Somehow, Father’s Day *always* sneaks up on you. It’s not that you don’t care, but with the start of summer, it’s easy to get preoccupied with everything going on (hello, festival season). If you want a quick and easy way to do Father’s Day on a budget, DIY is best for food AND gifts. After you finish making Dad a rad DIY charging station, you can whip him up a delicious Father’s Day dessert using one of his favorite brews. Baking with beer isn’t anything revolutionary, but it’s a thoughtful touch that your dad will absolutely love. Keep reading for 15 recipe ideas incorporating every beer, from shandy to stout, into your Father’s Day dessert.


1. Buttermilk and Beer Beignets: Imagine the joy on Dad’s face when you walk in the house cradling a sack of freshly made beignets. The beer is added directly to the dough, so it lends a bit of flavor and fluffy texture to the finished product. (via The Beeroness)


2. Chocolate Stout Ice Cream: Whether you’re eating it on its own or serving it alongside cake, this chocolate stout ice cream will steal the show. Be warned — your dad will ask for this at EVERY family function from now on. (via The Floating Kitchen)


3. Chocolate Porter Berry Cobblers: Dark beer, berries and chocolate may sound like an odd combination, but the mix of flavors is phenomenal in this cobbler. You can make it in individual ramekins or adapt for one big cobbler if you like. (via The Baking Bird)

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4. Salted Cocoa Porter Caramel Corn: Movie nights are always a fun family memory, no matter how old you are. Snuggle up on the couch with the ‘rents and this caramel corn to take in a flick. Maybe let Dad pick for once, though. (via My Modern Cookery)


5. No-Churn Apricot Sorbet and Pale Ale Floats: Let’s be real — the best part of being an adult is getting to drink with your parents. These adults-only floats are a frosty way to knock back a couple brewskis and have dessert at the same time. (via Wooden Spoon Baking)


6. Oatmeal Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Sandwiches: This mix of a boozy ice cream sandwich and oatmeal creme pie is every dad’s dream. A drizzle of warm butterscotch on top of these is pretty necessary. (via The Bojon Gourmet)


7. Strawberry Pineapple Pale Ale Cake With Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting: You won’t believe how moist and delicious this cake is. Try going for an IPA to balance out the sweetness of the fresh pineapple and strawberries. You may be making this for Dad, but everyone will go crazy for it. (via The Beeroness)


8. Berry Beer Jalapeno Popsicles: If dad likes things spicy, these pops will blow his mind. You can adjust the heat level to your liking and use any brew you fancy. Maybe try a beer that mimics the flavors in your popsicles, like a strawberry ale. (via The Hobo Kitchen)


9. Pretzels, Peanut Butter and Beer Cake: Talk about decadent. If Dad can’t choose between salty or sweet, give him both with this chocolate, pretzel and PB cake featuring a hearty stout. (via Recipe for Perfection)


10. Reese’s Oreo Chocolate Beer Bars: Literally everything about this recipe sounds amazing. Even if you waited until the last minute to plan a Father’s Day dessert, you probably have everything you need for these hidden in your junk food drawer at home. (via Peas and Peonies)

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11. Chocolate Rye Stout Cake With Marshmallow Whiskey Meringue: Dads are always proud of their children, but when you make him this skillet cake he’ll really be impressed. Lucky for you, it’s way easier than it sounds. (via Displaced Housewife)


12. Summer Shandy Cupcakes: Lemon Shandy is a staple summer beverage. Since you’ve already been sipping some by the pool, you might as well add it to lemonade cupcakes to make this Father’s Day-appropriate dessert. (via Erica’s Sweet Tooth)


13. Chocolate Beer Truffles: Food gifts are always well received. Package these truffles up in a pretty gift sack and Dad can choose whether or not he wants to share his edible present. (via Sinfully Sabrina)


14. Vanilla Shortbread and Blackberry Beer Jam Bars: If your dad is a gardener, he probably has loads of blackberries right now. Make him these bars so he can literally enjoy the fruits of his labor. A sour mash ale works great for the filling, but if you can’t find it, any ale will do. (via The Beeroness)


15. Boozy Whiskey Ice Cream Float: No need to choose between beer, whiskey and dessert. Have all three at once with these drunken ice cream floats that are sure to send you and Dad into a food coma. (via The Little Epicurean)

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