Quick & Easy Desserts
Fresh ingredients plus a few clever shortcuts are the secrets to these time-saving treats.
Sometimes you simply want to sink your teeth into something sweet, and when you do you want recipes that are quick and easy. From Chocolate Chubbies to Free-form Strawberry Cheesecake, these dessert recipes show you how to have that sweet craving satisfied. If your sweet tooth happens early, you can start the day with our recipe for Peach-Blackberry-Yogurt Fruit Cups. They are quick to prepare, and perfect for breakfast. For a late-night dessert that is delectably Southern, you will love John’s Bananas Foster, warm and rich with flavor. Our easy churritos—baked, not fried—will mean that you’ll be able to save room for just one more. So plan to slice, scoop, and spoon your way through these delicious, quick, and easy dessert recipes.
Salted Caramel Strawberries
Recipe: Salted Caramel Strawberries
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.
Café Con Leche Custard Cups
Recipe: Café Con Leche Custard Cups
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.
Cream-Filled Grilled Pound Cake
Recipe: Cream-Filled Grilled Pound Cake
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: Chocolate-Oatmeal Parfaits
A homemade chocolate pudding is even more luscious (yet still light) when layered with oatmeal granola and whipped topping.
Recipe: Chocolate-and-Almond Macaroons
Don't let these macaroons intimidate you. With just six ingredients, they are surprisingly simple to make and guests will be very impressed with the results.
Easy Blackberry Cobbler
Recipe: Easy Blackberry Cobbler
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.
Step-by-Step Video: Make Easy Blackberry Cobbler
Grilled Banana Splits with Chocolate Sauce
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.
All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
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. "
Recipe: Chocolate Chubbies
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.
Peanut Butter-Toffee Turtle Cookies
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?
So-Easy Chocolate Soufflés
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. "
Strawberry-Blueberry Shortcake Ice-Cream Sandwiches
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.
Free-form Strawberry Cheesecake
Recipe: Free-form Strawberry Cheesecake
Powdered sugar dissolves almost instantly when stirred into berries, while granulated sugar needs stand time. We chose powdered for this quick-to-put-together recipe.
Peach-Blackberry-Yogurt Fruit Cups
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.
John's Bananas Foster
Recipe: John's Bananas Foster
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: Oven-Baked Churros
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.