Fast and Sweet: Festive Desserts in One Hour or Less
According to culinary lore, pistachios were considered a royal food in Ancient Rome. Whether that's true or not, these sweet-and-salty cookies will be loved by any princesses in your family (and by everyone else, as well).
Cherries with Cinnamon Dumplings
As tasty as pie (and so much easier!), this well-spiced treat is made with frozen cherries and topped with a crumbly, shimmering crust. Be careful not to overmix the batter on this 25-minute treat (it's supposed to be quite lumpy).
Giant Ginger Cookies
Call these the "everything you could want at Christmas and more" cookies. With a chewy inside and solid outer crunch, these generous sugar-topped rounds offer up a taste of the season in just 50 minutes.
Coffee and chocolate are a match made in dessert heaven; our recipe streamlines the Italian favorite. Pull out the electric mixer and this dish can go from bowl to table in just 20 minutes.
Speckled with chocolate-covered toffee, these quick cupcakes offer just enough sweetness without going overboard.
These chewy cookies are reminiscent of a flattened Passover macaroon -- but they make a delicious Christmas treat, too! Using a food processor makes quick work of prepping the dough.
Roasted Pears and Dried Fruit
When pears are gently caramelized in the oven, they become meltingly smooth and sweet. Serve them with a bold red wine or a glass of Prosecco for an elegant after-dinner treat.
This old-fashioned favorite may evoke sunny summer memories, but that's no reason not to serve it all year long. Made with store-bought wafer cookies and mint-chocolate ice cream, this kid-friendly classic comes together in just five minutes.
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies may have their fans, but oatmeal-raisin aficionados are true devotees. Add a half cup of dried cranberries to really take these treats over the top.
Brownie Hearts and Brownie Bites
How do you say "I love you" in just two words? Easy: brownie bites. This rich recipe makes petite chocolate treats that simply state the obvious to the ones you care for most.
Hot-Coffee Ice Cream
This traditional Italian dessert is also known as affogato. But no matter what you call it, the combination of hot coffee and cool ice cream is irresistible -- and the ideal pick-me-up at the end of a heavy holiday meal.
Lemon Custard Cakes
The perfect light, tart dessert, these individual pudding cakes are as lovely to look at as they are to eat. Break through the crunchy, caramelized ceiling into the airy cake below and cross over into dessert delirium.
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
These impossible-to-resist treats are begging for a glass of ice-cold milk. Use a fork to create the ridged center design.