14 One-Pot Desserts You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less
A meal just doesn't seem complete without a little something sweet to wrap things up. It doesn't have to be an elaborate cake or pie. Instead of opening a pint of ice cream (though there's nothing wrong with that!), try making a fast, easy, low-maintenance dessert instead. Here, we're sharing some of our favorite one-pot dessert recipes that take less than 30 minutes to make. Not only do they come together in very little time at all, they never leave a big mess behind in your kitchen, either.
Some of the simplest desserts start with fruit. Fools are a beautiful and very fast dessert option—essentially, they're whipped cream layered with fruit. The fruit fool pictured here is made with your favorite jam, so you don't even have to do any chopping. If you are looking for something a little more grown up, try Plums with Sparkling Wine, Black Pepper, and Tarragon. It's just as simple to pull together as a fool is, subbing out the whipped cream for sparkling wine.
Lots of cookies can be made in less than 30 minutes, too. Try this giant chocolate chip cookie made right in a skillet. You won't even need a serving plate—it's served straight out of the skillet. And few treats beat a warm madeline right out of the oven. They are sure to satisfy any cake cravings you might have.
We love desserts that you can put together with ingredients you already have in your pantry. Bark is one of the easiest desserts and is so pretty; our recipe made with pistachios and sea salt is the perfect example. But if you don't like pistachios, top it with your favorite dried fruit and nut combination instead. And who can resist snacking on a batch of puppy chow? This recipe adds hazelnut spread to make it extra delicious.
When there's no time to make pie crust or you're trying to whip up a sweet treat on the fly, think back on these recipes. Our easy desserts can be made in under half an hour and are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt
Melted chocolate garnished with delicious toppings come together to become chocolate bark. Once cool, you simply break it up into irregular shapes. Make quick work of melting the chocolate by using the microwave. Microwave the chocolate in 15 second bursts, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
Pomegranate with Pears and Goat Cheese
Flourless Chocolate-Coconut Drops
Honey Nut Cereal Bar
Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
Skip scooping and rolling batter into cookies by pressing all the batter in a skillet, forming one giant cookie. Serve it right from the skillet topped with scoops of ice cream.
Hazelnut Puppy Chow
Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta"
Silken tofu is creamy and a great fill-in for custard. A quick heating in a steamer, then topped with cherries and raspberries, there may not be a healthier (and tastier) dessert around.
Bring these mini-cakes to the table in less than than 30 minutes. Serve them warm, and be prepared to be met with total delight.
Sweet Snowflake Crisps
These clever sweets turn wonton wrappers into snowflakes. Get the kids involved folding them and cutting out designs. All it takes is a very fast shallow fry and a dusting with powdered sugar.