17 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

Looking for easy dessert recipes? If you’re a beginner in the kitchen or just looking to mix things up, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled our favorite desserts to please any palate. From peanut butter cookies to banana bites, we have something for everyone!

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

This dessert brings together two childhood favorites: Peanut butter and chocolate chips. Peanut butter kiss cookies are soft and chewy, with an intense chocolate flavor. It strikes the perfect balance between melted peanut butter and rich chocolate without being overwhelming. Just try not to eat them all at once.

They only need to bake for fifteen minutes, making them quick enough for any weeknight. This makes them a great entrypoint for baking newbies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

With just four ingredients and five minutes of prep needed, there aren’t many desserts easier than these chocolate peanut butter banana bites. Just slice a banana into rounds, dip them in chocolate sauce and then coat with crushed peanuts before freezing to allow the coating to set. For best results, use ripe but not overripe bananas.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

These no-bake peanut butter oatmeal bars are perfect for people who are on the go. Simple to prepare and make in advance for the week, making them great for those of us who like to plan!

Containing a blend of peanut butter, honey, and cooking oats, this wholesome blend provides a sweet hit without all the guilt.

Combine the ingredients in a bowl, and add chocolate chips. Press into an ungreased cookie sheet pan and chill for one hour before cutting into bars.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bars

Chocolate Chip Banana Bars

If you don’t want to bake, these chocolate chip banana bars will be right up your street. Made by just combining banana, chocolate chips, butter, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl, before baking, this is proof that desserts can be made on the fly.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Skillet cookie recipes are heaven-sent for people who need a baking shortcut. With just the essentials ingredients of butter, sugar, flour eggs, and chocolate chips, it’s easy to whip up these doughy treats that will have you taking less than ten minutes.

Melt butter in skillet on the stovetop over medium heat. Add sugar and brown sugar, then stir until combined. Add in eggs one by one. Add flour and stir until just combined, then set aside in a medium bowl. Stir chocolate chips into the dough. They’ll melt as you mix them in!

Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto your skillet over low heat. Cook for about five minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Allow to cool and you’re set.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

One dessert that is incredibly easy to make and requires minimal ingredient preparation time is chocolate chip cookies. I enjoy these because they are bite-sized, cookie dough bites without the hassle of making an entire batch. They’re great for people who don’t want a whole batch but love cookie dough.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until combined well. Add eggs one at a time while scraping down the sides of the bowl.

For the best cookies, you should make sure not too many dough balls are on one pan. The more spacing between each ball of cookie dough, the better! This will ensure that your chocolate chips or any other add-ins in them have a chance to really cook and melt into these delicious little treats. Remove the baked cookies from the baking sheet and allow to cool.

Nutella Mug Cake

Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake

These Nutella mug cakes are perfect for people who don’t have time to experiment with complicated recipes and might even be better than things you can order at a coffee shop.

Mix eggs, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, sugar (to taste), flour, and Nutella in a bowl. Mix it well before adding milk to make the cake soupy but retain some lumps. Pour the mixture into one mug or two small cups. Mixing milk and oil in the same bowl, you will eventually get a thick liquid mixture that can go into any type of mug. The microwave is your friend at this point – just put it for about one minute or so until cooked through.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Chip Blondies

These chocolate chip blondies are the perfect dessert for those who love to enjoy simple, sweet recipes. The best part is that it only has three ingredients: Flour, butter, and sugar. A thick layer of rich chocolate fudge and a hint of nutmeg will have your mouth watering in no time.

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

There’s something so satisfying about standing in your kitchen and seeing a dessert come together before your very eyes. With just one bowl, an electric mixer, some sugar and butter – you can have this delicious chocolate pie ready for the oven!

No need to be an expert baker either. It doesn’t get much easier than mixing egg yolks with vanilla extract then adding them into the mixture of saltless melted-down sugars that are already mixed up from earlier.

All there is left to do is add flour until incorporated, pour it all out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil depending on what type of crust you’d like (either way works), flatten evenly using wet hands if needed but not too excessively otherwise things will start sticking.

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

This no-churn vanilla ice cream is perfect for people who are not really into baking. All you need to do is mix the ingredients and freeze it overnight for a delicious no-bake ice cream that can be enjoyed on a warm day or during winter when fresh fruit is out of season.

Transfer mixture into an airtight container, cover with plastic wrap or seal with a lid if using a tupperware bowl, then place in freezer overnight. Let thaw just slightly to soften before serving. Mix in fruit, nuts, or chocolate if desired.

Oatmeal Cream Pies

Oatmeal Cream Pies

I love that these pies can be prepared ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about making them on short notice. I always use store-bought ready-made pie dough to make things easier. The oven is the best for this recipe: No fuss with cooking things on the stovetop or waiting for an oven to preheat.

You can also use a muffin tin if you don’t have the proper size pie crusts. Just make sure that they’re deep-dish or mini pies, so there’s enough room for the filling. The best part about these is how easy it is to customize them with different fruit and toppings. I love to make them in the summer with fresh fruit like cherries, blueberries, and strawberries when they’re at their best.

No-Bake Cheesecake

No-Bake Cheesecake

These no-bake cheesecakes are perfect for people who don’t want to turn on the stove or wait for an oven to preheat. The best thing about these is how easy they are to customize with different fruit and toppings. I love making them in summer when fresh fruit like cherries, blueberries, and strawberries are at their peak!

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

You can’t beat these peanut butter fudge. All you need are a few ingredients and five minutes of your time to make this perfect sweet treat for those with an insatiable sweet tooth. Melt the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, pour into a pan lined with parchment paper or foil and place it in the refrigerator until set.

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

These strawberry shortcake fudge are a perfect treat for when you’re craving the flavors of strawberries but don’t want all that extra sugar and carbs. You can get new taste experiences each time by switching up what type of fruit jams, nuts, or other mix-ins you add to it. All you need is three simple ingredients and an hour in the fridge for this delicious dessert to set.

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