Quick & Easy Desserts
Simple yet elegant, these sweet and salty confections are sure to impress your guests at a party. A hint of salt added to melted caramel creates a wonderful flavor combination on top of one of summer’s best fruits. Cover with chopped mixed nuts for an extra crunch and beautiful presentation.
Recipe: Salted Caramel Strawberries
Café Con Leche Custard Cups aren't heavy on the coffee, but they are luscious low-fat treats for any occasion. Add chocolate-covered espresso beans for an antioxidant-rich garnish.
- Recipe: Café Con Leche Custard Cups
Talk about jazzed up pound cake! We thought pound cake couldn’t get any better until we tasted this grilled recipe. Grilling adds sweetness by caramelizing the sugar in the pound cake. Try with our Lemon Pound Cake recipe or in a pinch, opt for the convenience of store-bought pound cake.
- Recipe: Cream-Filled Grilled Pound Cake
A homemade chocolate pudding is even more luscious (yet still light) when layered with oatmeal granola and whipped topping.
- Recipe: Chocolate-Oatmeal Parfaits
- Recipe: Chocolate-and-Almond Macaroons
In less than an hour you can serve up this simply divine dessert. Pop it in the oven just before you sit down to eat, and your family can enjoy it warm at meal’s end. For individual servings, bake for the same amount of time in 6 (8-oz.) ramekins on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
Recipe: Easy Blackberry Cobbler
Step-by-Step Video: Make Easy Blackberry Cobbler
Banana splits on the grill? Why not! Fruits are especially delicious on the grill because their sugars will caramelize over the heat, adding rich, mouthwatering flavor. We grilled banana halves and pineapple slices to create a new spin on a classic parlor dessert―the banana split.
Online User Comment:
"I'm in love! These chocolate chip cookies are the best thing on the block. They bake up perfectly and look "real"-- puffy rather than the great spread you get from break-and-bake. They're perfect all on their own, but I'm trying the white chocolate pretzel version next week. So good that I had to ship them to my fiance to get them out of my house. "
How can you go wrong with this much chocolate packed into one recipe? And chances are you already have most of the ingredients on hand.
- Recipe: Chocolate Chubbies
These turtle cookies have every indulgent flavor we could pack in a recipe: chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and toffee. You’re already baking a batch, aren’t you?
Recipe: So-Easy Chocolate Soufflés
Online User Comment:
"This was truly so easy and delicious! Don't skip the last step of moving your thumb around the edge. I had forgotten the first time and noticed (the second time) when I did move my thumb around the edge, the souffle rose much higher. One guest loved whipped topping, so I served it on the side for dipping with a slice of strawberry garnish. "
This kid-friendly, summer dessert idea is perfect for the lake or the beach because it takes less than 15 minutes to whip together.
Combine 1 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced, with 2 cups fresh blueberries; sprinkle with 3 Tbsp. sugar, and toss. Let stand 10 minutes. Spoon evenly over 10 vanilla or chocolate miniature ice-cream sandwiches; dollop with 1⁄2 (8-oz.) container thawed whipped topping.
Mix fresh peaches and blackberries with Greek yogurt, honey, and granola for a quick, nutritious breakfast. Sit down and savor the fresh fruit, or pack it in a container to take on the go with you.
Perfectly ripe bananas, with slightly freckled skins, are the secret to this dessert. Speed the ripening process by placing bananas in a brown paper bag.
Recipe: John's Bananas Foster
Finish your party with these Oven-Baked Churros. You won't have to feel guilty satisfying your sweet tooth since these are baked, not fried.
- Recipe: Oven-Baked Churros