Game-Day Desserts

Our easy hand-held desserts will keep fans' eyes focused on the fourth quarter action while they get their sweets fix.


Kelsey's irresistible salted caramel sauce pulls double duty. Use it to make her five-star, top-rated carmelitas bars or blend with vanilla ice cream for a salty-sweet shake.

Get the Recipe: Carmelitas

Espresso Brownies

Need to re-energize the crowd at halftime? Giada's brownies come with a shot of caffeine.

Get the Recipe: Espresso Brownies

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

To munch on through the final seconds, hand-held sweets are key on game day. These chocolatey cupcakes get extra richness from the deep flavors of dark stout beer.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

S'mores Granola Bites

Kelsey spins this campfire classic into an any-time-of-year treat by rolling marshmallows in melted chocolate and a graham cracker-granola-toffee mixture. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes and stash in an airtight container for game-day dessert at the ready.

Get the Recipe: Smores Granola Bites


Nadia G. shapes these fried doughnuts — typically served in Venice during Carnevale — into thin sticks so they’re easier to dip in her decadent chocolate sauce.

Get the Recipe: Frittelle

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

A blondie lover's dream, these bars are moist, dense and chewy. Cut them into 1-inch bites for a large party.

Get the Recipe: Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Candy Bar Chocolate Brownies

Give fudgy brownies an extra wow factor by studding them with chopped candy bars. Remember to put the candy bars in the fridge before you go to chop them up or you'll get mush instead of chunks.

Get the Recipe: Candy Bar Chocolate Brownies

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

In our opinion, you can't beat salty-sweet desserts. Lee Anne Wong's addition of bacon to classic chocolate chippers is genius.

Get the Recipe: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pecan Bars

Aida's easy pecan bars have that ideal balance of crunchy and chewy, salty and sweet.

Get the Recipe: Pecan Bars

Chocolate Caramel Crispy Cakes

Nigella's addictive treats couldn't be simpler to whip up. You need candy bars, cornflakes and butter. She serves them in mini muffin cups for easy eating.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Crispy Cakes

Almond Shortbread Cookies

These cookies may not look like the most exciting pick of the dessert spread, but ground almonds and lemon zest give surprising nutty and citrusy notes.

Get the Recipe: Almond Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Cupcakes

Rachel Allen's bright and sunny cupcakes are a double whammy for lemon lovers: lemon-infused cake topped with lemon buttercream.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Cupcakes

Cocoa Brownies

Leave it to Alton Brown to perfect the no-frills brownie and take a childhood favorite to a new level of simple deliciousness.

Get the Recipe: Cocoa Brownies

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pie

This creamy chilled pie can be cut into small squares instead of slices for bite-sized snacking.

Lemon Hazelnut Tiramisu

Try Giada's refreshing take on an Italian staple and serve it up in goblets for easy individual-sized portions.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Hazelnut Tiramisu

Chocolate Amaretti Cake

If you're a brownie person, you'll love this fudgy cake, which uses ground-up amaretti cookies in place of flour.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Amaretti Cake

Candy Bar Ganache Rice Pudding

We're willing to use utensils on game day if Chuck's candy bar-topped rice pudding is involved.

Get the Recipe: Candy Bar Ganache Rice Pudding

Orange and Nut Squares

In a pinch, whip up Giada's super-quick dessert using premade cookie dough.

Get the Recipe: Orange and Nut Squares