If you’re planning a Derby Day party to watch the races with friends, you’ll likely want to have some sweet treats for your guests to enjoy. Here are some indulgent desserts that are sure that feature the flavors that are popular in Kentucky and other Southern states.
Honey Cinnamon Bars
These sweet and slightly spicy bars are topped with pecans and a sugary glaze, which makes them a one-of-a-kind treat for your Derby Day party. You can also enjoy these bars with a refreshing glass of iced tea or coffee.
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Salted Butterscotch and Pecan No-Bakes
These tasty party desserts are easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Each cookie is accented with a pecan in the center for a rich, nutty flavor that goes great with the decadent sweetness of butterscotch.
Bananas Foster Sundaes
When you think of Bananas Foster, you likely picture a quaint cafe in New Orleans. However, the flavors of caramel and banana combined with pecans are pretty popular in Kentucky as well. These tasty sundaes are a decadent and refreshing treat when you’re soaking up the sun and watching the races.
Chocolate Mint Creams
These tasty chocolate cookies topped with silky mint cream will make your Derby Day party complete. Mint and chocolate are delicious flavors associated with the Kentucky Derby, and the small cookies are perfect for a get-together.
Honey Pecan Pie
If you enjoy pecans, you’ll love this delicious pie. The pecans are flavored with honey to make the pie even sweeter. This dessert tastes great with a mint julep, so it’s the perfect sweet treat for a Derby Day celebration.
Bring this classic dessert to your Derby Day party for a fruit-filled treat your loved ones will enjoy. This combination of bananas, custard, and cookies tastes great chilled, and you can top the dessert with cookie crumbs and fresh mint for a tasty finishing touch.
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Meringue Roses
Roses are a classic decorative item associated with the Kentucky Derby, so these strawberry meringue roses are the perfect Derby Day dessert. The meringue is also dipped in chocolate for a rich flavor that goes great with strawberries.
No-Bake Chocolate Pecan Tartlets
These tiny tarts feature flavors you’ll find in a Derby pie like pecans and chocolate. These sophisticated desserts are easy to make and don’t require baking, so you can spend more time enjoying the races.
Derby Pie Brownies
These rich chocolate brownies are flavored with bourbon and pecans, and they’re the perfect snack to enjoy with a mint julep. You and your friends will love watching the races while indulging in the brownie version of a Derby Pie.
Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn
Your friends and loved ones will love watching the Derby while snacking on this rich, chocolate popcorn. The popcorn is flavored with Southern flavors like bourbon and pecan for a delicious treat you may want to make again after Derby Day is over.
Mini Lemon Chess Pies
The miniature versions of a classic Southern dessert are flavored with lemon for a combination of tart and sweet flavors. These mini pies are great for parties and you can top them with chocolate chips, whipped cream, or fresh berries.
Mint Julep Bars
These tasty blondies are flavored with mint and Kentucky whiskey makes these Derby Day desserts a real crowd-pleaser. You can offer your guests toppings for the mint julep bars like fresh cream, mint leaves, and chocolate chips to make this tasty treat even more appealing.
Red Velvet Buttercream Rose Cake
This delicious cake is known as Run for the Roses and can easily be the centerpiece of your Derby Day dessert buffet. Moist red velvet cake covered in red buttercream icing in the shape of roses is one of the tastiest ways to enjoy the races.
This delicious pie is a Southern dessert staple. The custard is rich and sweet, and the pie tastes great with a scoop of vanilla bean or butter pecan ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Blackberry Mint Julep Cocktail
You can upgrade the classic mint julep by adding blackberries for a tart, sweet taste. This drink is the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with your additional Derby Day appetizers and desserts and provides a burst of fruity flavor.
Kentucky Derby Pie
This indulgent dessert is a Derby Day classic. It’s essentially a giant chocolate chip cookie baked into a pie crust and tastes great with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh mint leaves.
Honey Peach Mint Julep
Mint juleps are a staple at a Kentucky Derby party, and you can make these delicious cocktails even sweet by adding peaches, which are affectionately known as the “fruit of the South.” The fresh mint in the cocktail complements the peaches beautifully.
Mint Julep Fudge
If you love the taste of mint, you’ll love these decadent brownies. Chocolate and mint are a winning combination, and you can top the brownies with white chocolate and chocolate chips to make the brownies as visually appealing as they are delicious.