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.

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Creamy Lemon Squares

Rating: 3.56 stars
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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.

Classic Yellow Cake Batter

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

Quick & Easy Caramelized Pears

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

Crumble Topping

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

Grilled S'mores

Rating: 3.39 stars
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Keep the grill hot during dinner for a batch of easy s'mores for dessert.

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.

Almond Praline

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

Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats

Rating: 3.07 stars
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Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder give a classic cereal bar a devilish twist. With only five ingredients and 10 minutes of prep work, who could resist baking one of these batty bars?

Tangy Raspberry Fool

Raspberry puree is artfully swirled through whipped cream to create this fun and easy dessert.

Chocolate-Banana Pudding

Rating: 3.08 stars
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Crisp, thin chocolate wafers are key to this no-bake dessert, layered with chocolate pudding and banana slices.

Strawberries with Sweetened Sour Cream

This quick and easy treat is ideal for a warm summer night.
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Butter Pecan Cookies

Rating: 3.63 stars
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These delicate, buttery cookies, which get their crunchy texture from toasted pecans and a sugar coating, practically melt in your mouth.