Knowing what dessert goes with Swedish meatballs tends to be a common conundrum.
Swedish meatballs are a classic comfort food that can be enjoyed in so many different ways.
But when it comes to dessert, there are a few key pairings that just work so well together.
From fruity cobblers to creamy puddings, these 13 desserts are the perfect way to end your meal.
So go ahead and give one (or all!) of them a try the next time you make Swedish meatballs for dinner.
1. Carrot Cake
Carrot cake is something that most people either love or hate.
I’m in the camp of people who love carrot cake, which is why I think it would make a great pairing for Swedish meatballs.
There are a few things you can do to make this pairing even better.
If you’re serving carrot cake as a dessert, add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you’re looking for something a little more savory, try serving the meatballs on top of the cake with a side of gravy.
Brownies are super easy (and delicious) to make from scratch, and you can even mix in some fun ingredients to change them up.
I like to add in a cup of chocolate chips, or swap out the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips.
You can also add in a cup of nuts, or use a different kind of nut butter.
And if you really want to get creative, you can top your brownies with frosting, or even make a brownie sundae!
Pro Tip: If you’re using a box mix, be sure to follow the directions on the back of the box.
3. Easy Chocolate Mousse
If simplicity is what you’re after, this is the dessert for you.
It only requires 3 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to whip up.
Plus, it’s always a hit with my family.
I like to serve it with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder on top.
3 Creative Twists:
- For a mint chocolate mousse, add a few drops of peppermint extract to the mixture.
- Make an orange chocolate mousse by adding a splash of orange juice (or liqueur) to the mix.
- Add some instant coffee granules to the mixture for a mocha-flavored mousse.
4. Easy No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
If you’ve got some leftover oatmeal, this is the perfect way to use it up.
These chocolate oatmeal bars are no-bake, so they come together quickly and easily.
And, they’re really versatile – you can add in any mix-ins that you like.
I often add in chopped nuts or dried fruit, but feel free to get creative.
Pro Tip: If you want a little extra crunch, try adding in some Rice Krispies cereal.
5. Blueberry Crumble Bars
Blueberries always add a touch of elegance to any dish, and these crumble bars are no exception.
They’re perfect for a summer picnic, or an after-dinner treat.
And, if you’re feeling creative, you can always add a little bit of this or that to the recipe.
Here are three ideas:
- Use raspberries or blackberries in place of some of the blueberries.
- Add a handful of chopped nuts to the topping for some extra crunch.
- Swap out the blueberry jam for apricot or peach preserves.
6. Italian Tiramisu
When you want to impress your guests with a classic Italian dessert, tiramisu is the way to go.
It’s a coffee-flavored custard layered with ladyfingers and dusted with cocoa powder.
This dish can be made in advance, which is always a bonus when entertaining.
Here are three creative ways to twist this classic recipe:
- Use flavored coffee liqueur instead of plain coffee for an extra boozy tiramisu.
- Add a layer of fruit jam or preserves between the custard and the ladyfingers for a fruity twist.
- Top with chopped nuts or chocolate shavings for some extra texture and flavor.
7. Lemon Blueberry Bread
Lemony, sweet and bursting with blueberries, this bread is a hit with young and old alike.
I like to serve it for breakfast with a dollop of yogurt, or as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea.
To make it extra special, try one (or all!) of these twists:
- Swap out the blueberries for raspberries or blackberries.
- Mix in a handful of chopped almonds or pecans.
- Make a lemon glaze to top it off: mix together 1/4 cup each of lemon juice and powdered sugar, and drizzle over the cooled bread.
8. Strawberry Lemon Blondies
Whether you decide to go with frozen or fresh strawberries, this dessert is always a hit in my house.
I love the tartness of the lemon paired with the sweetness of the strawberries, and the blondies themselves are nice and dense.
Pro Tip: If you’re using frozen strawberries, make sure to thaw them before adding them to the blondies. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a soggy mess.
3 Creative Twists:
- Use raspberries or blueberries instead of strawberries
- Add a streusel topping made with lemon zest, flour, sugar and butter
- Drizzle with a glaze made from powdered sugar, milk and freshly squeezed lemon juice
9. No Bake Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Balls
Forget about your oven for this one – all you need for this dessert is a stovetop, a bowl, and a few simple ingredients.
These cookie dough balls are dipped in chocolate and then rolled in chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or even sprinkles.
They’re perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without overdoing it.
Pro Tip: If you want to make these ahead of time, freeze them on a baking sheet and then store them in a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to enjoy, just microwave for 30 seconds or so.
3 Creative Twists:
- Use different kinds of chocolate – white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, etc.
- Roll the cookie dough balls in different toppings – crushed candy canes, graham cracker crumbs, etc.
- Make mini cookie dough bites instead of full-sized balls.
10. Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake
This dessert will feed a crowd (or help you with some serious self-restraint).
It’s a simple and classic chocolate chip loaf cake, but the key to its deliciousness is in the quality of ingredients that you use.
I like to use a good quality vanilla extract, butter, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
This cake is also really versatile – you can add frosting, serve it with ice cream, or even top it with fresh berries.
Pro Tip: For an extra special touch, sprinkle some flaked sea salt on top of the cake before serving.
11. Classic Strawberry Shortcake
Most people love strawberry shortcake because it’s simple and classic.
And while there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes it’s fun to mix things up!
Here are a few of my favorite twists on this classic dessert:
- Use flavored whipped cream. Vanilla is always a good choice, but you could also try chocolate, strawberry, or even pumpkin spice.
- Mix the berries! I love using a combination of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
- Add a little bit of texture by sprinkling some chopped nuts on top. Pecans or walnuts would be delicious choices.
12. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Once you’ve started eating these, it’s hard to stop.
The key to a good chocolate chip cookie is all in the dough.
This recipe uses both brown sugar and white sugar, as well as an extra egg yolk for a richer flavor.
I like to add a little bit of instant coffee granules to my dough for a mocha flavor, but you could also try adding cinnamon or even swapping out the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips.
Pro Tip: If you want your cookies to be extra soft and chewy, use all brown sugar in the dough.
13. Peanut Butter Cup Gooey Cookie Bars
Everybody loves peanut butter and chocolate, so it’s no surprise that these cookie bars are always a hit in my house.
They’re ooey, gooey and packed with flavor.
And, they couldn’t be easier to make.
Just mix together the ingredients, pour into a pan and bake.
Pro Tip: For an extra special treat, top the bars with whipped cream or ice cream.
Here are three creative twists you can try:
- Use almond butter instead of peanut butter for a different flavor profile.
- Add chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter for some texture.
- Top with a caramel or chocolate sauce for an extra decadent dessert.
13 Delicious Desserts that Go with Swedish Meatballs
- Carrot Cake
- Easy Chocolate Mousse
- Easy No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
- Blueberry Crumble Bars
- Italian Tiramisu
- Lemon Blueberry Bread
- Strawberry Lemon Blondies
- No Bake Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Balls
- Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake
- Classic Strawberry Shortcake
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cup Gooey Cookie Bars
- Pick your favorite dessert from this list to serve after your meatball dinner.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Enjoy in no time!