20 Quick Dessert Recipes To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Quick Dessert Recipes

Melanie Makes

Raise your hand if dessert is your favorite meal. Same. Now raise your hand if the place we'd find you at a party is the dessert table, not the dance floor. Also same. But even if downing a table full of sweets isn't up your alley, we all get a craving for something sugary every now and then. And you know what's so much better than settling for a drugstore candy bar? Homemade baked goods.

As such, it's always a good idea to have some delicious and quick dessert recipes on hand. We took it upon ourselves to scour the internet for the best quick dessert recipes to make when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth in a snap. These recipes are also great for when you need to whip something up for a dinner party or potluck. We even included some options for people who crave healthier sweets (but don't worry—there are extremely decadent options as well). In any case, these 20 easy recipes all take 90 minutes or less, so go on and enjoy the sweet and instant gratification.

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Chocolate Pancake Cake

Easy Dessert Recipes

Salt and Wind

Don't have time to bake a cake but still want one? Try this recipe from Salt and Wind so that you can have your cake and eat it too. It's basically a pile of decadent chocolate pancakes sandwiching gooey frosting. Our dream come true would be waking up to these for birthday breakfast in bed.

Total Time: 90 minutes

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Parfaits

Quick Dessert Recipes

Half Baked Harvest

Calling all cookie monsters: This Half Baked Harvest recipe is about to make your (impatient) dessert dreams come true. Parfaits are fun because you get to discover new layers of delicious flavors with each bite, and this recipe takes it to another level. It calls for cookie chunks instead of granola and peanut-butter mousse and chocolate fudge instead of yogurt.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Giant Berry Pop Tart

quick dessert recipes

How Sweet Eats

How Sweet Eats recreates your childhood dreams with this oversized berry pop tart. Using frozen berries to make thick, syrupy homemade jam and some lavender glaze, this recipe is a cinch to try at home. Eat up.

Total time: 85 minutes

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Apple Pie in a Cake

Quick Dessert Recipes

Melanie Makes

Can't decide between eating pie or cake? Why choose when you can have both? Try this easy-as-pie recipe for an apple piecaken from Melanie Makes.

Total Time: 70 minutes

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Tres Leches Confetti Cake

quick dessert recipes

How Sweet Eats

How Sweet Eats shares a colorful twist on a favorite–tres leches confetti cake full of rainbow sprinkles. This recipe is the perfect balance of a rich, yet light dessert that's doused in condensed and coconut milk to ensure every bite is super moist.

Total time: 60 minutes

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Healthy(ish) Banana Splits

Quick Dessert Recipes

Minimalist Baker

If you don't really want to spend any time in the kitchen, this quick dessert recipe is for you. Thanks to Minimalist Baker, all you need to do is stuff a banana with a yummy filling and call it a day. This recipe is a vegan-friendly, healthy version of a classic banana split. (But still, feel free to add as many toppings as you please.)

Total Time: Five minutes

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Salted Chocolate Oatmeal Shortbread

Quick Dessert Recipes

Salt and Wind

Dairy-free and vegan-friendly, this recipe from Salt and Wind yields delicious oatmeal shortbread triangles with salted chocolate frosting. The cookies are super buttery, sweet, and salty (though they're actually made with coconut oil)—the perfect combination of flavors for a quick-and-easy dessert.

Total Time: 80 minutes

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Pear Mug Pie

quick dessert recipes

How Sweet Eats 

If you don't quite have the time and patience to make a full pie, How Sweet Eats comes to the rescue with this cozy little mug pie featuring warm, caramelized pears topped with the most adorable puff pastry star cutouts. Throw a heap of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, and you've got dessert in no time.

Total time: 35 minutes

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Dark Chocolate Brownie Pecan Pie

quick dessert recipes

Melanie Makes

This truly may be the best twist ever on pecan pie. Brownie batter, hot fudge sauce, and chocolate chips combine to make the base of this decadent dark chocolate brownie pecan pie recipe from Melanie Makes. Top with traditional pecan pie filling and devour.

Total time: 60 minutes

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Blackberry Lavender White Chocolate Clafoutis

quick dessert recipes

Half Baked Harvest 

For those unfamiliar, a clafoutis is a french fruit dessert that’s typically made with cherries. Half Baked Harvest decided to combine blackberries, lavender, and white chocolate to make her own sublime version. With just four simple steps, anyone can try this at home.

Total time: 40 minutes

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Superfood Chocolate Medallions

Quick Dessert Recipes

Salt and Wind

These superfood chocolate medallions from Salt and Wind are not only easy and quick to make, but they're also much healthier than most dessert options. Made with dark chocolate, chia seeds, almonds, coconut flakes, agave nectar, and raw cacao nibs, they're the perfect sweet snack to power you through an afternoon slump.

Total Time: 40 minutes

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Pumpkin Coconut Cake With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

quick dessert recipes

 How Sweet Eats

It's hard to screw up anything pumpkin flavored, but sometimes it needs a little twist to spice things up more. How Sweet Eats shares their secret: coconut. The result is a super moist and delicious cake with just the right spice and a creamy, fluffy coconut cream cheese frosting.

Total time: 60 minutes

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Mixed Berry Crisp

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The Modern Proper

The Modern Proper refers to this dessert as "summer in a baking dish." Sticky sweet jam is smothered in a buttery, oat streusel topping that will take you ten minutes to prep. Throw it in the oven for another 30, then toss a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Delish.

Total time: 40 minutes

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Chocolate Espresso Eggnog Bars

quick dessert recipes

Melanie Makes

So many incredible flavors combine in this recipe from Melanie Makes–an eggnog filling spiked with Kahlua and nutmeg poured into a crisp chocolate crust with espresso that deepens the cocoa flavor. These bite size bars won't last long at your next holiday party.

Total time: 80 minutes

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No Fuss Coconut Lime Tart

quick dessert recipes

Half Baked Harvest 

Introducing your new go-to dessert with just four ingredients that's quick, easy, delicious, and pretty, to boot. Half Baked Harvest claims it's "the perfect zesty, tropical pie that everyone will love." A creamy and tart lime filling complements the sweet and salty crusty made with coconut, pretzels, and a touch of buttery goodness.

Total time: 90 minutes

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

quick dessert recipes

The Modern Proper 

The Modern Proper shares their twist on the classic moist and crumbly coffee cake we all know and love. Instead of traditional cinnamon streusel, she uses nuts and toasted coconut flakes in the crumb filling and topping for that perfect crunch and touch of sweetness.

Total time: 70 minutes

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Grasshopper Ice Cream Tart

quick dessert recipes

Melanie Makes

You just can't go wrong with a classic mint-chocolate combo. This no-bake version of an ice cream tart by Melanie Makes really hits the spot–and fast. A thick Oreo crust is topped with chocolate ganache, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and a whipped topping that'll melt in your mouth.

Total time: 25 minutes

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Brown Butter Plum Upside-Down Yogurt Cake With Pistachios

quick dessert recipes

Half Baked Harvest

Plums are often overlooked for dessert, but Half Baked Harvest came up with this divine recipe that's actually pretty wholesome. In addition to loads of brown sugar (it can't be all wholesome), it's full of whipped Greek yogurt, eggs, whole wheat flour, ripe plums, and sprinkled pistachios on top. Feel free to drizzle some maple syrup for extra sweetness.

Total Time: 70 minutes

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Cinnamon Cayenne Citrus Salad With Cacao

Easy Dessert Recipes

Salt and Wind

This flavor-packed, super-light and refreshing dessert recipe from Salt and Wind is sure to become a summer staple. Ruby-red grapefruit is doused with cayenne pepper-infused maple syrup, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and cacao nibs in this dish. It's the perfect balance between sweet and bitter flavors. Honestly, this is healthy enough to eat for breakfast and flavorful enough to hit the spot for dessert.

Total Time: Five minutes

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Chocolate Sheet Cake

Quick Dessert Recipes
Half Baked Harvest

For the grand finale, we bring you this mouthwatering milk chocolate sheet cake from Half Baked Harvest. It's your lucky day: This recipe only requires one bowl, so cleanup will require minimal effort.

Total Time: 40 minutes

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