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10 Nostalgic Dessert Recipes

By Tessa Arias
January 25th, 2021

Here are 10 nostalgic dessert recipes to transport you back to when Y2K was the scariest thing in the news! We’ve got Copycat Little Debbie’s treats like Cosmic Brownies, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Fudge Rounds, and LOTS more goodness.

Anyone else been feeling nostalgic lately?

Lizzie McGuire. Flip phones. Packing Little Debbie’s into your Lisa Frank lunchbox. Gilmore Girls. Listening to the Spice Girls on your Mp3 (or maybe even a walkman?!) on the bus ride home from school. Britney and Justin in matching denim outfits.

Sometimes I wish I could go back!

Today I’m throwing it back with some of my favorite dessert recipes that remind me of childhood. We’ve got lots of copycat recipes that take your favorite childhood treat and transform them into an impressive homemade dessert more suited for an adult palette (no sickly sweet tastes or artificial flavorings here!).

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram because each day this week, I’m pairing one of these desserts with one of my old favorite movies, tv shows, or even a Spotify playlist!

What’s something that brings back nostalgia for YOU? Let me know in the comments below.

Now, enjoy your throwback desserts!

10 Delicious Nostalgic Dessert Recipes

Cosmic brownie squares lined up

1. Cosmic Brownies
from Handle the Heat

homemade fudge rounds on parchment paper

2. Homemade Fudge Rounds
from Handle the Heat

Nutella Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats with a blue background

3. Nutella Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
from Handle the Heat

chocolate frosted sugar cookie bars with sprinkles on top

5. Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies
from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Deep Fried Cookie Dough made with homemade chocolate chip cookie dough, dipped in batter, and fried to golden crispy perfection!

7. Homemade Circus Animal Cookies
from A Cozy Kitchen

8. Homemade Frosted Brown Sugar Pop Tarts
from Sally’s Baking Addiction

9. Peanut Butter Monster Cookies
from Baker by Nature

10. Homemade Thin Mints
from Sally’s Baking Addiction

I hope you enjoy these recipes! Let me know which nostalgic dessert recipe you want to try first.

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Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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