17 Super-Quick Desserts for Almost-Instant Gratification

Quick Keto Chocolate Mousse
Photo: France C

These quick and easy treats have got your back when your sweet tooth's craving dessert but time's not on your side. We mean it. You can have any one of these ready in under 30 minutes. Best of all, you'll find most of the ingredients right in your pantry.

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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Buckwheat Queen

You could stick to the 3-ingredient magic of this super simple cookie recipe, or follow the lead of several reviewers who added chocolate to the mix. Your cookie, your choice. It's all good.

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Edible Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Edible Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Yoly

You know how it is. Sometimes you just want to eat cookie dough. This safe-to-eat, eggless recipe is here to second that emotion.

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Southern Fried Apples

Southern Fried Apples
Melissa Goff

Spooned over ice cream while they're still warm from the skillet, slices of fresh apple sautéed in butter and cinnamon sugar deliver the goodness of pie without all the baking. Add a splash of bourbon or brandy for a boozy finish, if you wish.

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Plantains in Butter Rum Sauce

Plantains in Butter Rum Sauce
lutzflcat

If you've always wanted to try cooking plantains but didn't know where to start, use this simple recipe as your intro. You can substitute regular bananas if you can't find plantains; the flavor will be sweeter and the texture will be softer.

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3-Ingredient Rocky Road Fudge

Rocky Road
JJRsMomma

So easy. Just melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a saucepan, stir in marshmallows, pour into a pan, and cool.

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Pumpkin Cannoli

Pumpkin Cannoli
Kim's Cooking Now

If you can whip cream, you can make this fall-flavored twist on traditional cannoli in just minutes. This recipe calls for piping the filling into pre-made cannoli shells, but home cook Valerie Riley used puff pastry cups and loved the results.

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Hasty Chocolate Pudding

Hasty Chocolate Pudding
House of Aqua

Satisfy your chocolate comfort food cravings in mere minutes, thanks to your microwave. No microwave? Check out these tips from gwendolyn028 for cooking this on your stovetop.

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Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge (2-Ingredient)

Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge (2-Ingredient)
Christina

Okay, so this stretches the definition of fudge. But when you're jonesing for something quick and fudgy, this 2-ingredient treat just might do it for you.

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Rocky Road Popcorn Balls

Rocky Road Popcorn Balls in cupcake wrappers
Melody Almogabar Barr

Popcorn attains dessert status when it's all balled up with chocolate, marshmallows, and peanuts. You can change up the nuts or leave them out altogether. Check out this video to see how to make them.

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Baked S'mores Dip

Baked S'mores Dip
Lela

No campfire? No problem. This s'mores dip comes to you straight from the oven. Bake it in a cast iron skillet if you want to give it an outdoorsy spin.

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Easy Lemon Cookies

"These are delicious and so simple!! My grandmother, who bakes for everyone else but rarely eats her own goodies just loves these. Let them turn just golden on the edges and they turn out great," Christine Qarqat says.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

A square white plate of chocolate-coated strawberries drizzled with white chocolate
Cathy Van de Moortele

"These were an excellent, easy and elegant dessert that we really loved. Like some others, I omitted the shortening and did not miss it," Sara says.

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Bananas Foster II

Bananas Foster II
Nickel

This New Orleans classic takes just 20 minutes to make. It's traditionally served with ice cream, but you can spoon it over pancakes, waffles, and French toast, as well.

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Amazing Healthy Dark Chocolate

Amazing Healthy Dark Chocolate
Buckwheat Queen

Don't confuse "healthy" for flavorless. This three-ingredient dark chocolate tastes rich and indulgent.

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Short Cut Strawberry Short Cakes

Short Cut Strawberry Short Cakes
AuntE

"Been doing this for decades! But nothing beats a homemade shortcake," Melissa Gervais says of this 25-minute dessert.

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Aunt Betty's Banana Pudding

Aunt Betty's Banana Pudding
smlindsey

"This is the best banana pudding I've ever eaten. It beats the old-fashioned cooked method by a mile, and it is so easy!" — Lake lady

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Quick Keto Chocolate Mousse

Quick Keto Chocolate Mousse
France C

You don't have to follow the keto diet to enjoy this thick, decadent mousse. Lighten it up with fresh fruit, or create a mocha version with coffee extract, as home cook Deb McKasson recommends.

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