20 Best New Dessert Recipes of 2020

slice of apple crumble coffee cake on a plate
Photo: Chef John

What's for dessert? This year, our most popular new dessert recipes ranged from super-rich chocolate-upon-chocolate creations to simple cakes and classic cookies. Each recipe earned top marks from the Allrecipes community of home cooks, who know a good thing when they taste one. Take a look and discover something new and delicious to add to your recipe collections. Cheers!

01 of 20

Apple Crumble Coffee Cake

slice of apple crumble coffee cake on a plate
Chef John

The most popular new dessert of 2020 is about as unpretentious as they come. Maybe it's because we hunkered down at home and came to appreciate simple pleasures, or maybe it's because Chef John always makes things taste that much better. Whatever, this apple-packed cake with crumbs in the middle and over the top earned a solid 5-star rating and the number one spot in our 2020 Hall of Fame, New Dessert Recipes division.

02 of 20

Grandma's Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Allrecipes home cook Bekah Miller shared this recipe and said, "This is hands-down my all-time favorite cake! I fell in love making it after my grandmother shared the recipe with me. This cake is super quick, easy, and fun to make! Definitely recommend this for first time bakers and anyone else who would love to take a bite out of a delicious chocolate Texas sheet cake." Grandmas just know, don't they?

03 of 20

Holiday Peanut Butter Whiskey Balls

closeup of confections on a white platter

These adults-only treats comes to you from NicoleMcmom, who says, "Boozy, sweet, and rich, these whiskey balls are the perfect sweet bite with a kick. The peanuts and peanut butter bring out the peanut butter in the whiskey and offer a savory complement to the sweet sugar and cookies."

04 of 20

Easy Yogurt Cake

slice of easy yogurt cake on a plate
Diana Moutsopoulos

"This is an easy yogurt cake that uses the yogurt container to measure all of the ingredients. It's ready in under an hour and the perfect not-too-sweet snack or breakfast treat. It's known in France as 'Gâteau au Yaourt' and is typically the first cake that French children learn how to make. My son attends a French school and has made this with his classmates." —Diana Moutsoupolos

05 of 20

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies

Kim created this recipe and says, "This is the cookie version of the fudgy, chocolaty goodness that is a Texas sheet cake. Make sure to frost these cookies while both the cookies, and the frosting, are still warm — because this frosting sets up quickly! Feel free to top these with either chopped walnuts or pecans, if desired."

06 of 20

Gina's Italian Butter Cookies

"Traditional Italian-American bakery-style butter cookies that will make you feel like you bought them from your favorite local bakery in New York! Fill them with raspberry or apricot preserves, or chocolate, or dip one side in chocolate and cover with sprinkles — or do both! Whatever you choose, these are sure to be your new favorite recipe for every holiday and celebration to come!" —NIGGI1823

07 of 20

Waste Not Cake

slice of waste not cake topped with powdered sugar
Diana Moutsopoulos

The Allrecipes home cook who goes by Anonymous shared this recipe with us and says, "This cake uses sour milk that would otherwise be thrown out. You'd never know it, though! It's moist, delicious, and easy to make." It seemed to resonate with the Allrecipes community, who helped boost it to our top 20 list.

08 of 20

Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting

Allrecipes home cook Kim describes this recipe as "A super rich, not-too-sweet, dark chocolaty sheet cake. It got rave reviews from dude, who said, "Love this cake. It's moist, delicious, so chocolaty. Easy to make too. The frosting compliments it well, and is perfect. It's creamy, chocolaty, and makes the right amount to cover the cake without overwhelming it. Everyone loved it."

09 of 20

Triple Chocolate Roll Cake

"A chocolate cake is wrapped around alternating stripes of white chocolate whipped cream and a whipped dark chocolate mousse for not only great flavor, but a striking presentation as well." —Kim

10 of 20

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

"Large or small, these triple chocolate cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside," says recipe creator Josh Graham. "Refrigerating the batter for 48 hours before baking is ideal, as this allows the dough to fully form its flavor."

11 of 20

Salted Chocolate Cookies

close up of salted chocolate cookie
Sarah Fischer

"The addition of sea salt takes these big, soft, chocolaty, fudgy cookies to another level," says recipe creator Yoly. "Chocolate lovers will find these cookies irresistible." And they did, elevating this cookie to the number 11 spot.

12 of 20

Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cake

"Easy and flavorful. The lemon taste was just right for us. My hubby said 'I really like this'. That's a winner for me. I added the juice from one lemon and 2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar and boiled it down to a thick syrup and poured it over and served with strawberries. Yum. One thing I didn't understand was why melt the butter and not just soften it? I was skeptical this would have a good consistency but it worked just fine." —Roberta Reznik

13 of 20

Apple Clafoutis

Allrecipes home cook Yoly shared this recipe and tells us, "Clafoutis is a French dessert which combines fresh fruit and custard. Just like a souffle, it rises beautifully then it deflates once cooled. It's best made in a cast iron skillet but any oven-proof skillet will work. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving."

14 of 20

Lemony Almond-Ricotta Cookies

"These cookies are a pillowy mouthful of lemony almond goodness. One any Italian nonna would be proud of!" —thedailygourmet

15 of 20

Italian Lemon Coffee Cake

"'Torta al limone,' as this cake is known in Italy, is a recipe that I received from my husband's 'Zia Pina.' I modified her recipe to add the sliced almonds and powdered sugar glaze drizzle on top. This is a lovely cake that goes great with a cup of coffee or cappuccino!" —Kim's Cooking Now

16 of 20

Easy Lemon-Blueberry Bundt Cake

"No one would ever guess this lemon-blueberry cake starts out with a boxed mix," says Yoly. "Adding blueberries, lemon, and milk to the mix will result in a moist, light, and fluffy cake.

17 of 20

Homemade Vanilla Cake

Allrecipes home cook drew francis reviewed this top recipe and says, "It's good. I like the almond flavor. I think I might want to use a bit more vanilla next time. It's not too sweet. I liked that a lot. It is also a good texture; not dry but not too moist. It was just right. I loved the simplicity and think I will try a better quality flour the next time. The simplicity of the recipe can greatly benefit from good quality ingredients, I think."

18 of 20

Honey Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies

"These soft and cakey peanut butter cookies use nonfat Greek yogurt and don't have any oil or butter. With whole wheat flour and honey, they are great as a snack between meals." —Tammy Lynn

19 of 20

Devil's Food Brownie Cake

a slice of dark chocolate Bundt cake on a white plate garnished with a mint sprig

"This cake is truly decadent and made with only 5 ingredients," says Yoly. "It is chocolaty, rich, moist, and absolutely delicious. I top it off with an easy 2-ingredient ganache but feel free to top it off with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, ice cream, whipped cream, or hot fudge."

20 of 20

Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Home cook Abracadabra created this recipe and tells us "I tried to combine recipes to come up with a cookie that tastes like Tate's Bake Shop cookies. The published Tate's recipe on YouTube does not taste like the cookies you buy in the store in the green bag. This is the closest I've come to simulating the oatmeal raisin flavor. This is not a thick cakey cookie but a thin, crisp, lighter version."

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