Graduation Party Dessert Ideas

Graduation Party Dessert Ideas

With graduation season in full swing and everyone planning their graduation parties, I thought it would be fun to share a few cute graduation party dessert ideas.  Having just talked about graduation; and the history of the cap and gown in my last blog, these dessert ideas seem perfect for any graduation party. 

Hopefully, you and your guests will enjoy these sweet treats at your party or perhaps you can share them with someone you know that is planning a graduation party.  Either way, these are easy to make and will be a great addition to your celebration.  Happy Graduation! 

Recipe for Graduation Caps from the Taste of Home website:

Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD: 2 dozen


  • 24 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 1 tube (6 ounces) decorating frosting in color of your choice
  • 24 After Eight thin mints
  • 24 milk chocolate M&M's in color of your choice or 24 semisweet chocolate chips


  •  Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups; place upside down on waxed paper. Place a small amount of frosting on each peanut butter cup; center a mint on each. Using frosting, make a loop for each cap's tassel. Place an M&M on top of each loop.

Recipe for Diploma Cookies from the Betty Crocker website:

Prep: 1 hour 30 min. Total Time: 3 huors 20 min.  Servings: 24


  • 1/3cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/3cup shortening
  • 3/4cup packed brown sugar
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon vanilla
  • 1egg
  • 1 1/2cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/4cup Gold Medal™ whole wheat flour
  • 3/4cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted


  • 1 Beat butter, shortening and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in baking powder, salt, vanilla and egg. Stir in flours. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375°F. Roll each half of dough into 15x6-inch rectangle on floured surface. Cut lengthwise into three 15x2-inch strips, then cut crosswise into two 7 1/2x2-inch strips. Working quickly, spread about 1 teaspoon melted chocolate over one strip to within 1/4 inch of one long side. Gently roll up, starting at long side with chocolate. Repeat with remaining cookie strips and chocolate. Cut each roll into 2 pieces; roll each cookie slightly to shape. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cookies about 1 inch apart.
  • 3 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool 1 minute; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely. Place remaining chocolate in plastic bag. Cut hole in corner and squeeze out chocolate to look like ties.