A good dessert is like the grand finale of a hearty meal. This curated list of incredible recipes will tempt you to start your meal with dessert! From classic favorites like cupcakes and brownies to indulgent cakes and sorbets, these dessert recipes will have our kitchen smelling divine!
Whether you are a beginner or have a few notches under your belt, these dessert recipes are simple enough for anyone to master. Get ready for mouth-watering sugary delights that will have you and your guests clambering for more!
Fresh, juicy strawberries dipped in chocolate are an easy choice for dessert. These fancy bite-sized treats are so decadent and refreshingly sweet that they’ll put a smile on everyone’s face. It’s perfect for when you’re looking for something easy to make for a special occasion. Make sure your strawberries are dry before dipping, or the chocolate won’t stick well.
This simple recipe makes perfectly moist, irresistible vanilla cupcakes that are light and fluffy. To get a velvety texture, use whole eggs instead of just the whites. Top your cupcakes with creamy vanilla buttercream and sprinkles to serve up this cozy, homemade dessert.
You don’t need any fancy tools or ingredients to make these cute cake pops! All you will require are flour, butter, sugar, vanilla, and milk for the cake. As for the frosting, it’s just butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and milk. It’s such a fun recipe that even kids will love helping make these!
This dessert is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. It’s loaded with chocolate chunks, topped off with a creamy chocolate ganache, and requires just an hour to prepare. The cake itself is moist, buttery, and rich, and the addition of brown sugar delivers a wonderful caramelly flavor.
#5. Sex in a Pan
Keeping aside the funky name, this is a decadent dessert featuring six different layers, each as yummy as the previous one. A crunchy pecan crust forms the base, followed by sweetened whipped cream cheese, chocolate and vanilla puddings, and finally a topping of whipping cream and chocolate. One bite will transport you to dessert heaven!
Graham cracker and cookie dough layers make this chocolatey sandwich to die for. This dessert is packed with gooey marshmallow creme and chocolate chips to give it a chewy, soft texture. To balance the sweetness of the marshmallows and cookie dough, use dark chocolate chips. These s’more cookie bars will be great for picnics and holiday parties.
With just three ingredients, you can create a creamy, smooth, rich, and yummy vegan ice cream. Here, tahini lends a creamy texture to the full-fat coconut milk base and is balanced out by the addition of maple syrup. Who would have ever thought that dairy-free ice cream could taste so delicious?
This recipe takes everyone’s favorite superfood — the nutrient-dense avocado — and turns it into the most decadent chocolate mousse you can imagine. If you are looking for something vegan, paleo, and gluten-free, this recipe is perfect for you. Plus, this dessert is beyond simple; all you need to do is blend all ingredients until smooth and silky.
When sweet, juicy cherries are combined with homemade vanilla pudding, you know you’re in for a treat. It’s also very easy to make, requiring just a few simple ingredients like milk, sugar, cornstarch, egg yolk, butter, vanilla, and cherries. This is a delicious frozen dessert that you will long for on a hot summer day.
This is a classic chocolate dessert that every home chef should master, and truth be told, it isn’t that difficult at all. A molten lava cake is rich, fudgy, and filled with a flowy chocolate center. If you like individual-portioned cakes, this little chocolatey creation needs just a few pantry staples and a mere 20 minutes. A clear winner!
Hazelnutty Nutella is a godsend — it’s incredibly versatile and easy to incorporate into various baked goods. If you have a jar of Nutella lying around, this unbelievably easy recipe is a must-try! Get ready to satisfy your sugar craving with some velvety richness in just five minutes.
There’s a reason why New York cheesecake has gained such widespread fame over the years. Dense, smooth, and deliciously rich cream cheese filling placed on a buttery graham cracker base and baked to perfection — you can’t get any more indulgent than that. The key is exercising patience while it bakes! Top it off with chocolate sauce or homemade berry sauce.
A much healthier option compared to its fried alternative, baked donuts are perhaps even more delicious. Fill this classic sweet treat with jelly for a little surprise wrapped in soft, airy goodness. And when you need only one tablespoon of butter to make a dozen donuts, you can let yourself indulge a little guilt-free!
When it comes to desserts, the French know what they’re talking about. This recipe involves thin, light, and delicious crepes made spectacular with the addition of lemon sugar. When cooking your crepes, make sure your pan isn’t too hot, or your batter will burn. Serve warm with fresh fruits to complement the sugary tartness of the lemon and sugar topping.
This simple recipe combines the simple flavors of buttery vanilla and chocolate to yield a soft, tender, and moist marble cake that’s perfect for any time of the day. By drizzling on a rich chocolate glaze, caramel sauce, or buttercream topping, your marble cake turns into a dessert for royalty.
Here’s a simple recipe where several layers tie together to create a decadent dessert! First, there’s the shortbread crust as the base, followed by a topping of cinnamon-spiced apples, sweet streusel, and lastly, a drizzle of caramel sauce. Granny Smith apples are perfect for these bars as their tart flavor balances the sweetness of the caramel perfectly.
Pair these crunchy, subtly sweet almond biscotti with a hot cup of your favorite coffee or tea for a match made in heaven. These almond biscuits go into the oven for baking twice to give you that extra crunch from the biscotti as well as the chopped almonds. Your coffee breaks will never be the same again!
#18. Easy Sugar Cookies
Want to get some family baking time with your kids? Try out this easy and quick recipe that requires just flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Something about the simplicity of these cookies just makes them great for decorating. You can spruce them with all sorts of shapes and ice them to your heart’s content.
A classic French dessert, macarons are incredibly popular, thanks to their airy, delicate form. Fill them with traditional vanilla buttercream or go wild with salted caramel sauce, chocolate ganache, or raspberry jam if you want to spice things up. These delicate treats are great for both snacking and for special occasions!
A traditional Nordic delicacy, this Swedish apple cake is loaded with apples and spices and is a wonderful cross between a pie and a cake. The buttery crust and apple filling are infused with warm spices like vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Topped with a rich vanilla sauce, every bite is an explosion of flavors.
Give your oven a rest with this easy no-bake tropical pie! It’s perfect for hot days when all you want is a refreshing zesty dessert to dig into. It’s moist, creamy, and bursting with lemon and coconut flavors. Top your tart with fluffy whipped cream and enjoy!
#22. Lemon Mint Sorbet
In this simple sorbet, mint and lemon combine to give you a refreshing frozen dessert. Here, Truvia takes the place of sugar to give the sorbet some sweetness without the calories. While the recipe calls for an ice cream maker, you can also do without it. Just freeze your mix, thaw for a while, then mix in a food processor.
Peach cobbler was made for the summertime, but canned peaches allow you to enjoy this recipe any time of the year. In this dessert, fresh peaches are topped with buttery cake and taste delightful with vanilla ice cream. Spiced with cinnamon paired and cardamom or nutmeg, this dessert is simply irresistible!
Enjoy the best fall dessert ever! Loaded with delicious pumpkin puree, this cake is super moist and flavorful. Don’t skimp on the spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves bring this recipe together in the best way possible. Make sure to cool completely before frosting!
When gooey toffee meets layers of shortbread and pecan, the result is a decadent dessert you can enjoy regardless of the occasion. The buttery crust forms the base for a mix of condensed milk, vanilla, toffee, and pecans. Make your bars extra pretty with a drizzle of melted chocolate to finish.
Bringing chocolate and butter together to make the best brownies you can imagine, this one-bowl recipe also helps you save time on washing up! Add just a bit of coconut or olive oil into the mix for a fudgy center without compromising the crackly crust that makes these nuggets to die for.
Make Easter extra special with these gooey chocolate eggs that are also very easy to make. With a delightfully rich almond filling and a thin crunchy chocolate layer, these Easter eggs are bursting with flavor. You’ll want to make more than you planned because these sweet treats are going to vanish in no time!
If you love fruity desserts, you’ll fall head over heels when you sample these baked bananas. This seemingly simple recipe is a fantastic dessert that’s packed with flavor! Baked with cinnamon and hone, these bananas are creamy, sweet, and just so good! Top your warm fruit with whipped cream and get ready for a trip to heaven.
Here’s a luscious, moist orange cake that will transport you to a Sicilian village. The recipe calls for an entire orange including the peel, which explains its name, and it’s a dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. Beautifully baked and topped with an orange glaze, this unique cake strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart.
The combination of chocolate and fruit is incomparable, especially when it results in beautiful truffles. To make this dessert, you’ll need just three ingredients — chocolate, freeze-dried raspberries, and whipping cream. While these bite-sized delights are perfect on their own, you can also come up with your own variations such as using coconut flakes or cocoa powder.
Pull out this recipe when you’re looking to impress! Smooth, creamy, and surprisingly easy to make, a platter of these truffles will wow anyone. The fresh and tangy taste from the lemon elevates this dessert to a whole new level. This is a recipe that will easily set you apart from other home bakers!