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73 Easy Dessert Recipes for When You Don’t Want a Project

By Zoe Denenberg

73 Easy Dessert Recipes for When You Don't Want a Project

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 ).

In this collection of easy dessert recipes, we’re asking the important questions. Why fuss over flaky pastry when you can make a press-in cookie crust in a fraction of the time? Why use more than one bowl to mix cake batter? Why churn ice cream from scratch when you could make calm, cool, collected semifreddo? Scroll on for your new favorite quick, easy, and delicious desserts.

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Yogurt-​Berry Paletas

If you always keep a carton of yogurt in the fridge, allocate a few scoopfuls to these cooling yogurt-berry paletas. You only need a few hours and a silicone popsicle mold to make this easy dessert recipe.

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Miso White Chocolate–Macadamia Cookies

Bring these white chocolate-miso-macadamia cookies to the potluck and watch them disappear faster than neighbor Sue’s famous cookie bars.

Puff pastry pear galette on a sheetpan cut into squares and served with ice cream.

Easy-Fancy Pear Galette

This easy-fancy pear galette is just as great for brunch as for dessert. Since it relies on canned pears and store-bought puff pastry, you can make it in a pinch.

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Lime Custards with Lychees

Out of eggs? You don’t need ‘em for these citrusy custards. All you have to do is simmer cream, let it thicken slightly, and swirl in lime juice, which causes it to set.

Burnt Basque Cheesecake recipe from Molly Baz at Bon Apptit

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

This cheesecake starts light and fluffy and ends burnt and cracked—in a good way. It’s also impossible to mess up and doesn’t require a water bath.

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Chewy Date and Dark Chocolate Cookies

With dates, tahini, and bittersweet chocolate chunks, these are certainly not your average chocolate chip cookies. They’re better.

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3-Ingredient Nutella Brownies Are Way Better Than Normal Brownies

You hardly have to measure for these easy brownies. Okay, so the 1 cup of flour is important; otherwise, you just whisk together eggs and a warmed jar of Nutella (yes, the whole jar). Then bake and eat. And eat and eat.

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Easiest Vanilla Birthday Cake

We call this cake recipe the easiest for a reason. But if you really don’t want to bake a cake from scratch, learn how to jazz up boxed cake mix .

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A Giant Panna Cotta

No need for individual ramekins: This large-format panna cotta sets in a large baking dish. Spoon out servings for an effortless dinner party finale.

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Giant Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

The batter for this large-format dreamboat of a cookie is made in one bowl, with no special equipment, and can be baked in a cast-iron skillet .

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Classic Bananas Foster

High drama, minimal effort—that’s the allure of this classic, fiery dessert. If you’re not a fan of bananas, you can light just about any fruit on fire .

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Milky Shaved Ice With Strawberries

Don’t have a shaved ice machine ? Pour the milk into a baking pan, freeze, and scrape, repeating the process until it resembles fluffy shaved ice.

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Any-Berry Lemon Ricotta Cake

Use any berry you’d like in this simple, flexible recipe, and it’s guaranteed to come out great. Pro tip: The cake is even better at room temperature.

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Chocolate-Matcha Butter Mochi Cake

This bouncy, buttery mochi cake is naturally gluten-free thanks to mochiko, or sweet rice flour. It’s also mercifully easy to make.

Ruffled Milk Pie with Raspberries Recipe

Ruffled Milk Pie With Raspberries

If you want an easy recipe that looks incredible, reach for frozen sheets of phyllo dough. Studded with fresh berries and baked in a milky custard, this no-crust-required pie will be the stunner of the spread.

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Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats With Brown Butter

What should you do with the rest of that jar of peanut butter? Make these chewy, crispy rice treats. Brown butter gives them a warm, toffee-like flavor; finish each bar with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt for a sophisticated touch.

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Blackberries and Vanilla Cream With Crispy Puff Pastry

Deconstructed desserts are en vogue, right? This low-maintenance riff on French mille-feuille encourages you to get messy.

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Classic Banana Pudding

Our best banana pudding also happens to be the easiest. No need to get fancy with this cookout classic: Boxed vanilla wafers earn their place here.

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Blueberry Muffin Cake

If you love waking up to bakery-style blueberry muffins , we have a feeling you’ll adore this one-bowl blueberry muffin cake. It’s got granola on top, so it qualifies as breakfast.

A slice of StrawberryBiscoff Cheesecake Tart on a blue plate

Strawberry-Biscoff Cheesecake Tart

With no springform pan or mixer required and a 30-minute bake time, this might be the least fussy cheesecake we’ve ever met.

Tahini Cookies recipe

Tahini Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are great, but these chewy, sesame-crusted treats might be even better. The addition of honey to the cookie dough lends depth.

Overhead shot of semifreddo swirled with ribbons of plum being scooped out of a tray.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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17 Quick Desserts That Are Ready in a Flash

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Craving a delicious dessert, like, now? These quick and easy desserts are ideal when you need an after-dinner sweet tooth fix, and fast. Whether you want to satisfy a solo dessert craving, are looking for no-fuss family desserts, or need a last-minute treat for parties and potlucks, we've got a recipe here for you.

Bananas Foster

Cooking for one, and want to treat yourself to a special dessert? Flambé some bananas foster —a dish of buttery, cinnamon-spiced, rum-soaked banana slices that you literally set on fire—and call it dinner and show. Top with vanilla ice cream , and serve at once. The recipe can be doubled easily to serve two, as needed.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Diana Rattray

Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies ? These classic, buttery cookies are absolutely loaded with chocolate chips and take only 10 minutes to bake, so they're a great way to satisfy a last-minute cookie craving. For a fun variation, use half butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, or mint chocolate chips.

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Chocolate lava cakes are an easy and elegant dessert for two. You need only 15 minutes to make these decadent, miniature chocolate cakes, but we won't tell if you don't! With gooey centers that explode with molten chocolate when you dig in with your fork, they make an ideal ending to romantic dinners at home.

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

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Microwave mug cakes are the perfect solution when you're craving a fast sweet treat. This snickerdoodle mug cake cooks in just one minute for a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat with all the deliciousness of its namesake cookie. It's also an easy recipe for kids to make on their own, with no egg cracking and no hot oven.

Funfetti Rice Krispies Treats

The Spruce / Stephanie Goldfiinger

Fun and easy to make and eat, these colorful Rice Krispies treats with rainbow sprinkles are a great recipe to introduce young kids to the joy of baking. Store them in an airtight container for kids to grab when they want a snack, or stack them on a pretty platter for a tasty, hand-held birthday treat .

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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Planning an anniversary or Valentine's Day dinner at home? There's nothing more romantic than a ripe, juicy strawberry dipped in smooth, rich chocolate . Best of all, this classic dessert is incredibly easy to make in just a few minutes for enjoying with your after-dinner coffee or cocktails.

Peach Shortcakes With Cream Scones

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Creamy, biscuity, vanilla-scented scones are the perfect platform for warm, syrupy peaches and sweetened whipped cream. These easy, individual peach shortcakes come together in about 30 minutes and can be made all year round using canned peaches instead of fresh.

Edible Cookie Dough

If you're a cookie baker who struggles not to eat raw cookie dough, this recipe is for you. It tastes just like the regular cookie batter you love but contains no eggs and uses heat-treated flour, making it a safe-to-eat cookie dough . Add chocolate chips, nuts, or rainbow sprinkles.

Cake In a Jar

Cake in a jar is an Instagram-worthy dessert idea that makes a great holiday or hostess gift . Make a batch of charming mason jar cakes in less than 30 minutes, including the cake and frosting, for delighting your friends and family. Decorate jars with DIY labels, gift tags, ribbons, and other creative touches.

Lemon Butter Cookies

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Want a quick treat to serve your book club, bring to bridal showers, or nibble with your afternoon cup of tea or coffee? These lemon butter cookies are cute little snowballs of deliciousness, with a powdered sugar coating and loads of vibrant citrus flavor from fresh lemon juice and zest .

Tiger Fudge

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Soft and creamy tiger fudge with pretty ribbons of peanut butter and chocolate is a delectable treat for kids of all ages. Nobody will believe it took only three ingredients and about 10 minutes to make. Get kids involved in swirling the ingredients together before you place the candy in the fridge to set.

Apple Crisp

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Warm, syrupy cinnamon apples nestling beneath a sweet and crunchy oat topping make this homestyle apple crisp a favorite, no-fuss family recipe. To shorten the baking time, slice the apples into smaller pieces and divide them and the topping mixture among individual ramekins to make single-serve portions.

Fastest Cheesecake

The Spruce / Rachel Riesgraf

Use full-fat dairy ingredients in this recipe for the rich, creamy, fluffy cheesecake of your dreams . Make it in 15 minutes flat and chill for an hour before presenting it to your delighted family or guests. Top with your choice of fresh or canned pie filling or drizzle with chocolate sauce for a marbled presentation.

Watermelon Granita

Bursting with the refreshing flavors of sweet, juicy watermelon and bright, tangy lime, this Italian-inspired granita is a cool, refreshing iced dessert that doesn't require an ice cream machine or churning. With only three simple ingredients, it's an easy treat to whip up in the summer heat. Make it the day of serving or up to one week ahead.

Fried Apples With Cinnamon

Southern-fried apples accented with cozy baking spices are a delicious way to enjoy fresh seasonal fruit for dessert. Ladle them over bowls of vanilla bean ice cream or plate them with a dollop of whipped topping for an everyday family dessert. They make a yummy addition to a breakfast plate of pancakes , too.

Fluffy Homemade Vanilla Cake

Need a cake for a last-minute party or potluck invite? Look no further than this fluffy homemade vanilla cake that you can prepare in about half an hour, including the chocolate buttercream frosting . Use vanilla extract for a classic vanilla-flavored cake, or sub in almond extract for a nuttier-tasting crumb.

Strawberry Biscotti Parfait

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Strawberries and whipped cream are a match made in heaven. Layered with amaretto-soaked biscuits, they create an utterly elegant, summery strawberry parfait . Serve them as the perfect finishing touch to Italian dinners, garnished with optional fresh mint leaves for a pretty presentation.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 . 

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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.

A slab of salted caramel brownies with a chunk cut off and another chunk cut into smaller servings.

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.

3ingredient coconutlime pops against a bright blue background.

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).

Slices of raspberrylemon icebox cake on two plates.

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.

Apple and nutbutter puff pastry tarts on two plates.

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.)

3ingredient frozen mud pie in a pie tin with a slice on a plate.

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.

Onebowl chocolate cake in a white rectangular baking dish with a slice on a bluerimmed plate on the side.

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.

Three easy fruit tarts.

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.

Texas sheet cake cut into squares.

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.

Two servings of raspberry charlotte blanketed in raspberry sauce with a spoon in each dish.

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.

Slowroasted rhubarb in a square baking dish.

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!)

Three redtinted balsamicstrawberry pops on red popsicle sticks on top of a white plate.

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.)

Raspberry sundaes with chocolate sauce and roasted almonds.

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.

Raspberry and Aperol floats in tall glasses with red and white straws.

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.

Bittersweet chocolate truffles in a dish of cocoa powder.

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.

A glass of Strawberry Eton Mess with whipped cream strawberries and meringues.

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).

Meyer lemon cream with graham crackers and sea salt in three glasses.

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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20 Quick and Easy Dessert Recipes

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There are times when I'm happy to spend all day on an elaborate dessert, but sometimes I want something sweet in a hurry. Whether it's a sudden craving or the panicked realization that I have company coming over, I like to have a stash of easy but impressive recipes in my back pocket. We've rounded up 20 of our favorite quick desserts so that something sweet is never more than an hour away—think complex and chewy chocolate chip cookies in 45 minutes, or a bright and fluffy fruit mousse in just five.

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

Plain old sugar cookies have a tendency to be pushed aside in favor of fancier desserts, but we think their delicate flavor and chewy texture is incredibly comforting. This recipe is pretty simple—don't forget to add salt to balance out the sweetness. Our favorite way to finish the cookies is with vanilla sugar, which you can make by splitting a vanilla bean (Tahitian works best) and mixing the seeds with a few ounces of granulated sugar.

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Quick and Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe is pretty phenomenal, but it requires you to rest the dough overnight. If you want cookies right away, though, this is the recipe for you. We improve the texture by using hand-chopped chocolate instead of commercial chocolate chips, and recommend a mix of dark, milk, and even white chocolate to give the cookies a more nuanced, interesting flavor.

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Cocoa Butter Cookies With Chocolate Chips

This unconventional twist on chocolate chip cookies harnesses the power of cocoa butter to deliver a rich texture and chocolaty aroma. We mix in chopped milk chocolate rather than dark so as to not overpower the cocoa butter; if you want to give them a little more of a kick, some bitter cocoa nibs will do the trick.

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Malted Chocolate Chip-Pecan Cookies

Malted milk powder and barley malt syrup give these cookies a malty, butterscotch-tinged flavor. The malted milk powder also makes the dough thick but tender, letting it stand up to lots of mix-ins. We went with white chocolate and pecans, but feel free to experiment—milk chocolate and walnuts or dark chocolate and hazelnuts would be delicious, too.

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Hazelnut Cookies With Milk Chocolate

Store-bought hazelnut butter costs a lot and often has a lackluster flavor, so we grind our own from toasted hazelnuts. From there the recipe is like a peanut butter cookie—cream the hazelnut butter with unsalted butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg, beat in an egg, incorporate the flour, and the dough is ready to go. A drizzle of tempered milk chocolate finishes the cookies beautifully, but if you're feeling lazy, you can just stir chopped chocolate into the dough.

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Homemade Biscoff (Belgian Speculoos Cookies)

The ingredient list for Biscoff seems simple—flour, sugar, fat, brown sugar, baking soda, soy flour, and cinnamon—but try to replicate the cookies with American ingredients and you'll be disappointed. To nail the flavor, reach for Ceylon cinnamon (rather than cassia, which is what you see sold as cinnamon in American supermarkets) and Belgian brown candi sugar, which has a caramel flavor that is totally different than molasses-y American brown sugar.

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New-Fashioned Snickerdoodles

We like our snickerdoodles heavy on the cinnamon, but pour in too much of the ground stuff and you're in for some pain. A better idea is to cut the ground cinnamon with freshly grated, which has a more complex flavor and is less astringent. Our recipe uses two and three-quarter teaspoons ground to one and half teaspoons grated, but feel free to adjust the ratio to taste.

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Dark Chocolate Easter Cookies

Still have Easter candy kicking around the house? These cookies will help you use up the last bunnies. Easter candy tends to be made with sweet milk chocolate; to balance it out, we make a bitter dough out of earthy Dutch process cocoa powder. A little baking soda in the dough increases its alkalinity and gives it an even darker flavor.

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No-Bake Cookies With Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Chewy Oats

You don't even need to turn on the oven for this last cookie recipe—essentially just a peanut butter fudge, it comes together on the stovetop in just about 15 minutes. We like to make the cookies with a mix of instant oats (which dissolve into the fudge for a thicker texture) and old-fashioned oats (which give the cookies a hearty chewiness).

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Whipped Dairy

Light and easy 5-minute fruit mousse.

Dessert doesn't get any quicker or easier than this—three ingredients, five minutes, and a blender are all you need to make this refreshing treat. Frozen fruit has lots of flavor year-round, and an egg white turns what would be a thick smoothie into a velvety mousse. The sugar is just for flavor, so you can leave it out or replace it with another sweetener like honey or maple syrup if you're so inclined.

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Cranachan (Scottish Whipped Cream With Whisky, Raspberries, and Toasted Oats)

Our take on this traditional Scottish dessert starts with oats that we soften in cream and toast until deeply brown. We whip that cream with a shot of Scotch, then layer it with the oats and crushed raspberries doctored with a bit of lemon juice. Rather than whipping the cream with a mixer, we use a food processor to make it thick and mousse-like.

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Creamy Whipped Greek Yogurt

For a super easy summertime dessert, try whipping up tangy Greek yogurt with caramel-scented golden syrup and heavy cream—the result makes for a killer fruit parfait. It's important that you use true Greek yogurt, which is low-moisture and will whip up much better than yogurt made with thickeners like gelatin or pectin.

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Cranberry Trifle

Trifle is a perfect choice for entertaining—it's a striking centerpiece but only takes 45 minute to make. This version layers fluffy angel food cake, bittersweet amaro, tart cranberry jam, and creamy whipped mascarpone. Think of the recipe as more of a blueprint, though—substitutions like marmalade instead of jam or ladyfingers instead of angel food cake are totally appropriate.

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Other Desserts

Stovetop butterscotch pudding.

Making true butterscotch is a painstaking process that can take hours, but you're not out of luck if you get an urgent craving. A combination of toasted sugar and malted milk powder makes for a surprisingly good imitation, which we mix with white chocolate for an easy pudding.

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Easy Stovetop Fruit Crisp

You can make an oven-baked fruit crisp in about an hour, but if you're really in a hurry, switching to the stovetop can cut the time in half. The recipe works because we cook the fruit and toast the streusel separately, combining them just when it's time to serve. This recipe calls for plums, but you can use whatever stone fruit looks best at the market—I'm particularly fond of peaches.

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Sweet-Sour Macerated Cherries With Marcona Almonds, Mint, and Ricotta

Equally at home at breakfast or dessert, this not-too-sweet dish is made with cherries macerated in a mixture of honey, red wine vinegar, and black pepper. Serve the cherries on good ricotta and garnish with bright mint, crunchy Marcona almonds, and a sprinkling of flaky Maldon salt. The hardest part is finding high-quality ricotta—Calabro is the most reliable supermarket brand, but if you have a local dairy that makes it fresh that is absolutely the way to go.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote With Fennel

Strawberry and rhubarb are practically made for each other—strawberries are sweet but often a little bland and rhubarb is flavorful but punishingly tart. Mix them together (with a little extra sugar) and you get a balanced compote that, like our macerated cherries, can be eaten any time of day. Half a teaspoon of ground fennel pushes the recipe towards the savory side, so I would go a little heavier on the sugar if this is destined for ice cream rather than waffles.

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Chocolate-Coated Caramel Honeycomb With Salted Peanuts

Making caramel can be intimidating for first-timers, but with a little practice it becomes quick and easy. Turning caramel into honeycomb is just a matter of mixing in baking soda, which fizzes up and aerates the candy. After the honeycomb is cooled, coat it with semisweet chocolate and salted peanuts, break it into shards, and eat.

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Waffle Iron Churros

I love churros but wouldn't consider any recipe that requires deep-frying quick or easy. This recipe takes churros and makes them an anytime snack by replacing the fryer with a waffle iron. As an added bonus, the pockets made by the waffle iron catch the rich chocolate sauce that we serve alongside.

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Microwave Rocky Road Sponge Cakes

Making a cake in less than an hour is a tall order—unless you harness the magic of the microwave. Some recipes for microwave cakes are made with a whipped cream dispenser, which is not a gadget every home cook has lying around and prevents you from adding any mix-ins to the batter. For our chunky rocky road cakes we go a different route, using a meringue and pulverized marshmallows for leavening.

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24 Easy, Fast Desserts to Try Now

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

More decadent than molten chocolate cake: one filled with warm raspberry, reveals former F&W editor Grace Parisi.

Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel

© John Kernick

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.

45 Easy Dessert Recipes For When You Need A Quick Sugar Fix

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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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If you looking for easy desserts you can whip up fairly quickly for friends that drop in or a party you're going to, there are plenty of quick and easy desserts here. These easy desserts range from cookies to Jell-o to cake and even sweet appetizers!

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4 Ingredient Baileys Fudge

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Valentine’s Day Heart Cupcakes

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Blueberry Dump Cake

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Maraschino Cherry Bundt Cake

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Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Author by Amanda Davis on November 8, 2023 Updated on November 8, 2023

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Chocolate Pumpkin Magic Cake

Author by Amanda Davis on October 23, 2023 Updated on February 21, 2024

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Apple Hand Pies

Author by Amanda Davis on October 16, 2023 Updated on October 16, 2023

Apple Dump Cake on a plate topped with a scoop of ice cream

Apple Dump Cake

Author by Kristen Rittmer on October 3, 2023 Updated on February 4, 2024

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Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Author by Lindsay Opas on September 20, 2023 Updated on October 4, 2023

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Pumpkin Dump Cake

Author by Lindsay Opas on September 13, 2023 Updated on September 21, 2023

Slice of No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake on a plate drizzled with chocolate ganache

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

Author by Kristen Rittmer on September 2, 2023 Updated on September 4, 2023

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Cake Mix Brownies

Author by Amanda Davis on August 5, 2023 Updated on August 3, 2023

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Edible Cookie Dough

Author by Lindsay Opas on July 20, 2023 Updated on July 20, 2023

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American Flag Brownies

Author by Amanda Davis on June 26, 2023 Updated on June 26, 2023

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Mini Shortcake Cups

Author by Amanda Davis on June 12, 2023 Updated on June 12, 2023

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Coconut Cream Lush

Author by Sara Maniez on May 22, 2023 Updated on May 22, 2023

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Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies

Author by Lindsay Opas on May 20, 2023 Updated on May 15, 2023

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This Ina Garten Cake Is My Favorite Last-Minute Dessert

It’s so easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser.

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When The Food Network launched in the early '90s, I couldn't get enough of it. During high school, my mom and I would watch the (dubbed) Japanese Iron Chef , and when the network added talent like Ina Garten and Giada De Laurentiis , I watched them, too. I have fond memories of watching Ina whip up dishes in her Hamptons kitchen—sometimes for Jeffrey on his way home from work, sometimes for a gaggle of lucky friends.

I daydreamed about spending my time making delicious meals and cocktails for guests. And while I may not currently live in a dream house in The Hamptons, I do like to entertain and ply my friends with delicious treats. One recipe that made it into my keepers folder long ago is an Ina Garten classic, her Blueberry Ricotta Cake .

This cake has a few things going for it. First, it’s easy. Beyond creaming the butter and sugar, it doesn’t require any special techniques and is honestly hard to screw up. Second, it’s pretty without the need for real decoration. The berries on top are a lovely touch, and a quick dusting of powdered sugar hides any ills. Third, it’s wonderfully moist without being heavy. And it stays moist for days!

Most importantly, it’s delicious and everyone loves it. It’s the ideal level of sweetness with pops of tartness from the berries, and the texture is to die for. Ina calls it a breakfast cake, and it is delightful for breakfast or brunch, but it’s also the ideal cake for a dinner party, potluck, tea time, you name it.

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How I Make Ina Garten’s Blueberry Ricotta Cake

Start by creaming butter and sugar together in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add the three eggs one at a time, mixing between each one, and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the ricotta, a little sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla and beat to combine. I double the lemon zest (sometimes I do one lemon and one orange) and the vanilla extract.

Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix just until combined. Sometimes I add a couple of dashes of nutmeg or cinnamon with the dry ingredients. Fold in about 2/3 of the berries and add the batter to a buttered and floured 9-inch springform pan. Gently press the remaining berries into the top. Bake until a tester comes out clean (or with just blueberry attached), 45 to 50 minutes.

Cool for a few minutes, remove the sides of the pan, and cool completely before topping with a little powdered sugar.

Springform Pan Tip!

Even though Ina calls for a springform pan, you can make this cake in a regular 9-inch cake pan. It won’t look quite as pretty since the sides will be hidden, but it’ll still be lovely and taste just as good.

A Very Tweakable Recipe

See how easy it is? Pretty dang easy for a cake that feels really special. I’ve made this recipe a number of ways over the years (including my minor tweaks in the process above), and it always turns out great. Here are some variations that I know work well:

  • Swap the flour for a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend
  • Swap the sour cream for plain yogurt
  • Use a different berry or a mix. Try raspberries, blackberries, pitted and halved cherries, or cranberries. The berries can be frozen—don’t defrost them and toss them with a little flour before adding.
  • Swap the powdered sugar for a drizzle of vanilla yogurt thinned slightly with milk.

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!

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 😉

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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15 Desserts Easy Enough for a Weeknight and Special Enough for a Celebration

Why reserve dessert for holiday menus and dinners out only? If you ask us, wildly busy weekdays are the ones that really deserve to be sweetened up. And when celebration-worthy events fall on a weekday, dessert is an absolute must. To save you an expensive trip to a bakery, we've gathered up easy dessert recipes you can whip up on a hectic weeknight but that still look and taste like a special treat. They're short on ingredients and prep time but are jam-packed with flavor from chocolate, fruit, nut butter, and more of your favorite cravings-busters. No matter how busy the rest of your day is, you can (and if you ask us, you should!) carve out time to treat yourself and your loved ones with these quick and easy desserts.

Toasted Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich

A twist on the concept of a scoop shop order of a waffle cone, this 5-minute dessert recipe is "super easy" and offers "endless combinations," confirms jot2swmfree who dreamed it up. "It has the hot-cold appeal of a la mode desserts," just minus all of the fuss of baking from scratch. Instead, these ice cream sandwiches start with a toasted waffle topped with a small pat of butter. Slice it in half, then scoop softened ice cream on one half. Drizzle with maple syrup for a nod to a breakfast shortstack, then top with half number two. Order up!

Cocoa Powder Chocolate Mousse

This light and airy mousse-like chocolate dessert looks elegant piped into individual glasses, as shown, and takes a mere 10 minutes to prepare. To make it look even more wow-worthy, you can garnish with a mound of whipped cream and shaved chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder.

Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Often assembled atop a buttery biscuit or shortcake, this easy dessert recipe takes the berries and cream concept and gives it a weekday-friendly makeover. Simply trade in slices of store-bought sponge cake cups (or slices of purchased pound cake or angel food cake). Macerating the fruit for just 15 minutes gives them an extra hint of sweetness and creates a sweet syrup to drizzle over the cake and cream. Carrie C. says this easy strawberry dessert "goes together so quickly. I love serving this to my family."

Funfetti® Birthday Cookies

Start with a box of cake mix and end with a showstopping, colorful, and rainbow-hued dessert. While it's beautiful and festive enough for a birthday, this is one easy dessert recipe that can make any ol' Tuesday feel worthy of a celebration! Tear open that box of mix, and if you have eggs, oil, confectioner's sugar, sprinkles, and a baking sheet , you can have a warm batch of cookies ready to devour in just 21 minutes.

Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas

Fry oh my! Hit fast-forward on this apple-cinnamon recipe by opening a can of pie filling, warming it for 5 minutes, then stuffing it inside tortillas. Fry until crispy, which takes 2 minutes or less, and toss with cinnamon sugar. One home cook says, "I had saved this recipe a long time ago and why it took me so long to make it, I have no clue. These are absolutely amazing. Both the wife and I thought they tasted better than we imagined and after frying the flour tortillas they had kind of a pie dough flavor to them." (By the way, this weeknight dessert recipe would also be terrific with cherry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, strawberry pie filling, or peach pie filling.)

2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

A pound of almond bark plus a jar of nut butter equals "the easiest fudge ever," according to knaselsbabygirl who kindly shares her secrets. "Every time I make it, I get so many compliments on how great it is. This is the easiest peanut butter fudge ever, and it is so good." After 10 minutes of prep, including the cook time in the microwave, this favorite fudge recipe is all set to chill out

Baked S'mores Dip

Who wouldn't want s'more of this 4-ingredient, ooey-gooey dessert dip? Luckily, you need not wait long for your next batch — it takes just 19 minutes. Simply mix a chocolate bar with a splash of milk, top with marshmallows, and bake or broil until they're toasty. Scoop all that goodness up with graham crackers to complete the no-campfire-required s'mores dessert.

Banana and Peanut Butter 4-Ingredient 'Ice Cream'

No dairy? No problem. This "nice" cream recipe starts with a frozen banana, which lends a custard-like texture once you blend it with milk, vanilla extract, and your favorite nut butter. (Add a spoonful of confectioners' sugar or honey if your sweet tooth is strong.) Danielle says the finished product, which takes only 10 minutes, is "creamy and made me forget any longings for real ice cream."

Dessert Nachos

"Oh I don't know what others thought but this was fun," says Allrecipes Allstar Melissa Goff . "My kids ate the entire plate. I toasted the sweetened coconut, chopped up dry roasted peanuts, added ⅓ cup more peanut butter, and my kids literally killed the plate. I actually tried it myself and even though I had extra chocolate and peanut butter sauce, I could have made a 2nd batch. We enjoyed this fun little experiment of a recipe. Will be a movie time treat for them." Reviewers emphasize that you should keep an eye on the broiler and not walk away.

Lemon Curd Tarts

For showers, tea parties, or a busy evening that could use a dose of springtime sweetness, assemble a tray of these ultra-easy tarts. Recipe creator Paula swears "the crust remains crunchy for several hours," so you can even prep them ahead in the morning and look forward to them as an after-school snack or dinner dessert. Making them is a cinch: Simply fill store-bought phyllo cups with a small scoop of lemon curd and frozen whipped topping, then garnish with a dusting of cinnamon. It's like a mini lemon meringue pie — in a far simpler format.

Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Rachael Ray taught us that 30-minute meals are a marvelous thing. But you know what's even better? Chef John's mug cake that cooks up in less than 1 minute! "What's not to love about warm chocolate cake spiked with chocolate, coconut, and chocolate chips and topped with melting vanilla bean ice cream? This literally takes less than a minute to cook up and a couple minutes to prepare," he says of this microwave dessert . For an extra dose of decadence, dust each serving with confectioner's sugar and cocoa, plus a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.

Cherry-Mascarpone Cheese Dessert

Five ingredients and 15 minutes are all you'll need to pull together this luscious treat. Allrecipes Allstar lutzflcat says, "This is such an elegant finish to a really nice meal. Some times simple is best, and that's one of the things that makes this dessert so special. Creamy, rich but somehow still light, mellow, smooth, slightly sweet, just fantastic! I'd serve to this to anybody without hesitation." Reviewers said they used fresh cherries, frozen cherries, and even cherry pie filling.

Nutella® Cups

Inspired by one of the most popular crepe filling combos, "these are so easy, delicious, and always a hit! I've made them quite a few times," Lauren says of this easy muffin tin treat. "I like to switch up the fruit: bananas, strawberries, cherries...all super tasty!" That's because any fruit pairs perfectly with a flaky crescent roll "crust" and rich Nutella filling.

Totally Groovy Chocolate Fondue

"Take a trip back to the '70s with this totally awesome chocolate fondue," says recipe creator SATDEL. "It is simply prepared in a fondue pot and served with your favorite fruits or snack foods — fresh sliced strawberries, bananas, Granny Smith apples, oranges, pineapple, and even pretzels."

Strawberry Angel Food Dessert

You'll need only 15 minutes to whip up this bright and colorful dessert, thanks to store-bought angel food cake, cream cheese, whipped topping, fresh strawberries, and a jar of strawberry glaze. You can create individual servings, as shown, or layer it up invitingly in a glass bowl.

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a sudden craving for a sweet treat? We think that it’s safe to say almost everyone has. But the problem that you are often faced with is finding a recipe for an easy dessert that doesn’t leave you spending all day in the kitchen or—even worse—turning the oven on on a hot summer day. If you’ve spent hours scouring Pinterest looking for that perfect easy-to-make dessert, you’re not alone!

While many of those recipes look pretty, finding the right simple dessert recipe can be a struggle, especially when you’re in a hurry. That’s why we have done the heavy lifting for you! We’ve compiled a list of over 100 quick dessert recipes that will help you get that instant gratification you’re looking for with ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen. What could be better than that?

How To Make Quick Desserts

While we might not all have the same definition of quick , the recipes in this list can be easily divided up to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Chocolate lover? We’ve got you covered with an entire section of quick and easy recipes. If you want minimum cleanup, you will want to try a “one bowl” recipe or a mug cake that just requires a quick spin in a microwave oven. If it’s a hot summer, you’ll want to hop right over to any of the no-bake desserts to avoid turning on that oven. Or, if you’re looking to cool off, skip over to the ice cream and popsicles for some unique and ultra-easy dessert recipes.

If you still can’t decide what dessert that you’re in the mood for, we’re sure that you will find it here.

The Best Quick & Easy Dessert Recipes

Fruit desserts, chocolate desserts, no-bake desserts, ice cream & popsicles, everything else.

Sure, pies and cakes are the obvious go-to options when we think about fruit-filled desserts, but they aren’t exactly the quickest recipe to make in a snap. No matter if you’re looking to use seasonal fruit in the summer or bring something other than a fruitcake to a holiday get together, these recipes provide all of the inspiration that you need to create a variety of delicious and simple desserts.

The Easiest Cinnamon Apple Pie

Image: Ambitious Foodie

This Cinnamon Apple Pie recipe is made with homemade shortcrust pastry, sweet cinnamon filling, and of course, fresh apples! It’s all you need in the perfect piece of pie. Top it all off with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate decadent dessert.

Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Cones

Image: Sugar Yums

These strawberry crunch cheesecake cones are delicious and refreshing treats that only take minutes to make. Filled with silky smooth cream cheese frosting and home-made strawberry preserve, these cones are the perfect summer dessert to serve for an outdoor party !

Peach Dump Cake

Image: Vintage Kitchen Notes

This quick recipe features a layer of juicy peaches with a crunchy topping that bakes to a golden brown! Similar to a cobbler, it's very simple to put together and can be out of the oven in less than one hour.

Mango Coconut Cake

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This tropical-inspired Mango Coconut Cake is like summer vacation on a plate. Made with chewy coconut flakes, fresh mango purée, and a sticky sweet-tart passionfruit glaze, this cake has it all. It's moist, light, refreshing, and delicious!

One Bowl Blueberry Cake

Image: Rich and Delish

This sweet blueberry cake is made in one large bowl and is loaded with bursting blueberries and lemon zest flavor. A quick, easy dessert to make with minimal cleanup!

Orange Cranberry Cake With Glaze

Image: The Curly Spoon Blog

This bundt cake is the perfect combination of sweet cranberries with zesty orange! With the addition of sour cream, the cake stays light, fluffy, and oh-so-moist.

Strawberry Crisp

Fresh berries are the sweetest in the summertime and this strawberry dessert recipe uses only a few ingredients (6!), freezes wonderfully, and can be made with frozen berries if you don’t have fresh on hand, too.

Key Lime Cake

Image: The Magical Slow Cooker

If you love the taste of key lime pie, but you want to experiment with a different kind of dessert, this easy cake recipe might soon be one of your favorites. Made in a slow cooker (aka hands-free) and with only seven ingredients, you can set it and forget it and still come home to a delicious quick and easy dessert.

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl

Image: The All Natural Vegan

Smoothie bowls are one of the best treats for anyone who can’t make up their mind—you can have everything you want and nothing that you don’t. This simple dessert uses coconut yogurt and bananas to create the ice cream-like texture and a healthy scoop of sweet strawberries and sour kiwis. Want to add more? It’s up to you! 

Mini Apple Pies

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If you want a quick dessert for one, these mini apple pies are the perfect solution. Instead of making an entire pie, you can use a muffin tin to make individual pies that are the perfect single serve portion for just yourself or at a party on the dessert table. 

Puff Pastry Apple Tart

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Apple recipes don’t get much faster than this easy dessert! Store-bought puff pastry takes all the hard work and hassle out of this quick treat and Honeycrisp apples give it just the right amount of sweetness.

Blueberry Cobbler

This is one of those easy dessert recipes that checks both the quick and tasty boxes, with a golden brown topping and a layer of sweet fruit filling. It comes together quickly and is ready in under an hour!

Watermelon Pizza

Image: Wholesome Yum

This simple watermelon pizza recipe is topped with berries and a cream cheese icing to make a low-calories, healthy dessert for summer. Plus, if you are looking for a last minute recipe, this dessert can be ready in just 10 minutes!

Pineapple Dream Dessert

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This (almost) no-bake Pineapple Dream Dessert (or Pineapple Delight) is creamy, smooth, and refreshingly sweet with a buttery graham cracker crust and a delicious cream cheese pineapple filling.

Caramel Apple Mug cake

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Craving a sweet treat but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Use pantry ingredients and this easy microwave dessert recipe to make a perfect single serve portion of caramel apple mug cake.

Raspberry & White Chocolate Chip Blondies

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White chocolate chips and raspberry are a classic flavor combination. These easy blondies only have six ingredients, and they are ready in less than an hour.

Air Fryer Cinnamon Maple Baked Apples

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If you’ve been craving a taste of fall in the summer, but aren’t willing to turn on your oven, why not turn on your air fryer? These cinnamon maple apples pack all the deliciousness of the regular oven-baked variety, but are ready so much faster. (Perfect for that after dinner sweet tooth!)

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are a mouthwatering dessert that combines the sweetness of fresh strawberries with the creamy richness of cheesecake. These delectable treats are made by hollowing out ripe, juicy strawberries and filling them with a luscious mixture of cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Peach Crumble

Image: Britney Breaks Bread

Take fresh peaches, toss them in brown sugar and cinnamon, and then top them with a crisp crumble topping? Yes, please! This easy peach crumble recipe is the perfect way to celebrate peach season!

Plum & Brie Tarts With Mango Chutney

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Sweet plum slices are layered over melted baked brie and seasoned with a hint of mango chutney. This quick dessert is full of surprises…all wrapped in a tart shell of buttery puff pastry!

Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow

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Quick and easy to make, this adorable strawberry muddy buddies recipe is naturally colored and only uses 5 ingredients. Perfect for a school event or birthday party.

Puff Pastry Peach Cobbler

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Want a quicker and easier way to make this classic summer dessert? Wow your friends and family with this simple recipe that is bursting with fresh juicy peaches! This homemade cobbler is even easier to make with the help of flaky puff pastry. The best part is that no one will know this amazing dessert takes only 10 minutes to put together. Sssh!

Mango Mousse

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This egg-free mousse recipe only requires two ingredients (mango pulp and cream!) to whip up some pure deliciousness. Perfect for portioned snacks or individual party servings, this mousse will be a new go-to summertime staple. 

Grilled Peaches With Coconut Cream

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Grills aren’t just for BBQ! If you haven’t tried grilled fruit, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and elevate your hosting skills with this grilled peach recipe. Not only are they a great dessert to whip up when you’re in a hurry, but they’re a unique dish to serve at your next outdoor get together. 

When you think of dessert, do you immediately think of chocolate? If you do, then you’re not alone. One of the most classic dessert ingredients, this list is going above and beyond just your standard chocolate chip cookies to inspire you to get creative in the kitchen. From no-bake chocolate desserts to the quintessential recipes that everyone loves to make, you’re sure to find a new sweet treat here!

Chocolate Haystack Cookies

Image: Life Around The Table

For those that were born in the ‘80s and ‘90s, this chocolate dessert might make you a bit nostalgic. This recipe is not only quick and easy to make, but it’s a no-bake treat that anyone can make! Plus, it’s a go-to gluten-free idea when you’re hosting a party with any friends or family members who might have food sensitivities.  

Chocolate Almond Clusters

Image: Peanut Butter Plus Chocolate

These simple chocolate almond clusters make a perfect late night snack and can be made at the last minute. They are also gluten-free and vegan!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna

Image: Amanda’s Cookin

First, you start with a crunchy Oreo cookie crust, then add a cream cheese and peanut butter layer that is both smooth and out-of-this-world-amazing. Finally, top it off with instant chocolate pudding, Cool Whip, and peanut butter chocolate candies. Add some melted peanut butter for extra good measure!

‘Better Than’ Chocolate Lava Cake

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Instant Pot Lava Cake is an ooey, gooey, chocolatey dessert that will make you weak in the knees! After eating it, you have no words….it is that good.

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Image: Happy Kitchen

Wonderfully sweet and delightfully creamy, this is without question the best chocolate fudge recipe you can make without condensed milk (and sugar!)! Feel free to indulge yourself with this vegan fudge without any guilt or second guessing.

Red Velvet Brownies

Image: Savor The Spoonful

These red velvet brownies are made with just 4 ingredients, including a box of cake mix! It doesn’t get quicker than that. They are chewy, soft, and full of white chocolate chips.

Chocolate Walnuts

Image: Hello Frozen Bananas

Chocolate Walnuts are the perfect one bite treat. Rather than making walnut clusters or dipping each nut in chocolate, why not create a whole chocolate cup?

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Image: Two Healthy Kitchens

Candy bar vibes in a guilt-free, secretly healthy dessert…what could be better than that? Answer: It takes just 5 minutes to make and can be prepped ahead (for chocolate emergencies!)?

Image: Gluten Free Tranquility

This tart has an Oreo cookie base, filled with a rich chocolate ganache. Only requiring 4 ingredients to make, this recipe is oh-so-simple.

Air Fryer Nutella S'mores

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These utterly delicious Nutella S’mores are a tasty twist on the classic campfire treat. This is an easy dessert you can make over the campfire or at home in the air fryer.

Rocky Road Fudge

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This rich and decadent chocolate rocky road fudge recipe has crunchy walnuts and fluffy marshmallows, and whips up in a single bowl in just 5 minutes! It’s a lovely festive treat to have on hand for the holidays, and it’s great for a dessert buffet or as party favors all year long.

Matcha Brownies

Matcha? In a brownie? Made with silky white chocolate, these squares are super gooey and fudgy with a delicate matcha flavor and oodles of chocolate goodness!

Peanut Butter Truffle Cookie Bars

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Peanut Butter Truffle Cookie Bars are a deliciously decadent dessert bar that can be made with your favorite store-bought cookie dough and a 3-ingredient peanut butter truffle filling!

Dark Chocolate Bark

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This dark chocolate bark requires only 6 simple, real food ingredients and is prepped in minutes! The ideal healthy dessert!

Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake

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The ultimate Better Than Cake! This Chocolate Poke Cake is an absolutely delicious turtle cake!

Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

Want a rich and decadent chocolate cake but don’t want to make it all from scratch? This recipe gives you all the chocolate vibes without any of the hassle. Even better, the recipe provides instructions so that you can make your own chocolate ganache frosting (with just two ingredients!). 

Edible Brownie Batter

Just when you thought brownies couldn't get any better, this thick, fudgy, rich, and chocolatey edible brownie batter emerges. This recipe only takes 10 minutes and will surely satisfy your chocolate craving!

Magic Bars, also known as 7 Layer Bars, are uniquely fascinating in their taste, texture, and ease in the making. A sweet concoction of coconut, nuts, chocolate, and graham cracker, this straightforward recipe is practically fail-proof!

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

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Have you ever found yourself with leftover bananas, but you’re sick of making banana bread? Now is the time to try this easy muffin recipe. It’s also specifically made to create small batches—making it easier than ever to freeze those extra bananas and not let any desserts go to waste!

Walnut Brownies

These walnut brownies take the traditional brownie recipe up a notch with their toasted, nutty bite mixed in with all its rich chocolate glory.

Chocolate Berry Cups

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Planning to have people over for a backyard hang? What about a pool party ? These bite-sized treats blend together silky chocolate goodness, sweet fruits, and tangy cream cheese, for one popular (and incredibly easy to make) dessert. 

Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

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This Chocolate Chip Mug Cake is sweet and oozing with mini chocolate chips! It is the perfect last minute dessert or the perfect treat when you only want a small batch! If that wasn't enough, it takes just 5 minutes to make! For those with food allergies, this mug cake is gluten-free, nut-free, eggless, and can easily be made vegan!

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

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We love homemade chocolate chip cookies, but we don’t always love wasting them if we can’t eat them quick enough. This scaled-down recipe makes just the right amount of chocolate chip cookies each time, meaning you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and your wallet. 

Nutella Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse

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You had us at no-bake! If you’re a fan of Nutella, this cheesecake mousse is one seriously delicious, and seriously quick, dessert. It’s versatile, too. Don’t limit yourself to individual servings—try it as a fruit dip or pie filling! 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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If you’ve been looking for a way to have your favorite chocolate pudding, but also hidw in a bit of heart-healthy fats, this avocado chocolate pudding is perfect! Not only is it paleo and vegan friendly, but for those working through the Auto-immune Paleo (AIP) diet, this is a sweet treat that you can have, too!

Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

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What do you get when you combine a cake, a loaf of bread, and whole lot of chocolate chips? This snack cake! Vegan and oil-free, it’s another great way to use up all those too-ripe bananas sitting on your countertop. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

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You might have noticed a theme here, but we love a mug cake. And for good reason! This mini cake has a peanut butter center and is ready to eat in under two minutes!  Talk about a quick dessert recipe!

Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

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Want a vegan version of your favorite childhood dessert? Instead of using traditional marshmallows, this recipe combines nut butter and vegan chocolate chips to create a no-bake version of the classic Rice Krispie dessert. Ideal for when you don’t want to turn on the oven!

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

There’s nothing better in the summer than a sweet treat. This ultra-simple frozen banana recipe lets you save that delicious yellow fruit from going bad on your counter and still have a yummy dessert. Plus, this is an easy recipe idea for those picky eaters and kids who love to help in the kitchen!

Mint Oreo Brownies

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Do you love brownies? Do you love Oreos? Then you will love this perfect combination of brownies with chunks of Oreos inside! And talk about a quick dessert — it only takes 15 minutes to make!

Easy Chocolate Cake

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Want a rich and decadent homemade chocolate cake without having to use fancy equipment or a ton of ingredients? This one-bowl recipe makes making a chocolate cake at home a delicious breeze!

Salted Dark Chocolate Strawberry Clusters

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Who said that chocolate can’t be healthy? These clusters can be made in your fridge or freezer, for a ridiculously easy dessert that doesn’t require any effort at all. Plus, the dark chocolate is full of antioxidants! 

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

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Love coconut? Step outside that usual beach theme and try dipping these cookies in gooey chocolate! That chewy center is undeniably addictive, and they’re a dairy and gluten-free take on a Mounds bar! 

Looking for easy desserts to make? No-bake recipes are some of the easiest and simplest desserts because they require almost no added effort. In fact, many of these recipes are the perfect 5 minute desserts when you are running short on time or whipping something up at the last minute. (Don’t worry, we forget, too!) Even better, no baking means no oven! If you want to keep that air conditioning bill under control during the summer, or simply cool off with a refreshing sweet, these fast recipes are for you!

No Bake Lemon Pie

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This fresh no-bake lemon pie with cookie bottom can be made without an oven in just 20 minutes. Because you let it set in the refrigerator, this cake is perfect for summer!

3 Ingredient Coffee Mousse

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This delectable 3-ingredient coffee mousse recipe is creamy, smooth, and fluffy, with a rich, bold flavor. I'll repeat, it's riiich . Super easy to make with 5-10 minutes of prepping and one hour fridge time.

Biscoff Fudge

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Easy, delicious, and mouth-watering biscoff fudge. A quick fudge recipe perfect for a sweet treat or after-dinner dessert.

Strawberry Pie With Jello

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This easy Strawberry Jello Pie has a graham cracker crust and is loaded with fresh strawberries and bright fresh flavor. With just five simple ingredients, this is a no-bake pie recipe that you can quickly make ahead of time.

Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

These Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls are a sweet and salty no-bake treat that’s made with only 6 ingredients in just 45 minutes! Great for potlucks and cookie trays!

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Bites

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If you need a dessert that you can whip up quickly before your next party, try these no-bake cheesecake bites. Only five ingredients and no need to turn on the oven? Count us in!

Philadelphia No Bake Cheesecake

If you're looking for a delicious dessert, look no further than this Philadelphia No Bake Cheesecake recipe! It's has a delightfully fluffy and light cheesecake filling that's encased in a homemade graham cracker crust. Think this is another boring cheesecake recipe? This easy to make dessert takes it up a notch and adds a delicious graham cracker layer in the middle to add another layer of crunch!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Fudge

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This easy, no bake vegan fudge only takes 15 minutes of prep time with only 5 ingredients!

Chocolate Wafer Icebox Zebra Cake

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This zebra cake combines chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream to make a delicious icebox cake. Just assemble, chill, and serve!

No Bake Tiramisu Cheesecake

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What happens when tiramisu meets cheesecake? This delicious, easy-to-make, no-bake recipe is born! With a layer of Nutella wafers, this might be your new go-to summer dessert when it’s too hot to turn on the oven.

Chocolate Eclair Cake

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This irresistible eclair cake is the dessert of your dreams. Your guests will be asking for seconds (and thirds)!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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No one can deny that peanut butter and chocolate make a delicious pairing. But when you add an Oreo crust with that creamy cheesecake filling, you have a dessert that is out of this world! (Oh, and did we mention, it’s no-bake?)

Blueberry Cheesecake

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Blueberries are a quintessential summertime fruit and this cheesecake would look perfect on that summer party table!

Peanut Butter Fudge

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This is the best peanut butter fudge recipe! Made with simple staple pantry ingredients—like peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup—this fudge could not be any easier to make and only requires a few minutes of hands-on time.

Mini Cherry Cheesecake Desserts

These mini cherry cheesecake desserts are the perfect single-serve treat, made with pre-made puff pastry shells and cherry pie filling for a simple and delicious dessert. Great for any occasion, these cherry tarts are sure to be a hit at parties, barbecues, or any time you want a sweet and easy dessert.

Vegan Lemon Custard

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This vegan lemon custard recipe is so easy and delicious! This is a silky, super creamy custard that's a little bit tart, a little bit tangy, and a whole lot of sweet.

Ice Cream & Popsicle Desserts

When we think of summer, we can’t help but think of ice cream and popsicles. But, don’t limit these delicious desserts to just the hot weather days! No-churn ice cream and customizable popsicles are quick dessert ideas to utilize when you’re wanting to bring kids into the kitchen or you don’t have a lot of ingredients on hand. Just like a no-bake recipe, these simple, easy desserts aim to please in no time at all!

Ice Cream Sundaes

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This homemade ice cream sundae with sprinkles, nuts and a cherry on top is a classic summer dessert loved by kids and kids at heart.

Dark Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

Buckle up for an indulgently rich, creamy, and intensely dark chocolate ice cream experience! Laughably easy to make, this recipe doesn't require an ice cream maker and you only need four ingredients.

Blender Ice Cream

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Learn how easy it is to make homemade ice cream with just your blender! With a few simple ingredients and a high-speed blender, you can whip up some delicious ice cream in under a minute! Now that is instant gratification!

Frozen S’mores Ice Cream Pops

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These crazy good S'mores Cookies are studded with milk chocolate, graham crackers, and melty, toasty marshmallows with a brownie-like cookie base.

Strawberry Lemonade Creamsicles

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These strawberry lemonade creamsicles are the perfect quick and easy dessert that comes together in just under 10 minutes. They are the ideal balance of a sweet, tangy, and creamy treat.

Breakfast Cereal Popsicles

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If your favorite part of a bowl of cereal is the sugary milk in the bottom of the bowl, then this sweet milk-and-cereal popsicle recipe is for you!

Oatmeal Creme Pie Ice Cream

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Rich, cinnamon-y sweet, and flecked with both chewy oats and crunchy cookie bits, this Oatmeal Creme Pie Ice Cream recipe is one of our favorite frozen treats. If you love ice cream but can't stomach the crazy $5/pint (or more!) price tag, this one's for you.

Cherry No Churn Ice Cream

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No fancy machines required here! In fact, you don’t even need to churn the ice cream to get a delicious cherry filled sweet treat with only four ingredients.

Mint Limeade Popsicles

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Mint and lime are some of the most refreshing ingredients, making these popsicles a must for hot weather!

Fried Air Fryer Ice Cream

Air fryer fried ice cream is a delicious and fun dessert that will delight family and friends. Scoops of vanilla ice cream are coated with crunchy cinnamon toast crunch cereal and then quickly air fried for a toasty exterior and slightly melty ice cream interior.

Still undecided on what to make for dessert tonight? There’s countless more recipe options for you to choose from here!

Classic Key Lime Pie

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The sweet, zesty flavor of this key lime pie is a refreshing dessert pick for those hot days.

Turkish Baklava

This easy Turkish Baklava is a decadently rich, buttery, sweet treat made with phyllo dough, butter, finely ground pistachios, and a syrup of sugar, water, and lemon juice.

Vanilla Yogurt Crème Brûlée

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This easy vanilla brûlée is made with Greek yogurt and tastes just like the real thing. The caramelized sugar top adds a delicious crunch worth cracking into.

No Cream Cheese Cheesecake

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Not a fan of cream cheese? No problem! This recipe substitutes traditional cream cheese with cottage cheese for a protein-packed sweet treat that is also an incredibly quick dessert!

M&M Rice Krispie Treats

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These M&M Rice Krispie Treats are a simple, no-bake dessert that comes together so quickly! With just a few ingredients and a microwave, you've got a sweet treat everyone will love!

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Easy Oreo fudge is made in the microwave with just a few minutes of prep time and a handful of ingredients. Homemade candy has never been so easy to make!

Birthday Cupcakes

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No need to go to the grocery store for that boxed cake mix when you have this recipe in your arsenal. Make your cupcakes from scratch for your next birthday party or event!

Dessert Charcuterie Board

If you're looking for a fun way to entertain guests, look no further than this simple dessert charcuterie board. It's a unique way to combine all of your favorite treats into the easiest dessert ever. Whether it's a birthday celebration, holiday party, movie night, Valentine’s Day , or just a girl's night in —this gorgeous dessert charcuterie board is the perfect addition.

S’mores Dip

S'mores dip is made with golden toasted marshmallows atop milk chocolate chips, baked together in a cast iron skillet to gooey, dippable perfection!

Nutter Butter Pie

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If you’re a peanut butter lover, this Nutter Butter Pie is for you. A silky, nutty cream cheese filling atop a crunchy graham cracker crust and stuffed with whole Nutter Butters. Yep, it’s just as good as it sounds.

Cake Mix Mug Cake

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This confetti mug cake recipe uses only 4 ingredients and makes enough for 16 servings. Store and enjoy whenever you crave something sweet. Light and fluffy, full of vanilla flavor, and ready in just minutes!

Espresso Coffee Panna Cotta

This quick dessert comes together in just minutes on the stove. Espresso Panna Cotta is a creamy, delicious pudding- like dessert made with gelatin, and is fancy enough for a crowd.

Fruity Pebbles Cookies

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These easy Fruity Pebbles cookies have a citrus sugar cookie base that's loaded with its namesake cereal. It has a crisp exterior with a soft, chewy interior. They’re easy to make, totally delicious, and taste of nostalgia for your favorite childhood breakfast.

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Brownies

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We’ve already stated our love for peanut butter and chocolate, but it gets better when you make that combination into ooey-gooey brownies. Not only that, but this recipe only uses three ingredients to make an easy and quick dessert that is also gluten-free!

Caramel Mousse

With just two ingredients, this might be the simplest recipe on the list!

Nutella Puff Pastry Twists

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Lovers of Nutella rejoice! These puff pastry twists combine the sweetness of Nutella with the flaky pastry to create a dessert that you can have ready in no time at all!

3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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Three ingredients? Say no more! Perfect for kids to make, these banana oatmeal cookies can be ready in as little as 15 minutes! (If you can wait that long, that is.)

Pizookie Pizza Cookie

This easy homemade pizookie is made with chocolate chip cookie dough that is baked in a cast iron skillet, creating crispy edges and a gooey center. Top it with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream for the best dessert ever!

Caramel Sauce

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When it comes to dessert sauces, there’s two teams: chocolate or caramel. But, if you want to create a homemade caramel sauce for the next time you’re feeling like an apple dipping sauce, or on top of a sundae, make sure to bookmark this recipe!

Gluten-Free Nutella Tart

With a toasted hazelnut crust and a delicious chocolate hazelnut ganache filling, this Nutella tart is a whole other level of deliciousness that is both quick and easy to make.

Peppermint Bark Rice Krispie Treats

Sure, peppermint might make us think of winter and the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a little minty taste to a nostalgic childhood favorite. It’ll have you missing that holiday season in no time.

Kinako Mochi

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Familiar with mochi? The sweet dessert is made from rice flour and dusted with a roasted soybean powder. While it is most often eaten on New Year's Day to bring good luck, you can make this delicious dish all year long.

Perfect Lemon Posset

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Have you ever tried posset? This dessert is best likened to eggnog, but brings about a rich, creamy flavor that feels like you spent all day in the kitchen (We won’t tell.)

Easy Lemon Tart

If you don’t have some already, you need to keep a stash of puff pastry on hand for recipes like this! Lemon comes alive in this light dessert that tastes just like summer!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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When you are looking for a sweet dessert that isn’t too sweet, whip up a batch of these poppy seed muffins and drizzle a lemon glaze on top!

Almond Flour Protein Mug Cake

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Think that all protein desserts are tasteless? Think again! This mug cake packs 10g of protein into a delicious healthy dessert idea.

Drumstick Dessert

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No, we don’t mean turkey drumsticks. The favorite ice cream cone dessert from your childhood is all grown up in this delicious chocolate and caramel dessert.

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These deliciously sweet and buttery Palmiers cookies are light, crispy, and crunchy perfection with each bite! Made with just a package of store-bought puff pastry and a bit of sugar, this 2-ingredient easy recipe comes together in no time!

Banana Bread Pudding

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Not sure what to do with those leftover bananas? Why not make a bread pudding? Sticky and sweet, this pudding can be used as a rich breakfast option or an after-dinner delight.

Mary Berry’s Banana Bread Recipe

Ready in under 10 minutes (yes, 10!), this banana bread recipe uses ingredients that you likely already have in your house.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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This Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is so moist that it tastes like cake! Everyone will love this take on the classic recipe.

Foolproof Tarte Tatin

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A quick way to make a tart Tatin using just a few ingredients, without the need for risky homemade caramel (unless you want to try the recipe above, that is). This quick dessert takes minutes to pull together and tastes delicious when served warm over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Carrot Cake Muffins

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These vegan banana carrot muffins are tender, moist, sweet, lightly spiced, and super easy to make! Plus, they can be made without sugar, wholewheat or spelt flour or gluten. Add in all your favorite mix-ins!

Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf Copycat Recipe

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Learn how to make an easy and delicious copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf right at home! This pumpkin bread is studded with roasted pepitas and loaded with spices and so much pumpkin goodness!

Cookie Truffles

Cake pops have taken the world by storm and it’s not just because they are cute. They are the perfect single-serve party dessert that can be mixed together and finished in just 30 minutes. If you need that last minute dessert to bring to a party, these are the perfect solution for you.

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