30+ French Desserts That'll Make You Feel Super Fancy
No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake
Make this easy dessert a day before serving, as you'll have to refrigerate it overnight.
Sweet Corn Madeleines
How to improve on cornbread? Make it snack-size, crisp at the edges and tender inside, with a delicate crunch from corn. Then watch it disappear at brunch or alongside ribs. You'll need a madeleine or mini-muffin pan.
Hazelnut meal and almond flour give these little cakes a lovely nutty flavor and chewy-crunchy texture. Blanched almond flour (made from skinless almonds) is lighter in color than regular almond meal, but the two products can be used interchangeably.
This simplified method for making classic French Macarons is the perfect recipe for a first-timer to practice with. Just be sure to wait for a day that isn’t rainy or humid to embark on this baking adventure, as the delicate cookies need dry air in order to set.
Cold Lemon Soufflés with Wine Sauce
Soufflés have always been an expression of elegant entertaining, but this one is chilled and held in place with a bit of gelatin, which means the hostess doesn’t have to rush the quivering creation to the table before it collapses.
Doughnut Hole Croquembouche
The classic dessert is a cone-shaped pile of cream puffs bound together with threads of caramel. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect show-stopper for your brunch table? In theory, a croquembouche absolutely magical, but in execution, you may be in over your head. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.
Smoked Honey and Fig Tart With Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream
This elegant dessert recipe comes from Chef Zach Meloy of Pulpit Suppers in Atlanta, Georgia.
Basic Vanilla Macarons
To make these light Meringue cookies, gently fold the almond flour mixture into the egg whites, but be careful not to overmix. The end result is a light and fluffy vanilla treat.
Caramel Tart with Brandy Whipped Cream
It is easy to over-indulge in this rich dessert, so we suggest serving it as tiny tarts or very slender wedges. That doesn't mean you can leave out the Brandy Whipped Cream though. Bring out this tart when you want to impress your guests with something other than a pie.
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Our Rhubarb Custard Pie is the perfect union of creamy, decadent custard and soft, tangy rhubarb. The simplicity of this pie brings out the best in rhubarb’s flavor: There’s just enough sugar to counteract the tartness, but not so much that it ruins the integrity of the pie.
A quick and easy meal, crepes make the ultimate addition to the breakfast, brunch, or even dessert table! Although you'll only need about three tablespoons of batter to make each crepe, we found a 1/4-cup dry measuring cup is the best tool to scoop and pour the batter into the pan so the crepes cook evenly.
Strawberry-Lemon Crêpe Cake
If you’ve ever enjoyed a glass of strawberry lemonade, you know this is a refreshing combination. And this company-worthy crepe cake will make everyone swoon with its ethereal layers and rich lemon filling. Be sure to save the liquid after macerating the strawberries–it’s delicious drizzled over each serving.
Coconut Meringues with Elderflower Strawberries
This heavenly dessert tops airy meringues with pillows of mascarpone cream and fresh, juicy strawberries in an elderflower-mint syrup. The meringues can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Rich Chocolate Mousse
A splash of coconut milk adds richness to silken tofu, the mousse's secret ingredient, while whipped egg whites give volume in place of heavy cream. Dates lend natural sweetness with notes of caramel and honey. Don't give in to temptation too soon--the mousse needs to chill at least 8 hours to set properly. Serve chilled with fresh berries.
Blackberry Trifles with Pecan Feuilletage and Mascarpone-Cane Syrup Mousse
You can’t have enough blackberry dessert recipes, and this one makes brilliant use of the summer’s juicy gems. Feuilletage is flaky puff pastry, and here it is partnered with melted butter, pecans, and sugar, reminiscent of some of our favorite pecan treats. Use frozen blackberries if you want to make this recipe in the cooler months.
Here, a crunchy cookie shell with a chewy interior sandwiches delicate, creamy, floral frosting. If it will help, you can print out a piping template online and place it under the parchment paper to pipe consistent size circles. You can, if you like, garnish the tops of the macaroons with fresh elderflowers.
Chocolate Bûche de Noël
Bûche de Noël is a traditional French Christmas cake shaped and decorated to look like a tree log. It's filled and frosted with silky chocolate buttercream. Crunchy meringue mushrooms are the perfect contrast. Chopped pistachios scattered around resemble moss growing on the (chocolate) log.
Hazelnut-chocolate spread, aka Nutella, underscores the ultra-creamy texture and deep flavor of this dessert by food blogger Naomi Robinson of Bakers Royale.
French Apple Cake
This French Apple Cake is super easy, can be made very quickly, and transforms into a fancy cake perfect for a dinner party or special occasion. Plus, all the ingredients are easy to find. The rum and the warm apples wrapped in fluffy cake gives you the perfect bite.
Individual Chocolate Soufflés
These airy chocolate cakes puff up nicely in mini soufflé dishes. To serve four, use five teaspoons flour and double the remaining ingredients (doubling the flour would make the base too heavy).
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream
This recipe goes with: Dried Plum Upside-Down Cake with Crème Fraîche Ice Cream
New Orleans’ favorite candy is a true marriage of old-world European tradition combined with Southern ingenuity. When the French settled New Orleans in the 1700s, they brought their version of pralines, a simple sweet made by cooking whole almonds with granulated sugar until they became crisp and caramelized.
This Pumpkin Mouse offers light texture and warm flavors, making it a perfect fall dessert.
These pralines would be perfect given as a token of appreciation to your dinner party host or served as a sophisticated treat at bridal or baby showers, holiday parties, or any other celebratory function.
You'll make more rosemary syrup than you need, but it's great to have extra on hand. It keeps well in the refrigerator, where it will last for 2 to 3 weeks. Molly suggests stirring some into club soda to make a rosemary soda, and mix with vodka or gin for a cocktail.
Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches
Coffee and beignets belong together, so coffee ice cream and beignets...? Yeah, that's a no-brainer. This easy, but impressive, New Orleans-inspired dessert recipe is the perfect treat for your Mardi Gras celebrations. With only five ingredients, you'll be surprised by how easy these ice cream sandwiches are to whip up.
Vanilla is, well, vanilla. Give it an injection of sweet, vegetal matcha powder to really enliven the timeless combination of puffy choux pastry, ice cream, and chocolate ganache.
Gingersnap-Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart
With a gingersnap crust and lemon curd filling, every bit of this tart is bursting with flavor! If Meyer lemons are unavailable, substitute equal amounts of regular lemon juice and orange juice. Garnish with Meyer lemon slices.
Rosé-Glazed Strawberry Tart
The rectangular tart pan makes for a striking presentation, but if you don't have one, you can use a 9-inch tart pan or pie plate.
Vegan Dark Chocolate Coconut Tart
After you take one bite of this deeply decadent “clean eating” dessert, you might not believe that it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free and paleo… but low and behold, you don’t need excessive sugar or other processed ingredients to make something magical.
Vegan Coconut Cream Tart with White Peaches and Blueberries
This nutrient-rich twist on coconut cream pie is lusciously smooth and decadent. Perfect for a special occasion, especially if you’re looking to clean up your diet a bit, this show-stopping vegan dessert offers rich, toasty flavor and sweet tooth satisfaction—without adding refined sugar.