Desserts dad can make

Culinary prowess isn’t limited to mothers: We know that fathers can cook and bake, too. They are the resident grill masters and the makers of favorite roasts (among much more). But for Mother’s Day, we wanted to give Dad some easy dessert options with which he can wow Mom. These three desserts are so easy that he can spend more time making that crave worthy dinner.

Fruit skewers

Fruit kabobs with honey-lime dipping sauce

This easy, fresh dessert is so pretty, and Mom will love the healthy dipping sauce.


  • 4 cups fruit (such as pineapple chunks, strawberries, melons, and grapes)
  • 1, 6-ounce container vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Zest of 1 lime


  1. Thread fruit onto wooden skewers, four or five pieces per each.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla yogurt with the honey and lime zest; whisk together. Transfer to a serving dish and cover.
  3. Chill the kabobs and dipping sauce until ready to serve.

Apple pear crumble

This warm, comforting dessert is a cinch to make and requires almost no advanced planning. Serves 4.

Pear apple crumbleIngredients

  • 2 apples, cored, quartered and sliced
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the apples, pears, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; toss until well combined.
  3. Add the apples to a glass pie dish; spread out into an even layer.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the oats, flour, and brown sugar; set aside.
  5. Heat the butter in a small pan until melted; remove from heat and stir into the oats mixture until well combined.
  6. Sprinkle the oats mixture over the apple and pears.
  7. Slide the pie dish into the oven and cook for 45 minutes, until golden on top and bubbling at the sides. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.

Chocolate chip walnut cookie bars

Everyone loves a good cookie and these cookies bars sure are good. Try them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yields 24 bars.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 11 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with cooking oil spray.
  2. Using a large bowl and a wire whisk, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy; add the egg and vanilla extract and beat on medium until combined.
  4. With the mixer running on its slowest speed, add the flour mixture one spoonful at a time.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and walnuts; mix briefly until just incorporated.
  6. Spread the dough out into the prepared pan in an even layer. Use your hand to press it into the corners, if necessary.
  7. Slide the pan into the oven and cook for 30 to 35 minutes, until cooked through and a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean.
  8. Let cool completely and cut into 12 bars.

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