15 Fancy Dessert Recipes that are Sure to Impress

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I know I’m not the only one who thinks that dessert is the best part of the meal! It’s the reason that so many of us save a tiny bit of room for a sweet treat at the end of the meal. I find myself especially appreciating dessert; growing up, our family only got dessert once a week. That meant my mom usually went all-out to make it a really good one. That tradition has stuck with me into adulthood. Any chance I get to make fancy dessert recipes that are sure to impress, you know I’m going to go for it!

A fancy and impressive dessert can be the crowning achievement of any dinner or gathering. It’s always nice to have your diners oohing and aahing over the final dish served. Make a big impact at your next gathering with one of these 15 fancy dessert recipes that are sure to impress. They also happen to be healthy, too, but no one has to know!

1. Strawberry & Rhubarb Galette

A galette is a crusty, round cake filled with something delicious…strawberry and rhubarb in this case! The rustic presentation and the vibrant, red-colored filling makes this a visually appealing dessert. It’s sure to please your guests eyes and palettes!

2. Clean Eating Crème Brûlée

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Crème Brûlée is a classic French indulgent dessert. It can be tricky to make, so most people consider it to be an extravagant addition to a meal. This clean-eating version is actually quite foolproof, but it’ll impress your guests nonetheless with its elegance and sophistication.

3. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust

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If you’re tired of boring old cake and ice cream, this gorgeous strawberry pie with strawberry crust is just the solution! Full of light and delicious strawberry flavors, this pie will make the perfect addition to any girls’ night celebration, baby shower, or birthday!

4. Ombré Citrus Upside-Down Cake

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While it may appear that you spent all day creating this beautiful ombre citrus upside down cake, it actually only takes about an hour to prepare! Not only will your guests be floored at it’s beauty, but we guarantee that they will be thrilled with it’s sweet citrus flavor, as well! PureWow has truly outdone themselves with this one!

5. Triple Berry Tiramisu

This recipe is a delicious berry twist on traditional tiramisu by The Cookie Rookie. Layers of fluffy mascarpone cream, fresh berries, and ladyfingers are a heavenly combination. The sharp contrast of the berries against the white cream really pops in presentation, and will have your guests raving over this beautiful dessert.

6. Orange Blossom Panna Cotta with Candied Mandarins

Panna cotta is a light Italian dessert made with cream and gelatin, and it fits perfectly onto our list of fancy dessert recipes that are sure to impress. The Endless Meal features the subtle flavor of orange blossoms in this panna cotta recipe, which is topped with candied mandarin oranges for a sweet-tart finish. Your diners will love the light simplicity of this dish as well as the cute mason jar presentation!

7. Blueberry Mango Mint Sorbet

Sorbet is a light and refreshing way to end any meal! This Stacey Homemaker recipe creates a beautiful presentation by giving us the bold, blue color of sorbet against a contrasting mint garnish. Serve it in a martini glass with a splash of champagne and a mint leaf and you have a simple (but impressive) last course.

8. Cranberry Pecan Frangipane Tart

A Frangipane tart features an almond-flavored filling. It’s classically French, so it automatically weighs-in as impressive on the scale of “Dessert Wow.” The Smitten Kitten mixes it up a little and uses pecans instead of almonds in her tart recipe, and she dots the filling with brightly colored, tart cranberries. The result is a beautiful and interesting dessert that will impress with its unique and playful twist on a classic French dessert!

9. Slow Cooker Cranberry Poached Pears

Poached pears are simple and classic. Because they are slow cooked for hours in cranberry juice, these slow-cooked pears turn a lovely shade of red! Serve ’em up in a small bowl with homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of candied pecans for an elegant and sophisticated dessert that’s sure to wow!

10. Chocolate Pots de Crème

Cooking Classy dishes up a decadent and indulgent dessert with this Chocolate Pots de Crème recipe. It has an almost mousse-like texture and is thick, creamy, and so chocolatey. This is one of the best fancy dessert recipes that are sure to impress chocolate lovers. Serve this in a fun vessel, like a china coffee cup or mason jar, and top it with homemade whipped cream. Talk about ending the meal on a high note!

11. S’Mores Bar Party

This idea from What’s Gaby Cooking is a brilliant way for everyone to get exactly what they want in a dessert! It involves a spread of various S’mores ingredient, including classic graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. You could also include strawberries, peanut butter, and more! Presentation is half the wow-factor, so put together an amazing display and have your guests raving over your creative genius!

12. Mexican Hot Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Molten lava cakes are among the most popular desserts with diners (for quite some time now), and for good reason! The center of the cake is an ooey, gooey pocket of melted chocolate deliciousness! Here, we get a Mexican hot chocolate version from Gimme Some Oven, which kicks it up with Mexican spices. I guarantee you won’t disappoint a soul if you serve these cakes at the end of any meal!

13. Chocolate Truffles

These little bites of delicious chocolate goodness are the perfect bit-sized treat. They’re rich, decadent, and the perfect end to any meal. Dress them up with various toppings, like shredded coconut, powdered sugar, or drizzled caramel. Feel free to experiment with different flavors to create an interesting presentation that will delight your guests!

14. Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Crepes

Crepes aren’t just a breakfast food! Roll ’em and stuff them with the right ingredients and they make an excellent dessert! These crepes are spread with a strawberry cream cheese filling, sprinkled with strawberries, and rolled up. Serve them topped with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a few more berries for a nice presentation that will impress any dinner guest!

15. Lemon Blueberry Trifle

Trifles make a beautifully presented dessert with layers of interesting flavors, colors, and textures! This Six Sisters Stuff trifle uses angel food cake, blueberries, and lemon to create a sweet and tart dessert experience. It’s light, full of eye and flavor appeal, and sure to impress!

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