9 Impressive Dessert Recipes That Are Easy to Make

Desserts are the perfect way to end a meal. The sweet taste provides a delightful contrast to the savory flavors of the main course, leaving you satisfied. Desserts are also a wonderful treat that bring joy and excitement to special occasions and holidays. 

It’s no wonder that our busy lives are undermining our appetite for dessert. The good news is that desserts don’t have to be indulgent or time-consuming to prepare. With the right ingredients and recipes, they can be both health-conscious and easy to whip up.

In this article, we will explore nine impressive dessert recipes that even novice bakers can master. These sweet treats require common ingredients you likely have on hand and basic techniques like mixing, baking, and assembling. That said, simplifying the process doesn’t mean sacrificing taste or presentation. These recipes will satisfy your cravings and wow your family and friends. Keep reading for mouthwatering desserts almost anyone can make!

No-Bake Butterfinger Delight Pie

Indulge in the irresistible combination of creamy peanut butter and crunchy Butterfinger candy bars with this easy no-bake Butterfinger pie recipe. Start with an Oreo crust by blending cookies with melted butter and pressing the mixture into a pie plate. For the filling, beat together room-temperature cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar for sweetness and fold in whipped topping for a luscious texture. Crush Butterfinger bars and blend them into the filling, reserving some for the pie topping. Pour the mixture into the Oreo crust, sprinkle with remaining Butterfinger bits, and chill until set. 

This no-bake pie is a dream for peanut butter lovers and comes together with minimal effort. It is perfect for hot summer months when you crave sweetness without the oven’s heat. Enjoy a slice and let the flavors take you on a delightful dessert journey.

Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes

These individual molten chocolate cakes are an elegant dessert with an oozy surprise inside. Start by whisking together eggs, sugar, melted butter, cocoa powder, and flour until combined. Pour the batter into ramekins and bake for only 12 minutes. The external part of the cake will be fudgy, while the inside will remain soft and gooey. Top this with powdered sugar and serve immediately so the chocolate center pours out. 

For added decadence, serve with vanilla ice cream on the side. Making a lava cake from scratch is simpler than you think. The short bake time keeps the interior extra moist and warm.

One-Bowl Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 

Carrot cake is a comforting classic made even easier by using just one bowl. In a large bowl, mix oil, eggs, carrots, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and brown sugar. Then, pour the batter into a cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Store the cake in a cool place. 

Now, for the frosting, beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake and garnish with chopped pecans (or any nuts of your choice). With minimal ingredients and steps, you can enjoy a moist carrot cake covered in rich, tangy cream cheese frosting. The spices and carrots make this dessert ultra-moist.

Easy Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is the ultimate simple and cozy dessert for fall. As the leaves change colors and the air turns crisp, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm apple dessert straight from the oven. Slice apples and toss them into a bowl with lemon juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then, lay these apples flat into a baking dish. 

In a separate bowl, mix oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter. Sprinkle this mixture on top of the apples on the tray. Bake the apples until they are tender, and the topping is crispy. The sweet fruit filling and streusel-like topping only require 10 minutes of prep. Let the oven do the work while you enjoy the heavenly aroma. 

The final look? Top the slice of apples with ice cream for à la mode perfection.

No-Bake Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake is a classic crowd-pleaser. Skipping the baking step makes this recipe even easier to master. Simply mix cream cheese, condensed milk, and lemon juice. Fold in whipped cream and vanilla extract for extra richness. Pour the filling into a crust made of graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Top with fresh berries for a pop of color and natural sweetness. Chill in the fridge until set, and slice into wedges to serve. 

The silky, tangy filling pairs perfectly with the crunchy crust and juicy berries. This no-bake cheesecake comes together quickly with ingredients you likely have on hand. 

5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic peanut butter cookies only call for a few main ingredients: peanut butter, sugar, egg, flour, and baking soda. Simply mix everything and scoop onto a baking sheet. Bake until set and slightly golden. 

If you want extra flair, drizzle melted chocolate over the top. You can’t go wrong with this simple cookie recipe using pantry staples. Peanut butter and chocolate are a dynamic duo in dessert form.

Easy Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate pudding is a nostalgic treat that’s even better homemade. And making it from scratch is even simpler than you think. Start by heating milk with sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips until thickened. Once the mixture reaches a velvety, custard-like consistency, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter. Pour the pudding into cups and refrigerate until chilled and set. 

Top with whipped cream just before serving for a picture-perfect presentation. Both kids and adults will love this creamy chocolate dessert. 

5-Ingredient Banana Bread

Ripe bananas, sugar, eggs, flour, and butter are the only ingredients needed for this easy-to-make banana bread. Mash bananas before mixing everything together, and then pour the batter into a loaf pan. Once done, bake it until a toothpick comes out clean. The bananas add natural sweetness and moisture for a delicious and quick piece of bread. 

You can enjoy a slice with your morning coffee or as an on-the-go breakfast. This recipe whips up in just one bowl.

Easy Skillet Cookie Sundae 

For a fun and festive dessert, consider baking cookie dough in a skillet to create a giant cookie that serves as the perfect sundae base. Simply place store-bought dough into a cast iron skillet and bake until it turns a golden brown. 

Once baked, let the warm cookie be your base: top it with generous scoops of ice cream and then drizzle or sprinkle your choice of delightful toppings, be it rich chocolate sauce, colorful sprinkles, fluffy whipped cream, or juicy cherries. 

The beauty of this dessert lies not just in its size but also in its interactivity. If you have guests over, let them build their own sundae variations, turning dessert time into a delightful experience. 


Dessert doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. These impressive recipes prove you can make delectable sweets with minimal effort. From no-bake cheesecake to chocolate lava cakes, these desserts will satisfy your cravings without the fuss. 

Scott is the editor-in-chief of Spice Market New York. He is also an author and publisher of his own craft.