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20 Quick-and-Easy Dessert Recipes

Serve up no-fuss homemade desserts with our quick recipes for both warm and cold sweet treats.

Quick Cherry Crisp

Crumbled shortbread cookies and toasted pecans top succulent red cherries in this easy-to-make dessert.

Quick Cherry Crisp

Rocky Road Parfaits

These lovely layered desserts feature the classic flavors of rocky road: chocolate, marshmallows and peanuts. 

Rocky Road Parfaits

Blackberry-Banana Lemon Trifle

There's a reason this is called a trifle—it's a breeze to put together! Instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix and packaged shortbread cookies speed dessert prep.

Blackberry-Banana Lemon Trifle

Mocha Chocolate Mousse

This delicious mousse is a snap to mix together. You can layer it over fresh fruit and top with your choice of miniature chocolate pieces, chocolate sprinkles or chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Mocha Chocolate Mousse

Quick Strawberry Cheesecake

Blend Brie cheese with cream cheese and layer with strawberries and sliced almonds for this cheesecakelike dessert. 

Quick Strawberry Cheesecake

Bananas a la Mexican

Purchased pound cake and canned whipped cream help this dessert go together fast. Bake the dessert topping in the oven instead of on the rangetop so you don't have to tend it as it cooks.

Bananas a la Mexican

Wonton Dessert Stacks

Layer baked wonton wrappers with low-fat lemon yogurt and sliced strawberries and kiwis for this quick-and-easy treat.

Wonton Dessert Stacks

Ginger Fruit with Pineapple Sherbet

This remarkable topping will impress guests with its zesty goodness. But easy ingredients—canned pineapple and mandarin orange sections tossed with orange marmalade, crystallized ginger and vanilla—make it a snap to create and pair with good-for-you sherbet.

Ginger Fruit with Pineapple Sherbet

Warm Apple Spice Crumble

You can put this warm, fresh-baked treat on the table in less than half an hour. Canned sliced apples and purchased granola cereal make the crumble easy to assemble.

Warm Apple Spice Crumble

Quick Black Forest Cherry Cake

This quick twist on the classic German chocolate-cherry cake uses boxed cake mix and cherry preserves. Don't skip the kirsch or brandy; it adds that signature Black Forest flavor.

Quick Black Forest Cherry Cake

Brownie Parfaits

This fast-fix dessert looks particularly appealing when served in clear sundae glasses. We layered store-bought brownies with a sweetened cream-cheese sauce and peppermint patties.

Brownie Parfaits

Chocolate Panini

Put together this quick and easy dessert while your main dish cooks. Just before serving, toast the sweet sandwich until the chocolate filling is warm and gooey.

Chocolate Panini

Easy Spiced Pastries

Store-bought piecrust is the secret to this dessert. Just brush with melted butter, sprinkle with brown sugar and spices, cut in squares and pop in the oven for a few minutes.

Easy Spiced Pastries

Cool Cheesecake Sauce

Here's a smooth make-ahead dessert sauce that offers an easy way to get cheesecake flavor. Serve it over fresh fruit or layer in a parfait glass with fruit and cookies or cake for a special-occasion dinner finale.

Cool Cheesecake Sauce

Blender Blueberry Sauce

This no-fuss blueberry sauce recipe comes from Paul Otten of Natura Farms in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Serve the sweet, fresh sauce over anything that could use a good dessert sauce, from hot-off-the-griddle pancakes to scoops of ice cream. In our picture, the sauce tops fruit and pound cake.

Blender Blueberry Sauce

Mocha Floats

The coffee-chocolate blend in this drink is refreshingly cool, especially when topped with scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream. The amounts we give will make about 10 individual floats.

Mocha Floats

Ice Cream Waffle Sundaes

This treat, which starts with giant waffle ice cream cones, is easy to make but impressive served. It's a sweet ending for any special dinner.

Ice Cream Waffle Sundaes

15-Minute Raspberry Sauce

"This one always impresses people," says Lynn Blanchard, Test Kitchen director. "It's great over chocolate cake, cheesecake and ice cream."

15-Minute Raspberry Sauce

Butterscotch Pretzel Bars

This sweet-salty dessert goes together quickly with a no-bake bottom and a topping of butterscotch pieces and whipping cream heated on the stove. 

Butterscotch Pretzel Bars

Layered pudding cupcakes

A super-simple cupcake fix-up: Bake your favorite flavor of cupcake, slice cupcakes into thirds or halves, layer with pudding, frost.

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