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Why not spoil the men in our lives that we love with an amazing meal?! These Father’s Day dinner ideas will help you do just that.

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A collage of Father's Day Recipes, including main dishes, sides, and desserts.

Celebrate Dad with a Meal!

I once saw the headline “The Power of a Father’s Influence is Immeasurable”. I have to agree! The wonderful fathers and father figures in our lives should receive our gratitude year-round, especially on the 3rd Sunday in June.

I love celebrating Father’s Day and making sure my dad and husband are recognized and appreciated for all that they do and for being the best father around. 

One of the ways we celebrate is with a delicious homemade meal on this special occasion!

Whether your dad is a meat and potatoes kind of guy or loves a loaded salad or a pizza with lots of toppings, there are plenty of yummy ideas to add to your father’s day menu. To top off the meal, we also have delicious dessert recipes he’s sure to love.

A ranch burger on a plate with strawberries and grapes.

Making Father’s Day Fun

Aside from spoiling them with a few gifts, like these 100+ Father’s Day Gift Ideas or 100+ Father’s Day gifts from Amazon, making dinner for DAD is at the top of my celebration list.

  • To go all out, use your dad’s favorite hobby as a theme for the meal. 
  • Crown him “King for the Day” and turn his seat at the table into a throne.
  • Have kids help cook dinner. Younger kids can help wash produce, pour, and stir. Older kids can help peel and cut produce. They can measure and follow simple recipes. Teens 12+ should be able to cook on the stove and in the oven.
  • Have the kids fill out a “How well do you know dad” questionnaire. The winner gets a special treat.
  • Share your favorite memories of dad. 
  • Plan to do dad’s favorite activity- go fishing, have a video game competition, go to a car show, go bird watching, play his favorite board game.
  • Serve him breakfast in bed.
  • Begin a memory book. Ask questions about his childhood and record the answers. Continue to ask new questions each week and present him with a completed book the next year.   
Snicker's Brownies on a plate served as a Father's Day dessert.

Menu Plan

Whether you’re planning a small dinner for dad or hosting a large gathering, planning your father’s day dinner menu a couple of weeks ahead of time helps:

  • Watch for sales.
  • Make any new recipes ahead of time to work out any kinks.
  • Allow friends and family to bring a dish.
  • Include dishes that can be made ahead of time.
  • Make sure you have enough time and space to cook everything. Tip: Using a crock pot helps free up the oven and stovetop space.

How much to serve

These general guidelines will help ensure you have enough food!

Pasta. 16 oz of pasta can serve about 6-8 guests. If it also includes veggies or protein it can serve about 8-10 guests. 

Meats. Plan to serve 8-12 oz per person for any meat main dish including beef, chicken, or pork. 

Side dishes. In general, plan about 6 oz of potatoes, 4 oz of veggies, and 1½ rolls per person. For every 5-8 people attending add another dish to the menu.

Dessert. Plan to have enough dessert for people to have 1½ servings. 

Grilling bacon wrapped asparagus skewers on an outdoor grill.

Grilling Tips

A backyard barbecue is a common way we celebrate Father’s day. Some dads love to grill but may appreciate a break from the duty.

Here are a few tips to help you step in:

  • Take the meat out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  • It’s helpful to have a grill large enough that you can adjust the temperature on different sections. 
  • Create a chart that lays out what item will be grilled in what section, as well as how long each piece of meat will need to cook. Do not overlap the different types of food before or during grilling. 
  • Clean the grates and apply a thin layer of oil to help keep food from sticking to the grill grates.
  • Use a meat thermometer to test the doneness of each type of meat. (Be sure to clean it off with soapy water in between uses.)
  • It can be tempting to poke, prod and flip the meat, but don’t. You should only flip it once. By doing so you allow each side to heat up enough to start forming a nice caramelized crust. 
  • Grilling vegetables takes a fraction of the time as the meat. Since meat needs to rest once it is done cooking, this is a perfect time to reduce the heat and grill up your veggies.
  • If you add barbecue sauce or other flavorful sauces too early, it just tends to char. Allow your meat to cook almost completely before coating it with the sauce. 
  • Allow meat to rest for a few minutes before cutting.
  • Have a box of baking soda on hand in case of a grill fire.


Here are plenty of options to please every guy you love. These Father’s Day dinner ideas are sure to hit the spot! From steak to burgers, pasta, or seafood, we’ve got you covered.

Ritz Cracker Chicken

Crispy cheddar chicken is coated in sour cream, cheddar cheese, and ritz cracker crumbs and baked to crispy perfection. Top it with a creamy sauce, and it’s to die for!

1 Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe

Main Course Ritz Cracker Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4.95 from 58 votes
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Steak Marinade

This is our all-time favorite steak marinade! It requires only four ingredients, and makes our steak taste SO amazing! Everyone always asks for this easy steak marinade recipe because it’s just that good!!

2 Steak Marinade Recipe

Main Course Steak Marinade Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
4.96 from 73 votes
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Sweet Pork Barbacoa

Sweet pork barbacoa is the best slow cooker pulled pork recipe you will ever try. Better than Cafe Rio—you better make a double batch!

3 Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe

Main Course Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Easy Baked Salmon

Bake a delicious and healthy pan of salmon for the whole family! Flavored with lemon, garlic, and parsley for a tasty dinner everyone will enjoy.

4 Baked Salmon Recipe

Main Course Baked Salmon Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Chicken Alfredo

Cheesy chicken Alfredo pasta is a go-to dinner meal in our house. Creamy sauce mixed in with fettuccine pasta and sautéed chicken. A one-pot meal that the whole family will enjoy!

5 Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Main Course Chicken Alfredo Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Dr. Pepper Ribs

Pork ribs cooked in Dr. Pepper, grilled to perfection, and smothered in BBQ Sauce. These Dr. Pepper ribs are fall off the bone delicious!

6 Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe

Main Course Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
4.88 from 25 votes
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Carne Asada

Carne Asada is the perfect Mexican flavored meat to add to tacos, burritos, salads, or quesadillas. It’s tender, flavorful, and juicy.

7 Carne Asada Recipe

Main Course Carne Asada Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Ranch Burgers

These ranch burgers make the BEST homemade hamburgers!! This easy burger recipe is complete with the most delicious secret sauce that compliments the ranch burger perfectly!

8 Ranch Burger Recipe

Main Course Ranch Burger Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.95 from 36 votes
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Crack Chicken

Crack chicken in a crock pot is simple and tasty. Everyone is sure to love this creamy, cheesy chicken dish.

9 Crack Chicken Recipe

Main Course Crack Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Steak And Tortellini Salad

Delish steak and tortellini salad is hearty and refreshing. Tortellini, sirloin & romaine in a creamy pesto dressing is a must-have!

10 Steak and Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Steak and Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Crock Pot Brisket

Juicy and delicious meat, easily made in your slow cooker! This crock pot brisket is so tender it just falls apart.

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Main Course Crock Pot Brisket Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
5 from 191 votes
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Chicken Stroganoff

This homemade chicken stroganoff is perfect for dinner any night of the week. Its full of flavor and is made from start to finish in under 40 minutes!

12 Chicken Stroganoff Recipe

Main Course Chicken Stroganoff Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.95 from 52 votes
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French Dip Sandwich

These low-maintenance French dip sandwiches are made with hearty beef and melted provolone cheese on a buttery toasted bun, and dipped in au jus!

13 French Dip Sandwich Recipe

French Dip Sandwiches
Main Course French Dip Sandwich Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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Smothered Pork Chops

This creamy lemon & thyme smothered pork chops recipe always gets rave reviews. It’s flavorful and ready in 35 minutes or less.

14 Smothered Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Smothered Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Pot Roast Recipe

This crock pot roast recipe is one of our favorite Sunday dinners. It takes only 3 minutes of prep time and then the slow cooker does the rest! The chuck roast ends up being SO tender and full of flavor from the brown gravy, Italian, and ranch dressing mix! 

15 Pot Roast Recipe

Main Course Pot Roast Recipe
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes
4.98 from 80 votes
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Garlic Prime Rib

Perfect prime rib, seasoned with garlic and cooked in the oven. A secret trick will give you the most tender and juicy meat you’ve ever made!

16 Prime Rib Recipe

Main Course Prime Rib Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

Honey BBQ boneless wings are double-breaded and baked to crispy perfection. They make a perfect game-day appetizer or weekend dinner!

17 Honey BBQ Boneless Wings Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Honey BBQ Boneless Wings Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.92 from 37 votes
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Skillet Lasagna

Skillet lasagna is a comforting and cheesy one-pot meal. It takes just 30 minutes and is perfect for dinner any night of the week!

18 Skillet Lasagna Recipe

Main Course Skillet Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Sausage Alfredo

Creamy sausage Alfredo packed with smoky sausage is a family favorite. This delicious meal is on the table in only 30 minutes!!

19 Sausage Alfredo Recipe

Main Course Sausage Alfredo Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Easy Father’s Day Sides

These side dishes are simple and delicious, perfect for serving up for that special guy in your life!

Chicken Pasta Salad

Creamy chicken pasta salad is quick, easy, and SO tasty. It is packed with hearty ingredients like pasta, chicken, avocado, tomato, bell peppers, and cheese. It makes for a filling side or main dish! 

20 Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Crock Pot Mac And Cheese

Everyone loves a good slow cooker recipe, and this crock pot mac and cheese is so simple, cheesy, and delicious. With loads of cheese, butter, and sour cream it’s hard not to love this creamy macaroni and cheese recipe.

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Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.99 from 194 votes
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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Using the grill is one of our new favorite ways to cook corn! Grilled corn on the cob will be your go-to side dish this summer.

22 Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

Side Dish Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

After having these twice baked potatoes, you’ll never want regular baked potatoes again! These super easy potatoes are loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and seasonings! For being such a delicious side, they are SO simple!

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Side Dish Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Homemade Potato Salad

Our all-time favorite potato salad – it’s simple, flavorful, and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It’s the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.

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Salad Potato Salad Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon wrapped asparagus is a smoky and savory side dish. It is crispy, delicious, and takes about 20 minutes to prepare!

25 Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

Appetizer, Side Dish Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Wedge Salad

This fresh wedge salad is a classic. It’s crisp and refreshing, smothered in creamy dressing and topped with crumbles of cheese and bacon.

26 Wedge Salad Recipe

Salad Wedge Salad Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Creamed Corn

A smooth and creamy side dish filled with cream, butter and cheese. Anyone who likes corn will love this recipe! This creamed corn is also a perfect side dish for holiday meals.

27 Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 71 votes
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Best Mashed Potatoes

My FAVORITE mashed potatoes recipe! These buttery smooth mashed potatoes are our Go-To potato side dish recipe for every dinner and holiday get together.

28 Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 100 votes
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Green Bean Bundles

These green bean bundles make for the ultimate side dish. Bacon wrapped green beans drizzled in butter, brown sugar, and garlic salt – the flavor can’t be beat!!

29 Green Bean Bundles Recipe

Side Dish Green Bean Bundles Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls are so soft they melt in your mouth!! They are huge, buttery, and SO good!

30 Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe

Bread Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Funeral Potatoes

Cheesy and delicious Funeral potatoes (aka Cheesy potatoes, Party Potatoes). This simple casserole is a potato lover’s dream. With cheese, sour cream, butter, cream of chicken, and born, these potatoes are perfect for any meal or holiday.

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Side Dish Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 853 votes
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Oven Roasted Vegetables

Simple, flavorful, and healthy roasted vegetables that take less than 10 minutes of prep work! Nothing beats yummy veggies roasted in the oven!

32 Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Side Dish Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.96 from 25 votes
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Parmesan Potatoes

Simple and delicious baked parmesan potatoes are the perfect side dish, made from cubed potatoes coated in parmesan and a few simple seasonings.

33 Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Parmesan Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Cheesy Garlic Bread

This is by far our favorite garlic bread recipe. It takes minutes to put together and is SO cheesy and delicious. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal, but especially for pasta and Italian dishes!

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Bread Garlic Bread Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.86 from 28 votes
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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

If you need a go-to side dish, these brown sugar glazed carrots are perfect for you! The tastiest candied carrots recipe!! Even better, it takes less than 10 minutes to make and only requires 4 ingredients!

35 Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Recipe

Side Dish Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 963 votes
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Potato Wedges

Crunchy potato wedges are perfectly seasoned and garnished with parmesan. You won’t be able to stop at one!

36 Potato Wedges Recipe

Side Dish Potato Wedges Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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father’s day desserts

Whether decadent chocolate or bright and summery fruit desserts, there is something the entire family will love. Enjoy celebrating those special men in your life!

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Everyone’s favorite cookie is the star of this show! No bake Oreo cheesecake is a cool and creamy dessert with a crisp Oreo crust and a rich cookie-filled cheesecake base. It comes together in 15 minutes, no oven is required!

37 No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Dessert No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.96 from 24 votes
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German Chocolate Cake

Homemade German Chocolate Cake is always a favorite. Two layers of tender chocolate cake topped with a decadent coconut pecan frosting. What’s not to love?

38 German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dessert German Chocolate Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 72 votes
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Reese’s Brownies

Reese’s brownies have a fudgy brownie base topped with creamy peanut butter butter cream. You can’t go wrong with this decadent dessert!!

39 Reese’s Brownie recipe

Dessert Reese’s Brownie recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Chocolate Cream Pie

This chocolate cream pie has two types of chocolate in a creamy pudding, topped with whipped cream and chocolate curls!!

40 Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Snickers Brownie Bites

Chewy & delicious Snickers brownie bites are filled with brownie, nougat, caramel, and peanuts and topped with chocolate!

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Dessert Snickers Brownie Bites Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Better Than Anything Cake

Quick and easy better than anything cake is a sweet cake filled with caramel and topped with cool whip and toffee bits!

42 Better Than Anything Cake Recipe

Dessert Better Than Anything Cake Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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The original Pizookie cookie pie is utterly irresistible. Ooey, gooey and Warm cookie topped with vanilla ice cream makes a perfect dessert.

43 Pizookie Recipe

Dessert Pizookie Recipe
Total Time: 23 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight

A delicious and cool layered dessert with a cookie base, cream cheese and pudding layer all topped off with Cool Whip and mini chocolate chips.

44 Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight Recipe
Total Time: 54 minutes
4.97 from 32 votes
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Churro Cheesecake Bars

Flaky & delicious churro cheesecake bars are covered in cinnamon and sugar filled with a sweet cream cheese layer.

45 Churro Cheesecake Bars

Dessert Churro Cheesecake Bars
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 144 votes
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Chocolate Cheesecake

An Oreo crust, milk chocolate cheesecake layer, and rich chocolate ganache topping combine to make this decadent dessert made for the ultimate choco-holic. 

46 Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
Total Time: 9 hours 30 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Frozen peanut butter pie consists of a graham cracker pretzel crust, frozen peanut butter filling, and a chocolate, pretzel, peanut butter cup topping. It’s the most perfect salty and sweet combo!

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Dessert Frozen Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Peach Cobbler

Our FAVORITE peach dessert! This homemade peach cobbler recipe takes just a few minutes to prep and is beyond easy! Add some ice cream and cool whip to this delicious cobbler and you’re set!

48 Peach Cobbler

Dessert Peach Cobbler
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.99 from 775 votes
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Cheesecake Chimichanga

Crispy on the outside, with a sweet + tangy filling, cheesecake chimichanga bake up in minutes for a perfectly satisfying treat!

49 Chimi Cheesecake Recipe

Dessert Chimi Cheesecake Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Lemon Bundt Cake

This is the most delicious and moist lemon bundt cake recipe! It is covered in a sweet lemon glaze and topped off with an amazing cream cheese frosting with lemon zest, making it irresistible.

50 Lemon Bundt Cake recipe

Dessert Lemon Bundt Cake recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Chocolate Lava Cake

Deliciously decadent chocolate lava cakes are perfect for company or a date night in. These chocolatey cakes are made in just 30 minutes!!

51 Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe
Total Time: 23 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

Chocolate Tres Leches Cake is a chocolate twist on a classic Mexican dessert. This chilled treat is rich and decadent!

52 Chocolate Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Favorite Father’s Day recipes

We hope you enjoy this collection of some of our favorite Father’s Day dinner Ideas – they’re sure to make dad feel extra special! Best of all they are as easy as they are delicious and are sure to be recipes you’ll want to make all year long!

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  1. My husband requested his moms meatloaf, but the rest of my menu came from here. He specifically loved the bacon wrapped green beans bundles.

  2. Wow, so many great dinner ideas for Father’s Day! Thank you for compiling this list of recipes together, this is just what I was looking for!

  3. Okay I was needing inspiration for Sunday and this post did not disappoint! Thanks so much for making it easy.