New Year’s Eve is a special time of year when everyone can come together to celebrate. Of course, the people you’re with are the most important thing, but the food is a close second.
Specifically, the desserts! If you don’t have a delicious and delectable dessert, you’re going to leave the party sad – even if you don’t want to admit it.
To help on this notoriously difficult topic, we’ve put together a list of NYE desserts you would be silly not to try. Every single one of them is a winner, and you will love them as much as we do.
Delicious And Fun New Year’s Eve Desserts
No NYE celebration is complete without champagne, even if it’s non-alcoholic! Add this delectable drink to your cupcakes, and you will have a work of art. Everyone will love them, and they’re absolutely gorgeous.
Who doesn’t like a dessert that you can just bite in half and enjoy? These rich Oreo cookie balls will be the thing that everyone will gravitate towards.
This can be elegant or casual, and it’s so easy to make. It will be especially popular with the kids.
Peanut butter and chocolate pair perfectly, and this cake will get your guests talking. It’s perfect, really.
This delicious dessert is exactly what you need for your NYE event. Making it is a breeze, and it tastes like summer on your lips. Something we all need when there’s snow outside, right?
This elegant dessert is so easy to make, and you only need a few ingredients. Like champagne? This one’s for you!
What happens when you combine baked Alaska with spumoni? This is what you get. Something you absolutely need to make.
Three…two…one! And your cupcakes are all gone. Don’t expect these beauties to last until midnight.
Mousse is a classic that we can’t afford to overlook. This white chocolate mousse will be everything you’re looking for.
This fresh and tasty dessert will be the center of attention at your next event. It’s beautiful, but even more delicious. You can decorate it with anything you like, too!
If you have never thought about combining baklava and cheesecake, you’ve been missing out.
These two already perfect desserts come together to create something beyond perfection. It’s heaven in your mouth. The flavors are rich, and the texture is to die for. Make it!
12. NYE Party Loaf
This is a great NYE dessert for everyone to pick at and share. It’ll really bring people together, and it goes perfectly with a nice glass of prosecco.
It’s fun to make, but also so easy, and those flavors will make your New Year’s party feel like a real success.
Want to get everything done in one skillet? Make this super easy cast-iron white chocolate tart. The adults will love it, the kids will love it, and the neighbors will want a slice! You’ve been warned.
We can’t get enough of the champagne here, but it’s New Year’s Eve, so who cares? This pink champagne cake looks like it belongs at a wedding (and it could).
It’s classy and beautiful, and the perfect showstopper for an elegant NYE celebration.
So moist, so delicious. This mocha and hazelnut torte will bring all the guests to the yard, because everyone will want a slice! You can expect this cake to be super rich and creamy, so enjoy!
Nothing says luxurious like a black cake, right? The moment this cake is in view of your guests, they will be making a beeline for it, no questions asked. Well, they might ask if it’s licorice or charcoal flavored.
The answer? A deep, rich chocolate (which champagne buttercream frosting)!
17. Atomic Cake
As the name suggests, this atomic cake is, in fact, the bomb.
This outrageously delightful dessert, and includes vanilla, chocolate and banana cake along with delicious strawberries, bananas, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream. If you’re indecisive about cakes, this is the one for you.
Cheesecakes are a must, so why not make it a little interesting? This mint chocolate cheesecake can be as strong or milk as you like, as long as it’s beautifully creamy, too!
This is a luxurious and divine dessert that will disappear in no time. The blood orange not only adds an incredible flavor, but the coloring is truly something special.
Add the goat’s cheese on top of that, and you have something amazing in your home.
We already know that strawberries and cheesecakes are the perfect couple, but why not make it a party and add some champagne?
It is NYE after all, and everyone will love it! Alcohol-free options are ideal if you know that kids will be attracted to these beauties.
21. Bavarian Mints
This is a dessert that you don’t need to wait for a holiday for. These Bavarian mints are so easy to make, and go down a treat whenever they’re created. Kids and adults alike will fall in love with these bite size perfections.
Nothing says New Year’s Eve like a dessert with a sparkler in it! They might look a little ridiculous, but they will taste incredible and be memorable.
We can guarantee that your social media timelines will be full of pictures of your wonderful creations after the event.
Macarons are classy, elegant, and everything that we all hope to be. If you can be it, eat it, right? The cinnamon is perfect for winter, and you will keep like you’re being hugged. They’re perfect.
These little strawberry and champagne cake balls are the picture-perfect dessert for the New Year’s table.
They look incredible, especially if you drizzle them with a little sauce, and they taste even better. You can easily enjoy one of these instead of locking lips for a New Year’s kiss.
Everyone likes red velvet, and everyone likes cheesecake. What do you get when you combine these two great desserts? The perfect dessert. Just try it and see for yourself.
Caramelized bananas are super sweet, gooey, and perfect with any desert. Pair that sweetness with a rich chocolate cake (and ice cream), and you have a winning dessert.
This one is bound to be a favorite for all the kids, so be prepared.
Salt and sweetness is the perfect pairing, and don’t fix what ain’t broken! This part is simply to die for, and everyone will be coming back for seconds.
Add a scoop of ice cream and some caramel sauce to really make this dish top-notch.
If you’re looking for a dessert that everyone can enjoy with their fingers, here you go! These cream puffs are so easy to make and, as the name suggests, finger licking good!
These will make perfect sense if you’re celebrating New Year’s with some KFC.
Everyone loves an upside down cake, right? This NYE dessert brings together the perfect flavors of everything you want in a cake, plus citrus!
That caramelized lemon will infuse the rest of the cake with all the citrus goodness you could ever hope to enjoy.
This one is perfect for the adults in the room. The dark chocolate and bourbon is the perfect match, and you will feel on top of the world.
Just keep these chocolate balls away from the kids, and you can add as much bourbon as you like…
Now, this is the meaning of luxury. The pear and dulce de leche work together beautifully to create something special.
Do you love peanuts? Do you love caramel, too? Then make this luxurious dessert for your next New Year’s Eve dessert.
Want something warming and easy to make? This chai truffle tart will be perfect for NYE celebrations and firework gazing. Everyone will love it.
These banana pudding cheesecake bars are packed full of a delicious and rich flavor that you won’t be able to get enough of.
The vanilla mixed with the cheese and banana is something no guest will be able to forget any time soon.
So smooth, so luxurious.
This hazelnut Rocher cheesecake bar recipe is so easy and super tasty. The creaminess of the cheesecake mixes with the Rocher crunch like a match made in heaven.
That milk chocolate shell will transport you back to your childhood.
These champagne blondies are easy to make, so tasty, and guaranteed to be a favorite. You can use alcohol-free champagne, so everyone can enjoy them.
Praline is another classic flavor of winter that you can’t not indulge in. This tart is so easy to make, and tasted like heaven. It’s the perfect dish to have as the clock counts to midnight.
Don’t have a NYE kiss? This is an acceptable substitute (and arguably even better).
This beautiful mocha marbled loaf will be something that everyone is going to love. The rich mocha flavor.
Even better, the prep time for this dessert is only around 15 minutes, then you just wait for it to freeze! This dessert is so creamy and rich in flavor, you will want to make it for every occasion.
This lemon meringue angel cake might be too beautiful to eat, but after a taste, you will have no choice.
Meringue is a classic, and it pairs incredibly well with lemon. This can be the perfect mix of sweet and tart, and one you need to try.
Coconut rice pudding pie? Yes! Try this before knocking it, because it might just end up being your favorite. The flavors here work together surprisingly well, and your guests won’t question it.
41. Glazed And Flaky Apple Tart (With Ice Cream)
This glazed flaky apple tart (with ice cream) will take the celebration’s top stop, guaranteed. It’s full of rich flavors, and the sweetness is to die for. It’s also an easy option, so what could you lose?
Bring out the Brandy! This spiced cake will complement the pistachios, cherries and apricots to produce something beautiful. It’s heartwarming, but also refreshing. Your mouth will be happy.
You can’t read that name and not instantly want it. This dessert is actually a type of cheesecake, but the filo and ricotta work like a pro.
Dare we say, this is one of the most appealing desserts on this whole list, and it’s worth the effort to make.
This super simple sheet pan dessert is something that anyone can do, and the results are always delicious.
Just look at it! If you love baklava and pie, this one is definitely for you. The pecan and orange flavors work wonderfully, and the crispiness from the baklava is something you just can’t make up.
This is bound to be the party favorite. You better make recipe cards to hand out.
Lemon tarts are delicious on their own, but when you add elderflower, you add perfection. The mild elderflower flavor is really just the cherry on top, and finished it off.
47. Aranygaluska (Hungarian Golden Pull-Apart Cake With Walnuts And Apricot Jam)
You don’t need to know how to pronounce it to make it, remember that. This pull-apart cake is perfect for a group to share, and the walnuts and apricots really do marry perfectly. You’ll wish you could eat the whole thing.
This might be the easiest dessert on the list (the grapes are tough to beat). If you’re looking for something that you don’t have to spend too much time on, try this one out. It’s even more tasty than it is easy.
Everyone loves carrot cake, but add coconut? You can’t beat it. You can make a delicious cream cheese topping and filling, plus some coarsely chopped walnuts. The spices in this cake are simply perfect for cold weather.
50. Bananas Foster
This dessert is so refreshing and delicious, and soo easy to make! It’s a New Orleans classic, and you only need a few minutes to put everything together. If you can flambé your bananas over an open flame outside, even better.
It sounds like an odd combination, but it works! The shortbread is so buttery and melts in your mouth, and those flavors complement one another perfectly. Try it before judging.
Want an easy dessert that will still win over everyone’s hearts? This chocolate-covered marshmallow cookie recipe is the perfect one for you. They’re just so cute!
Just look at it! A picture is worth a thousand words, but the toffee angel food cake picture might be worth more. This dessert is so delicious and bound to be a showstopper. The effort is worth it, and it makes a great Instagram post.
Tarts are too delicious to not make for the new year. This salted dark chocolate part feels (and tastes) so luxurious, you’ll be sad when the last crumb is gone.
We’ve all had a key-lime pie, but what about a cranberry-lime pie? The cranberry is the perfect NYE flavor to bring to the table, and you can even add some champagne or prosecco in there to up the ante.
Mud pies are delicious, and you can’t argue otherwise. The most difficult part of this recipe is probably getting the creation cut, but a warm blade is all you need. The effort will be worth it!
Any upside-down cake feels like a pop-culture reference now, right? You could make a big old spiced pear upside-down cake, or, say, eleven? It’s up to you, as long as you have the willpower to get it done.
The classic tiramisu is a must-have for every NYE celebration. If you’ve never made one, this year is your chance to change it. It’s delicious and easy to make, what could you lose?
59. Mimosa Cupcakes
Want something stupidly delicious but also refreshing? These mimosa cupcakes will be gone in no time once they’re laid out.
They have the perfect mix of sweet and fruity. Plus, the champagne really brings everything together. Please just try it.
60. Prosecco Grapes
Prosecco grapes! Like fruit, but also prosecco? Just combine the two and be done with it. The result is something you will wish you never missed out on for so long. You could also use champagne instead of prosecco if you like!
You can’t celebrate NYE without the classic crème brûlée making an appearance, right? If you’ve always wanted to make one but never had the chance, this is your sign to change that.
This dessert is easy to make, and no one on the planet doesn’t like them (don’t try to prove us wrong).
62. Peppermint Bark
Tree bark might not be super tasty to us, but this peppermint bark definitely ticks all the boxes! It’s so easy to make, and everyone will love it.
You don’t even have to wait until NYE to make these, they are something to be enjoyed year-round.
Who knew you could make such a delicious cake with only four ingredients? Did we mention that you don’t have to bake it? We’ll call that a win.
There’s been a lot of mention of champagne in this list, but it’s NYE! There will be plenty of champagne going around, and you can use it for anything.
So, why not make these super easy and delicious jello shots? Get alcohol-free champagne if you like!
New Year’s Eve is still close enough to Christmas that eggnog will still be popular. Why not use that eggnog to make some delicious and creamy cheesecake?
You can make mini ones, or one big enough to feed the family – it’s up to you.
Looking for another NYE dessert that perfectly encapsulates the time of year? This caramel pumpkin pie will be the one for you. The warmth from the ingredients and a nice scoop of ice cream will put a smile on anyone’s face. Try it.
You can get all your favorite flavors from this spumoni ice cream cake. Add some dollop of cream on top, some chopped pistachios, and a glazed cherry, and you’re going to get the perfect dessert.
Don’t be put off that it’s made of ice cream, ice cream can be eaten at any time of the year…
The black forest cake is a classic, and we all know that cherries are the perfect addition. There’s not a lot to say about this one, except that it’s super delicious.
Ginger is so warm, and overall just perfect for the winter months. Pair it with sticky toffee, and you have a match made in heaven. This dessert feels like a warm hug, and you won’t want to let go. Ever.
This quick and easy NYE pudding is something that the kids will definitely love. Everything you need to know about it is in the name – go and make it right now! You’re going to be the favorite adult at the party.
No NYE celebration is complete without some kind of tiramisu! This one might just be the best one, too.
The mascarpone mousse is the perfect pairing, and all the flavors of a delicious tiramisu are right there. This one might be a little less messy, though – you’re welcome!
There aren’t many cookies on this list, but these deserve a spot! These pistachio thumbprint cookies have flavors that come together perfectly.
Not only are they delicious, but they’re pretty easy to make and a really attractive dessert option.
This caramelized honey nut and seed tart is perfect if you want to get all those rich and unique flavors of the ingredients.
It’s sweet, easy to make, and so delicious. Your guests might look at it a little weird, but they will want seconds after tasting it!
We all know that sweet and salty is already the perfect combination, so why not add to it?
This lemon honey tart is one that everyone will remember you for once you serve it. That shortbread crust will melt in your mouth in no time.
This is the perfect NYE celebration cake. The mango curd and vanilla flavors pair perfectly, and the tequila spices it up just right, so you will be starting off the new year like you should!
There you have it! Now you have no excuse to not make something amazing for your next NYE celebration. We dare you to pick a favorite (or three) and make them this holiday season. You won’t regret it, and everyone will love you for it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Dessert Is Traditionally Eaten On New Year’s Eve?
Cakes are most commonly served at NYE. The type of cake can be anything you like, from vanilla, chocolate, or cheesecakes or angel cakes.
What Does Eating A Cake On NYE Mean?
Eating a round cake, or any kind of round dessert, is supposed to bring you good fortune for the year ahead!
Which Desserts Go With Champagne?
Dry cakes such as biscuits, shortbread, cookies and biscuits, rock cakes, and almond cakes pair very well with champagne. However, there are no rules you should feel like you have to follow!