These madness bars are similar to a Samoa Girl Scout cookie, making this recipe perfect for when cookie-selling season is over.

These tropical bars are perfect when you need a vacation.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

27. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple cake pineapple rings baked right into its bottom! Or top, depending on how you see things. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Dive into this moist cake that is packed with pineapple flavor. Don’t forget to add the cherries on top! It wouldn’t be the same without their sweet bursts of juice!

Savor this summer treat or long for warmer days while enjoying a slice of pineapple upside down cake.

28. Scotcheroos

These butterscotch bars are the perfect treat to close out your potluck. They’re addictively sweet with that familiar butterscotch saltiness.

These bars are packed with butterscotch flavor done right. Sample a scotcheroo, and you’ll have a new favorite dessert.

Share these with your friends, and they will, too!

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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