Looking for simple, hassle-free dessert recipes? These easy cakes, pies, fudge, donuts, and more recipes are perfect for busy days and nights when you don’t want to be soured on the idea of making a sweet treat. They’re also a great option for potlucks or parties. Made with only a few common ingredients, they’re a great option for seasoned and beginner cooks alike. Even the kids can help!
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Everybody loves dessert! Especially my kids. Okay, and me. It’s just the perfect end to a great meal. But sometimes, making dessert in addition to a whole dinner can be tough and, well, kind of a hassle. That’s why I love these easy dessert recipes found below. They’re quick, simple and hassle-free. And, of course, they’re all delicious!
Some of them even only require 2 ingredients! Perfect for potlucks, holiday meals, or just because you deserve a little something sweet after a hard day. Some of them are so easy, that you can just get the kids themselves to make them while you sit back and watch.
Easy Dessert Recipes
In this post, I’ve gathered some of my favorite simple and delicious dessert recipes together here to share with you. We’ve got everything from cookies, cakes, and pies to donuts, brownies, fudge, and more. Serve them as a special finish to a simple weeknight meal, or make them for parties or potlucks. Everyone always brings a dip to potlucks.
And each recipe is so, so simple to make. Many of them even only require 2 ingredients! These recipes are perfect for seasoned and beginner cooks alike. Even the kids can help make these easy recipes, so it’s a great way to spend some fun time together.
2 Ingredient Dessert Recipes
Sure this whole post is about easy recipes. But there are none easier than these 2-ingredient dessert recipes. That’s right, 2 ingredients! And you won’t believe how delicious they are. And most of them the kids can make themselves! (With some supervision, of course.)
Check out my other post for even more amazing 2-ingredient dessert recipes.
2 Ingredient Strawberry Fudge – Use white chocolate chips and frosting to make this tasty treat! My girls loved that they could make this without any help from me, except for cleaning up. Plus, it tastes fantastic. Grab the recipe now -> here.
2 Ingredient Donuts – This easy recipe uses a boxed yellow cake mix mixed with canned pumpkin puree. You can use a spice or chocolate cake mix and pumpkin pie filling to change the flavor. Get the recipe -> here.
Peanut Butter Dessert Recipes
Sure, chocolate is probably number 1 in popular desserts, but for me, peanut butter is the premier dessert choice. Especially when paired with chocolate! Cookies, pies, or cups, these easy peanut butter dessert recipes will have you coming back for more.
Speaking of more, there are loads more delicious peanut butter dessert recipes in my Peanut Butter Desserts post. For now, here are a few simple ones for you to go nuts over.
Easy Peanut Butter Pie – The perfect holiday pie that can be made ahead to freeze and serve when you’re ready for it. Add in some Reese’s pieces or peanut butter cups to make this dessert even better. Get the recipe -> here.
No Bakes Fudgey Peanut Butter Cocoa – These no-bake cookies are fantastic! The oatmeal, peanut butter, and cocoa create a classic flavor that tastes amazing! And again, no baking! Get the recipe -> here.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – These chocolate peanut butter balls might be small, but they pack a big flavor. And they fit perfectly in a mason jar to give as a delicious and decadent homemade holiday gift. Get the recipe -> here.
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies – Easy peanut butter cookies are baked until soft and stuffed with mini peanut butter cups. This simple recipe is a chocolate and peanut butter lover’s dream. The hardest thing about this recipe is either unwrapping all the mini peanut butter cups or leaving enough uneaten to make the cookies. Get the recipe -> here.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups – It’s candy’s most classic combination. These homemade peanut butter cups are easy to make and are always a big hit at parties and at home. They also make a great gift for holidays. Get the recipe -> here.
Potluck Dessert Recipes
Potlucks are a great option to showcase these simple desserts. Wow, the crowd with these delicious potluck desserts while you shock them with how easy they were to make. I always like to make a double batch of these recipes whenever I’m bringing them to a gathering so nobody misses out.
Crescent Roll Peach Dumplings – Use packaged crescent rolls with frozen peach slices to create a simple baked dumpling to bring to a potluck or cookout. Top with cool whip or whipped cream in a spray can. Get the recipe -> here.
Angel Food Cake Desserts
There is no cake quite like Angel Food Cake. So light and airy, but homemade angel food cake is not exactly the easiest cake to make from scratch. Thank heaven there are easy box cake versions available at most grocery stores.
These divine 2-ingredient recipes each use angel food cake box mix as half the recipe. It’s almost a sin how easy they are.
Check here for more devilishly delicious angel food cake recipes.
2 Ingredient Lemon Bars – These Lemon Bars turn out so light and airy. The perfect blend of sweet and tart, they are a great addition to a party or potluck! Just add the cake mix with some lemon curd or lemon pie filling and a little extra sugar. Get the recipe -> here.
2 Ingredient Strawberry Cake – Easy to make and the perfect summer dessert! This light and airy strawberry cake is the ideal addition to brunch! Add fresh strawberries and whipped topping for a fancier cake. Get the recipe -> here.
2 Ingredient Cherry Cake – This cake is one of my family’s favorite desserts. And for good reason: the results are so ridiculously good! You’ll get asked for this cherry angel food cake again and again. Get the recipe -> here.
2 Ingredient Blueberry Angel Food Cake – You can make this light, almost coffee cake-meets-blueberry muffin with just a can of pie filling and an angel food cake mix. And it is so good! Top it with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Get the recipe -> here.
Oreo Dessert Recipes
Everyone loves Oreos. And sure, the classic cream-filled cookie is excellent on its own, but you might be surprised just how versatile it can be in different desserts. I’ve listed a couple of my favorites below, but you can also check out this post with a wide variety of great desserts made with Oreos.
Oreo Fluff– Always a kid favorite, combining pudding with Oreos, and Cool Whip to make this no-bake dessert! Make the night before to take the potluck! Get the recipe -> here.
Cookies and Cream Popcorn – My kids love this sweet air-popped popcorn creation, and you will too. Oreos, popcorn, and white almond bark make for the perfect flavor combination. Get the recipe -> here.
Cake Mix Cookies
Cake mix cookies are the best! They’re simpler to make than regular cookies with easy cleanup and even easier measuring. I love making these with my kids. They’re practically foolproof, so they’re great for beginner bakers of all ages.
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Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies-These cookies are fun to make with a Betty Crocker Strawberry Cake Mix and white chocolate chips. My kids love to make these berry delicious cookies. Get the recipe -> here.
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