20 Easy Dessert Recipes That Take Only 20 Minutes (or Less) To Prep

Easy Dessert Recipes — Rosewater pistachio shortbread cookies

 Sugar Salted

The only thing better than a sweet, sugary, rich dessert is one that's super easy and quick to make from scratch. If you're a novice baker looking to brush up on your skills in the kitchen in a pinch, there's no need to spend your time decoding fine French pastry recipes or hoping a chocolate soufflé will rise.

Leave the serious baking for a time when and keep things simple in your home kitchen—here are 20 easy dessert recipes that require only 20 minutes or less to prepare.

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Swirled Cookie Bars

Easy Dessert Recipes — Chocolate chip peanut butter swirled cookie bars

 Half Baked Harvest

This easy dessert recipe from Half Baked Harvest has it all: chocolate chips, peanut butter swirls, and a classic cookie bar taste. Since they're made in a baking dish, you don't even have to worry about rolling out the perfect cookie dough balls. Just follow the simple recipe and spread the dough in a dish. You can cut out individual bars once the mixture has baked.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Pecan Rum Balls

Easy Dessert Recipes — Pecan rum balls

Boulder Locavore

The great thing about no-bake desserts (besides the fact that they're typically incredibly easy to pull off) is that you can easily slip in a fun boozy element. Take these pecan rum balls from Boulder Locavore, for example. Made with melted chocolate chips, sugar, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, pecans, and rum, they're the perfect bite-sized treats made for adults only.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Pumpkin Chia Mousse

Easy Dessert Recipes — Pumpkin Chia Mousse

Eating Bird Food

Satisfy your sweet tooth without throwing your health goals out the window by preparing this pumpkin chia mousse by Eating Bird Food. You'll need non-dairy milk, pumpkin purée, chia seeds, maple syrup, spices, and graham crackers to create this dessert that's bursting with fall flavors. It's basically a healthy pumpkin pie in a cup that's ready to eat in 20 minutes flat.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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No-Bake Paleo Lemon Bars

Easy Dessert Recipes — No-Bake Lemon Bars

Food Faith Fitness

If you're looking for a Paleo-friendly, gluten-free dessert, give Food Faith Fitness' no-bake lemon bars a try. With just four ingredients, you can make this creamy, tangy sweet that's ready to serve to a crowd. Simply blend together soaked cashews, fresh lemon juice, honey, and lemon zest before piling the mix onto a cashew crust. Freeze the finished dessert until firm and slice into perfect squares to serve.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Ice Cream Pie

Easy Dessert Recipes — Ice Cream Pies

Foodie Crush

If you like ice cream and you like pie, this dessert is for you. It only takes four ingredients to make this ice cream pie with peanut butter krispie crust from Foodie Crush. All you have to do is put together a crust made with rice cereal and chunky peanut butter and fill with the ice cream of your choice.

Pop it all in the freezer for a least four hours before digging in.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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No-Bake Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake

Easy Dessert Recipes — Guinness chocolate cheesecake

Melanie Makes

This easy dessert from Melanie Makes combines chocolate and beer flavors in one simple recipe that doesn't even require the oven. It's a no-bake Guinness chocolate cheesecake made with an Oreo pie crust and a creamy filling flavored with dark chocolate and Guinness beer (don't knock it until you try it).

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Crinkle Top Brownies

Easy Dessert Recipes — Crinkle Top Brownies

Half Baked Harvest

These crinkle top brownies from Half Baked Harvest are easy to execute and taste heavenly. Think fudgy, gooey, chocolatey brownies with a perfectly flaky top layer. Once you make the batter, the oven does the hard work for you. Let the finished treats cool and serve with a light dusting of powdered sugar.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Mini Apple Cheddar Pies

Easy Dessert Recipes — Mini Cheddar Pies

How Sweet Eats

If you haven't yet experienced the flavor combination of apple and cheddar, add this dessert to your list ASAP. These mini apple cheddar pies from How Sweet Eats are like little handheld apple pies. Thanks to pre-made puff pastry, the dessert comes together in less than an hour. It's just the thing to prepare in advance and serve to a crowd.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Dessert Recipes — No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Minimalist Baker

There's nothing quite as easy to make as no-bake cookies. Not only are Minimalist Baker's no-bake peanut butter cookies super easy to whip up, but they're also pretty healthy (as far as desserts go). You'll use a food processor to combine gluten-free rolled oats, Medjool dates, and natural peanut butter into a dough and top with a homemade chocolate glaze. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Rosewater Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Easy Dessert Recipes — Rosewater Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Sugar Salted

Don't let their sophisticated name fool you, these rosewater pistachio shortbread cookies are actually quite easy to master. This recipe from Sugar Salted involves a simple dough made with butter, sugar, eggs, rosewater, and pistachios. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes for a fresh, unique dessert.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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No-Churn Blueberry Mascarpone Ice Cream

Easy Dessert Recipes — No churn blueberry mascarpone ice cream

The Butter Half

Specialty ice cream lovers rejoice, this no-churn blueberry mascarpone ice cream recipe from The Butter Half is a cinch to make and will taste as good as the hand-crafted scoops from your favorite creamery. Gather heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, mascarpone cheese, fresh blueberries, lemon juice, and vanilla to make this elevated dessert that comes together in a blender.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Vegan Peach Crumble Shake

Easy Dessert Recipes — Vegan peach crumble shake

The First Mess

For another sippable and healthy treat that doesn't sacrifice sweetness, try this vegan peach crumble shake by The First Mess. This recipe calls for frozen peaches, oats, a pitted Medjool date, chia seeds, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, non-dairy milk, and water, which you'll throw into an upright blender until the mixture is thick and frothy. You can even pack in more protein by adding almond or coconut butter.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Pretzel Turtles

Easy Dessert Recipes — Pretzel Turtles

Foodie Crush

Made with store-bought caramels, pretzels, melted chocolate, and chopped nuts, these four-ingredient pretzel turtles from Foodie Crush are ready in a flash with minimal effort required. Simply unwrap the caramels and roll them out into thin ovals to coat the pretzels with. Then, toss the pretzels with melted chocolate and chopped nuts and leave to harden.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

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One-Bowl Fudge

Easy Dessert Recipes — Fudge

The Butter Half

This one-bowl fudge recipe from The Butter Half calls for a modern twist on the classic treat that's almost too easy to make. Instead of stirring the chocolatey mixture over the stove until it's done, this iteration simply requires for the microwave. You'll need butter, sugar, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, vanilla, chopped pecans, and a large, microwave-safe bowl.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Easy Tiramisu

Easy Dessert Recipes — Easy Tiramisu

The Modern Proper

This easy tiramisu recipe comes from The Modern Proper and proves that anyone can make the luxe, Italian sweet. The shortcut version of the classic recipe calls for heavy cream, mascarpone cheese, strong coffee, ladyfingers, and cocoa powder. Layer your homemade cream mixture in between coffee-soaked cookies and let chill. Top with a dusting of cocoa powder when you're ready to indulge.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

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No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars

Easy Dessert Recipes — No-bake cookie bars

Eating Bird Food

For a vegan and gluten-free treat, give these no-bake cookie dough bars from Eating Bird Food a try. The cookie dough is made with almond flour, cashew butter, melted coconut oil, vegan chocolate chips, and is sweetened with Stevia instead of cane sugar. Top the bars with a layer of chocolate made with more vegan chocolate chips and coconut oil for a healthier spin on the classic dessert.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

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Tahini Date Shakes with Coffee

Easy Dessert Recipes — Tahini date shakes

The First Mess

This tahini date shake recipe from The First Mess proves you can have your dessert—and drink it, too. And if you're looking for a post-dinner pick-me-up, the coffee in this cold concoction will be sure to wake you and your tastebuds. All you need to do is combine ice, tahini, softened Medjool dates, vanilla extract, your favorite java, and a pinch of sea salt into a strong blender. If you prefer a wind-down treat that's still sweet, you can also substitute the coffee for your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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Meyer Lemon Bars

Easy Dessert Recipes — Meyer lemon bars

Foodie Crush

Here's something for citrus and carb addicts. To make Foodie Crush's sweet and tart Meyer lemon bars, all you need is freshly-squeezed juice and zest along with powdered and granulated sugar, unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, eggs, and baking powder.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Dip and Dessert Board

raspberry cream cheese dip and dessert board

Sugar & Cloth

This genius recipe from Rebecca of Sugar & Cloth takes only 5 minutes to pull together but can instantly elevate every party. Pull out your go-to cheeseboard, and pair this cream cheese and raspberry dip with pre-made graham crackers, vanilla wafers, rolled wafer cookies, and your favorite fruit.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle Milkless Milkshakes


Sugar & Cloth

This 5-minute recipe from Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth is perfect for non-dairy enthusiasts. Rose takes Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Salted Fudge Truffle Non-Dairy Dessert and mixes it with coconut milk, vanilla extract, and tops it with coconut whipped cream for an indulgent dessert for our lactose-intolerant friends.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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