20 Quick-and-Easy Dessert Recipes
Rocky Road Parfaits
These lovely layered desserts feature the classic flavors of rocky road: chocolate, marshmallows and peanuts.
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.
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.
Quick Strawberry Cheesecake
Blend Brie cheese with cream cheese and layer with strawberries and sliced almonds for this cheesecakelike dessert.
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.
Wonton Dessert Stacks
Layer baked wonton wrappers with low-fat lemon yogurt and sliced strawberries and kiwis for this quick-and-easy treat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.