Delicious Recipes for the National Dessert Days in March

Dessert lovers will be delighted to know that many sinful sweets are given their own special day in the month of March. While these food celebration days are new creations and certainly not steeped in tradition like actual holidays, they are fun to acknowledge and worth enjoying with a homemade dessert. It's the perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and try a new recipe or two.

  • 01 of 11

    National Peanut Butter Lover's Day

    Peanut butter cookies

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    The entire month of March is dedicated to peanuts, and it is kicked off in style on March 1st with National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. Luckily, this is one of the best dessert ingredients, with many tasty treat options to bake up. From crunchy peanut butter cookies, a far-too-tempting chocolate peanut butter pie, or even a homemade peanut butter ice cream, there's a little something for every PB lover.

  • 02 of 11

    Banana Cream Pie Day

    Banana cream pie

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    Having a day designated to this luscious dessert is a great reason to create one of these irresistible pies where sliced bananas are topped with a sweet custard and fluffy whipped cream. Try a nice and simple recipe for the perfect banana cream pie with whipped topping, or a more traditional version with meringue. Make your own crust or go with a pre-made shell. Either way, it's filled with a fantastic cream of bananas and coconut, and it takes less than an hour to make.

  • 03 of 11

    National Pound Cake Day

    Pound cake

    Pound cakes are aptly named as the ingredients in the original recipes were composed of one-pound each of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. Keep a pound cake in the freezer and you'll always have dessert. Whether it's served alone or with fruit, ice cream, and/or whipped cream, it is always delicious. Celebrate National Pound Cake Day on March 4th with a lemon pound cake, or for a fun twist on the recipe, a 7-UP pound cake uses the fizzy soda for flavor and tender crumb.

  • 04 of 11

    Happy Birthday Oreos!

    Package of Oreos
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    On March 6, 1912, the first Oreo was made which gives you all the reason to say happy birthday to Oreos! Since then, the Oreo has become the world's best-selling cookie, and for good reason. The chocolate sandwich cookies with cream filling are not only scrumptious on their own but are also a wonderful addition to desserts.

    While you may be tempted to munch a stack of Oreos, they're also a lot of fun to bake with. Whether it's a simple pie crust, festive chocolate-dipped Oreos, Oreo ice cream pie, or cookies and cream candy bark, there are many ways to enjoy this favorite cookie.

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  • 05 of 11

    National Cereal Day

    Rice krispie treats

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    March 7th is National Cereal Day! Certain cereals play an important role in some classic sweets, such as Rice Krispie treats. But there are other cereal-based goodies, too, like puppy chow, a sweet snack mix made with Chex cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. For something truly unique, try a Greek shredded wheat cake, a pastry made with shredded wheat cereal, walnuts, and lots of sugar.

  • 06 of 11

    National Peanut Cluster Day

    Chocolate peanut clusters

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    Celebrate National Peanut Cluster Day on March 8th! These sweet and salty chocolate and peanut candies treats have their own holiday! They make great gifts, too, and would be cute in a spring basket.

  • 07 of 11

    Pi Day

    Pi day pie

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    Calling all self-proclaimed geeks who love to bake! March 14th is Pi Day. It's not the pie we eat, but Pi the calculation (3.14) used to calculate the circumference of a circle.

    To celebrate this annual event, it only makes sense to bake a pie! Choose from chocolate cream pie, glazed peach pie, key lime pie, old-fashioned apple pie, or sweet potato pie. But it doesn't matter what you decide to bake because any pie will do. Bonus points if you can craft the Pi symbol into the crust!

  • 08 of 11

    National Potato Chip Day

    Potato chips
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    March 14th is National Potato Chips Day! Potato chips are actually the perfect pairing for chocolate, making for a crunchy treat that will satisfy the sweet tooth as well as that salty craving. For this occasion, you can make easy potato chip chocolate bark or potato chip clusters, which includes peanuts and dried cranberries. If you like, start completely from scratch and make your own potato chips.

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  • 09 of 11

    National Oatmeal Cookie Day

    Oatmeal cookies

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    The traditional oatmeal cookie is loved so much that it has its own holiday on March 18th with National Oatmeal Cookie Day. They're easy to make, too. You can go with a classic oatmeal walnut cookie or family favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Or try out a fun no-bake oatmeal cocoa cookie.

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    California Strawberry Day

    Strawberry shortcake

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    As spring begins to show its tell-tale signs, sweet, delicious strawberries are just coming into the season. It's the perfect time for California Strawberry Day on March 21st and a fresh strawberry cake.

    Show off this favorite fruit by making your very own strawberry shortcake with a homemade cream filling. If you're in the mood to mix the berries into a batter, a strawberry cake will do the trick.

  • 11 of 11

    Pecan Day

    Classic Southern pecan pie recipe

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    Pecans are loaded with anti-oxidants and they're amazing in desserts. You'll find these tasty nuts to be a very useful ingredient in your kitchen.

    Pecan fans can celebrate Pecan Day on March 25th with a traditional pecan pie or a sweet potato pie with pecan topping. These nuts are also a fantastic accent for baked goods, like in pecan crescent cookies or a tropical pineapple coconut cake. You can also top your favorite chocolate cake with a coconut pecan frosting.