8 Graduation Dessert Ideas That Everyone Will Love

Whether it's your 5-year-old's pre-k ceremony or your best friend's law school graduation, celebrating an academic milestone is always more fun with food that everyone loves.

So, we’ve compiled a list of eight graduation dessert ideas that will have all your guests raving about your party.

Our list is all about convenience, so you can prepare ahead of time and get to the party without worrying about a last-minute scramble for ingredients. You'll find traditional, good-for-every-occasion desserts such as brownies, and others explicitly for graduation parties such as grad cap cookies.

So, without further ado, let's see 8 ways you can indulge your guest's sweet tooth at a graduation party.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies

The classic chocolate chip cookie is a must-have at any party. Requiring only the most basic ingredients, you’ll have enough baked goods to satisfy your guests in no time.

But rather than a run-of-the-mill batch, add an extra egg yolk to your batter to make especially gooey and yummy cookies.

You can also use brown sugar to complement the moistness of these desserts and bake a batch of the best chocolate chip cookies your guests will ever eat.

Strawberries and Cream Mini-Parfaits

strawberry and cream mini parfaits

If you're looking for an elegant, sophisticated dessert that makes each guest feel important, try these mini-parfaits.

It takes less than 30 minutes to make this graduation party delight, perfect if your oven is full with all the other goodies you have to prepare.

To make these parfaits, alternate layers of homemade whipped cream with fresh strawberries in a dessert glass or bowl and you're good to go.

For the prettiest look, make the strawberry parfaits right before serving. Although they can keep well in the fridge for a few hours, the juice from the strawberries will run and your parfaits won't look as neat.

Tuxedo Strawberries

chocolate covered strawberries

Nothing screams “Party!” more than chocolate-covered, tuxedo-wearing strawberries. They are quite simple to make and you can have a dozen ready in only 30 minutes.

All you need are fresh strawberries, white chocolate, and brown chocolate.

Dip each strawberry in white chocolate, refrigerate for 10 minutes, then dip them in brown chocolate. Get creative by using a toothpick to add buttons and a bowtie, then allow them to sit in the fridge for 15 minutes before serving.

Almond Boats

almond boats from Layla’s Delicacies

Crunchy, nutty, and with just the right amount of sweetness—these chocolate-filled almond boats from Layla’s Delicacies are as close as you’ll get to healthy desserts.

We keep our treats balanced and not too sweet with 70% nuts in our recipe for natural flavors and a good dose of fibers and protein.

Here’s what one of our customers had to say about our desserts:

“The treats arrived in beautiful boxes and were so delicious! Fresh and made with love! Thank you!”
— Tania Francioni, Vienna, US

If you’re short on time, order these nutty treats and have them delivered fresh just in time for your party.

Graduation Cake Pops

cake pops

There's something irresistible about food in fun shapes. If you're not keen on baking your own cakes just for decoration, you can use store-bought pound cake or cupcakes.

The trick to making these pops is to chill the cake and icing so they can firm up.

You can also use a candy melt for ease, but if you want the real deal, mix white chocolate and store-bought vanilla frosting until it reaches its drizzling consistency and then dip away.

Grad Cap Cupcakes

cup cakes

If you want something fancier than cake pops, try these grad cap cupcakes. They both look and taste divine!

Whip out your favorite cupcake recipe and bake a batch or two of them. The idea is to have soft, airy cupcakes to decorate with graduation caps.

When your cupcakes are nice and cool, top them with cream and pre-made chocolate grad caps. Store-bought toppers are a time-saving option and you can buy different designs that match your graduation party theme.

Expert tip: Use a mini chalkboard to add clever phrases next to your dessert spreads, like "smart cookie."

Baklava El Bey

baklava el bey from Layla’s Delicacies

Baklava el bey will certainly be the star of your snack spread.

Nutty crunchy pistachio enclosed in almond paste, at Layla’s Delicacies, we handcraft each dessert to guarantee freshness and delight in every bite. In addition, our baklava el bey is fully vegan so everyone can enjoy!

These can be bought on their own, or as part of our vegan gift box. Here is a table showing the treats in our vegan box and their ingredients:

Vegan dessert Ingredients
Boule pistachio Almond and hazelnut rolled in crushed pistachio
Bjewia Almond and pistachio topped with a thin layer of dried rose petals
Yasmina Jasmine-flower shaped mixture of almond and pistachio
Almond finger Almond and hazelnut rolled in a crispy fillo dough
Samsa pistachio Mixture of ground almond and hazelnut, wrapped in crisp filo dough with a layer of pistachio

Cheesecake Mousse Cannolis

cheesecake mousse cannolis

Cannolis are some of the most recognizable Italian desserts.

The recipe consists of shells—either store-bought or homemade— with a filling of cream cheese and ricotta cheese.

But why keep it traditional when you can make these cheesecake mousse cannolis instead? All you need to do is whip up some cream, fold it with the cannoli cream mix, pipe the mixture into the shells, and top with your favorite goodies.

You can also make this ahead of time and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge until you're ready to serve it.

Finally, tie a ribbon around each of these pastries to make them look like mini diplomas.


Short on Time? Get Your Desserts from Layla's Delicacies

Layla’s Delicacies congratulations pastry box

So, there you have it; 8 delicious, decadent, and delightful graduation desserts perfect for your upcoming party.

Whether you choose to keep it simple with cake pops, or go all out with homemade cannolis, these ideas will be a hit at any graduation celebration.

If you don't have the time to whip up these treats yourself, Layla's Delicacies has you covered. Our desserts are made with love, using only the finest ingredients to bring you something truly special.

“So delicious that it is difficult not to finish in one serving :)”
— Anonymous, Portland, US

Head over to our website to check out our customizable dessert boxes and order one that perfectly matches your grad party theme.

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