11 Best Easy Desserts [Quick & Simple Recipes]

These easy dessert recipes will feed your sweet tooth at short notice. From perfect weeknight cookies or 5-ingredient cakes, there’s something here for everyone.

best easy dessert recipes

A good dessert recipe is a jewel in every home cook’s crown, so where better for beginner chefs to start? These easy-to-make treats are fun, quick and – most importantly – delicious. Whether you want something covered in chocolate or a last-minute baking option, these best easy dessert recipes are all perfect for all home chefs.

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

Impress guests by making your own candy. Although, they don’t have to know how easy it is! 

Peanut butter fudge comes together with just five ingredients: peanut butter, white sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and butter. All you have to do is boil butter, sugar, and milk together, add peanut butter, and then let the fudge set. The short list of ingredients and steps means that even inexperienced bakers can make this recipe and get sweet results.

No-Bake Cheesecake

No-Bake Cheesecake

This recipe is the best way to get the creamy flavors of cheesecake without agonizing over baking times. All you have to do is assemble the cake and let it chill, which even beginners can do. No-bake cheesecake also allows you to express your creativity because you can add whatever ingredients and flavorings you want!

To make no-bake cheesecake, you don’t even need to make a traditional cake base. All you need are graham cracker crumbles, butter, and sugar for the crust. Then combine heavy cream, cream cheese, sugar, and any flavors that you want to make the filling. After letting it all chill overnight, you will have a perfect cheesecake without ever turning on your oven!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Peanut butter is the star of many easy dessert recipes. It helps sweeten food and combine different ingredients. These bars come together thanks to peanut butter and you don’t even need to bake them.

All you need to do is heat peanut butter and honey together until they melt and combine. Then, stir in the oats, press the mixture into a tray, and bake. You’ll have a sweet treat that’s still healthy because it uses natural ingredients with very little effort.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Instead of dividing cookie dough into individual cookies, you can make one big one with this skillet chocolate chip cookie recipe. Cut it into slices to share or eat it all yourself (we won’t tell).

To make a skillet chocolate chip cookie, just make a normal chocolate chip cookie dough by combining butter, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Once you have the dough, press it into a skillet and bake. You get to skip the step of rolling out individual cookies while still enjoying this delicious dessert.

Nutella Mug Cake

Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake

To make this dessert, you don’t even need an oven or a baking tray. All you need is a mug, a few simple ingredients, and a microwave. This recipe is very simple and because you don’t need a lot of equipment, it is also perfect for dorm cooking.

To make Nutella mug cake, just whisk together Nutella, flour, and an egg in a microwavable mug. Then, pop the mug into the microwave for about a minute, until the top is set. This is the perfect treat for when you need a quick pick-me-up or are craving something sweet after dinner but don’t have anything more elaborate on hand.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Tray bakes are some of the easiest recipes to make as a beginner because all you need to do is mix the ingredients together and pour the mixture into a loaf pan or tray. This recipe for blondies, which are just brownies without the cocoa powder, is no different.

To make this dessert, mix brown sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips together. Then, pour it into a pan and bake. You’ll have delicious blondies with gooey pockets of melted chocolate chips with very little effort!

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

No-churn vanilla ice cream proves that you can make your own ice cream without buying special equipment—not even an ice cream maker.

All the ingredients you need for this recipe are condensed milk, vanilla extract, heavy cream, and a pinch of salt. Whip the ingredients together, then put the mixture in a loaf pan to chill in the fridge. You’ll have homemade ice cream, and all it took was four ingredients and some patience.

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

This recipe helps you enjoy all of the flavors of strawberry shortcake in easy candy form. Once you have the basics of fudge down, then you can customize it with whatever ingredients and flavors that you want.

To make the fudge, you will need strawberry pudding mix, evaporated milk, sugar, and butter. Boil the ingredients together to make fudge, then pour half into a pan to set. Cover the fudge with Nilla wafer cookies, then pour the rest of the fudge over it and let it set. This mimics the layered appearance and flavors of strawberry fudge for a fraction of the effort.

Mini Apple Pies

mini apple pies

Apple pie is a complex dessert, but this version lets you enjoy all of its flavors for a fraction of the effort. You even get to avoid making pie dough by using premade dough for the crust.

Just cut the dough into circles and press into a muffin tin. Mix apples, sugar, and cinnamon to create a filling and fill the crust. If you’re feeling fancy, you can use scraps from the pre-made dough to cover the mini pies. Once they bake, you will have individual servings of apple pie!

Peach Cobbler

peach cobbler

Peach cobbler is a classic American dessert, but despite its storied reputation it is quite easy to make. It has two components: the batter and fruit filling.

To make the batter, you just combine the usual ingredients such as flour, sugar, and butter. Then, boil sliced peaches with sugar and lemon juice. Pour the peaches over the batter and bake. Cobbler is the perfect no-fuss dessert to serve in the summer.

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars

This recipe proves that bar desserts are easy and delicious. If you buy caramel ice cream topping or syrup, then you don’t even need to make your own caramel.

To make these bars, make the batter using the usual ingredients such as flour, sugar, and oats if you want a more robust dough. Bake half the batter for 15 minutes, then add chocolate chips, caramel, and the rest of the batter to make a bar with a pleasant surprise in the middle.

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