Graduation Recipes

Celebrate the graduate with these top-rated recipes for graduation cupcakes, graduation cookies, special graduation dinners, and more.

Staff Picks

Grad Cap Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 2
Cute little graduation caps are made with peanut butter cup hats, graham cracker cookie mortarboards, and candy licorice tassels. They are easy to assemble with prepared frosting to hold them together.

Graduation Pasta Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 5
We served this at our twin daughters' graduation open house. Since that time, it is our most requested pasta salad. My daughters will make batches of this to take back to college to share with their friends. Scale back the salt and MSG if it suits your tastes or needs, but in this recipe the amounts listed blend in very nicely.

Too Cool For School Pumpkin Spice Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
I found this recipe in the teacher's lounge. An unnamed source placed copies of this recipe on a table. It is so delicious and very moist!!

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 3031
Texas-style pulled pork simmers in a tangy chili-seasoned barbecue sauce with plenty of onion, then pulled into tender shreds to serve on a buttered, toasted bun.

Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops

Rating: 4.5 stars 622
Scallops sauteed in butter and garlic will melt in your mouth. Lemon juice gives it a nice kick.

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 46
This simple slow cooker pulled pork recipe is big hit with my family of picky eaters. For a spicy kick, mix 1 part Frank's® RedHot® Buffalo sauce and 1 part of your favorite mustard-based BBQ sauce. You can use a pork loin instead of pork shoulder, if desired. Combine with your favorite BBQ sauce and enjoy.

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 1001
These fried green tomatoes come out perfectly every time with this easy recipe.
By Allrecipes Member

Smooth Sweet Tea

Rating: 5 stars 1486
Refreshingly cold, classic Southern sweet tea, perfect for hot summer days!
By cookincode3

Awesome Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 696
This is the best pasta salad I've ever eaten, and people request it frequently. It's a very easy, light-tasting side dish for a picnic or dinner.

Seven Layer Taco Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 2804
Quick, no-bake, 7-layer taco dip that has all the classic Mexican flavors.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 269
Cupcakes made with pineapple cake mix, crushed pineapple, and brown sugar.

Inspiration and Ideas

Potato Salad
Rating: Unrated 252
Quick and easy potato salad recipe with a lot of old-fashioned potato salad flavor. This will become a go-to summer side dish recipe. Better if made the day before.
Grilled Tri-Tip
Rating: 4 stars 54

This grilled tri-tip tastes gourmet but is actually very easy to make.