Dessert for Dinner – What Every Kid (Young and Old) Loves

Dessert for Dinner

If you want a great idea to surprise your family, give them dessert for dinner.  This is a terrific treat at the end of the school semester or marking period to acknowledge great grades and achievements.

And this idea isn’t just for kids.  No, adults deserve it too.  So here are a few creative ideas to go along with the usual platters of brownies, bowls of ice cream and boxes of cookies.

Cupcake Cones

This is a fun twist on ice cream cones that substitute the ice cream with cupcakes.  They do take a little bit of time but they are well worth the effort. These ideas come to us from our friends at


Cake type ice cream cones –these are the ones that are squat with a flat bottom rather than the pointy sugar cones

Cake mix


Sprinkles for decorating

Empty egg carton – These work well to hold the cupcake cones but cut off the tops of the egg cartons so ink doesn’t burn in the oven


Cut the bottoms out of empty egg cartons and place the cones into them.  After mixing your favorite cake batter, fill the cones 2/3 full.  Bake them in the egg carton at 350° for about 30 minutes.  Test for doneness with a toothpick or skewer just like you would for regular cake mix.  Decorate with frosting and sprinkles and serve as an appetizer.

Easy Apple Tart

You can make this dessert look like fruity pizza using some puff pastry and apples.  This recipe is courtesy of Ree Drummond on Food Network.


  • One sheet puff pastry cut in half and then into rectangles
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Three whole apples, cored, halved and sliced with the peels on
  • Caramel sauce (store bought)
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans


Preheat your oven to 425°. Prepare a baking sheet with nonstick spray and parchment paper.

Place the pastry rectangles on the baking sheet.

In a bowl, combine sliced apples, sugar, salt and lemon juice.  Stir to mix well and let sit.

Next, arrange the apple slices on the pastry rectangles in a straight line overlapping them as you go.  Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Take the rectangles from the pan and arrange on a plate.  Serve with caramel sauce and pecans.

Other Ideas

Our kids always loved the chocolate spin on rice crispy treats using chocolate rice krispies instead of regular.

You can also make individual molten lava cake and serve it with fresh whipped cream.

And for a beverage, how about a root beer float?  Get your favorite root beer and some vanilla bean ice cream and let the kids make their own floats.

Dinner does not just have to be on the nutritious, savory side so treat your family to dessert for dinner soon.

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