Over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts

The past few weeks I’ve shared some great picnic ideas to keep your outside dining more interesting than the usual stand-by items. We’ve enjoyed Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food and 40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this collection could never be complete without a round-up of picnic dessert recipes! So today I’m sharing over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts, from those that are lighter and almost snack-like to the more decadent treats.

Muffins – they aren’t just for breakfast!

Muffins aren’t just for breakfast anymore! They make a nice sweet treat after a meal without being too sweet and heavy to toss a frisbee or hike or enjoy whatever adventure you have planned as part of your picnic. Try some of these on your next picnic, and if somehow you have a few leftover, then you have breakfast started for the next day!

Snickerdoodle Muffins

 Bars and Brownies for quick treats that travel way

Bars and brownies are perfect picnic treat because they can be made fairly quickly, spread into a pan, baked and you’re ready for your adventure!

Cookies are always a hit – picnic or no picnic!

Personally, cookies are one of my favorite desserts to pack for a picnic, trip or even a lunch. Many cookies can even be baked ahead of time and frozen so you could grab a dozen of several different types and bring a nice variety on your picnic!

Snacks and Mixes to please every crowd

And a few other treats just because they’re that good!

And just because they’re always favorites, why not whip up some cupcakes? Or bring a small cooler with some fudge in it for a decadent finale to your picnic!

With almost 100 picnic recipes including a nice collection of main dishes, sides and desserts, you should be more than ready to head outdoors and enjoy some great food and time with your family and friends. Why not start a picnic tradition? It may be weekly or the first Friday of each month or the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Which time or specific location isn’t as important as taking the time to gather with your people and enjoying dinner in a slightly new and different way. Somehow a change of venue and a new menu can create memories that last a lifetime.

And let us know what your favorite picnic dishes are in the comments below. Even with all the recipes included in this little series it never hurts to have a few more new ideas. Happy picnicking!

Toffee Brownies {4-Ingredients}

Have you ever had a brownie craving, but missing ingredients to make them and only cake mix on hand instead of brownie mix?  I think you’re going to love this recipe from Kim.  She uses a cake mix to make some deeply chocolate brownies that are studded with Heath toffee bits!

I love Heath candy bars and I love brownies, so it was only natural that I put the two together! Since I also adore quick and easy recipes, this dessert only requires 4 ingredients.

Toffee Brownie Ingredients EAH

If you are not a fan of toffee, you can easily substitute your favorite candy or chocolate chips. I’ve made these with mini peanut butter cups, Rolo candies, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips! What can I say, they are so easy to whip up, and there are so many possibilities!

Toffee Brownies EAHThey may not be the most photogenic dessert, but disappear quickly every time I make them! Also, this recipe contains no eggs, so it’s great for anyone with an egg allergy or who doesn’t eat eggs, and with so few ingredients it’s a great “first” recipe for kids. My children enjoy getting in the kitchen and baking up goodies, and this is the perfect rainy day activity (with the added bonus of getting my chocolate fix!)

4 Ingredient Toffee Brownies EAH

Toffee Brownies {4-Ingredients}
Quick and easy Toffee Brownies, made with just 4 ingredients!
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix (4 serving size)
  • 1¾ cups milk
  • 1½ cups Heath Toffee Bits or desired candy/chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease/spray a 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk and pudding mix. Whisk together until pudding begins to thicken.
  4. Add dry cake mix. Stir until combined.
  5. Spread batter into prepared baking dish.
  6. Top with toffee bits.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool - melted toffee is HOT!
  9. Cut into squares and serve.

*Note: I have vanilla pudding pictured with the ingredients, and chocolate pudding listed in the recipe. I usually use chocolate pudding, but you can substitute different flavors. You can also add additional chocolate chips or toffee bits to the batter if desired. You really can’t have too much chocolate in my opinion!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and many, many more desserts!

BBQ Beef and Bean Pot Pie and Double Chocolate Pretzel Brownies – Dinner + Dessert Idea

Bisquick collage


Today I’ve got two recipes for you – BBQ Beef and Bean Pot Pie and Double Chocolate Pretzel Brownies.

Dinner + Dessert!

The best family times and conversations happen around the table, so why not keep everyone there longer by adding dessert too.  I guarantee they’ll hang out in the kitchen when they smell these brownies baking.

These recipes couldn’t be easier.  They use common pantry ingredients and Betty Crocker and Bisquick mixes.  I love dinners that come together quick, but give us a chance to connect as a family.

One of our favorite things to do is play games after dinner.  Brownies and games makes a plain weeknight a whole lot better.

Let’s get dinner on the table, starting with the BBQ Beef and Bean Pot Pie.  Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy meal:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Brownies and Cherries

Slow Cooker Brownies and Cherries


Several weeks ago I was in ALDI and saw cans of tart cherries for sale.  I love tart cherries, so I picked up two cans.  They’ve been hanging out in my pantry waiting.  I sometimes buy ingredients that I don’t have any recipe ideas for yet.  They make good inspiration for new things.

Yesterday, I decided those cherries needed to meet up with a box of brownie mix and become a new slow cooker dessert.  I had no idea if this would turn out like I hoped or not.

Then again, how can you go wrong with cherries and brownies?

The dessert turned out wonderful!  The brownies are soft, but a bit more set than cobbler type desserts.  The cherries taste bright next to the deep, chocolate flavor of the brownies.  A creamy scoop of vanilla tops it all in a classic way.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Brownies ala Mode with Wild Berry Sauce


The idea for Brownies ala Mode with Wild Berry Sauce came to me when I was out with Jim on a date night.  We like to go to Ted’s Montana Grill for dinner together.  The restaurant isn’t too loud and the high back booths are private.  It’s a place where we can have a conversation, something that’s a challenge at home sometimes.

Brownies and Berries ala Mode

The last time we were in there, the waitress gave us a dessert menu.  We were stuffed, but I wanted to look over the menu anyway.  The restaurant has nice theming and I wondered if they would have desserts that fit the wild, out-west theme.  I was surprised to see that most of the desserts didn’t fit at all.  I told Jim I was surprised by that.  He asked what I would serve.

And that’s when I came up with this idea.

Deep chocolate brownies, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a lightly sweetened mixed berry sauce over it all.

This is so easy to make at home.  It would make a great dessert for Valentine’s Day or a dinner with company.  But it’s also simple enough for a plain old Tuesday night.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Death by Chocolate Brownie

Calling all chocolate lovers! This recipe is for YOU! I am a huge chocolate fan, and so is my mom, so this past Mother’s Day I wanted to have something super chocolate-y just for us.

Death by Chocolate Brownie

I succeeded. This was a chocolate lover’s dream. Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Brownie mix (includes chocolate chips in the mix) – topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, crushed Oreos, more chocolate chips…and a drizzle of caramel. BOOM! Death by Chocolate Brownie.

Oreo Brownie

My mom was pretty happy. I even apologized to my siblings, for I knew it would make me the favorite child 🙂

Death by Chocolate Brownie
  • 1 box brownie mix (8x8 or 9x9 size) *plus ingredients called for on box
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 cups Oreo cookies, roughly chopped
  • Caramel ice cream topping (optional)
  1. Prepare brownies according to package directions.
  2. Remove brownies from oven and let cool for 5-10 mins.
  3. While still warm, top with ½ cup chocolate chips.
  4. Sprinkle crushed Oreos on top and lightly press down.
  5. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup chocolate chips over Oreos.
  6. Drizzle with caramel topping (or melted white chocolate), if desired.

The heat from the brownies slightly melts the chocolate, which acts as the “glue” to hold the cookies in place. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!  We sure did!

*Quick tip – I used the the mini Oreo cookies that come in a bag, so I just opened the bag to let out the air, resealed, and used a rolling pin to break up the cookies.

The great thing about this recipe is that the options are endless! I have so many varieties floating through my head now…like replacing the Oreos with Nutter Butter cookies; or replacing the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips; and I’m sure you all can think of lots more – be sure to let me know!

About KimM – I’m a chocolate loving mother of three. My blog, Makin’ it Mo’Betta is dedicated to my adventures in the kitchen as I deal with food allergies, diabetes, tween sass, with some fun giveaways and reviews thrown in the mix!  Join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!

Double Chocolate Crumble Bars

The only formal cooking instruction I have had were my middle school home ec classes. We weren’t cooking anything gourmet, but it did teach me the basics of making a good omelette, how to properly knead bread dough and how to convert measurements quickly. I still have many of the original recipe handouts from those classes and even though my cooking has come a long way since then, they’re still some of my staples.

This is one of the recipes we made during one lesson. I’ve adapted it over time, but every time I bite into one of these fantastic bars I feel like I’m back in the classroom.

Here’s what you’ll need:

I try to get a brownie mix that is specifically for an 8×8 or 9×9 pan. Most brownie mixes make a 9×13 pan. If you’re using one of these, you can either cook it in a smaller pan for longer (directions will be on the box) or double the other toppings so you’ll have enough to cover the bigger pan.

Double Chocolate Crumble Bars
  • 1 package brownie mix (for an 8x8 or 9x9 pan)
  • Ingredients to prepare brownie mix
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1½ cup crisped rice cereal
  1. Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan.
  2. Sprinkle mini marshmallows over cooked brownies and return to the oven for three minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  3. Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together in a double boiler, stirring until smooth. Stir in crisped rice cereal. Spread chocolate mixture over cooled brownies.
  4. Refridgerate for two hours or until completely set. Slice and store in an airtight container.

Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

Dad’s Brownie Sundae from the 50s Prime Time Cafe Disney World

It’s Friday.  Time to have some fun.  The kids loved making these brownie sundae’s, inspired by the Dad’s Sundaes served at the 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Grab the fixings from the store and sweeten up your Friday night.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]