Quick & Easy Dessert Recipes

You'll find our favorite bar and cookie recipes, scone recipes, or for those days when you need a treat—like, now, easy cupcake recipes, quick chocolate pudding recipes, to-die-for super fast brownie recipes, and no-bake dessert recipes.

Staff Picks

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Rating: 3.63 stars
Baking, simplified: One pan and two steps create this soft, gooey, giant cookie.

Creamy Lemon Squares

Rating: 3.56 stars
The creamy lemon squares of your dreams take just 15 minutes of prep: Stir together a mere three ingredients to create a sunny, puckery filling for the buttery shortbread crust in this dessert.

Quick & Easy Caramelized Pears

Rating: 3.74 stars
Seasonal fruit is the perfect starting point for a memorable meal-ender.

Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.6 stars
These large cookies have a classic lemony flavor, a chewy texture, and glistening, crackly tops created with a double sprinkling of sanding sugar.

Classic Yellow Cake Batter

Rating: 3.51 stars
Layer cake, cupcakes, or loaf cake? One basic batter makes all these and more. Raspberry-Cream Layer Cake, Cappuccino-Chocolate Cupcakes, and Chocolate-Vanilla Marble Cakes each use this entire batch of batter. For the Pineapple Buckle, halve the recipe -- leftover batter would deflate if stored.

Slow-Cooker Triple Chocolate Brownies

Rating: 3.51 stars
Think beyond stews: Uncover the sweet side of your slow cooker with these crowd-pleasing brownies.

Pound-Cake Tiramisu

Rating: 3.16 stars
When you're entertaining, you need a make-ahead dessert that wows. This rich confection takes just 15 minutes to prep, can be made up to a week in advance, and will not disappoint.

Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes

Rating: 3.07 stars
Who doesn't buy extra Halloween candy? This year, use some in these festive, miniature cupcakes and throw a party.

Crumble Topping

Rating: 3.4 stars
Use this sweet, buttery crumble topping on Rhubarb Pie or any other fruit pie in place of a top crust.

Popcorn on the Cob

Celebrate harvest season with "ears" of candied popcorn, reminiscent of Indian corn. Unbleached parchment paper from your pantry is all you need for the pretty presentation.

Almond Praline

Rating: 4.25 stars
Use this recipe to top our Apple Praline Tart.

Five-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Longing for homemade chocolate chip cookies in a snap? Nut butter does double duty by replacing both flour and regular butter in these five-ingredient, two-bite (gluten-free!) treats.

Inspiration and Ideas

Warm Pistachio-Raspberry Cakes

These cakes are bursting with fresh raspberries and nutty pistachio flavor. They're best served warm with a dollop of whipped cream.