The best desserts you can buy at Costco

From the Costco bakery to the freezer section and many places in between, you can find hundreds of dessert options on the shelves of this warehouse club. While many of Costco's desserts are yummy, only a select few stand above the rest as being the best of the best.

Although you may know that you should buy a rotisserie chicken each time you visit Costco, there are a few desserts that should join that $5 chicken on your must-buy list. Sure, you usually have to buy a bulk supply when you shop at Costco, but it's difficult to complain about having too many scrumptious dessert options in your home.

On this list, we'll point you toward the 15 best Costco desserts. Go ahead and sample each one with confidence, especially because each one is available at a reasonable price. At the end of this delicious journey, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and diversity of the desserts you can find at Costco.

Costco Tuxedo Cake

If you love chocolate, you will fall head over heels for a Tuxedo cake from Costco. This bad boy is a chocolate lover's dream come true. On the top of a Tuxedo Cake, you'll find a rich chocolate icing covered by sticks and balls made out of dark and white chocolate. The cake is so beautiful that you might hesitate to put your fork to it. But once you gather the courage and dig in, you'll be met with a bold, rich chocolate cake along with chocolate mousse, white chocolate mousse, and pieces of chocolate brownies. Everything is so heavy and so packed with flavor that you will only be able to eat a small slice for dessert.

While everyone misses the discontinued all American chocolate cake that featured seven pounds of chocolate heaven, the Tuxedo Cake is a suitable replacement. In fact, the amazing mousse and the use of white chocolate make the Tuxedo Cake even more enjoyable. The All American Chocolate Cake was fantastic, but it became almost too rich after the third or fourth slice. The Tuxedo Cake, on the other hand, is something you will cherish until the final crumb is gone.

Churro from the Costco food court

While Costco's churro is a relatively simple creation, it's truly something you should try while you're still among the living. To make it, Costco twists up some dough, fries it, and then sprinkles it with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. It may sound simple, but your taste buds will be overjoyed.

There are two aspects of the churro that helps elevate it to its current legendary status. First of all, Costco's churros are about 18 inches in length and satisfyingly thick. You might not think the size of a churro matters, but once you finish enjoying this thing, you won't be able to go back to smaller, punier churros ever again. Secondly, churros at Costco only cost a dollar. These days, it'd be difficult for you to find a better bang for your buck dessert anywhere else.

When you order a churro at Costco's food court, it will be hot to the touch. It's a good idea to eat it as soon as possible because that's when it will be the softest and have the most flavor.

Delizza Patisserie Belgian Mini Cream Puffs at Costco

If you start eating Delizza Patisserie Belgian Mini Cream Puffs, you will probably find it difficult to stop. Thankfully, Costco sells big boxes that contain 120 of these cream puffs, so you can stock up for snacking emergencies. That may sound like a lot, but you'll be thankful that you have a large supply once you start eating these glorious goodies.

While the flaky, golden pastry shell tastes great, where the Delizza Patisserie Belgian Mini Cream Puffs really shine is in the middle. That's where the fresh, vanilla-flavored whipped cream resides. The whipped cream has the perfect level of sweetness and a texture that will tantalize every inch of your mouth.

According to the instructions on the box, you should let these cream puffs thaw for either one hour in the refrigerator or 30 minutes at room temperature. Truthfully, though, they taste great even if they're still totally frozen. Go ahead and try one frozen cream puff. If you don't like it, you will still have 119 more to do with as you please.

Costco cheesecake

While Costco has a large selection of cheesecakes, you should start off by purchasing the regular cheesecake. It weighs four and a half pounds, but it's not even that expensive. Once you taste it, you will understand why this cheesecake is anything but regular. It may be richer and more flavorful than any cheesecake you've ever tried before. For a relatively small price tag, you can feed your entire family and still have more cheesecake to eat tomorrow.

While this so-called regular cheesecake is the best of the bunch, other cheesecakes at Costco are spectacular in their own right. Around the holiday season, there's an amazing pumpkin cheesecake that is sure to be a favorite in your household. You also can't go wrong with the New York-style cheesecake with strawberry topping. That one will also be a crowd-pleaser if you like fruity desserts.

The only cheesecakes at Costco that you should avoid are the chocolate cheesecakes. They simply lack the chocolatey goodness you can find in many of the other available desserts, especially the Tuxedo cake.

Kirkland Signature Ready-to-Freeze Vodka Cocktails from Costco

If you need to unwind after a long and stressful day, there's not a better dessert than Costco's Ready-to-Freeze Vodka Cocktails. While you may find similar products from other brands, go with those made by Costco's Kirkland Signature brand. You may actually discover that these are tastier than other, more expensive options out there.

As the name suggests, these frozen ice pops are blessed with a pleasant amount of vodka. It's not enough to make you tipsy, but it's enough to take the edge off as you relax at the end of your day. You'll also be happy to learn that each ice pop only has 100 calories, so you could hypothetically enjoy two or three of these pops without feeling any shred of guilt.

You'll find that the best flavor is Strawberry Freeze but that the Watermelon Hibiscus gives it a run for its money. The Lime Drop flavor can be shockingly sour at first, but you can learn to enjoy that one as well.

Costco cherry danish

At the bakery department of your local Costco, you can find many types of danishes. From the cheese danish to the apple danish to even the cinnamon danish, each type looks delicious. And while they all taste just as good as they look, Costco's cherry danish is the best of them all. Made with an impressive amount of real cherries, this danish is a treat that you'll savor from the first bite until the last bite.

If you want to make it even more flavorful, put the cherry danish in the microwave for a few seconds. Once it's a little bit warm, you won't believe how great this dessert will taste. Though you might be tempted to eat the entire container of danishes, just know that each one has 440 calories. Unless today is your cheat day, you probably don't want to eat more than one — or two, if no one is looking.

Costco fresh-baked pumpkin pie

Costco sells more than five million pumpkin pies each year, each one freshly baked using the same recipe that the store's used since 1987. These big pies weigh nearly four pounds but cost only $5.99. Once you try a fresh-baked pumpkin pie from Costco, you will no longer trust any other store's pumpkin pie. It's so much better than any other store-bought pumpkin pie that it's almost comical.

The crust of this pie is fantastic. The texture is perfect, and the buttery taste is equally as perfect. From there, the pumpkin pie gets even better. The filling is densely flavored with pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It tastes like a joyous autumn afternoon distilled into its ultimate form.

While it tastes great as is, don't hesitate to add some whipped cream on top of this Costco pie. If you want to add ice cream to your dessert, French vanilla ice cream also makes for a phenomenal pairing.

David's Cookies 9" Rainbow Cake at Costco

When you first look at your David's Cookies 9" Rainbow Cake from Costco, you may be underwhelmed. Before you carve into it, it looks like a boring white cake without any festive frills. However, once you cut out a slice, you'll be thrilled by the fiesta of colors within.

Living up to its rainbow moniker, this cake has five layers beneath its inauspicious exterior. The first layer is bright red, the second layer is a deep orange, the third layer is a deep yellow, the fourth layer is an emerald green, and the fifth and final layer is a bold violet. Between every layer is a thin strip of white frosting, which allows each color to stand out beautifully.

Not only is your David's Cookies 9" Rainbow Cake aesthetically pleasing, it's also extremely tasty. The density of this cake (it actually weighs seven pounds) allows you to cut skinny slices and still keep everyone completely satisfied.

Costco butter cinnamon sugar loaves

The Butter Cinnamon Sugar Loaves from Costco are so good that they're dangerous. Even though you get three loaves per pack, they won't last in your home for more than a couple of hours. Once you take a bite, it's impossible to put down these magical loaves of sweet, sugary goodness.

You may think that the cinnamon and sugar would be the most important aspects of this loaf. But you can't underestimate the power of butter to make your bread taste incredible. One Reddit user claims that the baked loaf is completely saturated in butter before the sugar and cinnamon mixture is added on top. Based on how delicious this dessert is, we wouldn't be surprised.

While you may be tempted to add jam or more butter to Costco's Butter Cinnamon Sugar Loaves, it's really not necessary. This dessert already possesses the perfect amount of sweetness. Adding anything to it could interrupt its carefully measured equilibrium. Eat it cold or heat it up — either way, you're in for a treat.

Costco carrot walnut cake

If you see a Carrot Walnut Cake at Costco, you need to put it in your shopping cart as quickly as possible. This delicious dessert may not be available at every location at all times, so snag it when you can. This cake comes in at a whopping four pounds, so you'll have plenty to share with the rest of your family (even if you hoard some for yourself). As of last year, it boasted a relatively modest price tag, so you won't regret this purchase at all.

Costco changes everything you thought you knew about carrot cakes. In addition to the flavor of carrots, this cake also boasts toasted walnuts and sweet bits of apricot. Apricot in a carrot cake? It may sound iffy, but it works wonderfully well. The addition of fruity sweetness and a chewy texture becomes something you look forward to with each bite.

On the exterior of the Carrot Walnut Cake, you'll discover a rich frosting made with cream cheese and sugar. Costco then puts crumbs of carrot cake on the frosting to finish off the creation. If the Carrot Walnut Cake is unavailable, the Carrot Bar Cake is a suitable replacement. It's not quite as good as the four-pounder, but it's better than going home empty-handed.

Ice cream sundae from the Costco food court

If you want to eat your dessert at Costco, head to the food court for an ice cream sundae. This relatively new offering is available in two forms. You can either opt for vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce or vanilla ice cream topped with strawberry sauce. While both options are well worth the $2.49 Costco charges for this dessert, the strawberry version is the real prize. With syrupy pieces of strawberry in the mix, the genuine flavor of this ice cream sundae isn't something you will soon forget.

Both versions of the ice cream sundae come in a plastic cup. If you wish, you can instead order your vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone. Although it costs only $1.99, you don't have the option of adding chocolate or strawberry sauce. While Costco has above-average ice cream, you will regret your decision to not get a sundae if you go with the waffle cone instead.

Costco tiramisu bar cake

Bad tiramisu can be bitter and feature an unappealing, soggy texture. Before you write off tiramisu for good, go to Costco and buy the tiramisu bar cake. This cake could make you realize that you actually adore this Italian dessert.

For a reasonable price, you get two and a half pounds of amazingness. Found in the refrigerated section, the tiramisu bar cake is so creamy that it will melt in your mouth in a matter of moments. While this isn't a super-sweet dessert, Costco's tiramisu doesn't have any bitterness, and it remains light and fluffy instead of soggy. It's also fancy-looking and easy to slice, which makes it a great option for when you have company over at your home.

Though it's possible to make homemade tiramisu, save yourself the aggravation and potential disaster by purchasing this dessert from Costco instead. By doing so, you'll never have to worry about eating bad tiramisu ever again.

Rians Creme Brulee at Costco

Despite what you may see on TikTok, it's really easy to make a mistake when trying to make creme brulee from scratch. Forgo the heavy lifting and head to Costco when a craving for creme brulee hits you. Rians creme brulee couldn't possibly be any better. Whether you like it hot or cold, you're going to love this stuff. Unfortunately, this dessert tends to be a seasonal offering. So, if you don't find it at your local Costco right now, start looking again right around Thanksgiving and through the end of the year.

If you want Rians creme brulee hot, the instructions on the package say to put it under your broiler on low. Keep the oven open a little bit, and take it out after about two minutes. At that point, the top of the creme brulee should be caramelized, and an extra amount of crunchiness will have been added to the equation. If you want to eat it cold, simply remove the cover, pour in the crumbles of caramel, and start shoveling it into your face. While it tastes good either way, you'll find that going the extra mile to make it hot is well worth the effort.

Costco lattice apple pie

Eating a slice of apple pie for dessert is just about the most American thing you can do at a dinner table. The lattice apple pie from Costco may very well be the best apple pie you can find at any store. The golden crust with a lattice design looks cool and tastes even better. It's the right balance between crunchy and doughy. The apple slices in the pie are flavorful on their own and are further enhanced by the presence of a generous amount of sugar and cinnamon. The apple slices aren't mushy at all, as they maintain the perfect amount of crispiness. You will enjoy it out of the box, or you could heat it up and eat it with a scoop of ice cream.

One surprising fact about Costco's lattice apple pie is that it's vegan-friendly. You'd be hard-pressed to locate a better vegan dessert than this delectable pie.