Are you craving something nice and sweet, but lacking the energy that it involves to make your own creation? Welcome to the classic dessert lover’s lament. While enjoying a dessert can be the highlight of many of our days, it can actually take quite a bit of time and preparation to bake, not to mention a certain skill level.
Enter these dessert recipes that come with only a few ingredients. These selections are so easy to make that even the most resistant of amateur bakers can tackle them. Plus, the fact that they have so few ingredients means that you can often make them with whatever is around your pantry or fridge.
1. Raspberry Sorbet
Let’s start this list with a dessert so delicious, so simple, that it will be the dish that you find yourself bringing to every single dinner party from now on. We’re talking, of course, about raspberry sorbet. If you have ever wondered what the difference is between sorbet and ice cream, here it is: ice cream contains dairy, while sorbet does not. This means that sorbet is suitable for those who are lactose intolerant or vegan—another for this delicious recipe from Taste of Home!
2. Thin Mint Cookies
Do you rejoice every single time that Girl Guide cookie season comes around? Well, now thanks to this easy-to-follow recipe from She Knows, you can enjoy those crowd-favorite Girl Guide thin mints throughout the entire year. And—we know this is controversial—but we would even go as far as to say that the thin mints that you can make at home using this recipe are even better than the ones that you get from Girl Guides (although you should still buy those to show your support!)
3. Vanilla Meringues
Have you ever had a meringue before? A meringue is a kind of French dessert that is made by a mixture of egg whites and sugar. It’s as simple as that. You can enjoy this delicate and exquisite dessert from the comfort of your own home by following this recipe from Taste of Home.
4. Tiger Butter Fudge
Fudge is one of life’s greatest indulgences! You can make your own fudge pretty easily, which is surprising for most of us since the only time that we really get to be around fudge is at a fancy souvenir or novelty store at a theme park or other tourist-oriented area. Here is an easy-to-follow fudge recipe from Butter With a Side of Bread.
5. Chocolate Almond Clusters
If you are somebody who loves desserts that incorporate nuts, then have we ever got the right recipe for you. These chocolate almond clusters from Le Creme de la Creme are absolutely to die for. Follow the recipe to see how you can make this recipe with only three simple ingredients that can all be found at your local grocery store — this is the perfect dessert to make for a family gathering or a holiday.
6. Peanut Butter Oat Squares
Calling all peanut butter lovers! Not only is this peanuty dessert delicious, but it also presents a bit of a healthier alternative to the other desserts on this list, thanks to its inclusion of oats. Get all of the specifics over at Listotic.
7. Rainbow Gelatin Cubes
Now here is a dessert that is not only delicious, but also very Instagrammable (and we all know how important that is in this day and age). These rainbow gelatin cubes from Taste of Home remind us of the desserts of the 90s in the best way possible. They look complicated, but they really only consist of a few different ingredients, if you can believe it!
8. White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels
Who says that it has to be the holiday season in order to indulge in delicious peppermint-infused treats? Not only does this recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod feature hints of peppermint, but it also features that sweet and salty mix that everyone is so into these days. You can modify this recipe so that it includes milk or dark chocolate instead, but we are personally fans of using white chocolate.
9. “Dump” cake
This “dump” cake gets its name from the fact that you can create it by dumping your ingredients together all in one place. This not only makes it an easy dessert to make, but it makes it possible for you to enjoy this dessert on the fly because you do not have to plan ahead or have an elaborate shopping list in order to make it happen.
10. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Here is another peanut butter dessert option for all of us who consider ourselves peanut butter lovers! These classic peanut butter “kiss” cookies require only a small number of ingredients, with the first ingredient being, of course, a Hersey’s kiss. These are always a favorite at a dinner party or gathering. Get the easy recipe from Taste of Home.
11. Chocolate Covered Date Bars
Date bars are delicious enough on their own, but cover them in chocolate and you have a dessert combination that is truly out of this world! These bars from Fit Mitten Kitchen are chewy, rich, and unique. You will definitely have anyone you share it with asking for the recipe!
12. Creamsicle Cake
Are creamsicles one of your favorite snacks in the summertime? You can now enjoy this specific treat year-round with this amazing creamsicle cake recipe from Recipes.net. If you haven’t had a creamsicle before, prepare to be delighted. If you have grown up with creamsicles, then you know exactly what we mean when we say that it is a unique taste.
13. Souffle Cheesecake
How surprising is it to see a souffle on this list? While this dessert may have the reputation of being very hard to make, the secret is finding a very easy-to-follow recipe that uses few ingredients. That is exactly what you will find by following the dessert idea from Sweet and Savory by Souffle Cheesecake.
14. Two Ingredient Fudge
If the three ingredient fudge that we mentioned above seems too intimidating to you, we present to you yet another more simplistic option: two ingredient fudge! By taste alone, you would never be able to guess that this delicious fudge recipe from Myrecipes.com is made only from two ingredients: chocolate chips and condensed milk!
15. Smores “Peep”za
Here is the perfect dessert from the Easter season, and the fact that it comes with a pun in its name only makes it better. You can make this dessert in all of its marshmallow delight by following the recipe here.
16. Semisweet Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate mousse is the kind of dessert that you usually only find at a restaurant, so you can be sure that it is a good thing that you can make chocolate mousse on your own at home using only minimal ingredients. Find out more by examining this recipe from Taste of Home.
17. Fried Ice Cream
Okay, so maybe this one is cheating, a little bit, because the ice cream is technically already “made’. However, it’s amazing how impressive it will seem when you deep fry your ice cream. This is an example of a dessert that looks a lot fancier than it is. Get the recipe from Delish.
18. Oreo Truffle
Believe it or not, but the only things that go into this simple dessert are white chocolate, oreos, and cream cheese. This is another one from Delish—read it and rejoice at how easy it is as a general concept!
19. Chocolate Pudding
Pudding is one of the easiest desserts to make. Here is an example of a simple but delicious chocolate pudding recipe from Taste of Home. You will want to keep this one in your arsenal so that you can refer to it again and again.
20. Basic Carrot Cake
Carrot cake is the favorite dessert of many, and it is now easier than ever to make your own carrot cake at home using minimal effort! This is almost as easy as going to the bakery and buying a cake. You can get the lowdown over at Bon Appetit.
Once you know how to make these simple desserts, you will find that you are suddenly more likely to bring new creations to gatherings, and to become more adventurous in the kitchen! When it comes to baking, don’t feel pressured to try out complex recipes—sometimes less is truly more.