Graduation Recipes

Celebrate the graduate with these top-rated recipes for graduation cupcakes, graduation cookies, special graduation dinners, and more.

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Grad Cap Cookies

Rating: 5 stars
Cute little graduation caps are made with peanut butter cup hats, graham cracker cookie mortarboards, and candy licorice tassels. They are easy to assemble with prepared frosting to hold them together.

Graduation Pasta Salad

Rating: 3.4 stars
We served this at our twin daughters' graduation open house. Since that time, it is our most requested pasta salad. My daughters will make batches of this to take back to college to share with their friends. Scale back the salt and MSG if it suits your tastes or needs, but in this recipe the amounts listed blend in very nicely.

The Arnold Palmer

Rating: 4.74 stars
Sometimes the best things are the most simple. Nothing rings of summertime more than lemonade and iced tea. The Arnold Palmer brings them together.

Too Cool For School Pumpkin Spice Cake

Rating: 4.53 stars
I found this recipe in the teacher's lounge. An unnamed source placed copies of this recipe on a table. It is so delicious and very moist!!

Inspiration and Ideas

Southern Pulled Pork
"I made 17 pounds for a graduation party and it was a hit!" – MER2024
Grad Cupcakes
These cute cupcakes are topped with graham cracker mortarboards.