Looking for some easy desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth?
From sticky s’mores and creamy trifles to indulgent pies, these simple dessert recipes are guaranteed to impress.
Perfect for get-togethers, potlucks, or just a midnight snack 🙂
Easy Dessert Recipes & Ideas
If you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, try these easy desserts tonight.
From classic chocolate chip cookies to dreamy peanut butter cups, they’re ready in a flash.
1. Sex in a Pan
Don’t worry! Despite the x-rated name, this dessert is 100% church potluck- and family-friendly.
You’ll just have to tell people it’s called something else.
It gets its name because eating it is a mind-blowing, life-altering, totally decadent experience.
Layers of silky-smooth chocolate and vanilla pudding mixed with cream cheese layers, a buttery crust, and a whipped cream topping. YUM!
You may have made caramel in the past and wondered how that thick sauce could cover popcorn without making a mess.
The trick is using baking soda toward the end of cooking.
The caramel will bubble up as it aerates, making it easier to mix through the popcorn. Spread the popcorn on a lined cookie tray to cool, and voila!
If you’ve ever made peach cobbler, you know it can be time-consuming. It doesn’t have to be, though!
Save yourself some time (and several steps) by making your peach cobbler with a boxed cake mix instead of from scratch.
You’ll get the same great taste and texture with only a fraction of the work.
Be sure always to have this cookie dough in the freezer. It’s ideal for those late-night cravings!
These icebox cookies are super easy, using pantry staples you surely have at home already.
Just bake the cookies you need, roll the rest of the dough, and freeze for up to 3 months.
When the mood strikes, pull out the dough, slice a few rounds, and bake in a cookie tray.
With layers of fruit, custard, sponge, and jelly, trifle might not come to mind when thinking of easy desserts.
Think again! This recipe is super impressive, delicious, and requires minimal ingredients.
It’s the ultimate combination of chocolate, peanut butter cups, and Cool Whip. And it comes together in just 40 minutes.
You can pretend it took you hours to make. 😉
Using cake mix as a shortcut is my favorite little cheat, even when I’m not in a rush.
It contains everything you need anyway and makes for super moist cookie bars.
They’re ideal for a mid-week snack, served warm after dinner with ice cream, or just when you need dessert in a pinch.
From start to finish, they take less than 30 minutes!
Calling for just four ingredients, these homemade popsicles are an easy dessert you can make at any time.
Each one features a naturally sweet frozen banana covered in dark chocolate and dipped in pecans and sprinkles.
They look great and taste even better.
This recipe is like apple crisp. The main difference is the lack of oats in the topping. Once baked, it’s more like a spiced shortbread crumb.
It might seem a little involved, but it’s pretty straightforward. You can make the topping with a pastry cutter or butter knife.
You need not worry about lumps. They’ll melt into the apples during the bake.
I should warn you that this is dangerous. Dangerously addictive, that is!
You’ll be making what is basically a pudding, though there are no tempering eggs to worry about!
Just mix everything in a pot and stir until thick. The worst part is waiting for them to cool!
This super simple icebox cake comprises layers of Lorna Doone cookies and lemon pudding.
You’ll lighten the pudding with Cool Whip, making it creamy and easier to spread.
After a few hours in the fridge, the cookies will just about start softening so you can slice and serve.
When it comes to easy dessert recipes, you can’t go wrong with homemade cookies. Especially homemade cookies that require only three ingredients!
That’s all you’ll need to make these buttery soft peanut butter cookies. Just three ingredients, specifically butter, peanut butter, and sugar.
If your mom ever made homemade peanut butter cookies, she probably used this recipe.
These shortbread-style cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good.
They’re easy to make, too. Simply beat the ingredients until well blended, careful not to overwork the batter.
If you like yours with a crunch, bake for 11 minutes until the edges start to turn brown.
For a shorter crumb, remove them before the edges start to color – around 9 minutes, depending on your oven.
Spoiler alert: This isn’t the last recipe on this list that uses cake mix to save time. Hey! I told you it’s my favorite baking cheat!
Believe it or not, you can even use a boxed cake mix to make the most delicious, moistest banana bread imaginable. This recipe will show you how.
I make this recipe at least once a month. In fact, I’m eating a shortbread and raspberry jam bar with my coffee as I type!
The crumb mix combines brown sugar, oats, and flour. Press the base into a firm bottom, reserving the rest to sprinkle over the jam.
I love the flavor of blackberry jam here. It mixes so well with the caramel-flavored oat crust.
15. Buckeye Brownies
If you love buckeyes (or Reese’s Cups), you’ll go nuts for these thick, fudgy buckeye brownies.
They’re full of rich peanut butter and chocolate flavor with a soft, chewy brownie underneath. They are — dare I say it — pure decadence in a pan.
Disney did lockdown right by posting all those easy dessert recipes we love! Did you try the grilled cheese??
Anyway, recreating this pineapple soft serve at home couldn’t be easier. You can make it any day.
Just blend vanilla ice cream with frozen pineapple and pineapple juice until smooth. Yup, that’s it!
Just scoop and serve.
Sometimes, dessert can be as simple as a grilled sandwich. Have you ever tried an Elvis Sandwich? It’s to die for!
This version of a sweet grilled sandwich uses canned fruit filling, chopped almonds, and chocolate chips.
This recipe uses a cherry filling, but you could use your favorite. I think blueberry would be amazing.
You read that right. You can make peanut brittle in the microwave!
No need for any fancy equipment or candy thermometers here. Just make sure you have your oven mitts handy – the bowl gets very hot.
When pouring, make sure you have your tray prepared beforehand and spread it thin.
19. Oreo Mug Cake
Are you ever sitting home alone when an intense craving for sweets suddenly attacks? Happens to me all the time!
And I never want to make a whole dessert just for myself when it does.
Luckily, mug cakes exist, so I don’t have to. And this particular mug cake is one of the easiest of all, requiring only two ingredients!
When I’m craving pie, I almost always turn to my grandma’s Amish sugar cream pie.
But when I need an easy no bake dessert, this is the recipe to beat! It has just six ingredients, one of which is a ready-made graham cracker crust.
Everything else gets blended and poured into the crust before freezing for a few hours. Make it extra decadent with vanilla ice cream.
We all have a box of Oreos in the pantry, plus some random chocolate tucked away.
These might be simple, but they’re super cute and will disappear within the day.
You could even make a sweet plate using golden Oreos and white chocolate chips.
Because S’mores aren’t just for the summer anymore!
If you have Oreos, marshmallows, chocolate, and 5 minutes, you’ll have a lightning-fast, easy dessert for the family.
Line a cookie tray and place a marshmallow on half of each Oreo. Broil until it starts to color, around 30 seconds.
Add the lid and enjoy!
No, you aren’t losing your mind (or your vision!) That really does say two-ingredient truffles. Because two ingredients are all you’ll need.
These truffles are a mix of indulgent dark chocolate and heavy whipping cream. They look elegant, taste fantastic, and are borderline addictive.
Fortunately, they’re super easy to make, so you can easily feed your new addiction.
Puddings are another go-to when I need a quick and easy dessert recipe.
The boxed kinds are super convenient. But homemade puddings are surprisingly simple, too.
For this chocolate pudding, you’ll need seven ingredients and about 30 minutes. It’s just as simple to make as the boxed kind but tastes SO much better.
The silky smooth texture is nicer, too.
Despite all its layers, Mississippi mud pie is an effortless recipe to whip up. It takes about an hour, but you don’t need any advanced baking skills to perfect it.
You’ll love how straightforward the recipe is. Everyone else will love the layers of Oreo crust, brownies, chocolate pudding, and whipped cream.
Coconut is truly the star of this easy dessert recipe.
With coconut flakes, oil, and cream, this base is fresh, smooth, and wonderfully flavored.
The layer of dark chocolate on top balances out the light coconut for a fabulous no-bake bar that is vegan and gluten-free.
Though uncomplicated, these can be pretty sticky. After all, you’ll be mixing coconut, vanilla, and condensed milk.
When the mix is ready, try spooning it into these wafer papers. They’re designed explicitly for sticky doughs and don’t taste like anything.
Crescent rolls have to be one of the most versatile staples you can have in your pantry.
Used for pizza, rolls, dumplings, and more, they work for savory and sweet alike.
Just wrap some apple slices in the crescent rolls and cover them with brown sugar syrup.
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top and enjoy.
People have all kinds of names for this dessert. Lunch Lady Bars. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. No-Bake Dessert Bars. Etc.
I just call them heavenly.
These are easily my favorite no-bake desserts. They have a wonderfully sweet flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s out of this world.
I don’t care what you call them. Just please make me some more!
30. Texas Sheet Cake
You might not think a sheet cake sounds easy, but this one is. You’ll make the cake and the icing from scratch, and still, it only takes 30 minutes.
It’s the perfect quick and easy cake recipe if you need to feed a crowd in a hurry.
An easy dessert recipe for an edible gift, or just for something sweet to have at home, this fudge is super simple.
Microwave the butters until melted and smooth. Stir in the powdered sugar until it thickens.
Sprinkle the candy with a pinch of sea salt and let it cool completely before cutting!
Mug cakes can be hit or miss, but the trick is to be careful when cooking. Microwaves are different, so 60 seconds in mine might be too much in yours.
I like to cook mine for 60 seconds and check on it. Then, I’ll do 10-second intervals until it’s ready.
Top it with your favorite toppings to finish it off.
Strawberry shortcakes are the ultimate easy dessert recipes, whether you make them with Bisquick or something else.
There’s really nothing to them. Take any plain cake (or even biscuit) recipe. Top it with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream. Voila! Instant strawberry shortcake.
This one has a few more steps and ingredients but is still just as simple and delicious.
See! Told you that wouldn’t be the last time you used boxed cake mix in one of these recipes. It’s the key ingredient in this recipe!
Dump it, a can of pumpkin puree, some sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and other ingredients into a bowl and mix.
Spread the mixture into a baking dish, cover with toppings, and bake. Easy peasy!
Take your sweet game to the next level with these chocolate-covered strawberries.
They’re perfect for topping your strawberry desserts or indulging in a simple yet elegant delight.
Be sure to go for fresh fruit – the freshest strawberries you can get.
These thumbprint cookies are easy to make, delicious, and so pretty. Cuteness overload!
They’re perfect for whatever — whether you’re looking for an edible gift or something sweet for a cozy night in.
The best part is you get to fill them with your favorite jam. I love using strawberry jam as its sweetness complements the cookie. What’s yours?
The yogurt parfait is one of the greatest culinary inventions in history.
It’s like a party in a jar, with layers of creamy Greek yogurt, crunchy granola, sweet bananas, and fresh strawberries.
Not only is this parfait a feast for the eyes and taste buds. It’s also packed with nutrition.
And, while it’s normally a breakfast dish, it’s sweet enough to be served as a dessert.
You’ll be whisked away to paradise with this heavenly white chocolate mousse!
Made with just a handful of ingredients, it’s what dessert dreams are made of. It’s effortless to make, delightfully sweet and has a dreamy, velvety consistency.
It’s the best sweet to impress your friends at your next dinner party or to treat yourself on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Get ready to be blown away by the easiest, most delicious no-bake cheesecake you’ve ever made!
With just five simple ingredients – cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream – this cheesecake is a breeze to make.
More importantly, it’s ridiculously delicious.
The cream cheese filling is wonderfully balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. The graham cracker crust adds the perfect crunch.
Say hello to these almond bark drops – no-bake goodies that are bound to rock your world.
They’re sweet little clusters made with peanuts, Rice Krispies, and marshmallows all covered in a smooth layer of white chocolate.
Irresistible is an understatement.
41. Peach Dump Cake
Dump cakes are the ultimate lazy dessert – just dump, bake, and enjoy!
For this peach dump cake, you’ll only need a can of peaches, a box of yellow cake mix, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
A few minutes later, you’ll have a dessert that’s as easy as it is delicious.
These truffle-like sweets are made with a blend of crushed Oreos and cream cheese, covered in rich white chocolate for the ultimate indulgence.
Pop them in your mouth and savor the combination of Oreos and cheesecake!
If you’re a fan of cookies (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), then you’re going to love this twist – the iron skillet cookie.
It’s achieved by cooking the cookie in a cast iron skillet. That way, you’ll get one giant pizza cookie that’s extra crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.
Grab a fork and dig in!
Bananas foster is a New Orleans classic made of ripe bananas cooked in sweet rum sauce.
The whole thing is set aflame (yes, really!) and served up hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
The next time you’re craving something sweet and spectacular, give this one a try.
No need to wait in line at Disneyland! With a few ingredients and some kitchen magic, you can make your own crispy churros at home.
Just pipe the batter, fry them up, and coat them with cinnamon sugar, and voila! You’re the churro master now.
Looking for a way to transform fresh fruit into a mind-blowing dessert? You’ll go bananas for this sweet and creamy banana pudding!
Layered with Nilla wafers, bananas, and pudding, it’s a fantastic way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
With a golden cake base, caramelized pineapples, and cherries on top, you’ll flip over this sweet pineapple upside-down cake.
It’s a classic crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s so easy to make. Just pop it in the oven and let the magic happen!
This poke cake is a pineapple cake made easy.
Just make a basic pineapple cake and poke it with holes.
Then, pour milk into the holes. This will allow the dessert to absorb the mixture and make it extra moist and flavorful.
The result is a deliciously decadent dessert that’ll transport you to a tropical paradise.
Who doesn’t love a good Rice Krispie treat? It’s like a crunchy, sweet hug in every bite!
Just mix gooey, melted marshmallows with crispy cereal and you’ve got yourself a childhood classic.
The best part is you can get creative with all sorts of mix-ins like candy or dried fruit.
Go ahead, indulge in a delicious trip down memory lane with this recipe for Rice Krispie treats.
Oreo cheesecake bites are essentially cheesecakes in cupcake form, with a whole Oreo cookie serving as the crust.
The creamy cheesecake filling is perfectly balanced by the crunchy goodness of the Oreo crust.
They’re just the right size for satisfying your craving without overindulging.
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