Tailgate Tips: 5 dessert ideas to top off your game day party


By: Victoria Jacobsen

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Tailgating usually means lots of burgers, bratwurst and beer. But after a full day of festivities (or a hard loss), nothing perks up the spirit like dessert. Here are a couple recipes to make your game day sweeter. Be sure to bring enough to share! 

Mini Apple Pies

f you wake up on game day morning and realize you have nothing sweet to balance out the standard cookout fare and chips, mini apple pies are a quick solution. Almost as important, you won’t need any serving utensils for these mess-free treats once you get to the stadium. Follow step-by-step instructions on mandatorymooch.com to make these fuss-free apple pie bites in less than half an hour.

Bourbon Fudge Brownies

We all know lots of football fans enjoy like their bourbon in a flask, but it’s much tastier when added to this recipe for fudge brownies from myrecipes.com. They’re a flavorful twist on traditional brownie recipes – and completely appropriate for the under-21 crowd.

Pecan Tassies

This holiday favorite is just as appropriate for football season — whip up a batch of these pecan tassies, courtesy of myrecipes.com, and bring a homey touch to your pre-game party.

Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are few things in this world as universally popular as a great batch of chocolate chip cookies. This particular recipe from Handle the Heat takes a little more planning and effort than your average batch, but it’ll get the crowd cheering on game day.

Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes

A little salty, a little sweet, all delicious. One bite and you might be tempted to smuggle a few into the stadium. Try out this recipe for mini peanut butter cupcakes from foodnetwork.com. (Helpful hint: if you’re short on time, patience or ingredients, make the peanut butter topping and chocolate glaze according to the instructions given and use cake mix for the cupcakes themselves.)

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