After the fun and excitement of your graduation day, you’re probably ready to get the party started and celebrate your massive achievement.
But what’s a party without snacks? If you want to really impress your party guests then why not make some graduation-themed party desserts?
Whether you’re a pro baker or a bit of a novice in the kitchen, all of these recipes are so easy that anyone can make them!
You’ll find some of the best ideas for graduation desserts right here, including anything from smart desserts on sticks and cupcakes with a humorous twist to elegant fruit parfaits and waffles coated in chocolate.
For any type of party, whether a formal event or just some friends hanging out, these are the 31 greatest desserts that are perfect for a graduation party and are sure to impress your guests.
1. Super Simple Chocolate Graduation Caps
If your graduation party desserts don’t feature a tassel of some kind, then is it really for graduation?
These bite-sized cakes are perfect to have on small plates around your party so people can pick at them throughout the night. But given how tasty they are, they probably won’t last long!
These delectable miniature brownie bites, which are topped with chocolate-covered graham crackers and a tassel (make it match your school colors if you want!), will be the talking point of the whole event.
2. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods
Desserts with colors that match the theme of your graduation party or your school colors are sure to be a hit. Making pretzel rods that are dipped in chocolate is a lot simpler than you might imagine.
They are the ideal combination of sweet and salty flavors, and everyone in the family will enjoy eating them.
These sweets are wonderful to serve at any time of the year and can be adapted to suit the needs of any occasion, be it a holiday or a party. You have to give these a try if you’re searching for a simple dessert to serve at a gathering.
Eating chocolate-covered pretzels is entertaining since the flavors complement each other in such an unusual way.
The combination of the chocolate’s rich sweetness and the pretzel’s savory crunch results in a taste that is at once comforting and scrumptious.
Create these entertaining pretzel rods using melts in the colors of your choice. These double rods are wonderful, but you can also make them with a single pretzel stick.
If you want to put a big smile on the faces of your guests then give this graduation pretzel stick recipe a go.
3. Graduation Diploma Cupcakes
Are you looking for a creative and simple approach to set your graduation cupcakes apart from other people? How about decorating the top with a cute little rolled-up diploma!
While this cupcake decoration will look like it took you a lot of time to make, it’s actually surprisingly simple to do. Simply roll up a small piece of white fondant and you’re all done!
You can add a small bow of red fondant if you want to make this dessert even more impressive.
4. Fudge Stars
It’s hard to imagine that these incredible gold-dusted fudgy stars can actually be eaten because they look so nice, but they can!
Everyone could use a little extra motivation, and these glistening fudgy gold stars are just the thing to do the trick. You may add any message you like to these easy snacks to make them unique and motivate the people you care about.
Plus, they are straightforward to make as they use just 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
5. School Color Desserts
Show your school pride and spirit by using your school colors to decorate various sweet treats.
You may use colored chocolate to coat everything, from Oreo cookies and pretzels to sugar cookies and fruit, so that the hues of your graduation party theme are consistent throughout the food.
These will vanish in the blink of an eye, so be sure to make loads!
6. Simple Graduation Cupcakes
You don’t need to buy or make a huge centerpiece cake if you have cupcakes as fun and festive as these ones!
You may make an edible graduation centerpiece by decorating some cupcakes to look like graduation caps and the rest of the cupcakes using the colors of your school.
7. Chocolate-Covered Oreos
Oreos are one of the most popular cookies in the United States, but when you drizzle chocolate on top of them, sprinkle some toppings on them, and display them in this fun and unique way, they are anything from your “average Oreo.”
When you serve these to your guests, they will go crazy! If you’re having a bit of trouble finding the perfect color sprinkles in the grocery store, try looking at online retailers such as Amazon or Etsy as these will have loads more options.
8. Strawberry Shortcake On A Stick
Strawberry shortcake is the perfect dessert that screams celebration and “kicks off” the summer season. For more convenience when eating, this dessert is put on a skewer so your gues can walk around and eat without making a mess.
The dish is simple enough to prepare and eye-catching enough to keep your guests talking about it.
9. Brownie Parfaits With Strawberries
This is a more upscale dessert to serve at your graduation party and may work better in a more formal setting.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not to serve individual parfaits at your graduation celebration, you should 100% go for it. They are always a tremendous hit with guests, and you’ll be surprised at how fast you’ll run out!
10. Graduation Letter Cake
Get out of your comfort zone with the traditional graduation cake and try something a little more exciting.
This alphabet cake (shaped into the letter of the person graduating), which is topped with a whimsical graduation cap, is both joyful and sophisticated.
11. No-Bake Oreo Cake Pops
Try not to let the stunning appearance of these cake pops scare you away from attempting to make them because they are really not that challenging.
They will give the appearance that you’ve been working hard in the kitchen all day to make them, but as they require no baking, they can be made very quickly.
12. Mint-Choc Cups
The combination of chocolate and mint has never looked so lovely! At the party, everyone will be talking about these delectable mousse cups.
These are great to serve if you are having a bigger meal later but don’t want your guests to go hungry in the meantime.
13. Candy-Filled Cap Cookies
This is a very unique-looking dessert that will definitely make your party stand out from the rest.
Your graduation dessert table will be charming and unforgettable with this dessert, which is made up of two cookies and has candy in the center. For added fun, the top cookie is shaped like a graduation cap.
14. Peanut Butter Cup Push-Pops
All we can say is wow! Your dinner guests won’t be able to get enough of this sweet treat, that much is certain.
This fun and unforgettable dessert have a very unique look and flavor, and it will have your guests talking about it for weeks after.
15. Funfetti Cupcakes
This graduation dessert looks absolutely fantastic and complicated, but it’s actually very simple to put together.
A great thing about this dessert is that you can match the hues of this sweet treat to the color scheme of the graduation party you are throwing.
Simply purchase candies and cupcake sprinkles in a range of colors to match your theme and your cupcakes will be perfect.
16. Chocolate Waffle Bites
Waffles have become so popular that they are no longer just thought of as breakfast food.
These bsmall waffle bites are super fun to serve at birthday parties, weddings, special events, and even graduation celebrations. They are also really simple to create, and they will be a true show-stopper on your graduation dessert table.
17. Chocolate And Candy Coated Apples
These energizing apple nibbles are a wonderful alternative for a sweet treat on a hot day because the temperature starts to rise around the time that graduation season rolls around.
You can dip these apples in milk, dark, or white chocolate, and then top them with sprinkles or any other toppings you like.
Here’s a helpful hint: sprinkle freshly squeezed lemon juice over the apples to keep them from turning brown.
When it comes to organizing the dessert table for your upcoming graduation party, don’t be afraid to think outside the box—that is, the doughnut box.
This donut display is so much fun, and it’s so simple, but if you don’t have spare boxes lying around then you don’t have to worry about this setup.
Try to see if you can find sprinkles to match the colors of your graduation party theme!
19. Marshmallow And Strawberry Brownie Skewers
These mouthwatering strawberry marshmallow brownie skewers won’t “stick” around for very long! These skewers of strawberry brownie goodness couldn’t be simpler to make!
Aren’t skewers the best? You can pretty much top them with anything you want, and in the end, you’ll have this delicious snack.
If you drizzle melted chocolate over them, they will miraculously transform into something elegant enough to serve to guests when they come over.
We can’t get over how stunning this sweet treat is. They have an endearingly cute appearance, and if you top them with a chocolate drizzle, your guests won’t be able to say no.
20. Marshmallow Pops
Marshmallows are a popular treat among children and adults alike. However, these aren’t your typical marshmallows by any means.
These bite-sized morsels are loaded to the brim with chocolate and adorned with teeny tiny sprinkles for added cuteness. Matching the colors to the theme of your graduation celebration shouldn’t be too difficult either!
21. Chocolate And Peanut Butter Cake Bites
One of the greatest things about this dessert is how versatile it is.
You may make these with chocolate cake, white cake, or any other type of cake that strikes your fancy, and then cover them with the flavor and color of frosting that you want.
They really stand out from the crowd!
22. Cinnamon Rolls On Sticks
Somehow placing conventional food on a stick makes it so much more fun to eat! Your visitors will remember these small cinnamon bits served on a stick for a long time to come.
And who can say no to a cinnamon stick anyways?
23. Waffle Cones Stuffed With Fresh Fruit
This concept for a graduation dessert is perfect for you if you’re looking for something new, exciting, and enjoyable that hasn’t yet become commonplace! This is such a creative and exciting idea.
In this recipe, you dip the edges of the waffle cones in chocolate first, and then fill them to the brim with fresh fruit.
As a helpful hint, make sure the fruit is totally dry before using it, and line the waffle cones with some wax paper to prevent the juice from the fruit from causing the cone to become soggy.
24. Cookies With Graduation-Themed Cutouts
If you think you have what it takes to decorate cookies like a pro, take a look at some of these ideas for motivation. If you’re not the kind of person who enjoys doing things by hand, you can buy these cookies already assembled on Etsy!
They come in a variety of universities and colors, giving you a lot of options, which will truly make your graduation dessert table stand out.
25. Rice Krispies On A Skewer
If you haven’t already noticed, there is a definite “stick” movement that is going on right now. The enjoyment factor of these Rice Krispies treats on a stick is through the roof.
Guests will love these treats, especially if you decorate them with their favorite graduation party-themed ribbon, dip them in their preferred chocolate, and then roll them in sprinkles.
26. Fruit Parfaits In A Champagne Glass
Because so many people are avoiding sugary treats in favor of more healthful options, these fantastic simple fruit parfaits are not only stunning and elegant, but they are also beneficial to your health.
If you feel like the champagne glasses are a little too formal, you can choose another type of glass or a container made of clear plastic.
27. Graduation Cake Pops Covered With Chocolate
It’s incredible what can be created out of a Hershey’s chocolate square and Reese’s peanut butter cup if you just have a little bit of imagination.
These are quite simple to prepare, and they are even more enjoyable once they are in your mouth!
28. Strawberry Coated In Chocolate
The idea of creating chocolate-dipped strawberries is enough to make a lot of people feel absolutely overwhelmed and anxious, but trust me when I say that once you give it a go on your own, you’ll wonder why you didn’t give it a shot sooner!
These are delectable, and your graduation dessert table is going to look stunning with them displayed there.
29. Banana Split Bites
Graduation dessert ideas have now been taken to an entirely new level thanks to these Banana Split Mini Bites.
These little banana nibbles are so adorable, don’t you think? Your graduation party attendees won’t be able to resist biting into these adorable treats, and they won’t last long either!
30. Candy On A Stick
If you want something that’s very low effort and easy to make, then this is the perfect option for you.
Grab a handful of your all-time favorite gummy candy, thread it onto a skewer, and you’ll have a graduation dessert that’s not only fun but also unique and extremely delicious.
31. Graduation Cap Craft
While this isn’t a graduation dessert in itself, this is a great little topper for any small cupcake.
These little paper graduation caps can be put on top of any of the snacks and desserts that you serve, and can then be taken home by your guests as a memento for the night.
If you’re not the most crafty person that’s fine as these caps are very easy to make and are made mainly from paper and straws, so you won’t have to go out and buy many materials either.
Cupcakes can be taken to a whole new level with the help of these sweet and easy graduation cap toppers, which only take a few minutes to put up.
Make some of these desserts for your graduation party and they are sure to all be a hit with your guests. Happy partying!
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