5 Layered Desserts for Double the Indulgence

Why choose from one favorite treat when you can enjoy two (or more), stacked in beautiful layers?

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Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Double the Layers, Double the Fun

There are times when you can't decide whether you should make a cake or a batch of cookies; a brownie or a gooey peanut butter treat. During those moments of sugary uncertainty, we suggest you make both — stacked up in one super-indulgent dessert. These best-of-both-worlds recipes combine two (or more) classic sweets in flavor-melding, visually pleasing ways. The adoring "oohs" and "aahs" will come after you've cut into each recipe to reveal its beautiful layers.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Layered Birthday Cake

Your guests will think this is just an ordinary birthday cake until the candles have been blown out and the first slice has been cut, revealing the chewy, dense cookie on the bottom and fluffy confetti cake on top. Make the frosting ahead of time and refrigerate it until you're ready to decorate. The frosted cake can sit in the fridge for up to 2 hours before serving.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Layered Birthday Cake

Peanut Butter-Brownie-Coconut Layered Bars

We combined a peanut butter cookie, a brownie and a macaroon, and made something totally wonderful (and definitely worth the effort). The bars are almost like fudge, so a little square goes a long way. Bonus: This triple-threat dessert smells amazing as it bakes.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter-Brownie-Coconut Layered Bars

Red Velvet Bourbon Cheesecake Bars

Red velvet cake, bourbon and cheesecake belong together, period. And chilling the cake layer (while the no-bake cheesecake firms up) gives the whole dessert a fun pudding-like feel. But these layered bars don't have to be spiked for adults — use vanilla extract for a kid-friendly version.

Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Bourbon Cheesecake Bars

Peach Melba Snickerdoodle Pudding Pie

What happens when the cookie with the whimsical name comes together with the classic French dessert peach melba and the two are layered with vanilla pudding? A beautiful dessert that tastes as good as it looks. We love the hint of cinnamon from the cookies, but gingersnaps or shortbread would be great, too.

Get the Recipe: Peach Melba Snickerdoodle Pudding Pie

Pistachio and Fig Layered Ice Cream Cake

Fig cookies and ice cream make strangely good partners in this super-simple layered ice cream cake. The cookies soften nicely while holding their crumbly, jammy texture. For a fun variation, mix up your ice cream flavors — try strawberry and orange sherbet or chocolate and vanilla bean. 

Get the Recipe: Pistachio and Fig Layered Ice Cream Cake

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