12 Cheap and Easy Desserts for a Crowd That Will Score Big on Game Day

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Game Day Desserts
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Game-Day Desserts That Don't Miss

If you're hosting a crowd for the big game, your brain might be lost in a whirlwind of what appetizers to try out, what type of pizza you should order, and what toppings you need to lay out for the nachos. Between all of that and making sure there's enough room around the TV for everyone to plant their behinds and yell at the big screen, the thought of dessert might be as overwhelming as it is daunting. 

Never fear: there are plenty of simple, easy, and cost-effective dessert ideas ideal for a crowd. Here are some of our go-tos. 

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1. Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Balls

Peanut butter and jelly maintain a reputation as the O.G. flavor combo, but we have to admit: Chocolate and peanut butter has our hearts. These peanut butter Rice Krispie balls are coated in melted chocolate and are the ideal bite-sized dessert to set out for a crowd.

Recipe: Build Your Bite

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Remember when you were a kid and your mom was baking and pulled the beaters out of the mixer to let you lick them off? We remember being most excited if we got to clean chocolate chip cookie dough or cheesecake filling off those bad boys. This dessert has nods to both and for that reason, we believe it would be beloved by the masses, definitely dubbed a crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Carlsbad Cravings

Lime cooler bars with icing sugar
cookies and cream football cheese ball
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4. Oreo Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball

We love a good themed dessert, but don't feel like you have to make this cream cheese ball look like a football. Still, it's easy enough to do and will surely add a dash of pizazz to your Super Bowl spread.

Recipe: Shugary Sweets

Related: 26 Must-Try Recipes for Oreo Lovers

Seven Layer Bars
Black forest cake

6. Chocolate Lasagna

Layered desserts are ideal if you're cooking for a crowd. You can basically throw the dessert together without any precision or thought at all and it won't impact the taste one teeny tiny bit. Chocoholics will adore this one. 

Recipe: Natasha's Kitchen

Chocolate ganache in a wooden bowl
cherry cheesecake dip
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Banana pudding trifle in a large digh
Cake with whipped cream on wooden table

10. Sugar Cookie Bars

These sugar cookie bars are simple and they offer the chance for customization too. Dye the frosting the color of the team you're rooting for and decorate these little guys with some festive sprinkles while you're at it. 

Recipe: Together As Family

Freshly made chocolate chip cookie dough from a domestic kitchen.
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Sweet Homemade Strawberry Trifle Dessert

12. Punch Bowl Cake

Why have we never thought to do this? It's easy, fun, and adorable for a get-together. You'll get that same effect from a trifle dish where you can see the layers through the glass, but the punch bowl makes way for a bit more room. Genius.

Recipe: Princess Pinky Girl