23 Winning Desserts to Pack for Your Next Tailgate

Consider this the all-star lineup of sweets, including brownies, cookies, crispy treats and more.

July 28, 2022

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved


Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved


Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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When you’re packing up your portable grill and pre-game tailgating snacks, don’t forget to save some space for dessert. With lots of portable options like next-level chocolate chip cookies, dessert bars or brownies with delicious add-ins, a sweet treat is the ultimate game day play! Looking for a guaranteed touchdown? Try Kardea’s cookies that are loaded with everything but the kitchen sink. They’ve got chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, potato chips and pretzels, making them the perfect choice for anyone who loves a good salty-sweet combo.

Get the Recipe: Kardea's Kitchen Sink Cookies

Dark Chocolate Cayenne Football Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are always a fan favorite. These ones pair cayenne with dark chocolate for a flavor that’s just amazing. And, the fact that they’re piped to resemble footballs makes them extra fun for a tailgate.

Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate Cayenne Football Whoopie Pies

Butterscotch-Bourbon Blondies

Duff says, "The best Blondies are chewy, moist and just this side of raw in the middle". Sounds like a winning plan to us!

Get the Recipe: Butterscotch-Bourbon Blondies

PB & J Cups

Peanut butter cups are deceptively simple to make as long as you have a muffin tin and some paper liners. Best of all, when you make your own you can customize them with lots of fun add-ins. Valerie updates hers by including a scoop of strawberry jelly in the middle for a treat inspired by the beloved childhood sandwich.

Get the Recipe: PB & J Cups

Momma Pat's Goodie Bars

If you're looking for an easy, crowd-pleasing dessert, then you've found it! These bars feature a graham cracker crust topped with two kinds of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pecans and coconut.

Get the Recipe: Momma Pat's Goodie Bars

Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing

One of Ina Garten's favorite chocolate desserts is a classic chocolate cupcake with a wow factor: peanut butter icing and chopped peanuts. For a nice rounded cupcake top and equal-size treats, use an ice cream scooper to place the batter in muffin cups.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ree uses two flavors of store-bought dough to make the cookies for these shortcut frozen treats. Using ice cream from round pints (rather than a rectangular tub) lets you cut perfect circles to sandwich between the cookies. Dipped in melted chocolate and a flurry of sprinkles, they're sure to be the most delicious thing in your cooler on game day!

Get the Recipe: Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies

With the perfect combination of moist on the inside, crunchy and crackly on the outside, these cookies are sure crowd-pleasers. The chocolatey dough is also packed with both semisweet and white chocolate chips.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate, Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Crispy Treats

You only need 5 simple ingredients to make this classic game day dessert. The extra step of toasting the butter goes a long way in the deliciousness department. These crispy treats will remind you of the classic version — but with a much richer flavor.

Get the Recipe: Brown Butter Crispy Treats

Hometown Toffee

Pro tip: When you’re making this toffee for game day, top it with candy pieces in your team’s colors!

Get the Recipe: Hometown Toffee

Peanut Butter Brownies with Salted Pretzels

Why take plain, old brownies to your tailgate when you could wow everyone with these salty, peanut-buttery squares instead?

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Brownies with Salted Pretzels

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookie Sandwiches

Valerie’s secret for irresistibly delicious oatmeal raisin cookies? She soaks the raisins in a little bit of rum before stirring them into her cookie dough.

Get the Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookie Sandwiches

Sweet and Salty Fudge

Fudge is the perfect portable treat. That’s why we love making a batch for tailgating — especially when we use Ree’s kicked-up recipe. She tops the chocolate fudge with crunchy kettle-cooked potato chips and salty pretzels!

Get the Recipe: Sweet and Salty Fudge

Fried Pies

Ree Drummond's grab-and-go fried pies are great for guests to enjoy dessert while watching the game. Use canned apple and cherry pie filling to cut down on prep time, and in just five minutes your pies will be fried to golden-brown perfection.

Get the Recipe: Fried Pies

Cake Mix Bars

When you need an easy-peasy dessert that’s sure to please, grab a box of cake mix. With a few simple add-ins (and Ree’s recipe) you can turn it into a pan of chewy, candy-studded treat bars, perfect for packing up and taking to your tailgate.

Get the Recipe: Cake Mix Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

These chocolate globs are inspired by a restaurant dessert that Ina loves. The mounds of cookies are stuffed with chocolate chips, pecans and walnuts. Because there's very little flour in the recipe, the result is an intensely chocolatey and fudgy bite.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

Trio of Brigadeiros

A brigadeiro is a traditional Brazilian sweet that is made with cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk, then covered in sprinkles. These treats are wonderfully sweet, almost like a chocolate caramel, and perfect for snacking on game day.

Get the Recipe: Trio of Brigadeiros


Sweet, subtly spiced and wonderfully chewy — what’s not to love about a good, old-fashioned snickerdoodle? And, since cookies are easy to pack up and take on the go, snickerdoodles make the perfect tailgating dessert!

Get the Recipe: Snickerdoodles

Glazed Brownies

A semisweet-chocolate-and-heavy-cream glaze turns traditional brownies into a downright decadent treat.

Get the Recipe: Glazed Brownies

Sangria Ice Pops

Bobby Flay features the sophisticated flavors of sangria in an ice pop. Combine reduced red wine with fruit and fruit juices, then let the mixture steep overnight in the fridge before pouring into ice pop molds.

Get the Recipe: Sangria Ice Pops

Oatmeal Cream Pies

Remember that store-bought, wrapped snack you love? Molly makes hers from scratch — and makes them even better by tossing in rainbow candy pieces.

Get the Recipe: Oatmeal Cream Pies

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars

This is the perfect salty and sweet combination for game day. Trisha Yearwood tops the baked bars with an easy glaze made from just three ingredients: peanut butter, confectioners' sugar and milk.

Get the Recipe: Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars

Sarah's PB&J Chocolate Bars

Saltine crackers and chopped roasted peanuts are the base for these bars that are then spread with grape jelly, topped with a peanut butter layer and then finished with a chocolate glaze.

Get the Recipe: Sarah's PB and J Chocolate Bars

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