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Best Quick and Easy Desserts

If you need a great dessert without a lot of fuss, I’ve got you covered with these quick and easy dessert recipes!

30+ No-Fuss Quick and Easy Desserts

Quick and Easy Dessert Recipes

Any fellow procrastinators out there? I’ve always been really, really good at putting things off until the proverbial last minute. I wish I weren’t, but sadly it’s true.

If any of you find yourself in that position and need a quick and easy dessert, I’ve got you covered. I generally aim to share recipes with you that are uncomplicated. But these are particularly simple to make. Perfect for those times you need dessert in a hurry or you just don’t want to invest a lot of time in the kitchen!

Italian Jam Crostata | Bake or Break

This Italian Jam Crostata is usually one of the first things that pops into my head when I need a pretty dessert with little fuss. There’s a simple mixture for the crust and topping, plus your favorite fruit jam and some sliced almonds. It’s beautiful, delicious, and so, so easy!

Coconut-Pecan Macaroons | Bake or Break

It doesn’t get much easier than a batch of these 6-ingredient Coconut Pecan Macaroons. You can have these tasty treats mixed, baked, and cooling in less than 30 minutes!

Caramel Pecan Brownie Cake is perfectly rich, gooey, nutty, and mouthwatering! - Bake or Break

There’s never been a better way to dress up a simple brownie than with this Caramel Pecan Brownie Cake! Use the brownie recipe here or your favorite. Then add a simple caramel topping, a little chocolate ganache, and some nuts.

Chocolate Chip Tiramisu | Bake or Break

Chocolate Chip Tiramisu is an easy, no-bake dessert made with your favorite pound cake (store-bought or homemade!). It certainly qualifies as quick to make, but be sure to allow for the chilling time.

Brown Sugar Shortbread are a delightful quick and easy treat. Make the most of simple, staple ingredients with this simple recipe!

With just the basics from your pantry, you can make these lovely Brown Sugar Shortbread. They’re great for a homemade gift or just for sharing and enjoying.

slice of Chocolate Mascarpone Tart on a white plate

Your guests will never have to know that this elegant, delicious Chocolate Mascarpone Tart is so very simple to make. It’s wonderfully smooth and creamy. A lovely ending to a special meal!

Pecan Pie Cupcakes | Bake or Break

With just 5 ingredients, these Pecan Pie Cupcakes come together in a flash. And they taste remarkably like pecan pie!

Lemon Pound Cake Bars turn pound cake into easy-to-serve bar form. Such big lemon flavor! - Bake or Break

These Lemon Pound Cake Bars keep things simple by baking a citrus-flavored pound cake in a 9″ x 13″ pan. That makes them a breeze to make, serve, and transport!

You only need a short list of ingredients and a few minutes to make these simple and delicious No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars.

If you love all things chocolate and peanut butter, these no-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are not to be missed! They’re so good that they’d be worth any effort, but luckily you’ll just need six ingredients and about 10 minutes to get them chilling!

Blueberry Croissant Bread Pudding | Bake or Break

Bakery croissants and preserves star in this oh-so-easy Blueberry Croissant Bread Pudding. You can easily change the flavor of the preserves to suit this recipe to your tastes.

Chocolate Cobbler | Bake or Break

A friend passed along the recipe for this Chocolate Cobbler years ago, and it was love at first bite. Everything goes into one pan, and it forms cake and a sauce as it bakes. It’s ridiculously good.

Pecan Cheesecake Bars are a delightful dessert that can be made quickly and easily. One of my favorite go-to recipes for when I need a simple dessert without a lot of fuss. - Bake or Break

Cheesecake doesn’t often come to mind for something quick and easy, but these Pecan Cheesecake Bars are a wonderful exception. They’re a breeze to mix! You’ll just need to factor in a short chilling time.

These simple Chocolate Toffee Bars are a breeze to make and have lots of big flavor!

One-bowl wonders like these Chocolate Toffee Bars are essential to every baker’s repertoire. They’re jam-packed with flavor and topped with the easiest ever chocolate topping.

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake | Bake or Break

This Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake makes the most of simple flavors in a no-fuss dessert. It’s just the kind of versatile cake that works well for a casual gathering and also for an everyday treat.

Chocolate Chip Pecan No-Bake Cookies couldn't be simpler to make or more delicious to eat! - Bake or Break

Four ingredients. Four! That’s all you need for these Chocolate Chip Pecan No-Bake Cookies. They’re made with cookie crumbs, chocolate chips, nuts, and a little condensed milk to hold them together. SO good!

What's better than a batch of freshly baked brownies? These rich, dark, fudgy brownies are irresistible!

It’s tough to beat a batch of homemade brownies, and these brownies are one of my go-to recipes. Serve them just as they are, or add a scoop of ice cream for a special treat.

This simple, buttery Almond Gateau Breton is wonderfully delicious and versatile. A great dessert for most any occasion! - Bake or Break

Almond Gâteau Breton certainly doesn’t look or taste like it’s quick and easy, but it absolutely is! If you’ve got almonds in your pantry, then you likely have everything you need to make this lovely cake. Serve it with a simple dusting of confectioners’ sugar or add a fruity topping.

overhead view of Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars on parchment paper on a white surface

I’ll take any excuse to make a batch of these Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they’re a cinch to make. You can easily customize these with your favorite add-ins for just the perfect treat!

Cream Cheese-Filled Pear Tart is that perfect combination of easy to make and wonderfully delicious. A go-to recipe when I need a simple dessert that's sure to please! - Bake or Break

Puff pastry is one of my favorite shortcut ingredients, and it works so very well in this Cream Cheese-Filled Pear Tart. It forms the crust for the sweetened cream cheese and spiced pear filling. A perfect example of an elegant but easy dessert!

Peanut Butter Fudge Tartlets | Bake or Break

These little Peanut Butter Fudge Tartlets combine a peanut butter cookie crust with a fudgy chocolate filling. They come together surprisingly quickly and are likely disappear just as fast!

M&M Sugar Cookie Bars stacked on a white tray

Cookie bars are a great way to expedite your baking, and these M&M Sugar Cookie Bars do so in a happy, colorful way! For a holiday or special occasion, you can easily change the colors of the candies to make them a perfect fit.

This quick and easy Skillet Berry Crumble is such a great way to enjoy your favorite berries. A warm bowl full of this crumble with a scoop of ice cream is tough to beat! - Bake or Break

This Skillet Berry Crumble combines your favorite berries with a simple oat topping. It’s just the kind of recipe to turn to when you’ve got an assortment of berries that need to get turned into something delicious!

Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding | Bake or Break

Bread puddings are often a great choice for something quick and easy, as they’re usually a simple mixture of bread, add-ins, and a liquid mixture. This Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding keeps with that theme with an easy combination of croissants and chocolate. Bonus points that this one works well on your brunch menu, too!

basket of Cinnamon Sugar Pound Cake Bites

Cinnamon Sugar Pound Cake Bites can be easy to make or super easy to make. Your choice! It all starts with pound cake, either homemade or store-bought. Then you’re just 3 ingredients and some stove-top time away from deliciousness!

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars | Bake or Break

For your favorite peanut butter lovers, whip up a batch of these Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! I like mine with peanut butter M&Ms, but you can add whatever you like!

Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Squares | Bake or Break

Not only are these Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Squares wonderfully fuss-free, they also make a big batch for sharing. They’re a bit like Snickerdoodles in bar form and always a hit!

These fantastic Brownie Cupcakes are a tasty twist on traditional brownies. They're brownies, muffins, and cupcakes all at the same time! - Bake or Break

Brownie Cupcakes turn brownies into easy individual servings by baking in muffin pans. Keep these plain for the chocolate purists, or add some nuts or other add-ins for different flavor options.

Hazelnut Crescent Cookies | Bake or Break

Cookies like these Hazelnut Crescent Cookies go by many names – Mexican Wedding Cakes, Russian Tea Cakes, Snowdrops, and many more. No matter what you call them, these sweet, soft cookies couldn’t be easier to make. And I confess they’re one of my cookie weaknesses!

Cranberry Apple Crumble topped with vanilla ice cream

Fruit desserts like this Cranberry Apple Crumble are always top of mind for something quick to make. Plus, a warm serving of this topped with a scoop of ice cream is 100% irresistible!

This Easy Chocolate Torte recipe is the perfect addition to the recipe boxes of all chocolate lovers. It is full of rich, fudgy, decadent, dark chocolate flavor! - Bake or Break

You don’t like rich, fudgy, chocolate desserts, do you? Of course you do! And you’ll love this Easy Chocolate Torte maybe best of all because of its simplicity. It’s just the kind of dessert you make again and again for every conceivable reason!

Cinnamon Crown Cake on a pewter serving plate

This Cinnamon Crown Cake looks far more complicated than it is. It’s a fantastic one-bowl recipe that works for everything from brunch to snack time to dessert!

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, do not miss these quick and easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread. A favorite one-bowl dessert! - Bake or Break

This wonderfully fuss-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread combines an easy peanut butter shortbread with an even easier chocolate-peanut butter topping. A sprinkle of chopped peanuts on top completes the look and adds some crunch to these fantastic bars.

Biscoff Cupcakes on a white plate

Cupcakes rarely fall into the “quick and easy desserts” category, but these Biscoff Cupcakes are a winning exception. With a swirl of cookie butter in these tasty cakes, there’s no need for a fancy frosting!

This super simple Fudgy Nut Tart from Bake or Break is a great choice for when you need a quick and easy dessert with big flavor!

I may be a little biased, but I think this Fudgy Nut Tart is such a pretty dessert! All those nuts on top of that dark, fudgy filling just makes me want to grab a fork and dig in! And the best part? It’s made with a 3-ingredient crust and a 2-ingredient filling plus your favorite nuts.

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    4 Comments on “Best Quick and Easy Desserts”

  1. Awesome list! The chocolate chip tiramisu sounds divine 🙂

  2. Do you ever have sugar free or sugar substitute desserts in any form? Thank you.

  3. Such a great woman! Love your foods

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