Easy 30-Minute Desserts

End your day on a sweet note with these quick and easy dessert recipes. Our collection of speedy treats includes creamy shakes, quick-bake cookies, fruit parfaits, and more dreamy desserts -- all ready in 30 minutes or less!

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    Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits

    Gluten-free and oh, so good, this easy dessert gains crisp flavor from seasonal berries, fresh mint, and shredded lemon peel. Layer the parfait with vanilla- and agave nectar-infused ricotta for a low-calorie dessert that's (almost) too pretty to eat.

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    Dulce de Leche Sundae Cups

    Allow cinnamon-sugar-dusted tortilla bowls to bake until golden brown, then fill them with delectable dulce de leche ice cream and topping. Add bright color and flavor to the 30-minute dessert with fresh mixed berries.

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    Grown-Up S'Mores

    Sticky s'mores, the ooey-gooey campfire classic, aren't just for kids anymore. A sprinkle of rosemary and orange peel plus a layer of juicy raspberries transform the succulent stacks into a seriously gourmet dessert.

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    Candy Bar Doughnut Pop

    Dougnut holes, chocolate frosting, and your favorite candy bar: each sweet treat is delicious alone but even better together. After being frosted and sprinkled with candy, the mini doughnuts are ready to be devoured. Just add lollipop sticks for easy serving!

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    Vanilla Bean Shake

    Dessert purists, this one's for you. Simply blend one vanilla bean, ice cream, and half-and-half for vanilla shake perfection. Amp it up with a crumbled meringue cookie topping.

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    Dark Chocolate Chip-Granola Cookies

    Homemade cookies warm from the oven in just 30 minutes? Believe it. Rolled oats and crisp granola give this lunchbox-ready dessert a healthy spin. And don't forget the milk!

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    Strawberry and Rhubarb with Cheesecake Cream

    Reimagine the classic combination of strawberry and rhubarb by stacking it with luscious cheesecake cream. For a potluck-perfect take on strawberry shortcake, serve the 20-minute dessert with shortbread cookies.

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    French-Toasted Angel Food Cake

    Make breakfast for dessert in just 20 minutes by cooking thick slices of angel food cake French toast-style. Top the masterpiece with a pile of fluffy whipped cream, fresh berries, and sugary-sweet syrup.

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    Gingery Apple Sundaes

    Get the melt-in-your-mouth texture of baked apples in half the time with these caramelized apples that cook on the stove top. Sprinkle the fruit with brown sugar and ground ginger then scoop onto vanilla ice cream for a decadent weekday treat.

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    Grilled Banana Bites

    For a sweet summer treat that's ready in minutes, toss juicy banana slices onto the grill, then stack them with butter cookies and a chocolate-hazelnut spread. Not a banana fan? Swap in your favorite fruit and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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    3-Ingredient Homemade Whipped Cream

    Kick canned whipped cream to the curb. Our homemade whipped cream recipe requires just three ingredients, 10 minutes, and a delicious dessert to top.

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    Mocha Cream Shake

    This 10-minute dessert features the dynamic duo of coffee and chocolate swirled into a satisfying shake. For a gourmet finish, top each treat with grated dark chocolate.

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    German Chocolate Wafer Cookies

    Upgrade purchased wafer cookies into a fancy dessert by dipping and drizzling with creamy chocolate and chunky coconut frosting. The no-bake recipe produces 40 gourmet cookies, making it perfect for parties and potlucks.

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    Peanut Butter-Banana Trifles

    For a fresh take on the English trifle, layer banana slices, sweet multigrain clusters, and a smooth mixture of low-fat yogurt, honey, and peanut butter. The stacked sweet packs 13 grams of protein.

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    Brie-Apple Quesadillas

    Tart Granny Smith apples and rich Brie cheese fill flour tortillas for the ultimate combination of sweet and savory. A drizzle of caramel topping makes the already-irresistible dessert undeniable.

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    Mocha Pound Cake Stacks

    Fresh orange adds a tangy contrast to the rich and creamy chocolate sauce poured over lightly toasted slices of pound cake. The secret ingredient? A pinch of instant coffee crystals to enhance the chocolate's richness.

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    Nutty Maple Pudding

    Slices of fresh pear balance the sweetness of this rich maple-infused pudding. Golden toasted pecans top the vanilla dessert with a warm and crunchy finish.

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    Can-Do Cannoli

    A plastic bag makes easy work of piping luscious ricotta filling into purchased cannoli shells. Garnish them with fresh fruit and chocolate chips for an attractive and tasty finish.

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    Easy Spiced Pastries

    These crisp and sweet pastries are a snap to make thanks to store-bought piecrust. Serve the spiced squares alongside your favorite ice cream for an easy post-dinner indulgence.

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    PB&J Ice Cream Sundaes

    This twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich features all your favorite flavors in a fun (and fast!) new format. Just sprinkle jelly-glazed fresh fruit, honey-roasted peanuts, and crumbled peanut butter cookies on top of a satisfying scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    Easy Party Dessert Ideas

    The latest trend in wedding desserts? A dessert display featuring mini treats. These easy party dessert ideas pack outstanding taste in bite-size desserts. Impress your guests with mini desserts served in fun and pretty party style.
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