Sweet Victory: Tailgating Desserts

Our crowd-pleasing tailgating desserts can be made ahead, are easy to transport, and don't require forks or refrigeration.

  • Team Spirit Cupcakes
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Virginia Cravens

    Team Spirit Cupcakes

    Showing your team spirit on game day has never been easier with these tailgating desserts. Just buy vanilla-frosted cupcakes from the bakery and decorate with coarse sugar and lollipops in your school's colors. For easier transport, pack the frosted goodies in a cupcake keeper, like this one from Bakers Sto 'N Go. The holder seals in the flavor and has a convenient grab-and-go handle.

  • Ginger Chocolate-Chip Bars
    Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Ginger Chocolate-Chip Bars

    Give traditional chocolate chip bars a game-winning twist by kicking up the flavor with spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. To keep the bars moist and chewy, store them in a plastic container for up to 3 days before the game.
  • Fresh Lemon Bars

    Fresh Lemon Bars

    The fresh lemon flavor of these sweet, fruity bars are a fan favorite. Dust them with powdered sugar just before serving.
  • Peanut Butter-Caramel Candy Bites With Colorful Candies
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Harget

    Peanut Butter-Caramel Bites

    Use your team's colors to decorate these peanut butter cookie cups. These colorful treats are sure to elicit cheers from even the youngest of fans.
  • Pecan Tassies
    Jennifer Davick; Buffy Hargett

    Pecan Tassies

    These mini pecan pies are just the right size to pick up with your fingers—no forks or plates required.
  • Peanut Butter Candy Bar Brownies

    Peanut Butter Candy Bar Brownies

    What's a football game without peanuts? When you make these 5-star-rated brownies, stir in crushed peanut-shaped peanut butter cookies, two kinds of chocolate-peanut butter candy, creamy peanut butter, and honey-roasted peanuts.
  • Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Ultimate football rivalries deserve ultimate cookies–so plan to take these along for your next tailgating extravaganza. They are everything chocolate chip cookies should be.
  • Peppered Peanut Brittle
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Peppered Peanut Brittle

    Since peanut brittle is already in pieces, this is one dessert you don't have to worry about staying intact for the drive to the campus. And, it's nice to have some sweets in small pieces for game-day nibbling.
  • Bourbon Fudge Brownies
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Bourbon Fudge Brownies

    Bourbon and vanilla enhance the rich chocolate flavor of these moist brownies. If you don't want to use bourbon, use hot milk in its place.
  • Oatmeal-Pecan Snack Cookies
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Oatmeal-Pecan Snack Cookies

    Chock-full of nuts, dried fruit and nuts, these rich treats are like a cookie version of granola. If you're getting the tailgate set up in the morning, have a couple for breakfast.
  • Pecan Toffee

    Pecan Toffee

    Break this toffee into small pieces so there will be plenty of candy to go around. We guarantee it will go fast.
  • Sour Cream Pound Cake
    Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr

    Sour Cream Pound Cake

    Pound cake is perfect for tailgating because you don't really have to have a fork to eat it. The thicker the slice, the better! You can make pound cake ahead of time and freeze it, and, if there are any leftover pieces, you can freeze those, too.
  • Football Cake Pops
    Photo: Mark Ferri; Styling: Andrea Steinberg

    Football Cake Pops

    What could be better for a tailgating dessert than a cake ball shaped like a football that's served on a stick? Make a batch now and you'll be the most popular person at your tailgate party.
  • LSU Love Purple and Live Gold Cupcakes

    Love Purple and Live Gold Cupcakes

    Calling all LSU fans. These purple-and-gold cupcakes are a party waiting to happen and can be served to any fans with a team sporting the purple and gold.
  • Crimson Tide Cupcakes

    Crimson Tide Cupcakes

    Score an extra timeout for yourself and order cupcakes ahead from your favorite bakery. Hand crafted pennants with cheer worthy sayings are just as effective at icing the competition.

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