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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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Rating: 3.5 stars 582
Quick to make and just plain irresistible, what could be better than a giant, gooey skillet cookie? Faster than making a batch of your favorite chocolate chip treats, this chocolate chip skillet cookie is great for sharing. It's baked in a cast-iron skillet, so you can bring it right to the table for everyone to dig in. Scoops of ice cream on top are optional but recommended!

Creamy Lemon Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars 376
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.

Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 686
These large cookies have a classic lemony flavor, a chewy texture, and glistening, crackly tops created with a double sprinkling of sanding sugar.

Pound-Cake Tiramisu

Rating: 3 stars 757
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.

Classic Yellow Cake Batter

Rating: 3.5 stars 628
Layer cake, cupcakes, or loaf cake? Our basic yellow cake batter recipe makes all these and more. This classic, all-purpose batter will help you turn out Raspberry-Cream Layer Cake, Cappuccino-Chocolate Cupcakes, and Chocolate-Vanilla Marble Cakes. The buttermilk in the batter is not only a flavor enhancer with its subtle tang, but it also keeps the cake moist and tender. Be patient creaming the butter and sugar, as this important step ensures the final product is light and fluffy.

Crumble Topping

Rating: 3.5 stars 172
Use this sweet, buttery crumble topping on Rhubarb Pie or any other fruit pie in place of a top crust.

Quick & Easy Caramelized Pears

Rating: 3.5 stars 19
Seasonal fruit is the perfect starting point for a memorable meal-ender.

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.

Broiled Persimmons with Mascarpone

Rating: 3 stars 144
When fully ripe, persimmons have a glossy red-orange skin, similar to tomatoes, and a tangy-sweet flavor. They are available at most markets from October through March; choose fruit that is plump and slightly soft but not at all mushy.

Grand Raspberry Trifle

Rating: 3.5 stars 361
English trifle can be made in one large dish or several small dishes. Ours combines fruit, jam, juice-drenched pound cake, and whipped cream.

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 42
Protein-packed natural peanut butter and oats form the base of these chewy retro treats drizzled with dark chocolate. They're delicious, gluten-free, and best of all, super easy to make.

Slow-Cooker Triple Chocolate Brownies

Rating: 3.5 stars 430
Think beyond stews: Uncover the sweet side of your slow cooker with these crowd-pleasing brownies.

Inspiration and Ideas

16 Quick and Delicious Desserts You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less
There are days when we have no problem going all-in on dessert, rolling up our sleeves and spending hours making a complicated cake or batch of cookies. Then again, sometimes the best desserts are the ones that come together in a flash. These quick desserts are almost like a double gift: you get the sweet without the sweat. A few of the speedy treats we're sharing here will be familiar, but that doesn't mean they're boring. Our chocolate-covered strawberries get a little crunch from chopped pistachios. And if you keep a package of crispy, elegant waffle cookies around to pair with either ice cream and lemon curd or creamy mascarpone cheese, you've got dessert sandwiches in no time at all.  There are some more unexpected suggestions in this recipe collection, as well. Cereal plays a lead role in Chocolate-Cherry Clusters—which calls for cornflakes—and in Puffed-Rice Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Another fantastic secret weapon: frozen phyllo dough, which makes a delicious vessel in which to serve espresso whipped cream. All these quick dessert recipes prove that a speedy, sweet meal ender is well within reach, whenever the mood strikes.
Butter Pecan Cookies
Rating: 3.5 stars 232

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