By Vanessa Greaves

Somewhere along the way, we picked up the notion that dads only want big, bold, over-the-top flavors in their foods, including desserts. Whether or not there's any hard evidence to back that up, here are seven Father's Day treats that go way above and beyond -- just like some of the best dads we know. You can always give him a gym membership to offset these over-the-top treats.

1. Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

Let's get this party started with cupcakes that bring it all: sweet, salty, and smoky, with a hit of coffee to intensify the chocolate. If you need to brush up on your cupcake-making skills, we've got you covered.

Photo by Jennifer Baker

2. Maple Bacon Milkshake

Maple-glazed bacon elevates this vanilla milkshake to the level of Dad's Day worthiness. You can make the bacon embellishments ahead of time and simply assemble the milkshake when it's time to blow his mind.

Photo by Matt Wencl

3. Peanutty Ice Cream Pie

Assemble this peanut-packed no-bake pie a day ahead of time and let it chill overnight before serving. To give it an fancy finish, use a vegetable peeler to make easy chocolate curls to sprinkle over the top. So easy! If you like where this is headed, check out more top-rated ice cream pies (well worth the brain freeze).

Photo by Heather

4. Brownie-Mallow Bars

These multi-layered brownie bars are on the fast-track to dessert heaven, thanks to a clever use of packaged brownie mix turned into outrageous treats.

5. Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so this should get you back into his good graces after any nonsense you've been up to. To make sure your cheesecake comes out just right, check out these tips for baking perfect cheesecakes.

Photo by liarakon

6. Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert

Five ingredients is all it takes to build this stack of deliciousness. The recipe calls for frozen whipped topping, but you can substitute a sturdy homemade whipped cream, if you'd prefer.

Photo by MomTo6

7. Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can follow the recipe and cut soft caramel candies into small pieces, or follow the lead of the reviewers who used caramel baking chips. Watch the video to see how to pull these treats together.

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