7 Recipes for Some of the Easiest Desserts You’ll Ever Make

Dessert can be a labor of love, but sometimes you want a sweet without all that time, energy, and attention to detail. Some cakes, cookies, and confections call for a lot of ingredients, a long baking time, and a certain amount of skill, but there are also dessert recipes anyone can make. We’re rounding up seven of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make. Satisfying your sweet tooth shouldn’t mean slaving away in the kitchen, and now you won’t have to.

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Chocolate cookie batter

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These first cookies featured on Food Network don’t even require an oven. These no-bake treats are made with oats, cocoa powder, peanut butter, unsalted butter, and sugar. Yielding about 60 cookies, you should keep this recipe in your back pocket for when you need to prep for a crowd but don’t feel like preheating your oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Large pinch kosher salt

Head to Food Network for the full recipe. 

2. Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

chocolate brownies dusted with powdered sugar

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These easy brownies from Gimme Delicious Food are made in only one bowl. All you need to do is combine the ingredients in one bowl, spread the mixture in a pan, then bake for 25 minutes. Your bubbling brownies will come out chocolaty and moist.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Head to Gimme Delicious Food for the full recipe. 

3. Easy Chocolate Truffles

chocolate truffles with cocoa powder

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These chocolate truffles from Martha Stewart are as simple as they come. Enlisting only a handful of ingredients, including chocolate, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder, they’ll be ready to eat in fewer than 30 minutes. With these tasty treats, you’ll never shell out for overpriced confections again.

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate or a combination, finely chopped
  • 1⅔ cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for rolling

Head to Martha Stewart for the full recipe. 

4. No-Fail Blondies

freshly cut homemade chocolate chip blondies

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If brownies are a little too rich, these blondies from Inspired Taste are for you. To make the simple dessert, you’ll combine butter, brown sugar, an egg, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl before spreading the batter in a pan and baking. The only hard part is waiting for the oven to do its work.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Optional add-ins

  • ½ to 1 cup nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit

Head to Inspired Taste for the full recipe. 

5. Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips

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We can’t get enough of these indulgent cookies from Bon Appétit. They take only seven ingredients and about 15 minutes to make. Like a cross between two great desserts, this one is definitely a keeper.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups gluten-free powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cacao nibs

Head to Bon Appétit for the full recipe. 

6. Apple Crisp

apple crisp in a ramekin

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Unlike pies, crisps are easy to perfect as you don’t need to worry about a crust. Just sprinkle your topping over the apples and bake until golden brown. We particularly like this take on the dessert from Betty Crocker. Add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream for even more decadence.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour, or another flour of your choice
  • ½ cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Cream or ice cream, if desired

Head to Betty Crocker for the full recipe. 

7. Mint Chocolate Swirl Bark

blocks of chocolate with mint

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Though it looks fancy, this treat from Sally’s Baking Addiction is super simple. After your bark cools and sets, you can break it into pieces as large or as small as you want and can nibble whenever the craving strikes. For a really special treat, try adding a few pieces to a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ounce (¼ cup) green candy melts
  • ¼ teaspoon canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Optional ingredients

  • ⅓ cup chopped Andes mints

Head to Sally’s Baking Addiction for the full recipe. 

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