Dessert Ideas List – Over 100 Indulgent Dishes to Finish Dinner in Style

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My dessert ideas list will help you ensure every dinner party you host ends with something sweet and yummy.

Whether you make them at home or buy them ready-made, these dishes are bound to put smiles on faces. Use this list for inspiration, and don’t spend valuable time pondering what to serve.

I, like my dinner and side dish lists, have this printed off and in my kitchen. That way, I can quickly look, see what I like, and make a quick decision.

Dessert ideas (list of ideas with printable from the article)

Read through to the end of this article to find a download link. You can download this list for free, print it off, and use it in the same way. It makes planning dinner parties and events a lot easier!

Popular Dessert Ideas

These are classic dessert options. You’ll typically find them on most restaurant menus.

  1. Brownies
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Cupcakes
  4. Apple Pie
  5. Pecan Pie
  6. Pumpkin Pie
  7. Ice Cream
  8. Fudge
  9. Carrot Cake
  10. Red Velvet Cake
  11. Bananas Foster
  12. Crepes
  13. Lemon Bars
  14. Banana Bread
  15. Crumble
  16. Bread Pudding
  17. Donuts
  18. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
  19. Pound Cake
  20. Sundae

Easy Desserts to Make

If the mains and appetizers are taking up a lot of time, make your life easier. These desserts are quicker and easier to make but still really delicious.

  1. Waffles
  2. Jello
  3. Strawberries and Cream
  4. Tapioca Pudding
  5. Rice Pudding
  6. Caramel Pretzels
  7. Chocolate Salami
  8. Pancakes
  9. Yogurt Bark
  10. Ice Cream Float

Dishes for the Chocolate Lovers

If, like me, you’ve got a real weakness for chocolate, this is the section for you. These desserts are rich, sweet, and absolutely covered in the good stuff!

  1. Chocolate Cream Pie
  2. Chocolate Mousse
  3. Chocolate Truffles
  4. German Chocolate Cake
  5. Chocolate Lava Cake
  6. Chocolate Souffle
  7. Chocolate Milkshake
  8. Chocolate Eclairs
  9. Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake
  10. Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows

No-Bake Desserts

I watch MasterChef a lot. If I had a dollar for every time they mess up the souffle, I’d be very rich!

Baking is all about timing and can be super stressful when the dish doesn’t come out right. So, if you’re pushed for time, try some of these no-bake desserts. You can make them beforehand and keep them in the refrigerator.

  1. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
  2. No-Bake Cheesecake
  3. Popsicles
  4. Raspberry Fool
  5. S’mores
  6. Banoffee Pie
  7. Rice Krispie Treats
  8. Lemon Curd Tart
  9. Oreo Trifle
  10. Key Lime Pie

Healthy-ish Ideas

Okay, desserts are never going to be completely healthy. But if you want to offer something that’s a bit more health-conscious, try some of these desserts.

  1. Fruit Salad
  2. Fruit Parfait
  3. Baked Apples
  4. Banana Nice Cream
  5. Smoothie Bowl
  6. Grilled Peaches
  7. Greek Yogurt with Walnuts and Honey
  8. Chia Pudding
  9. Frozen Grapes
  10. Dark Chocolate

Italian Dessert Ideas

Italians know how to do dessert! Some of these are classic Italian dishes. You can find recipes to make them at home or pick them up from a store or restaurant.

  1. Tiramisu
  2. Panna Cotta
  3. Biscotti
  4. Affogato
  5. Cannoli
  6. Crostata
  7. Granita
  8. Zabaione
  9. Nougat
  10. Struffoli

Internationally-Inspired Desserts

Every country has its own delicious treats to enjoy post-lunch or dinner. Some of these are my favorites. They could go down a real treat at your dinner party.

  1. Basque Cheesecake
  2. Pavlovas
  3. Creme Brulee
  4. Churros
  5. Lamingtons
  6. Baklava
  7. Flan
  8. Eton Mess
  9. Brigadeiros
  10. Spanish Fried Milk
  11. Greek Orange Cake
  12. Tres Leches Cake
  13. Madeleines
  14. Mango Sticky Rice
  15. Macarons
  16. Kheer
  17. Knafeh
  18. Honey Cake
  19. Napoleon Cake
  20. Alfajores
  21. Mochi
  22. Daifuku
  23. Blini with Jam
  24. Profiteroles
  25. Crema Catalana
  26. Egg Tart
  27. Beignets
  28. Black Forest Cake
  29. Pastel de Nata
  30. Gulab Jamun

Dessert time should be a happy time. So make your life a little easier by planning well in advance.

Use the link below to download this list for free. You can print it off, put it on your fridge door, and always have dessert ideas on hand.

Let me know in the comments which of these are your favorites and if you have any go-to desserts for dinner parties.

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Oh, and be sure to have this dessert list on hand by saving it to one of your recipe idea boards. You can always skim the article or download the PDF to help you decide what to treat your dinner guests to.

Dessert ideas (list of ideas from the article)