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.

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. Since vodka cocktails are a summer treat, you won't find them at Costco year-round. Also, their availability in your Costco is subject to state liquor laws.

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 seasonal dessert is only usually available around Easter. The 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.

Crème brûlée at Costco

Despite what you may see on TikTok, it's really easy to make a mistake when trying to make crème brûlée from scratch. Forgo the heavy lifting and head to Costco when a craving for crème brûlée hits you. Costco crème brûlée 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. The brand of crème brûlée Costco carries also varies from year to year.

If you want crème brûlée 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 crème brûlée 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.

Costco Bakery Cake with Mousse Filling

Unfortunately, Costco no longer sells half sheet cakes to customize and feed to an army of your closest friends and family members. However, it's still possible to buy a customizable round cake from Costco. These cake-shaped cakes come in two varieties: chocolate with chocolate cake mousse filling and white cake with vanilla mousse filling. The chocolate version has fudge frosting on the outside, while the white version has white buttercream frosting on the outside. Both are fully customizable from the bakery for your special occasion. Unfortunately, many people feel that the chocolate mousse cakes aren't as good as the All-American chocolate cake from Costco, which were discontinued (via Reddit).

These two-layer cakes are 10 inches in diameter and can offer 12 very generous slices or about 25 more sensible slices. If you're desperate, you could squeeze 39 slices from the cake if you use event-style cutting (via Lark Cake Shop). Unfortunately, that's not nearly as many as the iconic Costco half sheet cake once served, but that's what we have to work with now.

Costco Bakery Mini All-American Chocolate Cakes

If you're new to Costco and wondering why the mini all-American chocolate cakes aren't just called "cupcakes," it's because they're a version of a popular Costco favorite. Plus, they're definitely larger than your average cupcake and even bigger than Costco muffins (via Reddit).

Once upon a time, you could buy an epic full-sized All-American chocolate cake from the Costco bakery. The original seven-pound cake had four towering layers of chocolate cake, iced with decadent fudgy ganache frosting and sprinkled with chocolate shavings (via The Daily Meal). The mini cakes are a personal-sized scaled-down version of the original, with the same flavors, frosting, and chocolate shavings.

Everyone loved the All-American chocolate cake, but Costco stopped making it in 2020 because it took too long to make to be profitable (via Reddit). A Costco employee told a customer that they could no longer get the huge dome top necessary for a four-layer cake (via Reddit). Plus the Covid-19 pandemic was in full swing, and fewer people were having big group cake events. Whatever the real reason for ditching the full-sized cake, the company switched to smaller versions that took less effort to produce. Costco shoppers are in love with these mini cakes since they taste exactly like the larger version. Plus, since they're in a 6-pack with individual portions, there's no danger of attacking a full-sized cake of chocolatey goodness with a fork and overeating (although you still could conceivably eat more than one mini cake).

Costco Bakery Muffins

Everything is bigger at Costco. So when you're looking for an enormous muffin, Costco is the place to go. While Costco has other muffin brands, the ones from its bakery are the best. Costco sells its muffins by the dozen, but you're able to mix or match muffin six packs (via Reddit). Some people on Reddit admit to sitting down and eating multiple muffins at a time because they're so good. However, they're over 600 calories each, so you may choose to only eat half of one at a time. Costcuisine suggests freezing the ones you can't eat within four days of baking and simply reheating them in the microwave later.

When Su-Jin Lin from Insider tried every Costco muffin, she found blueberry muffins to be the best. She says they're dense but not overly heavy. The outside is soft, while the berries are sweet and luscious. According to Costcuisine, the blueberry muffins also have a slight lemon flavor. In fact, Mashed ranked the blueberry muffins as Costco's best bakery item.

The bakery also offers other muffin flavors like double chocolate chip. Costcuisine says the double chocolate chip muffins are denser than the blueberry ones but also more moist. The experience is similar to eating a chocolate cupcake without fudge frosting. Other muffin flavors you're likely to encounter from the Costco bakery include banana chocolate chip muffins and regular chocolate chip muffins.

Costco Bakery Cookies

If you're a regular Cookie Monster and have a tendency to consume large numbers of cookies when you find good ones, you'll want to stay away from Costco cookies. The best ones are ridiculously enticing, and a typical large cookie will cost you over 200 calories (via Calorie King). Don't say we didn't warn you.

If you're looking for a classic Costco bakery cookie, you'll want to try the gourmet chocolate chunk cookies. You can also buy mini chocolate chip cookies from the bakery. People on Reddit seem to find both of them addictive and like the larger chocolate chunk cookies and the smaller chocolate chip cookies in equal measure. Both are super soft and stay soft until you can eat them all. However, occasionally, you might end up with a crunchy batch (via Reddit).

One of the latest additions to the cookie lineup at Costco is raspberry crumble cookies. People who don't even like cookies are enamored with these raspberry-filled and powdered sugar-dusted cookies (via Instagram). One Instagram user issued a warning: "​​No. Do. Not. Bring. Them. Home. Like I'm serious." Another said, "I'd do terrible things for these gd cookies. TERRIBLE." We think you get the picture about Costco's raspberry crumble cookies; they're ridiculously good.

David's Cookies Premier Chocolate Overload Cake

When David's Cookies calls this cake an "overload" cake, it's not kidding. The cake has four layers of rich dark chocolate cake with chocolate mousse between the layers. The outside is frosted with chocolate ganache and covered with shaved pieces of dark chocolate. With four different ways to experience chocolate in this cake, it's certainly worth trying. According to Costco reviewers, even people who aren't big chocolate fans enjoy this cake. One bonus is that it's not overly sweet like a lot of Costco desserts.

Unfortunately, you'll spend 850 of your daily calorie allowance on a single generous slice of this cake, so you may want to consider sharing a slice. The top ingredient for this cake is cream, which makes it extra moist (via YouTube).

David's Cookies chocolate cake weighs 7.2 pounds and comes in 14 pre-cut slices to make serving a breeze. You don't even have to live near a Costco to try this cake since you can order it frozen and have it delivered to your door. David's Cookies says that it freezes the cakes immediately after baking to make sure they taste fresh. Costco customers who have ordered it delivered say that it arrives half-frozen and defrosts quickly.

David's Cookies Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake

It's not every day that you find a birthday cake that comes with its own candles, confetti, plates, forks, and napkins, but this cake has it all. If you have no time to go out to get a cake and all the accoutrement for a birthday party, Costco has you covered. Just order David's Cookies chocolate fudge birthday cake from the Costco website and wait for your party in a box to arrive. It's also an excellent option for sending a birthday surprise when you can't travel in person to be with someone special for their birthday. This moist and rich cake has a fudge filling and chocolate ganache frosting. A "happy birthday" greeting graces the top of the cake, along with candy confetti. Since it serves around 16 people, it's perfect for a small get-together or impromptu surprise.

You'll need to put a little forethought into ordering this cake to have it delivered on time since the first delivery date can be as many as six days from the day you order it to allow for processing. If you order it by 8:00 a.m. PST Thursday through Sunday, you should expect to get it by Wednesday. Otherwise, ordering it Tuesday gives you a Thursday delivery, while ordering Wednesday gives you a Friday delivery.

David's Cookies Mile-High Peanut Butter Explosion Cake

For full disclosure, the David's Cookies Mile-High Peanut Butter Explosion Cake is an 860-calorie-per-slice cake. So you're definitely getting your $60 worth here. It's quite the confection. This 6.8-pound cake starts with a fudge brownie base, alternating between layers of peanut butter mousse and chocolate cake. As if that weren't enough, it's topped with more pieces of brownie, peanut butter chips, and fudge drizzles. You won't even burn calories slicing this cake since it comes in 14 pre-sliced servings.

This is another Costco cake that comes frozen via mail delivery. People who have traditionally bought this cake from David's Cookies have switched to buying it from Costco since they seem to have exclusivity for this product now. The reviews for this cake are overwhelmingly positive. Customers say that it's rich, moist, and yummy. In fact, it's so rich that you'll probably want to share your slice, which is good news if you're watching calories.