Tailgating Treat Recipes

Handheld sweets are the treats you need for tailgating. Think brownies, cookies, bars, caramel popcorn, and other sweet, casual recipe when you plan your next tailgating dessert.

Staff Picks

Caramel Corn I

Rating: 4.5 stars 62
This caramel corn is great for Monday night football. The assortment of nuts makes it deluxe caramel corn. It takes a bit of time, but is more than worth it.

One Oh One Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
Great recipe for when you need a lot of cookies for picnics, potlucks, family reunions, Christmas....
By M. Galstad

Seven Layer Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 643
Easy to make, and very rich. Can use different kinds of chips (vanilla or peanut butter) to suit your taste.
By P. Tindall

White Texas Sheet Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 417
This cake is good to make a day ahead, and is very popular at pot-lucks.
By Diane Kester

Milly's Oatmeal Brownies

Rating: 4.5 stars 319
These are wonderful, chewy 'brownies' except that they are made with oatmeal instead of chocolate. Add your favorites (nuts, chocolate chips, chocolate candies, toffee chips) and create a truly delicious snack.

Scrumptious Frosted Fudgy Brownies

Rating: 4.5 stars 160
MMMMMMM, I can never eat just one of these melt-in-your-mouth brownies, they are so rich and chocolaty.

Cream Filled Cupcakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 463
Delicious and simple to make, a creamy filling is piped into chocolate cupcakes with a pastry bag. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Cranberry Trail Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
This is a power version of traditional crispy rice treats made with different nuts, coconut and cranberries.

West Coast Trail Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 74
This cookie gets its name from the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. It's my adaptation of the perfect nut-free trail cookie that's been our family's favorite chewy oatmeal cookie for 10 years. Loaded with choco-chips and dried cranberries. The flax seed meal and pumpkin seeds give them a nutty taste, without the nuts. Perfect for school kids or those with allergies.

Lime Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 105
A different take on the lemon bars we all love. I actually prefer them to lemon. This is my favorite bar cookie and I'm asked to bring it when going to a potluck or picnic. The recipe says it serves 36, but you can't eat just one of these delicious, tangy lime bars. You can omit the glaze and sprinkle with powdered sugar if that's your preference.

Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies

Rating: 4.5 stars 331
A chewy blonde brownie. Please pass the milk!

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies

Rating: 3 stars 7
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. Store in airtight containers.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Scrumptious Frosted Fudgy Brownies
Rating: Unrated 161
"These brownies are IT. The be-all, end-all of browniedom. Thick, fudgy, rich, chocolately." – toastyfrenchy
Apple Slab Pie
Rating: Unrated 127
A streusel-topped pie for a crowd.
Best Brownies
Rating: 4.5 stars 13356

Cakey on the outside and fudgy in the middle, this easy brownie recipe really is the best! Done in an hour.