5-Ingredient Dessert Recipes

Take a shortcut to sweetness with our favorite desserts that require just five ingredients. With easy recipes for cookies, ice cream, truffles, and candy, our collection of quick desserts holds something for every sweet tooth.

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    Whoopie Pies

    No time to bake a batch of cookies? Spruce up soft chocolate cookies with a fluffy filling of cream cheese, butter, and marshmallow creme for party-ready whoopie pies.


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    Affogato Trifles

    Texture rules in this fresh twist on an affogato, a coffee-base beverage. Crispy crushed biscotti layered with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream melt together with the help of hot brewed espresso, while a sprinkle of cinnamon dusts the easy dessert.

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    Easy Monster Cookie Bars

    Transform refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough into a mouthwatering pan of candy-studded bars. Chocolate chips, rolled oats, and peanuts shine in the no-fuss dessert.

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    Chocolate-Cashew Truffles

    These easy chocolate truffles achieve the perfect balance of salty and sweet thanks to a touch of maple syrup and dash of coarse salt. Don't love cashews? Garnish the gourmet treats with almonds or pecans instead.

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    Raspberry Sorbet

    Indulge in the fresh flavors of ruby-red raspberries with our homemade sorbet recipe. Blended with orange juice, sugar, and lemon juice, the fruit becomes a chilly treat with just a few hours in the freezer.

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    Easy Cinnamon Spirals

    Save time by using refrigerated breadsticks to create this 30-minute take on cinnamon rolls. Stuffed with a buttery cinnamon-sugar filling, the quick treats get an extra burst of sweetness from a gooey caramel topping.

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    Mini Berry Pizzas

    Fruit pizza is a party favorite that can be made into individual servings with the help of sliced refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Use cream cheese frosting to attach your favorite berries to the tops of the treats.

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    Chocolate Mousse

    You'll be surprised at the dreamy dessert that results when semisweet chocolate pieces meet a few pantry ingredients. Watch as we show you how to make a rich and creamy chocolate mousse that doubles as a make-ahead dessert for parties.

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    Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs

    Set it and forget it! Fondue has never been easier thanks to your trusty slow cooker. Fill it with dark chocolate pieces, frozen whipped topping, and a splash of coffee, then dunk in your favorite skewered fruits.

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    Praline Crunch Bars

    Almond toffee bits, chopped pecans, and refrigerated sugar cookie dough provide the flaky crust for these layered bars. A sprinkle of toffee creates crunch atop a layer of melty chocolate.

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    Choose-a-Flavor Caramel Apples

    Customize caramel apples with a coating spiked with peanut butter, cinnamon oil, or semisweet chocolate. After dipping the fruit, roll it in nuts, pretzels, granola, or your favorite candy.

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    Pineapple Sundae

    Fresh-cut pineapple plus yogurt and pistachio nuts make a tangy dessert that's low on guilt.

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    Fresh Peach Ice Cream

    Nothing beats a sweltering summer day like chilly homemade ice cream. Blend ripe, blushing peaches with cream, eggs, vanilla, and sugar before freezing for a fresh and fruity treat.

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    Chocolate-Marshmallow-Peanut Clusters

    Classic rocky road flavors -- peanuts, marshmallows, and chocolate -- come together in these irresistible (and easy!) candies. The bite-size munchies get their smooth texture from a mix of both chocolate-flavor candy coating and semisweet chocolate pieces.

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    Dipped Chocolate Cookie Sticks

    Make over chocolate chip cookies by baking refrigerated dough into biscotti-like sticks. Dunk the dessert in a creamy chocolate coating, and enjoy with your next cup of coffee.

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    Double Cherry Delight

    Cherry gelatin, cherries, and whipped topping are all the pantry supplies you'll need to create this luscious dessert in seconds.

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    Dulce de Leche Sundae Cups

    Serve a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream in a cinnamon-spiced edible bowl. Made from flour tortillas, the sugary shells are just the right size for the chilly dessert plus a topping of berries and caramel.

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    Dark Chocolate Banana-Nut Pops

    Frozen bananas are a great way to indulge without guilt. Bite into the dessert's crunchy chocolate coating to reveal a hidden peanut butter center.

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    Surprise Chocolate Bites

    Save time baking by folding cocoa-flavored cookie dough around creamy peanut butter. Nobody will guess they aren't homemade thanks to a from-the-heart touch of granulated sugar.

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    Mocha Cream Shake

    Create those classic malt shop flavors in your own kitchen with a blend of frozen yogurt, brewed coffee, and chocolate syrup. Finish the frosty beverage with a dusting of shaved dark chocolate.

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    Mini Raspberry-Chocolate Tarts

    Phyllo dough shells are the perfect carriers for a variety of appetizers, but we prefer them stuffed with sweets. Fill the petite pastries with melted chocolate, fresh raspberries, and slivered almonds for an easy yet elegent dessert solution.

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    Chocolate Chip Turtles

    Kids will love helping out with these creative creature cookies. Just press chocolate chip cookie dough onto pecan halves to form arms and legs, bake, and drizzle with caramel. Dig in!

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    Oreo Truffles

    Why choose between candy and cookies when you can have both? Combine crushed chocolate sandwich cookies with cream cheese to form these delicious truffles, then coat with white baking chocolate.

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    Citrus Granita

    Three types of citrus -- orange, lemon, and lime -- give these fruity drinks their punch of bright flavor. Garnish the easy Italian confection with fresh mint sprigs.

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    Grilled Banana Bites

    For a grown-up take on summertime s'mores, sandwich grilled bananas with chocolate-hazelnut spread and butter cookies. Whipped cream and toasted filberts transform the simple stacks into a gourmet treat.

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    PB&J Thumbprint Cookies

    That classic combination of peanut butter and jelly isn't limited to your child's lunchbox. Place a dollop of grape or strawberry jelly onto baked peanut butter cookies for pure PB&J bliss.

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    Easy Party Dessert Ideas

    The latest trend in wedding desserts? A dessert display featuring homemade treats. These easy party dessert ideas pack outstanding taste in recipes big enough to feed a crowd. Impress your guests with homemade desserts served in fun and pretty party style.
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