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Kid-Friendly Recipes for Father’s Day Sweets

If you want Dad’s face to light up with pleasure this Father’s Day — and we don’t mean the amused, fatherly grin a macaroni paperweight evokes — watch what happens when the kids proudly present him with one of these scrumptious treats they made themselves.

If you're struggling with Father's Day gift ideas, let the kids delight him with dessert. These recipes are not only out-of-the-ballpark delicious, but specially chosen with young chefs in mind, whether they’re little ones who can help stir, frost and decorate, or older kids able to tackle more complicated tasks. What better way to sweeten Dad’s day than a gift he can eat, made by the whole family?

No Bake Oreo Cake Pops

No Bake Oreo Cake Pops

No Bake Oreo Cake Pops by Jo Cooks
These colorful pops are sure to make your pop smile, and the recipe is ideal for kids. The no-bake cake is made from crumbled Oreo cookies and cream cheese, which can be mixed and shaped by little hands — a bit messy maybe, but so much fun. And after you coat the pops with chocolate, even the youngest children can help decorate them with brightly colored sprinkles. Present them in an attractive vase or tie them together with a ribbon for a Father’s Day bouquet.

Heavenly Blueberry Pie

Heavenly Blueberry Pie

Heavenly Blueberry Pie by She Paused 4 Thought
The heart-motif crust on this blueberry pie is a tasty way to show Dad how much he means to all of you. You can use either fresh or frozen berries for the easy-to-prepare filling, and children will enjoy cutting out the heart shapes for the crust and arranging them on top of the pie. It’s a beautiful Father's Day recipe designed to warm any father’s heart — and tummy.

Bacon Caramel Popcorn

Bacon Caramel Popcorn

Bacon Caramel Popcorn by The Spruce
If Dad wants to spend his special day at home watching a ballgame or an action flick with the family, here’s a killer snack for him. It’s a mix of crunchy popcorn and pecans, covered in sweet caramel — but what makes it over-the-top irresistible are the savory morsels of home-cooked bacon. It’s so good, it may not last till the first commercial — so consider making an extra batch.

Super Easy Lemon Bars

Super Easy Lemon Bars

Super Easy Lemon Bars by Rock Recipes
Lemon bars combine sweet and tart in a way that’s just crazy good — and the buttery shortbread crust adds a whole other layer of pleasure. With just five ingredients, it won’t overwhelm a junior chef, and you can make them ahead of time and store them in the fridge. As for Dad — bet he can’t stop at just one.

Banana Split

Banana Split

Banana Split by I Heart Nap Time
If Dad’s a classic film buff (think It’s a Wonderful Life) or a fan of TV oldies (like I Love Lucy in the soda jerk episode), he’ll definitely get a kick out of this old-time soda fountain treat. And the recipe doesn’t hold back: six scoops of ice cream in three different flavors, chocolate and caramel sauces, nuts and sprinkles. Oh, and don’t be like Lucy and forget the bananas.

The Brooklyn Blackout Cake

The Brooklyn Blackout Cake

The Brooklyn Blackout Cake by Half Baked Harvest
The name of this cake doesn’t come from the intense chocolate-on-chocolate darkness, but from its origins in Brooklyn during the blackouts of World War II. For dads or granddads with New York roots, one taste will bring on a rush of sweet childhood memories — but any chocoholic will bliss out on this moist cake, filled with creamy chocolate pudding, slathered with buttercream icing, and coated with chocolate cake crumbs. It'll take Father's Day Brunch to the next level.

Candy Apples

Candy Apples

Candy Apples by Martha Stewart
Making these old-fashioned confections with mom, swirling apples in the brilliant red syrup, is a memory generations of children have held dear. And when it comes to unique taste sensations for those with a sweet tooth, there’s nothing quite like the hit of sweet crunch as you bite into the candy coating, followed by the tart, juicy apple beneath. It’s a great way to make Dad feel like a kid again.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles by Detoxinista
For fathers who are fitness buffs, this recipe has the making's of Dad's favorite treat without all the guilt of chocolate truffles. Instead of butter or heavy cream, they’re made with creamy avocados. And there’s no added sugar or sugar substitutes. You can vary the sweetness by choosing dark, semi-sweet or milk chocolate, for a dessert that’s sinfully luscious — but light on the sin. It's a kid-friendly Father's Day dessert that mom will definitely approve of.

Classic Creme Brulee

Classic Creme Brulee

Classic Creme Brulee by Platings and Pairings
Dads with a sophisticated palate will appreciate the subtle pleasure of a classic crème brulée, and you can prepare it up to two days in advance. Caramelizing the sugar crust is simple if you have a chef’s torch — and kids will love the drama of it — but if you don’t, you can use your broiler instead. Garnish with two or three fresh, seasonal berries and you’ve got an elegant finale to your Father’s Day dinner.

World's Best Dad Cookies

World's Best Dad Cookies

World's Best Dad Cookies by Not Quite Susie Homemaker
Let Dad know how much he’s appreciated with these adorable cookies — a delectably edible craft idea. You can make everything from scratch using these recipes for Basic Sugar Cookies by OMG Chocolate Desserts and Basic Cookie Icing by Ashton Haider. Or if you’re pressed for time, you can pick up packaged cookies and frosting at the supermarket. Then let the kids go to town, decorating with M&Ms and expressing their love in chocolate icing messages. If this doesn’t make dad grin, he’s probably still asleep.