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50 Easy Desserts To Make at Home

Easy Desserts

Looking for some easy desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth?

From sticky s’mores and creamy trifles to indulgent pies, these simple dessert recipes are guaranteed to impress.

Perfect for get-togethers, potlucks, or just a midnight snack 🙂

A Stack of Magic Bars with Chocolate Chips, Coconut and Nuts

Easy Dessert Recipes & Ideas

If you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, try these easy desserts tonight.

From classic chocolate chip cookies to dreamy peanut butter cups, they’re ready in a flash.

Sweet and Delightful Sex in a Pan with Oreo Cookies

1. Sex in a Pan

Don’t worry! Despite the x-rated name, this dessert is 100% church potluck- and family-friendly.

You’ll just have to tell people it’s called something else.

It gets its name because eating it is a mind-blowing, life-altering, totally decadent experience.

Layers of silky-smooth chocolate and vanilla pudding mixed with cream cheese layers, a buttery crust, and a whipped cream topping. YUM!

Homemade Caramel Corn in a Bowl

2. Easy Homemade Caramel Corn

You may have made caramel in the past and wondered how that thick sauce could cover popcorn without making a mess.

The trick is using baking soda toward the end of cooking.

The caramel will bubble up as it aerates, making it easier to mix through the popcorn. Spread the popcorn on a lined cookie tray to cool, and voila!

Instant yumminess.

Peach Cobbler with Ice Cream

3. Cake Mix Peach Cobbler

If you’ve ever made peach cobbler, you know it can be time-consuming. It doesn’t have to be, though!

Save yourself some time (and several steps) by making your peach cobbler with a boxed cake mix instead of from scratch.

You’ll get the same great taste and texture with only a fraction of the work.

Homemade Chocolate Icebox Cookies

4. Icebox Cookies

Be sure always to have this cookie dough in the freezer. It’s ideal for those late-night cravings!

These  icebox cookies  are super easy, using pantry staples you surely have at home already.

Just bake the cookies you need, roll the rest of the dough, and freeze for up to 3 months.

When the mood strikes, pull out the dough, slice a few rounds, and bake in a cookie tray.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe

5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Trifle Recipe

With layers of fruit, custard, sponge, and jelly, trifle might not come to mind when thinking of easy desserts.

Think again! This recipe is super impressive, delicious, and requires minimal ingredients.

It’s the ultimate combination of chocolate, peanut butter cups, and Cool Whip. And it comes together in just 40 minutes.

You can pretend it took you hours to make. 😉

Cake Mix Cookie Bars filled with chocolate chips

6. Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Using cake mix as a shortcut is my favorite little cheat, even when I’m not in a rush.

It contains everything you need anyway and makes for super moist  cookie bars .

They’re ideal for a mid-week snack, served warm after dinner with ice cream, or just when you need dessert in a pinch.

From start to finish, they take less than 30 minutes!

Homemade popsicles of Dark Chocolate Banana Pops

7. Dark Chocolate Banana Pops

Calling for just four ingredients, these  homemade popsicles  are an easy dessert you can make at any time.

Each one features a naturally sweet frozen banana covered in dark chocolate and dipped in pecans and sprinkles.

They look great and taste even better.

Bowl of Apple Crisp with Ice Cream and Caramel Syrup

8. Apple Brown Betty

This recipe is like apple crisp. The main difference is the lack of oats in the topping. Once baked, it’s more like a spiced shortbread crumb.

It might seem a little involved, but it’s pretty straightforward. You can make the topping with a pastry cutter or butter knife.

You need not worry about lumps. They’ll melt into the apples during the bake.

Easy Homemade Fudgesicles  with dark chocolate

9. Easy Homemade Fudgesicles

I should warn you that this is dangerous. Dangerously addictive, that is!

You’ll be making what is basically a pudding, though there are no tempering eggs to worry about!

Just mix everything in a pot and stir until thick. The worst part is waiting for them to cool!

Close up view of a slice of Lemon Icebox Cake on a saucer

10. Lemon Icebox Cake

This super simple  icebox cake  comprises layers of Lorna Doone cookies and lemon pudding. 

You’ll lighten the pudding with Cool Whip, making it creamy and easier to spread. 

After a few hours in the fridge, the cookies will just about start softening so you can slice and serve.

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

11. Peanut Butter Cookies

When it comes to easy dessert recipes, you can’t go wrong with homemade cookies. Especially homemade cookies that require only three ingredients!

That’s all you’ll need to make these buttery soft peanut butter cookies. Just three ingredients, specifically butter, peanut butter, and sugar.

If your mom ever made homemade peanut butter cookies, she probably used this recipe.

Lemon Drop Cookies with Lemon Glaze

12. Lemon Drop Cookies

These shortbread-style cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good.

They’re easy to make, too. Simply beat the ingredients until well blended, careful not to overwork the batter.

If you like yours with a crunch, bake for 11 minutes until the edges start to turn brown.

For a shorter crumb, remove them before the edges start to color – around 9 minutes, depending on your oven.

Slice loaf of Cake Mix Banana Bread

13. Cake Mix Banana Bread

Spoiler alert:  This isn’t the last recipe on this list that uses cake mix to save time. Hey! I told you it’s my favorite baking cheat! 

Believe it or not, you can even use a boxed cake mix to make the most delicious, moistest banana bread imaginable. This recipe will show you how. 

Close up view of stacks of Simple Oatmeal Cookie Jam Bars

14. Simple Oatmeal Cookie Jam Bars

I make this recipe at least once a month. In fact, I’m eating a shortbread and raspberry jam bar with my coffee as I type!

The crumb mix combines brown sugar, oats, and flour. Press the base into a firm bottom, reserving the rest to sprinkle over the jam.

I love the flavor of blackberry jam here. It mixes so well with the caramel-flavored oat crust.

Sweet Buckeye Brownies with Peanut Butter and Decadent Chocolate

15. Buckeye Brownies

If you love buckeyes (or Reese’s Cups), you’ll go nuts for these thick, fudgy buckeye brownies.

They’re full of rich peanut butter and chocolate flavor with a soft, chewy brownie underneath. They are — dare I say it — pure decadence in a pan.

Sweet Frozen Lemon Yogurt

16. Disney Dole Whip Recipe

Disney did lockdown right by posting all those easy dessert recipes we love! Did you try the grilled cheese??

Anyway, recreating this pineapple soft serve at home couldn’t be easier. You can make it any day.

Just blend vanilla ice cream with frozen pineapple and pineapple juice until smooth. Yup, that’s it!

Just scoop and serve.

Cherry-Chocolate Pudgy Pie with cherry pie  filling, almonds and chocolate chips

17. Cherry-Chocolate Pudgy Pie

Sometimes, dessert can be as simple as a grilled sandwich. Have you ever tried an Elvis Sandwich? It’s to die for!

This version of a sweet grilled sandwich uses canned fruit filling, chopped almonds, and chocolate chips.

This recipe uses a cherry filling, but you could use your favorite. I think blueberry would be amazing.

Sweet Microwave Peanut Brittle

18. Microwave Peanut Brittle

You read that right. You can make peanut brittle in the microwave!

No need for any fancy equipment or candy thermometers here. Just make sure you have your oven mitts handy – the bowl gets very hot.

When pouring, make sure you have your tray prepared beforehand and spread it thin.

Oreo Mug Cake Recipe

19. Oreo Mug Cake

Are you ever sitting home alone when an intense craving for sweets suddenly attacks? Happens to me all the time! 

And I never want to make a whole dessert just for myself when it does. 

Luckily,  mug cakes  exist, so I don’t have to. And this particular mug cake is one of the easiest of all, requiring only two ingredients! 

Slices of Homemade Peanut Butter Tart Pie

20. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

When I’m craving pie, I almost always turn to my grandma’s  Amish sugar cream pie .

But when I need an easy  no bake dessert , this is the recipe to beat! It has just six ingredients, one of which is a ready-made graham cracker crust.

Everything else gets blended and poured into the crust before freezing for a few hours. Make it extra decadent with vanilla ice cream.

Bunch of homemade Chocolate Dipped Oreos

21. Chocolate Dipped Oreos

We all have a box of Oreos in the pantry, plus some random chocolate tucked away.

These might be simple, but they’re super cute and will disappear within the day.

You could even make a sweet plate using golden Oreos and white chocolate chips.

Homemade Smores Oreo

22. Oreo S’mores in the Oven

Because S’mores aren’t just for the summer anymore!

If you have Oreos, marshmallows, chocolate, and 5 minutes, you’ll have a lightning-fast, easy dessert for the family.

Line a cookie tray and place a marshmallow on half of each Oreo. Broil until it starts to color, around 30 seconds.

Add the lid and enjoy!

2 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles with rosemary and cranberries on the side

23. 2 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles

No, you aren’t losing your mind (or your vision!) That really does say two-ingredient truffles. Because two ingredients are all you’ll need.

These truffles are a mix of indulgent dark chocolate and heavy whipping cream. They look elegant, taste fantastic, and are borderline addictive.

Fortunately, they’re super easy to make, so you can easily feed your new addiction.

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding with Whipped Cream

24. Chocolate Pudding

Puddings are another go-to when I need a quick and easy dessert recipe.

The boxed kinds are super convenient. But homemade puddings are surprisingly simple, too.

For this chocolate pudding, you’ll need seven ingredients and about 30 minutes. It’s just as simple to make as the boxed kind but tastes SO much better.

The silky smooth texture is nicer, too.

Mississippi Mud Pie with a slice taken out of it.

25. Mississippi Mud Pie

Despite all its layers, Mississippi mud pie is an effortless recipe to whip up. It takes about an hour, but you don’t need any advanced baking skills to perfect it.

You’ll love how straightforward the recipe is. Everyone else will love the layers of Oreo crust, brownies, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream.

Bunch of square slices of 5-Ingredient Vegan Coconut Chocolate Bars on a parchment paper

26. 5-Ingredient Vegan Coconut Chocolate Bars

Coconut is truly the star of this easy dessert recipe.

With coconut flakes, oil, and cream, this base is fresh, smooth, and wonderfully flavored. 

The layer of dark chocolate on top balances out the light coconut for a fabulous no-bake bar that is vegan and gluten-free.

Coconut Macaroons

27. Coconut Macaroons

Though uncomplicated, these can be pretty sticky. After all, you’ll be mixing coconut, vanilla, and condensed milk. 

When the mix is ready, try spooning it into these  wafer papers . They’re designed explicitly for sticky doughs and don’t taste like anything.  

Homemade Apple Dumplings

28. Easy Apple Dumplings

Crescent rolls have to be one of the most versatile staples you can have in your pantry.

Used for pizza, rolls, dumplings, and more, they work for savory and sweet alike. 

Just wrap some apple slices in the crescent rolls and cover them with brown sugar syrup. 

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top and enjoy.

Sweet Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars

29. No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

People have all kinds of names for this dessert. Lunch Lady Bars. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. No-Bake Dessert Bars. Etc.

I just call them heavenly.

These are easily my favorite no-bake desserts. They have a wonderfully sweet flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s out of this world.

I don’t care what you call them. Just please make me some more!

Rich and Fudgy Texas Chocolate Cake

30. Texas Sheet Cake

You might not think a sheet cake sounds easy, but this one is. You’ll make the cake and the icing from scratch, and still, it only takes 30 minutes.

It’s the perfect quick and easy cake recipe if you need to feed a crowd in a hurry.

Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Garnished with Flaky Sea Salt

31.  Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge – Just 3 Ingredients!

An easy dessert recipe for an edible gift, or just for something sweet to have at home, this fudge is super simple. 

Microwave the butters until melted and smooth. Stir in the powdered sugar until it thickens. 

Sprinkle the candy with a pinch of sea salt and let it cool completely before cutting!

Chocolate Lava Mug Cake for Dessert

32. Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

Mug cakes can be hit or miss, but the trick is to be careful when cooking. Microwaves are different, so 60 seconds in mine might be too much in yours.

I like to cook mine for 60 seconds and check on it. Then, I’ll do 10-second intervals until it’s ready.

Top it with your favorite toppings to finish it off.

Strawberry Shortcake

33. Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcakes are the ultimate easy dessert recipes, whether you make them with Bisquick or something else.

There’s really nothing to them. Take any plain cake (or even biscuit) recipe. Top it with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream. Voila! Instant strawberry shortcake.

This one has a few more steps and ingredients but is still just as simple and delicious.

Pumpkin Dump Cake in a Saicer

34. Pumpkin Dump Cake

See! Told you that wouldn’t be the last time you used boxed cake mix in one of these recipes. It’s the key ingredient in this recipe!

Dump it, a can of pumpkin puree, some sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and other ingredients into a bowl and mix.

Spread the mixture into a baking dish, cover with toppings, and bake. Easy peasy!

Bunch of Chocolate Covered Strawberries

35. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Take your sweet game to the next level with these chocolate-covered strawberries.

They’re perfect for topping your strawberry desserts or indulging in a simple yet elegant delight.

Be sure to go for fresh fruit – the freshest strawberries you can get.

Bunch of mix Jam Thumbprint Cookies

36. Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These thumbprint cookies are easy to make, delicious, and so pretty. Cuteness overload!

They’re perfect for whatever — whether you’re looking for an edible gift or something sweet for a cozy night in.

The best part is you get to fill them with your favorite jam. I love using strawberry jam as its sweetness complements the cookie. What’s yours?

Strawberry Banana Granola Parafait

37. Strawberry Banana Granola Parfaits

The yogurt parfait is one of the greatest culinary inventions in history.

It’s like a party in a jar, with layers of creamy Greek yogurt, crunchy granola, sweet bananas, and fresh strawberries.

Not only is this parfait a feast for the eyes and taste buds. It’s also packed with nutrition.

And, while it’s normally a breakfast dish, it’s sweet enough to be served as a dessert.

White Chocolate Mousse In A Glass Bowl Pin

38. White Chocolate Mousse

You’ll be whisked away to paradise with this heavenly white chocolate mousse!

Made with just a handful of ingredients, it’s what dessert dreams are made of. It’s effortless to make, delightfully sweet and has a dreamy, velvety consistency.

It’s the best sweet to impress your friends at your next dinner party or to treat yourself on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Sweet Homemade Cherry Cheesecake

39. Philadelphia No Bake Cheesecake

Get ready to be blown away by the easiest, most delicious no-bake cheesecake you’ve ever made! 

With just five simple ingredients – cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream – this cheesecake is a breeze to make.

More importantly, it’s ridiculously delicious. 

The cream cheese filling is wonderfully balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. The graham cracker crust adds the perfect crunch. 

Bunch of Almond Bark Drop Cookies on a plate

40.  Almond Bark Drop Cookies

Say hello to these almond bark drops – no-bake goodies that are bound to rock your world.

They’re sweet little clusters made with peanuts, Rice Krispies, and marshmallows all covered in a smooth layer of white chocolate.

Irresistible is an understatement.

Peach Dump Cake with a can of peaches, a box of yellow cake mix, and a sprinkle of cinnamon

41. Peach Dump Cake

Dump cakes are the ultimate lazy dessert – just dump, bake, and enjoy!

For this peach dump cake, you’ll only need a can of peaches, a box of yellow cake mix, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

A few minutes later, you’ll have a dessert that’s as easy as it is delicious. 

Oreo Cookie Balls in a White Plate

42. Oreo Cookie Balls

These truffle-like sweets are made with a blend of crushed Oreos and cream cheese, covered in rich white chocolate for the ultimate indulgence. 

Pop them in your mouth and savor the combination of Oreos and cheesecake!

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie on a cast iron with ice cream on top

43. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

If you’re a fan of cookies (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), then you’re going to love this twist – the iron skillet cookie .

It’s achieved by cooking the cookie in a cast iron skillet. That way, you’ll get one giant pizza cookie that’s extra crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Grab a fork and dig in!

New Orleans Bananas Foster on a pan with ice cream on top

44. New Orleans Bananas Foster

Bananas foster is a New Orleans classic made of ripe bananas cooked in sweet rum sauce. 

The whole thing is set aflame (yes, really!) and served up hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. 

The next time you’re craving something sweet and spectacular, give this one a try.

Disney Churro Bites with chocolate dip

45. Disney Churro Bites

No need to wait in line at Disneyland! With a few ingredients and some kitchen magic, you can make your own crispy churros at home. 

Just pipe the batter, fry them up, and coat them with cinnamon sugar, and voila! You’re the churro master now.

Banana Pudding with Cream and Wafers

46. Quick and Easy Banana Pudding

Looking for a way to transform fresh fruit into a mind-blowing dessert? You’ll go bananas for this sweet and creamy banana pudding !

Layered with Nilla wafers, bananas, and pudding, it’s a fantastic way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

A Slice of Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Cherries

47. Duncan Hines Pineapple Upside Down Cake

With a golden cake base, caramelized pineapples, and cherries on top, you’ll flip over this sweet pineapple upside-down cake .

It’s a classic crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s so easy to make. Just pop it in the oven and let the magic happen! 

Homemade Cake with Pecan Nuts

48. Do-Nothing Poke Cake

This poke cake is a pineapple cake made easy.

Just make a basic pineapple cake and poke it with holes.

Then, pour milk into the holes. This will allow the dessert to absorb the mixture and make it extra moist and flavorful.

The result is a deliciously decadent dessert that’ll transport you to a tropical paradise.

Sweet Rice Krispie Treats with Marshmallows

49. Rice Krispie Treats

Who doesn’t love a good Rice Krispie treat? It’s like a crunchy, sweet hug in every bite! 

Just mix gooey, melted marshmallows with crispy cereal and you’ve got yourself a childhood classic.

The best part is you can get creative with all sorts of mix-ins like candy or dried fruit. 

Go ahead, indulge in a delicious trip down memory lane with this recipe for Rice Krispie treats.

Sweet Oreo Cheesecake Bites

50. Oreo Cheesecake Bites

Oreo cheesecake bites are essentially cheesecakes in cupcake form, with a whole Oreo cookie serving as the crust. 

The creamy cheesecake filling is perfectly balanced by the crunchy goodness of the Oreo crust. 

They’re just the right size for satisfying your craving without overindulging.

50 Easy Desserts to Make at Home

50 Easy Desserts to Make at Home

Looking for easy desserts that come together quickly? These layered magic bars require only six ingredients and aren’t difficult to make at all!

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 11-12 full sheets)

1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. (325 degrees if the baking dish is glass) Prepare a 13 x 9-inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and greasing it with oil or butter. 
  • Place the butter in a medium-sized, microwave-safe mixing bowl. Melt it in 30-second intervals in the microwave on high heat. 
  • Once the bowl is cool enough to handle, remove it from the microwave. Mix the crushed graham cracker crumbs with the butter. Mix well until the crumbs are evenly coated. This mixture will act as the crust. 
  • Press the crust into the prepared baking dish. If necessary, smooth the top with a clean glass measuring cup. 
  • Slowly pour the condensed milk over the crust. Spread it evenly with a spatula to cover the entire surface. 
  • Generously sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the condensed milk. Then, add the nuts and flaked coconut. Press the topping ingredients flat with a fork to pack them down. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven. The coconut will become crispy and golden when the dessert is ready. 
  • Remove the baking dish from the oven and allow the dessert to cool completely. Then, slice into bars, serve, and enjoy! 
  • Use sweetened coconut for a sweeter dessert. Use unsweetened coconut if you don’t want the bars overly sweet.
  • Remember to add the coconut last so that it will crisp up like it’s supposed to.
  • Calories: 274kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Sodium: 137mg
  • Potassium: 140mg
  • Calcium: 70mg

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We love making a weekend project out of an elaborate cake or pastry, but having a few easy dessert recipes ready to fire is crucial for those moments when we get a sudden sugar craving or we want to end dinner on a sweet-and-simple note. For situations like these, we turn to something semi-homemade or otherwise no-fuss: Ice cream made in a resealable plastic bag , one big deliciously gooey chocolate chip cookie baked in a skillet, or pastries that make the most out of our favorite freezer staple (spoiler: It’s frozen puff pastry ).

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Plum–Black Pepper Yogurt Semifreddo

Think of semifreddo like homemade ice cream, only requiring less effort and no churning. Mix sweetened condensed milk with Greek yogurt with whipped cream for a scoopable frozen treat with a light, airy texture.

A slice of almond cake with a dollop of whipped cream and a side of strawberries.

Anytime Almond Cake

This simple cake batter starts with a jar of almond paste , beaten alongside butter and sugar, to build a light, springy foundation for a just-sweet-enough snacking cake.

Two glass cups of Citrus Caramel Sundaes With Toasted Almonds

Citrus Caramel Sundaes With Toasted Almonds

Making the caramel is the trickiest part of this otherwise hands-off recipe, but follow our lead, and you’ll be just fine.

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Mochi-Stuffed Jujubes (Soft Hearts)

These mochi-stuffed dates are often served during the Lunar New Year , but with just four ingredients, they’re too easy not to put on repeat.

Whipped ricotta on two slices of toast with date and rhubarb compote

Whipped Ricotta Toast With Date and Rhubarb Compote

Toast for dessert? We say sure! Especially when it’s topped with creamy whipped ricotta and a bright rhubarb compote.

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Don’t Sleep on This TikTok-Famous Phyllo Crinkle Cake

This TikTok-famous custard cake is one of the best things you can do with store-bought phyllo dough—and if you want to riff on the original, we have a few ideas.

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Simple Strawberry Shortcakes

These shortcakes aren’t just the dessert of the summer —since the berries are macerated (a.k.a. combined with lemon juice and sugar to get syrupy and saucy), even subpar supermarket fruits will shine here.

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Easiest Chocolate Birthday Cake

If you’ve got a bowl, a hand mixer, and a couple of measuring cups, you can make this rich, chocolaty cake. Pure and true birthday love.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

This peanut butter fudge pie has a little secret—oh, we just gave it away! Well, there’s a layer of chewy chocolate on the bottom. It’s got all the flavor of a Reese’s cup , but in cool, creamy, sliceable form. Looking for an even quicker chocolate and peanut butter situation? These no-bake cookies are ready in 15 minutes flat.

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Brown-Sugar-Braised Pineapple

Picked a subpar pineapple at the grocery store? Bathe it in brown sugar syrup, and no one will be the wiser. The only real effort required in this recipe is cutting that pineapple.

A glass casserole dish filled with a baked battertopped peach cobbler set on a picnic table.

Brown Butter Peach Cobbler

If you thought peach cobbler couldn’t get any better, we have a tip for you: Add brown butter .

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Guava-Grapefruit Possets

We love these simple possets—a fancy term for pudding cups—with grapefruit, but they’ll work with any type of citrus. Try swapping the grapefruit juice and zest for lime or orange.

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Cheater’s Berry Crumb Pie

Instead of finicky flaky pastry, this berry crumb pie has a perfectly simple press-in cookie crust. Consider it your shortcut to summer bliss.

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BA’s Best Snickerdoodles

Whether you like your snickerdoodles cakey or chewy (rebel!), this recipe lets you choose your own adventure.

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Chocolate-Almond Fridge Fudge

A secret ingredient replaces the dairy in this vegan, fudge-like dessert. Just kidding, it’s not a secret: it’s avocado ! Bonus: This recipe can be made one week ahead of serving.

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Nutella–Brown Butter Crispies

The best thing about these sweet treats is that they don’t require an oven. Just melt some butter, marshmallows, and Nutella on the stovetop, fold in some puffed rice cereal, and let it cool. The final step (should you feel like taking it) is dusting them with powdered sugar.

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Basically Carrot Loaf Cake

Layered carrot cake is quite a production. Loaf carrot cake? The most casual-cool carrot cake of all time. This is one of our favorite desserts (and afternoon snacks, and sometimes breakfasts).

Candy Cane Ice Cream in a Bag recipe

Candy Cane Ice Cream in a Bag

Making ice cream without an ice cream machine? If you have a resealable plastic bag and rock salt , you’re in luck.

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Obscenely Chocolatey Chocolate Cookies

Here’s the dark chocolate cookie to bake when you want to impress your friends at the cookie swap , but you’re not about to spend hours cutting out reindeer and piping royal icing.

Rum Soaked Fruit Sundaes Recipe

Rum-Soaked Fruit and Coconut Crisp Sundaes

It only takes 10 minutes to turn ripe, in-season berries into a syrupy topping for a not-so-typical vanilla ice cream sundae.

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Easy Sheet Cake With Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting

Meet your new favorite birthday cake recipe, baked in one 13x9" baking dish. (For what it’s worth, our readers tell us this recipe makes great cupcakes too.)

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BA’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

What makes this the best chocolate chip cookie recipe? Crispy edges, chewy centers, and classic flavor with every batch. Oh, and no mixer required.

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Easiest Caramel Apple Clafoutis

This easy apple dessert goes out to all the baking-phobes out there, because making something sweet shouldn’t require all the bowls and measuring cups in your kitchen or an advanced degree in chemistry.

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Chocolate-Avocado Pudding

With a base of avocado for creamines, this chocolate pudding can be eaten for breakfast. Like avocado toast , right?

Peach and Sesame Crumble recipe

Peach and Sesame Crumble

Triple the sesame, triple the deliciousness. Rich, earthy tahini teams up with toasted sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil to balance the sweetness of late summer peaches in this easy recipe.

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Brown Butter Wedding Cookies

Are you someone who doesn’t think you can bake cookies ? Then this easy dessert recipe is for you: six ingredients, one baking sheet, two hands, and you’re almost there.

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Easy One-Bowl Upside-Down Cake

Because it calls for frozen fruit, one bowl for mixing, and minimum kitchen equipment, this cake recipe is a breeze for bakers of all levels.

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Granola Cluster Cookies

These meringue-like cookies have all our favorite granola ingredients: pecans, almonds, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, old-fashioned oats. But we promise—they’re cookies!

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Chocolate Date-Caramel Cups

We’ll say it: These are better than chocolate peanut butter cups. Assembling this easy dessert in muffin tin liners (just the liners!) speeds up the process.

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Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake

This (gluten-free!) flourless chocolate cake is decadent, rich, and easy to make if you pay attention to a few key steps. The result is an easy homemade dessert that wants nothing more than a dollop of whipped cream .

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Lemon Pound Cake

Does everyone need to know how to whip up a pie crust from scratch? Absolutely not. But every cook should have at least one easy homemade dessert recipe up their sleeve. Let this classic lemon pound cake be yours.

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Strawberry–Graham Galette

We love a recipe that helps us get out a little aggression. This quick and easy dessert idea starts with graham crackers, a large resealable plastic bag, a rolling pin, and some issues you need to work through.

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Double-Crumb Crumb Cake

We identified a problem: The best part of a crumb cake is, without fail, the crunchy-sweet topping. So we dreamed up a solution: A cake that’s equal parts crumb and cake.

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Chocolate-Tahini Truffles

Black wild rice as a truffle coating? Just trust us (or the author of this recipe, legendary pastry chef Brooks Headley ). And trust that this recipe doesn’t require hours of chill time, either.

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Coconut-Mango-Lime Barfi

Speaking of truffles, you can roll this barfi into that shape if you want. We like triangles, but you do you. No, really, do whatever you want with all your free time because this recipe is one bowl, no-bake, and make-ahead-friendly.

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Cookies and Black Sesame Cream

Cookies and cream meets black sesame ice cream, no churning required. Originally developed with Nabisco’s Famous Chocolate Wafers (since discontinued), you can swap in Oreos or any chocolate cookie your heart desires.

Blackout Chocolate Banana Bread recipe

Blackout Chocolate Banana Bread

Think of this recipe as a cross between your favorite banana bread and a crowd-pleasing blackout cake . Whole wheat flour lends a nuttiness to the batter, but feel free to replace it with more all-purpose if that’s all you’ve got.

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Lemon Cake With Fruit

If you want to impress your friends with a history lesson, this is the cake to serve them. This recipe was inspired by New York Times writer Marian Burros’s famous plum torte that ran in the newspaper every September from 1983 until 1989.

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Chocolate Brownie Cookies

This is the kind of dessert we want after a filling lasagna dinner : chewy, fudge-y, brownie-ish, but cookie-size. Rich, but just a few manageable bites.

Blackberry Icebox Cake recipe

Blackberry Icebox Cake

Icebox cake is one of the simplest desserts because it doesn’t require any baking. This creamy, dreamy one is built in a bowl for maximum ease.

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Chocolate Dutch Baby

Is it breakfast? Is it dessert? It can be both! We’re team chocolate, anytime.

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Roasted soybean powder, which you can find at Korean markets or online , adds a nutty flavor and a hint of natural sweetness to these rice cakes.

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Cardamom Bread Pudding

With only a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes of hands-on time, you’ll have a beautifully impressive dessert that’s creamy, carby, and, well, cardamom-y.

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Dark Chocolate-Espresso Ice Pops

Remember those fudge pops you’d eat as a kid? Make a grown-up version with added depth from a pinch of espresso powder.

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Apple Pandowdy

This apple pandowdy—the name is said to come from the rumpled, “dowdy” appearance of the crust on top—will give cobbler a run for its money. It’s one of those easy dessert recipes that we turn to again and again.

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Cocoa Brownies

This recipe for easy, breezy brownies belongs in your quick dessert repertoire. It makes 16 squares, serving 16 people…or maybe just two people.

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Root Beer Float Granita

Instead of pouring a can of root beer over ice cream scoops , combine root beer with sweetened condensed milk and freeze. The result is a cool, refreshing granita, complete with a maraschino cherry on top.

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Plum Tarts with Honey and Black Pepper

This is the kind of dessert you whip up when you don’t have dessert planned. You only need a few pantry staples: frozen puff pastry, fruit (plums, apricots, or peaches work), sugar, black pepper, honey, and salt.

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Roasty Toasty Pecan-Caramel Shortbread Cookies

Why is this shortbread one of our favorite easy desserts? It’s a slice-and-bake recipe that uses store-bought dulce de leche . While we love the contrasting look of white nonpareil on the perfect golden rounds , feel free to roll the dough in whatever sprinkles you please.

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One-Hour Apricot and Almond Galette

A luxurious almond cream makes this one-hour summer stone fruit dessert taste like an all-day labor of love. You don’t have to tell anyone it wasn’t.

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Indoor S'mores

Yes, you read that right: s’mores, but for indoors. Feel free to try whatever toppings you’d like—if it goes well with chocolate, it will go well with these.

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Matcha-Dipped Strawberries

Because you start with perfect strawberries , half of the work for this easy dessert recipe is done before you start. (You don’t even have to remove the stems!) Dip the fruit into a mixture of white chocolate and matcha , sprinkle with sesame seeds, and there you have it.

90 Impressive Desserts That Are Surprisingly Easy to Make

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nobake blackberry cheesecake bars

What makes these recipes so easy, you may ask? We've included many desserts that are ready in under an hour (some even in 10 minutes!), so you're not slaving away in the kitchen prepping a towering dessert all day long. Our no-bake desserts couldn't be easier to prep ahead of time, with the majority of their time spent chillin' in the fridge 'til you're ready to serve. Of course, we didn't forget one of our favorite easy desserts: poke cakes and cheesecake bars . If you're unfamiliar with the former, it's all in the name—they’re baked, poked, then filled with a sweet syrup or milk to add extra flavor. Basically, they're foolproof delicious and a great way to impress without all the fuss of a layer cake. Ditto for cheesecake bars—they've got ALL the flavor you love without ever having to worry about a water bath or cracks.

With these recipes, we've found plenty of ways to create stunning-looking desserts without any finesse, from simple marbling to fruit toppings that don't need anything else for a stunning finish (well, some whipped cream never hurt).

Want more dessert recipes? Check out our list of easy fruit desserts for when you're looking for something fresh and fruity. Need more chocolate in your life? Peruse our list of chocolate desserts too.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

snickerdoodle flavored blondies with a sugar topping

While we love the classic blondies , when we're craving a perfect, easy fall dessert , we turn to these snickerdoodle -flavored blondies every single time . Perfectly tender and chewy (with a cinnamon-sugar topping), these blondies get that signature snickerdoodle texture and flavor without cream of tartar.

Get the Snickerdoodle Blondies recipe .

Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake

strawberry crunch poke cake with a crumble topping, whipped cream and strawberries

Here we start with a boxed cake mix , infuse it with strawberry flavor, top it with fluffy cream cheese frosting , then finish it off with a strawberry-and-cookie topping. It’s the perfect summer dessert .

Get the Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake recipe .

Lemon-Blueberry Mini Cheesecake Cupcakes

lemon blueberry mini cheesecake cupcakes with blueberry sauce

Even though these cheesecakes might be miniature, they deliver maximum flavor. Speaking of, feel free to switch up the flavors with your faves—we went with lemon-blueberry + vanilla Oreos , but have fun with it!

Get the Lemon-Blueberry Mini Cheesecake Cupcakes recipe .

Creamsicles

frozen creamsicle bars with orange and cream swirls

Feeling nostalgic? Bring back your childhood memories with a batch of these delicious homemade orange Creamsicle bars. Super-simple to make, these frozen bars are a refreshing, easy dessert to enjoy on those too-hot summer days.

Get the Creamsicles recipe .

Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cake

flourless chocolate coconut cake

This gluten-free cake is a perfect last-minute dessert to whip up that is so gorgeous, people will think it took you days to make. The signature cracked topping dusted with cocoa powder make this easy dessert into a stunning centerpiece.

Get the Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cake recipe .

Key Lime Pie Mousse

key lime pie mousse

This take on Key lime pie has all of the refreshing tartness and buttery crumble of the classic dessert, but in an adorable, individual container. This just might be your new fave party dessert!

Get the Key Lime Pie Mousse recipe .

Coffee Cookies 'N' Cream Ice Cream

coffee cookies and cream ice cream

You don't need a machine to make a homemade batch of ice cream—just a strong arm and some imagination. Here, we folded in Oreos , caramel sauce , and a touch of instant coffee for a caffeinated kick, but this recipe is infinitely adaptable!

Get the Coffee Cookies 'N' Cream Ice Cream recipe .

Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

lemon cheesecake bars

These lemon-blueberry cheesecake bars just SCREAM spring. And thanks to store-bought crescent roll dough, they're also so easy to make.

Get the Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Bars recipe .

Strawberry Pop-Tart Blondies

strawberry pop tart blondies with icing and sprinkles

Buttery, chewy, and filled with strawberry jam , this dessert combines the nostalgia of Pop-Tarts and the classic comfort of blondies in one adorable bar cookie .

Get the Strawberry Pop-Tart Blondies recipe .

Peach Crumble

baked peach crumble

What makes a peach crumble different than a peach crisp or peach cobbler ? It's all in the topping. A crumble is defined by the crumbled, buttery topping usually made out of clumps of butter, flour, and sugar. In our crumble, we pile the topping on high so every bite gets a perfect balance of juicy peaches and warm cinnamon topping.

Get the Peach Crumble recipe .

Espresso Cookies

espresso cookies

Adding instant coffee is one of our favorite hacks to add a boost of richness and something a lil extra to our chocolatey desserts. To get that flavorful boost and a stronger coffee taste in these soft and fudgy cookies , we added even more instant coffee to really get that chocolate and espresso taste.

Get the Espresso Cookies recipe .

Easy Blondies

blondies

Switch it up from normal brownies with these nutty, rich blondies. You can switch up this base recipe however you desire, but if you're aiming for a classic blondie, there are a few necessities. Make sure you're browning the butter to get that signature nutty flavor, and don't forget the white chocolate chips and toasted, crunchy walnuts!

Get the Easy Blondies recipe .

No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

no bake oatmeal chocolate peanut butter cookies

These no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies are nostalgia at its finest—half of our staff has a story about these from childhood. If you don't, whip up a batch ASAP and you'll see why they're so memorable.

Get the No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies recipe .

Sponge Cake

easy sponge cake

Having this cake in your recipe arsenal will have you ready for anything that gets thrown at you: You can cube it a trifle , crumble it over ice cream , or—our favorite—stack it with whipped cream and berries. The best part? You can also have this entire cake ready in just about an hour.

Get the Sponge Cake recipe .

Banana Pudding Pops

banana pudding pops with sprinkled graham cracker crumbs

When we’re craving banana pudding during the summer, these popsicles are the bite-sized treat we turn to. A simple frozen dessert , these refreshing pops couldn't be easier to make. With only 15 minutes of prep, the hardest thing about this recipe is waiting for them to chill—we guarantee it. 😉

Get the Banana Pudding Pops recipe .

No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

no bake blackberry cheesecake bars with graham cracker crust and blackberry topping

These no-bake cheesecake bars get a stunning, swirly topping of blackberries that looks more like art than dessert. Bonus: The cheesecake itself is tart and fluffy with the creamiest texture.

Get the No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake Bars recipe .

Coconut Cookies

gluten free almond flour coconut cookies

Soft, chewy, slightly golden crispy edges with crispy toasted coconut strewn throughout, these coconut cookies are not too shy to highlight their star ingredient. Topped with even more coconut right before baking, these chewy cookies with a crispy edge are a coconut lover's dream.

Get the Coconut Cookies recipe .

three glasses of pineapple granita topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes

Simple to make and easily modified, granita is perfect on its own as a light palate cleanser or dressed up with whipped cream and toppings. This pineapple version is big on tropical flavors, with heavy notes of vanilla and toffee thanks to a splash of rum and a scoop of dark brown sugar.

Get the Pineapple Granita recipe .

Cheesecake Pops

cheesecake pops with a strawberry swirl and crumble topping

These creamy cheesecake popsicles are the perfect easy dessert to cool off with when you just can't be bothered to make a homemade cheesecake from scratch. With strawberry pieces and a crushed graham cracker topping, these pops give you the same delicious flavors you're craving, with way less effort.

Get the Cheesecake Pops recipe .

No-Bake Banana Caramel Pecan Pie

nobake banana caramel pecan pie

When it comes to old-school desserts, banana cream pie and pecan pie are always at the top of the list. If you’re torn between which to make, why not combine them?

Get the No-Bake Banana Caramel Pecan Pie recipe .

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Taylor Worden is Delish's Assistant Digital Food Producer, where she creates recipe galleries, recipe updates and more. She was previously a freelance editor on the food team for Good Housekeeping , where she also contributed entertainment and culture pieces as a freelance writer. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and a lifelong love of writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, testing out a new pasta recipe, or rewatching one of her favorite shows. 

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53 Easy Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

By Joe Sevier and The Editors of Epicurious

53 Easy Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

There are times when, feeling ambitious, the idea of rolling up your sleeves and getting lost in a weekend baking project sounds fun. Other times, easy desserts—the kinds that immediately meet your sugary needs—are all you can fathom making. Something sweet must appear, ASAP, your body tells you. (Or maybe it’s your heart talking. As they say, the heart wants what it wants.) For those latter moments, here’s a collection of desserts that come together with minimal active prep and cooking times. From brownies and one-bowl cakes to simple ice cream sundaes and three-ingredient truffles, this list contains 53 ways to make something satisfyingly sweet—right now.

Two mugs of Molten Double Chocolate mug cake with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Molten Double Chocolate Mug Cake

Mug cake isn't exactly the prettiest of easy desserts , but does that matter when it’s this gooey-rich and comes together in just three minutes? 

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Candied Pumpkin With Tahini and Date Syrup (Kabak Tatlısı)

Candied pumpkin is a popular sweet in Turkey, where it can either be cooked on the stove or in an oven. This recipe goes with the oven method for ease and speed.

A nobake cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust on a serving plate.

Vanilla No-Bake Cheesecake With a Chocolate Cookie Crust

If you are new to no-bake cheesecakes, welcome to a world without cracked cake exteriors or over-baked interiors. There's no baking here , just refrigerating.

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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Like chocolate chip cookies, classic peanut butter cookies are hard to beat. But this gluten-free, three-ingredient cookie recipe—yes, you read that right—may be even better.

Blackberry and Chocolate Ice Cream Icebox Cake on a platter.

Blackberry and Chocolate Ice Cream Icebox Cake

This dish looks more complicated than it is. Really, if you have the time to whip some cream , you can throw together this no-bake dessert. (Also available in peach and pecan or raspberry-pistachio .)

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Plátanos Horneados con Crema y Queso (Baked Banana With Crema and Cheese)

Whether you cook these heirloom bananas on a baking sheet in your oven or toss them onto the grill, their flavors will concentrate, which means most of the work is done. To finish, just top them with crema and queso fresco.

PB and J Thumbprint Bars being served on a plate.

PBJ Thumbprint Bars

These blondie-like bars are flavored with peanut butter and dotted with pools of jam and toasty chopped peanuts. Finish the batch with a drizzle of melted white (or dark, or milk) chocolate.

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Berry Cream Cheese Cake

Dark brown sugar gives this snacking cake a little molasses edge, which cuts the sweetness of the berries and the richness of the cream cheese.

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Summer Berry-Coconut Milk Ice Pops

This jammy mash-up of blackberries , strawberries, and blueberries with coconut milk and cardamom beats vanilla ice cream any day.

Hot water cobbler in a baking dish surrounded by three bowls with servings of cobbler and spoons.

Hot Water Peach Cobbler

The method here is a bit unusual: Dress juicy peaches with lemon zest, then smear the batter on top, followed by a dousing of sugar and hot water . The result is a crackly crust unrivaled in the world of cobbler recipes .

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Microwave Coconut Sticky Rice With Mango

Coconut sticky rice needn't be intimidating. As Pepper Teigen, also known as model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen ’s mother, will show you, all you need is a microwave.

Best Cocoa Brownies

These deliciously fudgy brownies do call for good cocoa powder , but they don’t require you to melt dark chocolate . Skip that and get these babies into the oven even faster.

Photo of blueberry scones with lemon curd and coffee on the side.

Lemon curd can be made with pantry staples , and this easy recipe calls for nothing beyond lemons (the juice and the zest), sugar, butter, and eggs.

Ricotta olive oil pound cake in a Bundt shape on a white plate.

One-Bowl Ricotta Olive Oil Pound Cake

No need to wait around for butter to soften for this citrusy one-bowl olive oil cake. It's also perfect in any season: Serve it with berries in summer, plums or figs in the fall, a citrus salad come winter, or poached rhubarb in spring. Or, skip the fruit and have it with a nice cup of tea . 

Photo of three slices of butter mochi on a white plate on pink background.

Butter Mochi

Butter mochi's texture falls somewhere between sticky taffy and cloud-like marshmallows: delightfully chewy, bouncy, and dense all at the same time.

A largeformat cinnamonchocolate chunk cookie in a white skillet with 3 scoops of ice cream on top.

Cinnamon–Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie

There are times for individual cookies , and there are times that call for a large-format cookie that everyone at the table can enjoy. This one (an example of the latter) is, according to one reader, “easy, appealing, and tasty! Part of the fun is the variation in texture from the chewy center to the crisp edge.” Agreed.

Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and covered in nuts and sprinkles.

Frozen Chocolate Bananas

Sure, Oreos and Reese's peanut butter cups are great, but how about a sweet treat that's almost as easy to make as it is to unwrap a package of cookies or candy—so easy, in fact, that your little ones can help ?

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Cranberry-Orange Snacking Cake

The genius of this easy snacking cake recipe comes from using canned cranberry sauce as the fruit swirl. It’s perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Broken up pieces of frozen yogurt bark topped with nuts and raspberries on a sheet tray.

Frozen Yogurt Bark

This refreshing treat is fun to eat for breakfast, but if you're serving it for dessert, you could drizzle some white chocolate or smashed pretzel bits (or maybe even Nutella?) over the bark before popping it in the freezer.

Dole whip in 3 glasses.

Homemade "Dole Whip"

As any Disney Park fanatic can tell you, it’s not a visit to the Magic Kingdom without a helping of this dairy-free, soft-serve–like pineapple dessert. Now you can make the magic at home.

Yellow whipped cream cake being dusted with powdered sugar.

Whipped Cream Cake

Neither butter nor oil is responsible for this cake's tender and moist texture. In this clever recipe from expert Rose Levy Beranbaum, it's all about heavy cream .

A glass with tiramisu swirled with chocolate and ladyfingers on the side.

Chocolate Swirl Tiramisu

Classic tiramisu , while delicious, involves whipping egg yolks and soaking ladyfingers and fastidiously layering everything in a dish. In other words, it's a project. This cheater's tiramisu cuts some corners.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie

Is it a brownie or a chocolate chip cookie bar? Whatever you want to call it, it's clear that salted caramel and rich, fudgy chocolate were made for each other.

Chocolateavocado pudding in a glass bowl topped with a dollop of whipped cream cacao nibs and some nuts.

Chocolate-Avocado Pudding

Avocado is the key to this low-sugar, vegan-friendly, crowd-pleasing chocolate pudding. So, yes, it would be completely acceptable for you to eat this (produce-based!) dessert for breakfast.

Lemon vanilla rice pudding in small white bowls with a side of raspberries.

Instant Pot Lemon Vanilla Rice Pudding With Whipped Cream

If you have an Instant Pot , you can make this creamy, aromatic rice pudding with just ten minutes of active time. Let the machine do the rest.

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3-Ingredient Creamy Coconut-Lime Ice Pops

Unsweetened coconut milk , cream of coconut, and limes. That's all you need for this easy dessert recipe, which makes for creamy, floral, refreshing, and portable treats.

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Midnight Puppy Chow

This twist on the slumber party classic puppy chow—also known as monkey munch, muddy buddies, muddy munch, or reindeer chow—gets its darker look from a dusting of cocoa powder instead of confectioners' sugar.

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Chocolate-Almond Fridge Fudge

This fudge is definitely an easy dessert to make, but one thing is non-negotiable: using bittersweet chocolate with minimum 60% cacao. Lower percentages won't get you the right texture (and fudge is all about the texture).

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Raspberry-Lemon Icebox Cake

Maybe you ate gingersnaps growing up, but did you ever think to use them in a cake? Now's your chance. They add a hint of spice to this cream cheese–enriched make-ahead summer classic.

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Sheet-Pan Brownie Thins

Some people are cakey brownie people, and some are chewy brownie people. This one's for the latter group. Spread the batter into a thin layer and you'll end up with ¼-inch-thick brownies, all of which have the texture of those edge pieces you usually go for.

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Apple and Nut-Butter Puff Pastry Tarts

This recipe satisfies the urge for apple pie with a pack of store-bought frozen puff pastry.

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Apple-Cranberry Crisp With Oatmeal-Cookie Crumble

Inspired by the bright flavors of cranberry sauce, tangy cranberries and sweet orange zest add a floral tartness to this apple crisp, which is topped with an oatmeal cookie crumble studded with almonds.

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No-Bake Butterscotch-Coconut Cookies

Need cookies in a flash? These butterscotch "buttons" come together in 15 minutes and don't require an oven. (You don't need to turn that thing on right now.)

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3-Ingredient Frozen Mud Pie

The pie crust: Buy a frozen pie shell . The ice cream: Buy that, too. The hardest part about this delicious dessert is slicing it.

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Two-Ingredient Truffles

Chocolate truffles sound elaborate, but they're almost as easy to make as s'mores: The base contains just two ingredients. After that, explore any fun toppings you like, from pistachios to toffee.

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One-Bowl Milk Chocolate Cake With Chocolate-Caramel Frosting

One-bowl cakes are the kind of dessert you can make on a whim on a weeknight. Real milk chocolate—not just cocoa powder—gives this cake batter its rich, chocolatey flavor.

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Easy Fruit Tart With Pecan Cookie Crust

This gorgeous dessert has a nutty tart shell inspired by pecan sandies and a lemon curd–spiked whipped cream filling. The fruit topping can be as simple as you like; just sprinkle berries on top if you want to. That's it.

Maple pecan fudge in a loaf tin with some portioned on the side along with some pecans.

3-Ingredient Maple-Pecan Fudge

This pecan-studded fudge is all about the flavor of pure maple syrup—and you really do want to use pure maple syrup since syrup with additives can separate during cooking.

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Texas Sheet Cake

When time is tight and you need something to bring to a potluck, this is the perfect crowd pleaser: A large, thin layer of chocolate cake slathered with gooey chocolate frosting.

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Quick Raspberry Charlotte

This sweet treat is a continental love story. Savoiardi, or crisp Italian-style ladyfingers, get the French treatment when they're doused in Cognac, cream, and raspberry purée.

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Slow-Roasted Rhubarb

You could make a fancy rhubarb cake or tart , but rhubarb’s naturally sweet and tangy flavors don’t need much more than a simple roasting in order to fully express themselves. This would be delicious served over ice cream after a big lasagna dinner.

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Pastel Butter Cookies

To give almond shortbread cookies the pastel treatment, dust them with powdered sugar—powdered sugar that you've dyed with finely ground freeze-dried blueberries, raspberries, and mangoes . (Look at you!)

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Balsamic-Strawberry Pops

Ice pops are lovable because there’s so much payoff for so little fuss. These strawberry pops have two twists, though: balsamic vinegar and black pepper. (They work; promise.)

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Raspberry Sundaes With Chocolate Sauce and Roasted Almonds

The only thing you really make for this simple dessert is the chocolate sauce. Otherwise, it’s just scooping and assembling.

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Raspberry and Aperol Floats

These bittersweet floats feature citrusy Aperol , but you can use Campari if that's what you have on hand. Want to make a version for non-drinkers? Substitute pomegranate juice for the liqueur.

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Bittersweet-Chocolate Truffles

What's easier than making truffles? Half-making them. Bring the truffle mixture to the table and serve it family-style; then your guests can handle the toppings, tossing them in cocoa powder or sandwiching them between wedges of clementine.

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Mini Strawberry Eton Mess

A classic British dessert—truly a beautiful, delicious mess—made of whipped cream, store-bought meringues , and fruit, the Eton mess looks like it took way more time to make than it did.

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Any Berry Galette

Galettes satisfy the taste for pie, but they're so much more forgiving. The shape doesn't really matter and the crust is easy to make (or buy).

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Meyer Lemon Cream with Graham Crackers and Sea Salt

Adding cream to lemon curd makes it extra spoonable, almost mousse-like. From there, just crumble some graham crackers in your hands and sprinkle them on top. (The title of this gallery doesn’t lie.)

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Anytime Chocolate Chip and Oat Cookies

Optimized for portioning, chilling, and baking right from the freezer, this texture-rich cookie dough—it has oats, whole grain flour, and nuts and seeds—means you're never more than 25 minutes away from a warm, gooey cookie .

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Grated zucchini is the secret behind this cake's moistness (and a fun way to get your vegetables in), while chocolate chips and walnuts add texture. This recipe would probably make great cupcakes, too. Just saying.

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No-Churn Almond and Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream

If you've never seen "ice cream" and "easy desserts" in the same sentence, please meet no-churn ice cream. No ice cream machine is required; just an electric mixer and a freezer.

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If you're craving something sweet, but don't have the time to get into a complicated dessert recipe, then look no further.

We've put together the easiest dessert recipes we've ever made. From no-bake treats that set in the fridge to three-ingredient cookie recipes that you can easily memorize, we've got your sweet tooth covered. 

1. 5-Minute Microwave Cheesecake

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This easy recipe makes a rich and creamy vanilla cheesecake for one, topped with fresh raspberries. The best part? No need for a water bath!

Recipe:   5-Minute Microwave Cheesecake

2. Mini Cinnamon Roll Bites

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Use store-bought pie crust sprinkled with butter, cinnamon, and sugar to make these adorable mini desserts. Serve with a simple powdered sugar glaze for dipping.

Recipe:  Mini Cinnamon Roll Bites

3. Microwave Marshmallow Treats

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This single-serve marshmallow treat takes just 30 seconds to make in the microwave for a nostalgic taste of your childhood. Sweet!

Recipe:  Microwave Marshmallow Treats

4. Triple Decker Brownies

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For the ultimate dessert for chocolate lovers, layer cookie dough, chocolate sandwich cookies, and brownie batter in a pan, then bake to gooey, fudgy perfection.

Recipe: Triple Decker Brownies

5. Birthday Cake Mug Cake

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Party for one! Celebrate any day of the year with this easy single-serve mug cake that bakes up in the microwave in under two minutes.

Recipe: Birthday Cake Mug Cake

6. Chocolate Moussehttps://tasty.co/recipe/chocolate-mousse

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Who says easy can't be fancy? This rich chocolate mousse comes together in a snap with just a few ingredients. Spoon into pretty bowls or glasses for a classy touch.

Recipe: Chocolate Mousse

7. Peanut Butter S'mores Dip

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This three-ingredient dessert couldn't be easier or more decadent. Stack mini peanut butter cups and marshmallows in a skillet, bake until toasted and melty, then dig in with graham crackers.

Recipe: Peanut Butter S'mores Dip

8. Microwave Chocolate Lava Cake

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Craving something warm and chocolatey? This lava cake takes just about a minute to bake up in the microwave.

Recipe: Microwave Chocolate Lava Cake

9. Red Velvet Box Cookies

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The secret to easy cookies? Use a box of cake mix for the dry ingredients, then adjust the wet ingredients for the proper texture.

Recipe: Red Velvet Box Cookies

10. No-Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

No-Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

Here, a single tablespoon of gelatin ensures that this cheesecake can hold on its own and not collapse into a mushy mess, even at room temperature. 

Recipe:  No-Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

11. The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

If we're going to suggest a chocolate chip cookie recipe , we're going to recommend you the best. This one opts for chocolate chunks for an even gooier ooze with every bite. 

Recipe:  The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

12. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

3-ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

If you're making your own peanut butter cups, you may as well personalize them. For example, try using crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth, or even Nutella. Or, for a bit of crunch, add some crushed graham crackers into the peanut butter mix. 

Recipe:  3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

13. Classic Macarons

Classic Macarons

With the right recipe, even a multi-part dessert like macarons can be achieved beautifully and without a hitch. 

Recipe:  Classic Macarons

14. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

One cup of peanut butter, an egg, and 100 grams of sugar is all it takes to make this batch of scrumptious peanut butter cookies. 

Recipe:  3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

15. Lemon Meringue Bars

Lemon Meringue Bars

You never forget the intensely sweet, velvety, and mildly tart flavor of a lemon bar — at least not with this recipe. 

Recipe:  Lemon Meringue Bars

16. Cookies & Cream Truffles

Cookies & Cream Truffles

Oreos or any other chocolate sandwich cookies with a creme center make a great base for these truffles.

Recipe:  Cookies & Cream Truffles

17. Apple Pie from Scratch

Apple Pie From Scratch

If you've never made a pie from scratch, then this is a great beginner recipe that anyone can nail. If you're feeling creative, you can even try different designs for a decorative top crust.

Recipe:  Apple Pie from Scratch

18. Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake

The humble mug is the gateway to so many easy dessert recipes, just like this chocolate cake. Just dump flour, sugar, milk, cocoa and baking powder, and vegetable oil into a mug and microwave. 

Recipe:  Chocolate Mug Cake

19. Banana Bread

Banana Bread

When you have overripe bananas, what do you do but make banana bread? Here, you don't need more than a couple of household ingredients to finish out the recipe. 

Recipe:  Banana Bread

20. Edible Cookie Dough 4 Ways

Edible Cookie Dough 4 Ways

You know the saying, "The journey is the destination." Well, turns out the saying also applies to desserts, and especially to cookie dough. 

Recipe:  Edible Cookie Dough 4 Ways

21. The Softest Sugar Cookies Ever

The Softest Sugar Cookies Ever

These sugar cookies are great for kids, for people who don't have the patience for a bake time longer than eight minutes, and everyone who agrees that sugar cookies are one of the best comfort foods out there. 

Recipe:  The Softest Sugar Cookies Ever

22. Classic Carrot Cake

Classic Carrot Cake

The trifecta of hand-grated carrots, raisins, and canned crushed pineapple work together to give this cake its distinctive moist texture.

Recipe:  Classic Carrot Cake

23. Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka)

Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka)

Soft, fudgy, and extremely dense, this classic Swedish cake is great with fresh whipped cream, ice cream, or even a handful of ripe berries on top. 

Recipe:  Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka)

24. Baked Churro Bites

Baked Churro Bites

Don't have a piping bag handy? You can easily make one using a piece of parchment paper or Ziploc bag.

Recipe:  Baked Churro Bites

25. Froyo Fruit Cups

Froyo Fruit Cups

There's something about recreating your usual breakfast of Greek yogurt and berries in a cupcake liner that somehow makes it feel way more indulgent. 

Recipe:  Froyo Fruit Cups

26. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)

If you're the self-declared sweet tooth of the group, then look no further than these buckeyes. They're rich, chocolatey, and perfect for polishing off a meal with.

Recipe:  No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)

27. Strawberry 2-Ingredient Sorbet

Strawberry 2-ingredient Sorbet

Refreshing, simple, and the best pick-me-up on a warm afternoon.

Recipe:  Strawberry 2-Ingredient Sorbet

28. Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemon Loaf Cake

Learn to make your favorite Starbucks treat, and you'll never leave your house again. 

Recipe:  Lemon Loaf Cake

29. Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

Greek yogurt, whole wheat flour, and light cream cheese make this a lighter variation of the original recipe. But not to worry — the cake is 100% the same rich, moist, and sweet flavor you know and love. 

Recipe:  Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

30. Sugar Swirl Cookies

Sugar swirl cookies

Working with sprinkles, all the colors you love, and an easy recipe means you'll honestly feel more like you're making art than cookies. 

Recipe:  Sugar Swirl Cookies

31. Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon-flavored desserts deserve a whole dessert roundup of their own, but for now, here's this lemon bundt cake. It's aesthetically beautiful, easy to make, and made abundantly moist with a double layer of glaze and icing. 

Recipe:  Lemon Bundt Cake

32. Birthday Cake Mix Cookies

Birthday Cake Mix Cookies

Sometimes, the greatest things in life are the simplest. Just like these birthday cake mix cookies, which enjoy a little upgrade from white chocolate chunks.

Recipe:  Birthday Cake Mix Cookies

33. Classic Glazed Donuts

Classic Glazed Donuts

Make sure to fry these doughnuts in moderately hot oil or you'll risk burning their outsides before the insides are cooked. 

Recipe:  Classic Glazed Donuts

34. Strawberry Cream Cheese Bites

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bites

Add a bit of Stevia and reduce the amount of cream cheese if you want to sweeten these strawberry cream cheese bites while keeping them low-carb. 

Recipe:  Strawberry Cream Cheese Bites

35. Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream

Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream

Heavy cream, condensed milk, and crushed chocolate sandwich cookies are all it takes to make your very own cookies 'n' cream ice cream.

Recipe:  Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream

36. No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake

If you're looking for a crowd-pleasing dessert to bring to your office or classroom, then this no-bake cheesecake that uses Nutella as its base will do the trick. It requires zero baking and can be made with just a few pantry staples.

Recipe:  No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake

37. Homemade Crème Brûlée

Homemade Crème Brûlée

This is also a great way to finally try out your broiler. And quick tip: Leave the oven door slightly ajar so that the body of the dessert doesn't actually cook. 

Recipe:  Homemade Crème Brûlée

38. The Best Fudgy Brownies

The Best Fudgy Brownies

Fudgy, chewy, sweet, and rich, these brownies will quickly become your go-to dessert for those impromptu sugar cravings.

Recipe:  The Best Fudgy Brownies

39. Peaches 'N' Cream Cheesecake

Peaches 'N' Cream Cheesecake

This recipe might take a little extra time than other desserts, but it's actually pretty easy and totally worth the three-layered result. 

Recipe:  Peaches 'N' Cream Cheesecake

40. Palmier Cookies

Palmier Cookies

With a sheet of puff pastry, some butter, and a bit of sugar, anyone can make these French treats that look more complicated than they actually are to make. 

Recipe:  Palmier Cookies

41. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

As one person who tried the recipe recommends: Double the amount of graham crust you make so you have enough to cover the entire baking pan. 

Recipe:  Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

42. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

If you love peanut butter, then this no-bake cheesecake will taste like a dessert fantasy come true. 

Recipe:  No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

43. Beignets

Beignets

Everyone knows frying is a very delicate process where dough can burn in the blink of an eye. Instead of trying to time how long you should fry these beignets for, simply flip them and take them out when both sides are a light golden brown. 

Recipe:  Beignets

44. Blueberry Blondies

Blueberry Blondies

If you have a tray of blueberries that are a day away from going bad, then this recipe is for you. Depending on how ripe those berries are, you may even consider reducing the amount of extra sugar you add to this recipe.

Recipe:  Blueberry Blondies

45. The Best Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

The Best Soft And Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

Flatten these cookies before you place them in the oven, as the dough won't spread too much otherwise. 

Recipe:  The Best Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Our Easiest Dessert Ideas

You don't have to be a professional baker to whip up an impressive dessert . We’ve got plenty of no-fuss ideas for cookies , crowd-pleasing cakes , fruit-filled pies , comforting chocolate treats —and even a few no-bake desserts ! A handful of them even lean towards over-the-top , despite what a cinch they are to make. Just take this strawberry poke cake, for example. It looks ordinary enough until you cut into it to reveal the gorgeous swirls of berry red. Your guests will wonder how you achieved such a stunning presentation—and never guess it was incredibly simple!

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The classic flavors of buckeye candy — chocolate and peanut butter — are the winning combination in this bundt cake that’s ideal for serving a crowd. A creamy peanut butter cheesecake mixture is sandwiched inside rich chocolate cake, and a final topping of melted semisweet chocolate makes it irresistible. You can even bake and glaze it a day or two ahead and store it in the fridge.

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This dessert “charcuterie” board is a treats lover’s dream. It’s packed with chocolate salami, rainbow confetti cream cheese dip, peanut butter crispy rice squares, cookies, cupcakes and much more. There’s something for everyone and it’s a fun way to up your party game in a big way.

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Creamy and cloud-like, buttery and rich, or gooey and chocolatey, these recipes make dessert magic happen in an hour or less — coming together with simplicity and ease for sweet, stress-free endings to any meal. Some rely almost exclusively on pantry staples, like fragrant, fluffy vanilla cupcakes and pecan-topped bananas foster , while others require seasonal fruit or a container of your favorite ice cream (or both), such as roasted peach cobbler with balsamic syrup . Turn to these delectable confections to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing taste for time.

Vanilla Cupcakes

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These vanilla cupcakes are the answer to any birthday party, picnic, potluck, or event that deserves a little treat. What sets these cupcakes apart is the rich vanilla flavor. Don't skimp on the quality of the vanilla extract you use here; the simplest recipes require the highest quality ingredients.

Air Fryer Brownies

With the help of an air fryer, these gooey, fudgy brownies — baked in ramekins and reminiscent of a molten chocolate cake — are less than an hour away. Serve them on their own, or with your favorite ice cream. Better yet, top them with berries, whipped cream, chopped nuts, or caramel sauce to make a brownie sundae.

Mixed Berry Cornmeal Biscuit Shortcakes

For these shortcakes, macerated fresh berries and homemade whipped cream — flavored with vanilla and lemon zest — are served atop a buttery, tender split cornmeal biscuit for a summery dessert. Stacking and patting down the dough as opposed to kneading helps you avoid overworking it and encourages even lamination. Cornmeal provides great texture and flavor.

Bananas Foster

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These bananas cooked with a citrusy brown sugar-rum sauce and topped with crispy pecans are so good, we eat this dessert straight from the pan. With ice cream, of course.

Candied Almond Affogato

This Italian dessert is simplicity at its finest — all you need to make it is a scoop or two of gelato and a shot of hot espresso. Here, we've added almond liqueur to the mix for a little extra flair, plus candied almonds and crushed amaretti cookies for some crunch. The elegant treat comes together in just a few minutes, making it an easy and impressive option for entertaining. 

Shortbread Cookies

A classic treat in Scotland and beloved all over for buttery flavor and a crumbly texture, shortbread cookies are an ideal treat with afternoon tea or for dessert with ice cream, fruit, or chocolate.

Almost-Instant Soft-Serve

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In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of our 40 best. The creamy, sherbet-style dessert is one for the ages: It uses just four ingredients and comes together with a quick whirl of the food processor. Make it with strawberries, mangoes, or blueberries.

Giant Chocolate Cookie with Cacao Nibs and Flaky Salt

The only thing better than a dark cocoa cookie with a hint of chewiness and a generous sprinkle of flaky salt is an impressively oversized one that’s designed to feed a crowd. Cut into wedges, the cookies resemble chocolate shortbread, but these treats — studded with chopped bittersweet chocolate and cacao nibs — are far more indulgent.

Mini Black-Bottom Cheesecakes

In these single-serving desserts, rich and creamy cheesecake is baked atop a chocolate wafer base. You don't need any special equipment to make them — just a muffin tin and foil liners.

Molten Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling

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Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel

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Ice cream maven Jeni Britton makes this genius bread pudding with store-bought brioche and melted vanilla ice cream, eliminating the need to make a custard. The simple whiskey-tinged caramel sauce comes together with just four ingredients. 

Cherries Poached in Red Wine with Mascarpone Cream

The classic combination of fruit and cheese is an age-old pairing that will always be delicious. Thick mascarpone cheese mixed with honey makes a luscious topping for poached summer cherries. You can serve the dessert either warm or cold. We love it both ways.

Citrus Gratin with Toasted Almonds

This warm citrus dessert is an updated version of the old-fashioned half grapefruit broiled with brown sugar. A scattering of sweet and crunchy almonds on top dresses up the fruit with a lovely contrast.

Mixed Berry Dutch Baby

© Hallie Burton

A Dutch baby always makes for a stunning presentation — and it's easier than making pancakes since you cook it up all at once. For a dessert that fits right in at the breakfast table and as a seasonal after-dinner treat, you only need a handful of simple ingredients. Serve warm with scoops of good vanilla ice cream and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Over-the-Top Ice Cream Sundaes with Homemade Caramel

Fully loaded with creamy fudge, salty pretzels, crunchy toffee, and chewy, bittersweet candied lemon peel, this over-the-top sundae gets drenched in homemade caramel sauce for a grown-up take on a nostalgic childhood treat served at chef Dan Kluger's Loring Place in New York City.

Roasted Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream and Balsamic Syrup

© Fredrika Stjärne

"I'm no pastry chef, but I bake a killer cobbler," says chef and TV host Andrew Zimmern. He tops this roasted peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream and thick, rich aged balsamic syrup for a summer-ready dessert, each baked individually in an eight-ounce ramekin.

Zabaglione with Strawberries

An Italian dessert made with egg yolks, sugar, and sweet wine, zabaglione can be served hot when it's just made. If you want to prepare the dish ahead of time, mix the zabaglione with whipped cream and refrigerate it as described in the first variation.

Rio-Style Ginger Beer Floats

Chef Eric Ripert's sweet, fizzy drink, made with orange juice, passion fruit, and mango sorbet, is his Brazilian take on a typical American root beer float.

Blackberry Fool with Calvados

A classic British dessert of pureed fruit folded into whipped cream, a fool is one of the first things designer Peter Ting learned to make after moving to England in 1976. To give this one a little extra sophistication, he macerates half the blackberries overnight in Calvados, then tops the fruit with dollops of whipped cream he's mixed with blackberry puree.

Espresso Granita with Whipped Cream

Top the granita with a hefty portion of whipped cream; you'll need the mild sweetness of the cream to balance the strong espresso.

Miracle Peanut Butter Crunch

This flaky candy combines layers of crisp caramel, creamy peanut butter, and crunchy peanuts. Incredibly, it takes just 20 minutes to make and the only special equipment you need is a heatproof candy thermometer. Be sure to buy the freshest, highest-quality peanut butter and peanuts you can find.

Swirled Summer Berry Soufflés

Celebrity cook Annabel Langbein's luscious soufflé is made with a swirl of berries and marshmallowy meringue.

Rich Baked Chocolate Puddings

Although this deep, dark chocolate pudding is easily made in ramekins, it's fun to bake and serve in small glass jars — and they're ready in 40 minutes.

No-Bake Chocolate Custard

Our absolute favorite thing about this easy, no-bake chocolate custard is that it takes just 20 minutes to make and can be eaten right away at room temperature. This super-silky, chocolatey dessert is also delicious when chilled. It just depends on how long you can wait before you devour it.

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62 dessert recipes

Make entertaining easy with these dessert ideas, from make-ahead fridge cakes to 15-minute puds for last-minute guests and tarts using store cupboard staples

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Looking for easy dessert recipes to entertain guests? Need a quick cake recipe ready in less than an hour? Try one of our easy ideas below. For more easy dinner-party desserts, choose from our collection of make-ahead fridge cakes and bakes to whip out last-minute.

For more dessert inspiration, check out our best vegan desserts , French desserts and Italian desserts .

Quick and easy dessert recipes

Classic tiramisu.

Whip up our smart, authentic version of this classic Italian dessert, made with mascarpone, marsala and savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and Tia Maria. It only takes 30 minutes, plus chilling time.

Classic Tiramisu Recipe

Oreo mug cake

This recipe combines all the best elements of a classic British roast wrapped up in a crisp, fluffy, giant Yorkshire pudding. Don’t forget the rich gravy on the side for dipping.

Mug of oreo cake next to some Oreos

Espresso martini tiramisu

Need a showstopping dessert? Make our creamy tiramisu with espresso, Kahlúa and vodka. Easy and indulgent, if this doesn't wow your guests, nothing will!

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Espresso Martini Tiramisu Recipe

Espresso martini cheesecake

Great when entertaining a crowd, this cheesecake can be made days ahead – simply pour over the boozy coffee syrup to serve.

Brown-glazed cheesecake cut into squares sat on a wooden board with a brown marbled background

Clementine posset

Perfect for a dinner party or special meal, these silky clementine possets only need 15 minutes of hands-on time.

Three glasses filled with clementine posset and topped with zest on black plates

Salted caramel and pecan cheesecake pots

These mini cheesecakes are simple to make and perfect for a quick and easy dessert to end your dinner party.

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Pots Recipe

Healthy apple crumble

A healthier take on classic apple crumble, this easy dessert recipe tops soft cinnamon apples with a butter-free granola (which also makes a brilliant breakfast).

A green bowl with apple crumble in it

Chocolate orange pots

These olive oil chocolate pots are seriously creamy and indulgent but easy to put together. A decadent dessert requiring only seven ingredients.

Chocolate Orange Pots Recipe with Sea Salt

Croissant bostock with boozy cherries

Usually a piece of brioche topped with frangipane and baked, this twist uses a croissant base, while kirsch-spiked cherries add a boozy note.

This refined cousin of rice pudding scented with cardamom and pandan is made for special occasions. Served chilled scattered with rose petals and pistachios.

Turkish delight pan brownies

Spoon these melting, turkish-delight-spiked brownies straight from the pan and serve with generous dollops of ice cream for the perfect indulgent dessert for friends.

Chocolate Brownie Recipe with Turkish Delight

Espresso panna cotta

Check out our recipe for silky smooth espresso panna cotta. This dessert is an ideal way to end a dinner party – it's gluten-free, looks impressive and is ready in no time!

Espresso PannaEspresso Panna Cotta Recipe

Baked figs with amaretto

Jammy figs are roasted with amaretto in this warming autumnal dessert. We suggest serving with creamy mascarpone and crumbled amaretti biscuits for extra indulgence.

White plates topped with mascarpone and halves purple figs

Chocolate sponge cake

This moist chocolate cake is a super simple dessert for all those chocolate lovers out there. Serve with a dollop of cream for ultra indulgence. Check out more baking recipes .

Easy Sponge Cake Recipe for a Basic Chocolate Sponge Cake

Poached pears with chocolate sauce

A fancy dessert idea that makes the most of Williams pears, smooth dark chocolate sauce and pedro ximénez sherry. And it only takes 25 minutes to make!

Four poached pears with pedro ximénez and chocolate sauce

Pear tarte tatin

Making a classic tarte tatin may be the ultimate pudding showstopper, but combine it with ripe British pears and you’re reaching perfection.

A whole tarte tatin on a white plate with one slice taken out of it

Apple and almond galette

Use shop-bought pastry to recreate this sweet and nutty galette recipe, straight from the kitchen of The Grand Duchess in London.

A round white plate toped with Apple and almond galette scattered with flaked almonds

Classic creme brûlée

Smash through the crunchy caramel top of this classic French pud and you'll reach a velvety, vanilla-infused baked custard underneath.

Four ramekins filled with crème brûlée on a white plate with a blue background and three spoons

Dessert board

Try this simple dessert board that’s great for feeding a crowd, it features shop-bought desserts, and you can design your board to suit your guests.

All sorts of bite-sized desserts and cocktails on a sharing platter

Affogato chocolate mousse

If you're hosting a dinner party and looking for an indulgent dessert that can easily be made ahead, try these creamy, gluten-free puds – ready in 15 minutes.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe with Affogato

Effortless madeleine 'baba'

Make this pretty madeleine ‘baba’ for two – it’s a cheat on a rum baba that’s deceptively simple to make.

Two glass bowls with two madeleines and a dollop of cream next to a jug of syrup

Baked egg custard

Our recipe for baked custard is a great way to end a meal – velvety smooth and infused with vanilla, it's finished with a grating of nutmeg.

Three glass ramekins of custard with silver spoons on a blue napkin

Nougat and pistachio ice cream

Elevate your dinner party effortlessly with this no-churn ice cream. Amp up the fancy factor with chocolate-dipped ice cream cones.

Chocolate-dipped cones of pistachio ice cream topped with nougat pieces

Raspberry chocolate pots

You only need three ingredients to whip up this silky and decadent pudding – and none of them need any fussing with.

Tall glasses filled with chocolate mousse and topped with raspberries on a grey background

Classic banana split

With just five everyday ingredients, this old-school dessert couldn't be easier: serve bananas with hazelnuts, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and cocktail cherries.

A blue enamel tray holding two blue plates of banana split, drizzled in chocolate sauce

Brioche ice cream sandwiches

Ice cream is stuffed into sweet brioche buns to make an effortless dessert.

Brioche ice cream sandwiches

Chocolate torte

Friends will be impressed by this decadent dessert, combining chocolate with a moreish base of biscuits and hazelnuts.

A man in an apron grating chocolate onto a chocolate torte

Christmas tart

Fill a shop-bought tart case with brandy-soaked dried fruit and two types of almond for an effortless festive dessert, best eaten with brandy butter.

A Christmas tart with one slice taken out of it

Warm molten chocolate and salted caramel tarts

Serve these decadent chocolate tarts with vanilla ice cream to impress dinner party guests. The recipe is from Italian restaurant Luca.

A chocolate tart on a white plate with a marble background

New York cheesecake

This creamy baked dessert makes the perfect make-ahead dessert – it’ll also go down a treat with everyone at the table.

A white plate topped with a creamy cheesecake set against a pink background

Easy treacle tart

This simple yet moreish recipe for the classic treacle tart is perfect for Sunday lunch with family and friends. It only requires five ingredients, most of which are store cupboard staples.

Classic Treacle Tart Recipe

White chocolate mousse with blackberries

Planning a dinner party? This simple yet sophisticated dessert from The Bath Arms in Wiltshire is made with easy-to-find ingredients and is ready in less than 20 minutes and honeycomb.

A small glass dish of white chocolate mousse with honeycomb on top

Nutmeg custard tart

London restaurant Fenn’s silky, nutmeg-spiced custard tart, lifted by a sweet and slightly tart apple compote, is a tailor-made dinner party dessert that’s guaranteed to impress everyone at the table.

a white plate on a wooden background, with a slice of custard tart and dollop of apple compote

Butterscotch budino

A sophisticated dessert that’s sure to impress your guests, check out this sweet Italian custard dish flavoured with butterscotch, a kick of whisky and a salted caramel topping.

A small glass filled with a butterscotch mousse and topped with whipped cream

Matcha tiramisu

Sweet mascarpone cream and bitter matcha are a match made in heaven in this vibrant dessert. You'll only need five ingredients for this no-cook recipe.

A bright green tiramisu on a circular serving plate

Calvados-poached pears with cardamom custard and sesame brittle

Looking for a stylish autumnal pud? Look no further, these calvados-poached pears – served with sweet-savoury sesame brittle and lashings of silky cardamom-infused custard – will be just the ticket.

plated filled with poached pear with a pot of custard and green linen napkin

Blood orange and amaretti trifles

Our individual trifles make a quick and easy dinner party dessert using seasonal blood oranges, and they're ready in just 15 minutes.

Blood Orange Trifle Recipe With Amaretti

Lemon self-saucing pudding (Lemon surprise pudding)

This zesty pudding is easy to whip up and can be ready in an hour. Make one simple mixture and as it cooks it separates into a light sponge on top and zesty lemon curd beneath.

Spoon in a yellow lemon pudding with a crisp top

Cheat's ginger, salted caramel and rum cake

Transform simple ginger loaf into this boozy cake in just 25 minutes by soaking in rum and caramel then layering with boozy caramel cream.

Rum and Ginger Cake Recipe with Salted Caramel

Black treacle financiers

These delicate black treacle financiers are served at the close of the set menu at The Water House Project, an ethically focused fine-dining restaurant in east London.

A small bowl of financiers against a grey background

Salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road

These salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road squares are a great twist on a classic and will please everyone. Plus, they're really easy and only take 15 minutes of work.

Honeycomb Rocky Road Recipe with Peanuts

Chocolate tahini and baharat pots

The woody spices in baharat (a Middle Eastern spice blend) work beautifully with dark chocolate and nutty tahini in this rich and super-simple dessert.

Chocolate and Tahini Dessert Recipe Pots

Vegan brownies

Bake a batch of our decadent vegan chocolate brownies for an indulgent teatime. Our unique recipe is super chocolatey, so vegan and non-vegan friends and family will enjoy. Check out more vegan desserts here.

Vegan Brownies Recipe

Vegan chocolate mousse

Silken tofu is the secret ingredient for this smooth and creamy (and totally vegan) chocolate mousse recipe. It makes a quick and easy yet impressive dessert.

Vegan chocolate mousse

Healthy chocolate cake

We've given classic chocolate cake a healthy twist by using sweet potatoes, sticky dates and almond milk. Using dark chocolate and cacao powder gives it a wonderful richness.

A chocolate cake on a glass cake stand with a slice taken out of it

Chocolate soufflé

This easy-to-follow recipe will guarantee light, fluffy and chocolaty soufflés for your loved ones.

Four white ramekins filled with chocolate souffles, set on a wooden board

Salted caramel popcorn soufflés

Popcorn and salted caramel combine in these showstopping soufflés. This recipe comes from Miro in Mayfair.

A salted caramel popcorn soufflé in a ramekin on a plate with a small pot of sauce

Vegan lemon drizzle cake

A delicate, zingy vegan lemon cake made without eggs, milk or butter! The key to that lemony tang is a decent lemon extract (we use Nielsen-Massey).

Vegan Lemon Cake Recipe

Rum-roasted pineapple and spice pie

The vegan pastry in this comforting pie is deliciously crisp and crumbly, with extra texture from the chia seeds. Plus, it's packed with rum-soaked roasted pineapple and plenty of spice.

Pineapple Pie Recipe with Rum

Chocolate éclairs

Take your éclairs to the next level with this step-by-step recipe. Fluffy choux buns are given a crispy craquelin topping, then filled with whipped cream and covered in a chocolate glaze. Try more French desserts here.

Chocolate Eclair Recipe

Vegan apple crumble

All you need to do is swap butter for melted coconut oil to make a totally vegan apple crumble. Check out classic apple crumble here .

Vegan Crumble Recipe

Lemon and lime tart

Make your next lemon tart an epic one with Edd's Kimber's coconut macaroon tart case, filled with a zesty lemon and lime curd.

A lemon tart with lime zest on top

Vegan sticky toffee pudding

Let warming spices and a rich toffee sauce (made with homemade cashew cream) do the talking with this vegan sticky toffee pudding recipe.

Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Bakewell tart

Create a classic British bakewell tart with step-by-step help. Try this recipe with other seasonal fruits such as strawberries or cherries, if you like.

Bakewell Tart Recipe

A classic English dessert that makes the most out of succulent, sweet British strawberries by combining them with meringue and cream. This heavenly pud is ready in just 10 minutes.

Eton mess recipe

Lemon posset

The perfect way to get ahead for dinner parties or entertaining. Get the shots of limoncello ready to really take this pudding to the next level.

Four lemon possets in small glasses with shortbread on the side

Lime cheesecake

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this zingy lime cheesecake.

A cheesecake topped with lime zest on a cake stand with a slice taken out

Cherry clafoutis

Make this dessert with whichever berries or fruits are in season – cherries, blueberries and even pears work well.

A large cherry clafoutis in a round dish with a spoon

White chocolate panna cotta with stewed rhubarb

This classic, creamy dessert is enriched with white chocolate, which provides a perfect contrast to the sharpness of the rhubarb.

Plates of panna cotta with stewed rhubarb

Boozy knickerbocker glory

Nothing says summer quite like our boozy knickerbocker glory with Pimm's jelly. This will be a hit with adults! Dip the wafer in icing or melted chocolate, then in sprinkles, if you like.

Boozy Knickerbocker Glory Recipe

This super simple raspberry dessert is the perfect light end to a meal. Made with just a handful of ingredients, you can whip up glasses of cranachan for a crowd in just fifteen minutes.

Four pots of Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert

Blueberry and mascarpone slice

Use ready-made puff pastry and make the blueberry compote ahead for a speedy assembly job here. This dessert is ready in just 35 minutes and is ideal for your next summer dinner party.

Rectangular pastry topped with mascarpone, blueberries and mint leaves

Kashmiri saffron baba

Matching white chocolate with saffron, cardamom, coffee and dark rum, this decadent pudding is sure to impress guests.

Baba topped with chantilly cream and edible flowers

Rose and pomegranate meringues

Ruby-red pomegranate seeds and fragrant rose water are the stars in this festive meringue dessert, served with fresh mint and edible rose petals.

Several meringues on serving plates with a bright red sauce on top

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30 Quick Desserts That Will Be Ready In 45 Minutes Or Less

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Desserts can be a labor of love. We often talk about ' baking projects ,' or stunning dessert recipes that won't be quick and easy but if you're in the mood to spend an afternoon or weekend baking, then they're the recipes for you. If you aren't up for a challenge, or are looking for an easy way to finish an already long dinner lineup, look no further than these quick dessert recipes. Some of them lean on store-bought shortcuts, others just work smarter rather than harder, like our Grilled Peaches with Spiced Whipped Cream recipe that let's juicy summer peaches do all the heavy lifting. Another plus is that many of these recipes are no-bake , meaning you won't have to turn on the oven if don't want to. Ready in less than an hour, give these quick desserts a try next time you want to satisfy your sugar cravings fast.

Old- Fashioned Banana Pudding

Despite not leaning on boxed pudding mix, this banana pudding comes together super quickly. With fluffy, toasted meringue on top to boot!

Glazed Apple Tart

A dessert that looks this impressive hardly ever comes together quickly, but thanks to store-bought puff pastry, you can make this beautiful dessert in a flash.

Grilled Peaches with Spiced Whipped Cream

This simple dessert celebrates the beauty of peak season peaches. All you have to do to recreate it is grill a few peaches until tender, and then top them with a super simple Spiced Whipped Cream.

Cake Mix Brownies

Hannah Zimmerman

Cake mix makes delectable brownies in about 30 minutes from start to finish in this recipe.

Warm Cinnamon Apples

Served over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or dolloped on top of store-bought pound cake, a simple bowl of Warm Cinnamon Apples is an easy way to elevate grocery store shortcuts.

Macerated Strawberries

Photographer: Jen Causey; Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey; Prop Stylist: Hannah Greenwood

The simple technique of letting fresh strawberries steep in sugar until soft and jammy is sometimes all you need to beautifully finish a meal.

Strawberry Crêpes

You'll feel like you traveled to France with this elegant recipe. We top our crêpes with fresh strawberries but any of your favorite summer fruits, from peaches to blackberries, would also work.

Gingersnap Cookies

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Don't reserve this quick baking recipe just for the holidays. Gingersnaps are delicious year-round, and leftovers can be used to make tasty crumb crusts for pies, cheesecakes , and more.

Strawberry Shortcake with Bourbon- Soaked Berries

Homemade scones, soaked berries, and whipped cream can all be churned out in 45 minutes, for a fresh summer dessert in no time.

Edible Cookie Dough

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

We all sneak a spoonful (or two) of cookie dough while baking, and with this recipe you don't have to worry about it being safe to eat. It doesn't contain raw eggs, and the recipe calls to heat-treat the flour to ensure everyone can safely enjoy the dough.

Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Hannah Zimmerman / Southern Living

With only four ingredients, you really have no excuse for not making these super simple cookies. Plus, they're accidentally gluten-free, so even friends with dietary restrictions can enjoy them.

Margarita Balls

Jen Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Caleb Clarke

Store-bought vanilla sandwich cookies and lime gelatin (plus, a good bit of tequila) come together to make this tangy and easy adult treat.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The secret to these fudgy chocolate cookies is instant espresso powder. Don't worry, it doesn't make them taste like coffee, the powder just helps deepen the rich chocolate flavor of the dough.

Easy Brownie Cookies

Everything you love about brownies, like the rich chocolate flavor, chewy bite, and soft center, gets rolled into a single cookie in this recipe.

Cookie Dough Egg Rolls

Store-bought egg roll wrappers turn cookie dough into a hot and gooey, fried treat in no time.

Triple- Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

More chocolate is never a bad thing and these cookies prove our point.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

The only thing that can make already pretty perfect snickerdoodles better is brown butter.

Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins Recipe

These muffins are rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture just like classic snickerdoodles. It adds both additional sweetness, and a warm spiced finish to the baked good.

White Chocolate- Peppermint Blondies

White chocolate and peppermint are a classic holiday pairing and for good reason. We've combined the two again, this time in an easy blondie recipe that comes together in 20 minutes.

Marshmallow Fruit Salad

Fruit salad can often mean a bunch of chopped fruit stirred together, but in the South the salad is taken to the next level. Fresh fruit is tossed with cherry pie filling and marshmallows, then topped with whipped cream and a cherry for a decadent side dish that can double as dessert.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

Filled with warm spices and the rich flavor of dark molasses, these chewy cookies are a holiday staple for a reason, and lucky for you, our recipe is super quick and easy.

Mint Oreo Truffles

Made with just four ingredients, these Oreo truffles come together super quickly. You'll just have to be a little patient while they set in the fridge.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

The only part of this recipe that takes time is unwrapping all the Hershey Kisses, after that it's smooth sailing.

Pecan Sandies

With a full cup of pecans folded into the dough, these sandies pack tons of nutty flavor into one tiny cookie.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Bars

Turn popcorn into a sweet and salty dessert in just 20 minutes. Sure, popcorn makes a pretty great snack on its own, but coated in melted marshmallows and caramel, this treat is next level.

Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies

These no-bake cookies are the perfect baking project for a hot summer day when you don't want to turn the oven on.

Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stying: Torie Cox

Soft cookie lovers unite. With plenty of brown sugar and butter, formed around lots of chewy, comforting oats, you won't be able to eat just one of these cookies.

Cast- Iron S'mores Dip

This four-ingredient dessert couldn't be easier to make. In fact, it's so easy and quick, you can make it over a campfire on your next trip to the great outdoors.

Chewy Rice Krispy Squares

We've upgraded the classic cereal bar with extra marshmallows folded into the mix to create nuggets of gooey sweetness throughout.

Chocolate Gravy

When we talk about gravy it's typically the savory kind, but this sweet version is just as good drizzled over biscuits.

30 Easy No-Bake Desserts That'll Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

No oven required! 🙌

easy no bake desserts

For even the most seasoned bakers, there are days when you simply can't imagine putting in the effort to prepare an elaborate dessert in the oven. Enter: the no-bake dessert. Even The Pioneer Woman herself knows that firsthand! "I'm all about no-bake recipes these days," Ree Drummond says. And who isn't? They're fast, easy, and really delicious without all that effort or the blast of heat in your face.

Here, you'll find easy no-bake desserts no matter what kind of flavors you like: chocolate desserts , lemon desserts , strawberry desserts , and more. And while they are good any time of year (adorable Christmas reindeer pops come to mind), they work especially great in the hot months when turning on the oven seems especially brutal. Get ready for so many Fourth of July dessert ideas that will stun at any backyard barbecue.

So take it from Ree and these 30 great no-bake ideas―you can satisfy your sweet tooth in no time with no oven required. 🙌

Eclair Cake

easy no bake eclair cake dessert recipe

A cake without the oven? It's true! This uses graham crackers as the cake layers and a filling made from instant pudding, so you don't even need the stove. Tip: Brush the layers with coffee and make it taste like tiramisu!

Get the Eclair Cake recipe .

Ambrosia Salad

easy no bake ambrosia salad dessert recipe

Wait, a salad as a dessert? Well when it contains oranges, pineapple, cherries, marshmallows, and coconut with no lettuce in sight, it is! With five minutes of prep time and no oven, you'll be glad you made this fun, retro treat.

Get the Ambrosia Salad recipe .

Let a package of Oreos do all the work! Okay, you'll have to put in around 20 minutes worth of effort, but that's about it. And the result is a creamy, dreamy pie without an oven in sight.

Get the Oreo Pie recipe .

Best Ice Cream Cake

"The really great thing about ice cream is...well, everything about it is great!" says Ree. And we agree, so why not make a cake out of it? Make life easier by buying ice cream from the store and you'll have it assembled (and eaten!) in no time.

Get the Best Ice Cream Cake recipe .

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

A quick two minutes on the stovetop is all that's required for these addictive, old-fashioned bites. With the flavors of chocolate, peanut butter, oats, and coconut, you'll be glad they're ready so fast.

Get the No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies recipe .

SHOP COOKIE SHEETS

Neapolitan Ice Cream Bars

Five ingredients and 15 minutes―that's all you need! A chocolate cookie crust is layered with vanilla ice cream and topped with fresh strawberries. They're sweet, refreshing, and super simple to make.

Get the Neapolitan Ice Cream Bars recipe .

Do you have five minutes? Then you have all the time you need to make this addictive sweet treat! Chocolate, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and Chex cereal...Is it missing anything? Only the oven!

Get the Puppy Chow recipe .

Strawberry Icebox Cake

Fifteen minutes is all you need to build a berry delicious dessert. Like the eclair cake, this one relies on graham crackers as the base. With fresh strawberries and a cream cheese filling, it's perfect for spring and summer when the berries are in season.

Get the Strawberry Icebox Cake recipe .

Funnel Cake

You can create fair food right at home! You won't need an oven, but you will need the stove to fry these delicious cakes to golden perfection. Top with berries, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce―whatever you want!

Get the Funnel Cake recipe .

Oreo Truffles

Cake pops are the perfect bite-sized treat! These chocolatey pops feature everyone's favorite cookie, plus sprinkles or nonpareils for decoration.

Get Ree's Oreo Truffles recipe .

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Lemon Cheesecake

"There's something about the addition of lemon—both the zest and the juice—that just adds a nice citrusy freshness," Ree says. And we couldn't agree more! Our cheesecake is smooth, refreshing, and ready to serve in just 20 minutes.

Get the No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake recipe .

Edible Cookie Dough

If you (or your kids!) love to sneak spoonfuls of raw cookie dough, have no fear. We created an eggless cookie dough that you can mix with crunchy M&Ms, savory nuts, or sweet sprinkles so that you can enjoy this delicious dough guilt-free.

Get the Edible Cookie Dough recipe .

Peanut Butter Bars

You probably already have most of the ingredients for these chocolate peanut bars in your pantry! "They're a great treat to have in the fridge for after-school snacks," says Ree. "Or, in my case, after-breakfast snacks."

Get Ree's No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars recipe .

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

On a warm summer day what could be more perfect than a trifle? It's layered with your favorite berries—blueberries, strawberries, blackberries—store-bought pound cake, and a whipped cream filling. Yum!

Get the Red, White, and Blue Trifle recipe .

Butterscotch-Pecan Mug Cake

Microwave your own dessert in a cup! Add chopped pecans and vanilla ice cream on top, and it's a match made in flavor heaven.

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Key Lime Pie

A classic key lime pie is one of Ree's favorite summer desserts—specifically, the crust! "I would like to state that I am currently obsessed with refrigerator pies," she says. "These pies often have a graham cracker or other cookie crust, which I think is at the basis of my current obsession."

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Concession Stand Crackers

Salty and sweet is our favorite combo—hence, these crackers! They're dipped in a melted Nutella-chocolate mixture and given extra crunch with leftover candy bits.

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Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

These adorable personal pies consist of a simple graham cracker crust, lemon curd, and a pretty meringue topping. To make the recipe even easier, you can use store-bought lemon curd.

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Mocha Mug Cake

If you've got 10 minutes, you can heat yourself a cup of mocha cake! Just note that if you're making multiple mug cakes, be sure to microwave each one separately.

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Chocolate Pie

This silky chocolate pie is Ladd's all-time favorite dessert! You could bake a pie crust, but you can also just use a pre-baked or store-bought one.

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15 Fancy-Looking Desserts That Are Secretly Easy to Make

Taylor Tobin is a freelance lifestyle journalist based in Austin, Texas. Her work primarily focuses on food and beverage recipes and recommendations.

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In this Age of Instagram, desserts with stunning visual appeal are a popular pursuit for home cooks looking for a delicious challenge. Unfortunately, those photogenic treats can prove time-consuming and difficult. That's why dessert recipes that deliver top-notch flavors and plenty of wow factor while still being easy to execute deserve a prominent place in your collection. We've rounded up 15 dessert recipes that combine great flavor, lots of stage presence, and simple instructions complete with shortcuts. Scroll through to find easy-to-make eye candy like bite-size cheesecakes, no-cook chocolate mousse, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and more

Cinnamon Palmiers

Ready-made sheets of puff pastry are spread with a mixture of butter, sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom, then rolled, sliced, and baked to make these easy but impressive pastries. "So simple, and they look like you picked them up at the bakery," says Jeri. MissMichele26 adds, "Super simple. I put the entire fold back in fridge for 15-30 minutes before cutting, made it a lot easier."

No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake

This rich and decadent dessert doesn't require any baking, and it also makes use of accessible ingredients like instant pudding mix, frozen whipped topping, and storebought graham crackers. The easy chocolate glaze topping adds an extra air of sophistication to this foolproof dessert.

Mini Cheesecakes I

These chic little cheesecakes include pre-made pie filling and a crust made with packaged vanilla wafers, resulting in individually-sized desserts that are highly customizable. Reviewers give them a solid 5-star rating, and change up the toppings to create different variations.

The Best Banana Pudding

In spite of its rustic reputation, banana pudding can often prove more complicated than home cooks assume. Luckily, this recipe, which features instant pudding, storebought vanilla wafers, and frozen whipped topping, comes together easily, with attractive and tasty results.

Easy Decadent Truffles

With semisweet chocolate shells and sweet-and-tangy cream cheese fillings, these truffles can be easily shaped into balls with a small cookie scoop. Once dipped and shaped, they're ready to roll in your topping of choice (chocolate chips, sprinkles, nuts, and so on) and be placed in the fridge to solidify.

Lemon Blueberry Pavlova

"My favorite way to enjoy lemon meringue is with pavlova. The meringue base cools and dries out slowly, creating a crispy, crunchy crust on the outside which contrasts beautifully with a soft, sticky center. Topped with an intense lemon curd filling, fresh blueberries, and a homemade blueberry sauce, this dessert takes a little bit of time to make but is also simple and easy to pull off," says recipe creator Chef John. Reviewer Sue Moss adds, "Delicious and easier than it looks. It tastes like what lemon meringue pie wishes it could." To save a little time and effort, you could use ready-made lemon curd instead of making it from scratch.

Chocolate Mousse with Cocoa Powder

In a speedy 20 minutes you can whip up (literally) this impressive looking chocolate mousse. "No cooking involved, and it just doesn't get much easier than this for an elegant dessert," says recipe creator lutzflcat. "I like to pipe the mousse into small shooter glasses for a lovely presentation. Everybody has room for a mini dessert! Chilling the bowl and beaters will result in a better whipped cream."

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Fancy-looking chocolate-dipped strawberries are much easier to make than you might think — as well as much cheaper — but you do have to keep one key step in mind: Pat dry your strawberries so that absolutely no water touches the melted chocolate .

  • How to Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Simple Crème Brulée Dessert

"This crème brûlée was super fast and easy and turned out to be so good without double broiling or straining!" says reviewer Casablancaise of this 5-ingredient spin on a classic French dessert.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake V

Two shortcut ingredients — yellow cake mix and canned pineapple — make this crowd-pleasing cake extra easy to assemble. Home cooks have baked this top-rated cake in a 9x13 pan, round cake pans, and even in a Bundt pan.

Lemon Curd Tarts

"These lemon curd tarts are a staple dessert at my tea parties. I can make them quickly without even measuring the ingredients using a pastry bag to fill the small shells. The crust remains crunchy for several hours, so I make them early the morning of the tea and then refrigerate them. I also serve these at wedding and baby showers. For variation, you can place ¼ teaspoon raspberry spread underneath the lemon curd and garnish with a fresh raspberry, omitting the cinnamon. Another variation is to use lime curd instead of lemon, both of which can be found in the baking aisle of the grocery store." — Paula

Grandma's Iron Skillet Apple Pie

Everyone's going to ooh and aah when you bring this multi-layered apple pie to the table, cast iron skillet and all. Fresh apples are tossed with cinnamon sugar and layered between ready-made pie crusts before baking to a golden brown. "This is such an outstanding recipe, thanks so much to the cook who shared it. Over the past 45 years I have probably made hundreds of apple pies but this one is just a treat! I made it as written. The process and the iron skillet is the key to the finished product being so good," says reviewer Grandma Lizzy

Death By Chocolate III

You'll need only four ingredients to make this showstopping 5-star dessert with layers upon layers of decadent chocolaty goodness. "Every time we have a church supper, I have to make this. It's a favorite," says recipe creator LaNita.

Hasselback Pear Tart

This stunning dessert is simply thinly sliced pears baked on a bed of sweetened cream cheese in a frozen puff pastry base, but it's how the pears are sliced that gives it that wow factor. The technique is borrowed from prepping Hasselback potatoes (the tart recipe tells you exactly how to do it), and you'll need a sharp knife to get all the slices uniformly thin for the best presentation. The finished tart is well worth that little bit of effort; the rest is an absolute breeze.

Strawberry Torte

Lined with ladyfingers, filled with a creamy mousse, and coated in sweet strawberry sauce, this "torte" feels and tastes very elegant. However, the recipe calls for store-bought ladyfingers and pre-sliced frozen strawberries, which cuts down on the prep time without compromising on flavor. Home cook Yoon Lim fancied up the presentation even more by tying a ribbon around the lady fingers and dotting the finished torte with fresh strawberries and whipped cream rosettes topped with mini chocolate chips, as shown.

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<p>We've asked top food bloggers to share their easiest desserts. In our collection, we share 17 delicious recipes anyone can make. Got friends coming over in 15 minutes? No problem, try our 3-ingredient Yogurt Pie. It's not only easy but also extra creamy and high in protein. We've got dip, shakes, pies, and chocolate-covered fruit. In essence, there is something for everybody. </p>

We've asked top food bloggers to share their easiest desserts. In our collection, we share 17 delicious recipes anyone can make. Got friends coming over in 15 minutes? No problem, try our 3-ingredient Yogurt Pie. It's not only easy but also extra creamy and high in protein. We've got dip, shakes, pies, and chocolate-covered fruit. In essence, there is something for everybody.

<p>If you need a last-minute dessert that tastes refreshing and delicious and takes less than 5 minutes to make, our 3-ingredient Yogurt Pie is your answer. I photographed a Strawberry Yogurt Pie, but you can turn this into a blueberry, banana, mixed, or whatever flavor you like. </p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://cheerfulcook.com/no-bake-strawberry-chiffon-pie/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Yogurt Pie</a></strong></p>

Dive into our scrumptious, no-bake Strawberry Yogurt Pie. This easy-ingredient recipe is also known as a chiffon pie. Best of all, it's ready in less than 5 minutes. This dessert is a great choice if you want something easy and ultra-refreshing. It has a yummy strawberry taste, is light and airy, and has a crunchy graham cracker crust that makes it even better.

Get the Recipe: Yogurt Pie

<p>Our Copycat Chick-fil-A Peppermint Milkshake is refreshing, easy to make, and a fraction of what real peppermint milkshakes cost!</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://easybudgetrecipes.com/chick-fil-a-peppermint-shake/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Peppermint Shake</a></strong></p>

Peppermint Shake

Our Copycat Chick-fil-A Peppermint Milkshake is refreshing, easy to make, and a fraction of what real peppermint milkshakes cost!

Get the Recipe: Peppermint Shake

<p>Our no-bake Cherry Pineapple Pie is a light and fluffy dessert that's perfect for when you want something sweet and refreshing. The light whipped topping and the sweet fruit flavors create an irresistible treat that's both delicious and simple to prepare!</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://cheerfulcook.com/no-bake-cherry-pineapple-pie/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Easy Cherry Pineapple Pie</a></strong></p>

Cherry Pineapple Pie

Our no-bake Cherry Pineapple Pie is a light and fluffy dessert that's perfect for when you want something sweet and refreshing. The light whipped topping and the sweet fruit flavors create an irresistible treat that's both delicious and simple to prepare!

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<p>A no-bake Chocolate Cheesecake with just 6 ingredients is the answer to your Thanksgiving meal's fuss-free but delicious finish. Why? It frees up your oven for other holiday essentials and cuts down on prep time, giving you a break from the kitchen chaos. And let's be honest, chocolate is a crowd-pleaser that will have everyone coming back for seconds.</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://cheerfulcook.com/no-bake-chocolate-cheesecake/" rel="noreferrer noopener">No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake</a></strong></p>

Chocolate Cheesecake

If you're looking for a delicious no-bake Chocolate Cheesecake recipe that's easy to make and doesn't require any baking, this no-bake chocolate lover's dream dessert is perfect! Enjoy the rich chocolatey flavor, tangy cream cheese, and a light and fluffy whipped topping nestled in a chocolate pie crust.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake

<p>If you're looking for an easy, no-bake, delicious dessert recipe, this Dunkaroo Dip is for you. It's a perfect last-minute, funfetti-flavored dessert you can serve at any party. This recipe will take you just about 5 minutes to make. And it's also going to serve as a conversation starter!</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://cheerfulcook.com/dunkaroo-dip/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Dunkaroo Dip</a></strong></p>

Dunkaroo Dip

If you're looking for an easy, no-bake, delicious dessert recipe, this Dunkaroo Dip is for you. It's a perfect last-minute, funfetti-flavored dessert you can serve at any party. This recipe will take you just about 5 minutes to make. And it's also going to serve as a conversation starter!

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<p class="p1">Enjoy this delicious blend of sweet apple filling, spicy cake mix, and a pop of fizzy ginger ale, creating a textured and flavorful dessert.</p><p class="p1"><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://cheerfulcook.com/apple-spice-dump-cake/" rel="noopener">Apple Spice Dump Cake</a></strong></p>

Apple Spice Dump Cake

Our Apple Spice Dump Cake is an instant hit - sweet, moist, and a breeze to prepare. Enjoy this delicious blend of sweet apple filling, spicy cake mix, and a pop of fizzy ginger ale, creating a textured and flavorful dessert.

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<p>Dig into our irresistible Black Forest Dump Cake, a no-fuss recipe that combines those wonderful gooey cherry and chocolate flavors we love in a classic Black Forest Cake but with much less effort.</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://cheerfulcook.com/black-forest-dump-cake/" rel="noopener">Black Forest Dump Cake</a></strong></p>

Blueberry Dump Cake

This Blueberry Dump Cake is a real crowd-pleaser. Get ready to wow your guests with a scrumptious dessert that requires only 3 simple ingredients!

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Dump Cake

<p>The love for cookies is universal, but the time and effort to make them aren't always available. Cool Whip Cookies come to your rescue with a recipe so straightforward you’ll wonder why you haven't been making these all your life. You can make them with a ton of different flavors, and they'll always have FOUR ingredients. </p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://cheerfulcook.com/cool-whip-cookies/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Cool Whip Cookies</a></strong></p>

Cool Whip Cookies

This creamy strawberry mousse, with the addition of cream cheese, is a smooth, refreshing, and simplest summer dessert when strawberries are in season.

Get the Recipe: Cool Whip Cookies

Strawberry Cream Cheese Mousse

This creamy strawberry mousse with cream cheese is a smooth, refreshing, and simplest summer dessert when strawberries are in season.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Mousse

<p>These chocolate-covered strawberries are fresh, ripe berries dipped in melted chocolate and rolled in various toppings. An easy and elegant dessert or snack option!</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/chocolate-covered-strawberries/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Chocolate Covered Strawberries</a></strong></p>

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These chocolate-covered strawberries are fresh, ripe berries dipped in melted chocolate and rolled in various toppings. An easy and elegant dessert or snack option!

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

<p>Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie! This vegan milkshake tastes just like a Snickers shake! Made with healthy, wholesome ingredients. A must-make!</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://www.delishknowledge.com/vegan-snickers-milkshake/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie</a></strong></p>

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie! This vegan milkshake tastes just like a Snickers shake! Made with healthy, wholesome ingredients. A must-make!

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<p>This is hands down my new favorite treat. These little mousses take only two ingredients and can be whipped up in literally less than two minutes. And they’re completely healthy. I know, right?</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://homanathome.com/2018/02/healthy-greek-yogurt-mousse/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Greek Yogurt Mousse</a></strong></p>

Greek Yogurt Mousse

This is hands down my new favorite treat. These little mousses take only two ingredients and can be whipped up in literally less than two minutes. And they’re completely healthy. I know, right?

Get the Recipe: Greek Yogurt Mousse

<p>These chocolate peanut butter stuffed dates are the perfect healthy snack! They come together in minutes for a quick treat yet are impressive enough to serve as a party appetizer or dessert. They also freeze well for a tasty cold treat! You can't go wrong with these dates with peanut butter and chocolate!</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://healthmylifestyle.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-stuffed-dates/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates</a></strong></p>

Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

These chocolate peanut butter stuffed dates are the perfect healthy snack! They come together in minutes for a quick treat yet are impressive enough to serve as a party appetizer or dessert. They also freeze well for a tasty cold treat! You can't go wrong with these dates with peanut butter and chocolate!

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates

<p>These chocolate-dipped oranges are an easy and delicious addition to any dessert table. They’re perfect for the holidays and can be prepared in advance. A sprinkle of fresh orange zest gives these juicy treats a big boost of citrusy flavor that contrasts beautifully with dark chocolate.</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://www.asweetalternative.com/blog/chocolate-covered-oranges" rel="noreferrer noopener">Chocolate Dipped Oranges</a></strong></p>

Chocolate Dipped Oranges

These chocolate-dipped oranges are an easy and delicious addition to any dessert table. They’re perfect for the holidays and can be prepared in advance. A sprinkle of fresh orange zest gives these juicy treats a big boost of citrusy flavor that contrasts beautifully with dark chocolate.

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<p>Chocolate Bourbon Balls! Ginger-spiced chocolate bourbon balls rolled in powdered sugar. An easy no-bake cookie for the holidays!</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://www.delishknowledge.com/chocolate-bourbon-balls/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Chocolate Bourbon Balls</a></strong></p>

Chocolate Bourbon Balls

Chocolate Bourbon Balls! Ginger-spiced chocolate bourbon balls rolled in powdered sugar. An easy no-bake cookie for the holidays!

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<p>Craving an old-fashioned fall treat? Try my easy apple fritter ring recipe. Fried to perfection, I've nailed the balance between crispy and juicy. The cinnamon sugar coating is the perfect finishing touch.</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://thepeasantsdaughter.net/easy-apple-fritter-rings/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Apple Fritter Rings</a></strong></p>

Apple Fritter Rings

Craving an old-fashioned fall treat? Try my easy apple fritter ring recipe. Fried to perfection, I've nailed the balance between crispy and juicy. The cinnamon sugar coating is the perfect finishing touch.

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<p>This super tasty air fryer banana dessert takes about three minutes to come together and twelve to cook up in the air fryer for a luscious, quick dessert. It can also be easily made vegetarian or vegan too!</p><p><strong>Get the Recipe: <a href="https://www.thefieryvegetarian.com/air-fryer-banana-dessert/" rel="noreferrer noopener">Air Fryer Banana Dessert</a></strong></p><p><strong>More Easy And Delicious Dessert Recipes From Cheerful Cook</strong></p><ul> <li><a href="https://cheerfulcook.com/streuselkuchen/">German Crumb Cake</a></li> <li><a href="https://cheerfulcook.com/baked-churros/">Baked Churros</a></li> </ul>

Air Fryer Banana Dessert

This super tasty air fryer banana dessert takes about three minutes to come together and twelve to cook up in the air fryer for a luscious, quick dessert. It can also be easily made vegetarian or vegan too!

Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Banana Dessert

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Joy Bauer makes 3 superfood-packed desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth

Indulge in a trio of treats with these mouthwatering recipes that promise to elevate your dessert game in unexpected ways. Packed with wholesome ingredients, these desserts offer healthier twists without compromising on flavor and sweet satisfaction.

First up, you won’t be able to resist the luxurious allure of my sweet potato crème brûlée, a creamy and caramelized gem that adds a touch of sophistication to your sweet repertoire. Next, my three-ingredient berry cobbler is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. Lastly, treat yourself to the dreamy combination of juicy clementines dipped in rich, velvety chocolate, delivering a burst of sweet citrusy goodness. Each recipe is palate-pleasing perfection — I hope you savor every scrumptious bite.

Sweet Potato Crème Brûlée

Superfood Desserts

Prepare to experience pure indulgence with this sweet potato crème brûlée, where a caramelized crackable topping gives way to a luxurious, custard-like filling infused with the subtly sweet taste of roasted sweet potato. Is your mouth watering yet? This decadent dessert boasts a creamy center that’s delicious on its own, but it’s the finishing sprinkle of coconut sugar on top that truly elevates the eating experience. As the sugar caramelizes under the broiler, it crystallizes to form a snappy crust that crackles with each spoonful, adding an irresistible contrast of textures and a burst of sweet, delicious flavor. It’s a unique way to reap the health perks of our favorite orange spud!

3-Ingredient Berry Cobbler

Superfood Desserts

With just three simple ingredients — fresh or frozen berries, vanilla cake mix and berry-flavored sparkling water — this cobbler recipe is your secret weapon for a sweet and satisfying treat. What sets it apart is not only its simplicity but also the fact that it contains a fraction of the sugar compared to traditional cobblers, making it a healthier indulgence. The end result is warm and luscious fruit gently blended with scrumptious, moist cake. It’s gently sweet and incredibly satisfying. Spoon it into ramekins or small bowls, and for an extra touch of lavishness, garnish with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to three days, and while you can warm it up in the microwave, it’s actually just as delicious cold.

Chocolate Clementines

Superfood Desserts

Introducing my chocolate-dipped clementines! But before we indulge, let’s delve into what sets clementines apart. These petite citrus wonders are a specific variety of mandarin oranges cherished for their vibrant flavor and effortless peeling. Unlike their larger Mandarin counterparts, clementines are compact, making them ideal for on-the-go snacking. They are sweet, (typically) seedless, and filled with vitamin C. This recipe takes mini oranges to a whole new level of deliciousness because, well, that’s what chocolate does to just about everything. This treat is simple, scrumptious and sure to spark joy in every juicy bite.

Ingredients

  • 2 clementines, peeled and segmented
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • optional sea salt

Preparation

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Dip 1/3 to 1/2 a clementine segment in melted chocolate. Sprinkle with optional sea salt and refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until chocolate has hardened.

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