Cooking for a Crowd Dessert Recipes

Trusted recipes for big-batch cookies, bar cookies, mini cheesecakes, and candy make choosing a dessert for your next big gathering easy. These recipes, rated and reviewed, are all crowd favorites.

Staff Picks

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 1040
A soft, chewy, and flavorful sugar cookie. It is very important to chill the dough, as it is too sticky to roll unless well chilled.
By Allrecipes Member

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies I

Rating: 4.5 stars 810
A basic, delicious cookie.
By Allrecipes Member

Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 606
I've tried many different peanut butter cookie recipes but my family still likes this one the best!

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Rating: 4.5 stars 574
This is a wonderful recipe but you should only make it once a year, because you can't stop eating it.
By Joyce

Apple Crisp Cups

Rating: 4.5 stars 253
A yummy one-biter! Whenever I ask 'what can I bring?' these top the list! Sweet cinnamon-scented apples held in a buttery crispy oatmeal cup and crunchy sweet topping. I like to make sweet treats to share with friends. I came up with this recipe so that I could bake and take apple crisp to share easily with everyone.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 145
These are rich and creamy bars that are my husband's favorite during the holiday season! He takes a batch along to all of his Christmas functions at work. The recipe is always requested so, now, I send a copy along with him!

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies I

Rating: 4.5 stars 125
This cookie is practically nutritious with applesauce, raisins and nuts. So chewy! Great with a glass of milk!
By sal

Lemon Pie Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 856
This is a really easy recipe that my mom made before the lemon bar 'rage' was on! Thick-skinned lemons work the best. I suggest using real butter and eggs, I've tried using eggbeaters--nowhere near as good!

Mini Cheesecakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 1184
An easy yet special dessert that can be customized with favorite toppings.
By Janice

Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Rating: 4.5 stars 6862
This snickerdoodle cookie recipe makes treats that are perfectly soft in the middle with a bit of crunch around the edges. The sweet cinnamon-sugar coating makes them a sure crowd-pleaser!
By Allrecipes Member

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 4122
A must-try for chocolate chocolate chip cookies fans. Easy and irresistible!

Pecan Sandies

Rating: 4.5 stars 483
Very good melt in your mouth cookies. Makes a bunch.
By m-ann

Inspiration and Ideas

Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Rating: Unrated 5207
"My husband took them to work and came home with requests for more from his co-workers!" – PRENTICE
Best Toffee Ever - Super Easy
Rating: Unrated 1344
Why make complicated recipes to please your crowd? Keep it easy with this tasty toffiee!
The Best Lemon Bars
Rating: 4.5 stars 3497

These tart, rich lemon bars need just seven common ingredients you probably already have, and are done in 55 minutes!