11 Idiot-Proof Potluck Desserts to Feed a Party

Published On 09/15/2015 Published On 09/15/2015
Drew Swantak/Thrillist

Whether it’s a football party, a potluck, an orgy... any gathering, really, people are always most excited about the dessert. Get your kudos without becoming a slave to the oven with these simple recipes. They have so few ingredients, they're practically idiot-proof, and they're easy to package and transport, too.

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Funfetti cheesecake dip

No need to bake this cheesecake. Just mix it up, put it in a bowl, and serve with Nilla wafers. Find the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Cream cheese
  • Funfetti cake mix
  • Powdered sugar


Dirt cake

Don’t worry about making a dessert that looks pretty. For this one, the messier the better. It’s supposed to look like dirt after all. Delicious dirt. Find the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Vanilla pudding
  • Cool Whip
  • Cream cheese
  • Oreos
  • Gummy worms
Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

Pop Rocks truffles

Creamy chocolate truffles coated with Pop Rocks are like firecrackers for the mouth... all the excitement without any of the debilitating pain. The mind-blowing recipe is here.

Key ingredients:

  • Chocolate
  • Cream
  • Pop Rocks


Chocolate chip cookie pie

The most time-consuming part of baking cookies is scooping and portioning out each one. You can skip all that and just dump the dough into a pie plate. Get the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Other cookie stuff
Courtesy of I Am A Food Blog

Cherry pistachio tart

Flaky, creamy, and fruity, this simple dessert hits all the sweet notes. The recipe’s right here.

Key ingredients:

  • Puff pastry
  • Ricotta
  • Cherries
  • Pistachios


Movie theater candy bark

Going to the movies as a group is fun, until you all awkwardly try to share six boxes of candy and a bucket of popcorn. Fuse the chewy, crunchy, salty, and chocolatey together so everyone has a little bit of everything. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Peanuts
  • Assorted candies
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Matzo chocolate bars

No one gets excited about matzo. UNLESS it’s covered in chocolate, nuts, coconut flakes, and sweetened condensed milk. The genius recipe is here.

Key ingredients:

  • Matzo
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Coconut
  • Condensed milk


Strawberry pretzel salad

Don’t be fooled by the “salad” in the name -- there’s nothing green in this simply decadent dessert. It’s like fresh strawberry pie, creamy cheesecake, and a salty pretzel all in one. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pretzels
  • Strawberries
  • Cream cheese
  • Cool Whip
  • Strawberry Jell-O
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Potato chip brownies

Crunchy ribbons of potato chips make these fudgey brownies even better than French fries with Frostys. The salty-sweet recipe is right here.

Key ingredients:

  • Bittersweet chocolate
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Potato chips


Kool-Aid pie

If Rainbow Brite went to a potluck, this is what she’d bring. It’s bright blue and cheery. The easy recipe is here.

Key ingredients:

  • Graham cracker crust
  • Cool Whip
  • Kool-Aid drink mix
Courtesy of Damn Delicious

English toffee

This chocolate-covered toffee is so addictive, no one would blame you if you opted not to share. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Pecans

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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's recipes editor and dessert is her favorite meal of the day.



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