12 Dessert Recipes to Celebrate National Dessert Day

Our list of 12 dessert recipes to celebrate National Dessert Day with blow you away. Dessert isn’t just a scoop of vanilla ice cream (although we do love that). Cupcakes. Panna cotta. Soufflé. Tarts. We say that dessert is just as important as, say, breakfast. Mmm..breakfast crème brûlée.

A coconut panna cotta topped with peanut brittle crunch on a white plate.
Chopped homemade peanut brittle sits atop a creamy coconut milk panna cotta.
A white plate with a slice of blueberry-lemon layer cake
This blueberry lemon layer cake, made with triple layers of yellow cake with fresh blueberries, speckled with scads of lemon zest, and enveloped in the perfect lemon cream cheese frosting, is impressive in every way. This cake is a terriffic summer dessert, but it also makes one heck of a birthday and celebration cake also.
A round tart filled with cooked sliced apples in a concentric pattern.
This super easy apple tart recipe is as simple as it is stunning. It's allows the natural flavor of the apple to shine without any competing flavors.
A partially-eaten chocolate souffle in a round white ceramic dish.
This chocolate soufflé, made with eggs, sugar, chocolate, and orange-flavored liqueur, is light and airy and far easier than you may imagine. We show you exactly how to make it.
A rectangular tart with wedges of pear baked into it in a rectangular tart pan.
This pear and almond tart, made with pears, ground almonds, and a sweet pastry dough, is a classic French dessert. Easy yet elegant. A terrific fall dessert recipe.
A slice of chocolate cream pie with Oreo crust and chocolate curls on a white plate with a fork resting beside it.
This chocolate cream pie with Oreo crust is a classic American dessert. Layers of rich chocolate pudding and sweet whipped cream are nestled in the Oreo crust. It's a quick, easy, back-pocket dessert.
Seven rosemary apple hand tarts on a sheet of parchment.
These rosemary apple hand tarts make individual apple pies that are simple, subtly flavored, and sophisticated. Even better, you don’t have to share yours. Not with anyone.
A whole coconut carrot cake, covered in toasted coconut on a glass cake stand, covered with a glass dome.
This coconut carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is unlike any carrot cake you've had. Lighter, more delicate, some may even say more sophisticated, than any other carrot cake you've ever had.
A single white chocolate cupcake, topped with white frosting on a paper napkin.
White chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting are a heavenly and stunning spectacle of cake perfection. Not too sweet. Not too rich. Just simple cupcake loveliness through and through.
Three ramekins filled with masala chai creme brûlée, one with it's top cracked open to reveal the creamy inside
This masala chai crème brûlèe infuses your favorite tea spices into its creamy base and covers it with a shatteringly crunchy caramelized sugar topping.
A frosty metal pan full of dark chocolate ice cream on a counter covered with sprinkles.
This dark chocolate ice cream takes the rich flavors of devil's food cake and turns them into a creamy, smooth frozen treat.


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