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Crowd-Sized Desserts That Are Better Than Sheet Cake

Updated March 1, 2018
Sorry, sheet cake. These tasty desserts are so good, everyone will be asking for the recipes—it’s up to you if you want to keep them a secret! And we have recipes for every gathering, whether it’s a summer potluck or a holiday party. Try easy, creamy lemon bars for sunny picnics or sheet-pan French silk pie during the Christmas season when you just can’t with another cookie. And that’s just the beginning! We have 30 tried-and-true sweets that will get you those oohs and ahhs every time.

In the unlikely event you come home with leftovers, remember a few of these storage hacks. If your dessert includes any dairy products, it’s safest to store any leftovers in the fridge. Mark your containers with the date on a piece of masking tape to help keep track of freshness. For cookie recipes, like our Lemon-Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies for example, store at room temperature in an airtight storage container. Pro tip: To keep your cookies soft and chewy, place a quarter slice of bread (per dozen cookies) inside the container as well. The cookies absorb the moisture from the bread, which keeps them soft longer.

Also, when storing cookies, make sure to separate containers by flavor. You don’t want a Frankenstein creation of lemon-poppy and chocolate chip. If you need to pack all of your cookies into one tin, pack each flavor into individual freezer bags. These freezer bags are thicker and less porous than regular plastic bags, meaning the flavors will be kept separate from the rest.

Bringing a treat to share at a get-together, not hosting? Remember to bring your own serving utensils. Chances are your host won’t have enough spatulas or spoons for everyone. Second, ask beforehand how many people your dish needs to feed. Nothing says party-stopper like running out of dessert too soon. Read your dish’s recipe to see how big a batch you need to feed the group. Bring your dessert in a disposable dish or paper serving plates, which can help make cleanup quick at the end of the night. If you want to bring a metal pan or fancy party container, label it on the bottom with your name and phone number on a piece of masking tape. This will help you get your dish back just in case you forget to grab it before you leave the party.

Not enough treats to satisfy the sweet tooth? Browse our big collection of dessert recipes to get your sugar fix.