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: 3.5 stars 582
Baking, simplified: One pan and two steps create this soft, gooey, giant cookie.

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.

Classic Yellow Cake Batter

Rating: 3.5 stars 628
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.

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.

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.

Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta"

A quick turn in the oven with honey and lemon juice brings out the flavor of fresh sweet cherries. Serve with luscious, custardy steamed tofu -- no molding or chilling required for this healthy dessert!

Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats

Rating: 3 stars 215
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?

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.

Avocado-Chocolate Pudding

Our no-cook vegan chocolate pudding uses avocados (yes, really) for its creamy base.

Phyllo Cups with Cappuccino Cream

Rating: 3.5 stars 72
Try adding a tablespoon of liqueur, like Kahlua or Baileys, to the filling for a more adult treat.

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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Slow-Cooker Triple Chocolate Brownies
Rating: Unrated 430
Think beyond stews: Uncover the sweet side of your slow cooker with these crowd-pleasing brownies.
Mango Parfait
Rating: 4 stars 32

This sweet summer dessert is healthy, colorful, and easy to make.