33 Easy Party Desserts – Finger Foods Ideas to Make for a Crowd

When planning for a party, it is nice to have some easy party dessert recipes that are quick to make and will feed a crowd.

Guests always appreciate a sweet treat, whether baking for a dinner party, bridal shower, baby shower, a wedding, or a birthday party.

As people mingle about, it’s important to offer them an easy grab and go dessert. Think of it as dessert finger foods.

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That’s why I concentrated this list on easy party desserts to make that don’t need a plate or a fork to be enjoyed.

Although decorated sugar cookies (or an excellent chocolate chip cookie) would seem to be an important part of a party dessert table, I wanted to explore more diverse desserts and bring a medley of options to you. 

And yes, cake pops are also small and portable, but I don’t find them easy to make, so they’re not on this list.

In this post, we’ll explore an array of bite-size desserts, dessert bars, mini desserts such as tarts and pies, and other handheld party desserts.


Bite Sized Easy Party Desserts

These bite-sized desserts are a great option for people who only want a small portion but great flavor.

A homemade chocolate truffle will satisfy any chocolate lovers at your party, while a stuffed strawberry will cater to the more health-conscious guests while still giving them a bite of a delicious dessert. 

Most of these easy dessert recipes only require a few ingredients and no baking.

Easy party desserts Finger foods - Easy 3 Ingredient Oreo Balls
3- Easy 3 Ingredient Oreo Balls | Aspen on Main
Easy party desserts Finger foods - 2-Ingredient-Coconut-Macaroons
4- 2 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons | Dancing Through the Rain
Easy party desserts Finger foods - How To Make Apple Nachos
6- How To Make Apple Nachos | Made in a Pinch
Easy party desserts Finger foods - chocolate-dates
7- Chocolate Covered Dates | A Sweet Alternative
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Chocolate-Coconut-Macaroons-gluten-free-paleo-vegan-keto
9- Chocolate Coconut Macaroons | Living healthy with Chocolate

Grab and Go bars

Dessert bars are the perfect potluck dessert recipe.  They’re a quick and easy party dessert. Most are baked in one pan then cut, and only require a small napkin to eat, making them truly grab-and-go.

I bring the mochi coconut bars (#13) to a lot of potlucks, they won’t melt in the hot weather and they’re always quite a hit! (And they’re gluten free so more of my friends can enjoy a sweet treat). They’re great for luaus, pool parties or your next diner party.

Try out some of these delicious looking recipes:

piece of coconut mochi cake on plate
13- Hawaiian Butter Mochi Recipe | Press Print Party!
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Nutella-Blondies
16- Nutella Blondies | Cookie Dough Diaries
Easy party desserts Finger foods - brookie-bar-stack
17- No Bake Brookie Bars | The Chowdown
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Homemade-Snickers-Bars
18- Homemade Snickers Bars | The Short Order Cook
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Peanut-Butter-Bars
19- Peanut Butter Bars | Celebrating Sweets
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Gooey-Browned-Butter-Smores-Bars-
20- Gooey Browned Butter S’mores Bars | Amy’s Delicious Mess

Mini Tarts And Pies

Little Tarts and pies are excellent mini desserts and will bring any dinner party to new heights.

 Although some are a little more time-intensive, they’re not difficult to make. From no-bake cheesecakes to mini apple pies, you’ll find an easy recipe to embellish your dessert table.  And these little masterpieces will make you the talk of the town!

Easy party desserts Finger foods - Lemon-Curd-Fruit-Tarts
21- Lemon Curd Fruit Tarts | Global Kitchen Travel
Easy party desserts Finger foods - stack-of-mini-basque-cheesecakes-with-oreo
23- Mini Basque cheesecakes | Halicopter Away
Easy party desserts Finger foods - -phyllo-cups
24- Cheesecake Phyllo Cups (topped with jam) | Hilda’s Kitchen Blog
Easy party desserts Finger foods - 5-Ingredient-Coconut-Lime-Tarts
25- 5 Ingredient Coconut Lime 5ts | Erica’s Recipes
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Mini-Cheesecake-Recipe
26- Mini Cheesecakes | A Mind “Full” Mom
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Cinnamon-Apple-Pie-Cups
27- Cinnamon Apple Pie Cups | Maria’s Mixing Bowl

More Individual Easy Party Desserts

If you need easy desserts for a birthday party, cupcakes are the perfect treat. Take your favorite cake recipe and turn it into two dozen cupcakes with an easy frosting in less than an hour.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are also a great stand-by, and I love those ice cream cones covered with melted chocolate and filled with fresh berries. Fruit cups are one of my favorite things to serve at a party, next time, I’ll make sure to serve them in these.

lemon meringue cupcakes recipe with lemon filling - easy homemade from scratch best dessert - free lemon cupcake wrapper - Press Print Party!
28- Lemon Meringue Cupcakes | Press Print Party!
Easy party desserts Finger foods -browniecupcakes
29- Triple Chocolate Brownie Cups | Bake with Sweetspot
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Fruit-Cones
31- Fruit Cones | Lil Tigers
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Lemon-Syllabub
32- Lemon Syllabub | The Family Food Kitchen
Easy party desserts Finger foods - Chocolate-Covered-Strawberries-On-A-Stick
33- Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Skewers | Strength and Sunshine

I hope you enjoyed my list of easy party desserts for a crowd. The best part is that these dessert recipes will work for any time of the year.

If you’re looking for more holiday-specific mini desserts, check out my cute Thanksgiving desserts post or these adorable Easter treats. I also have lots of party on a budget food ideas that don’t look cheap.

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