5 Ingredient Dessert Recipes

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2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

Rating: 4.77 stars
This is the easiest fudge ever. Every time I make it I get so many compliments on how great it is. This is the easiest peanut butter fudge ever, and it is so good. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as I do.

S'mores in a Cup

Rating: 4.05 stars
I wanted s'mores one evening and I didn't want to build a fire. This is one of my now favorite recipes. It takes a little more time but it's not messy and great for little kids. Don't have to worry about cleaning their hands, might have to clean around their mouth though, if you have one of those children that could make a mess out of absolutely nothing. I was one of those children and still am today.

Magical Chocolate Bars

Rating: 4.83 stars
Delicious and fun chocolate ice cream bars that are adaptable to every taste bud! Top bars with sprinkles, chopped nuts, or any other of your favorite toppings while the chocolate hard shell is still wet.

Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas

Rating: 4.62 stars
Best Mexican-inspired breakfast or dessert! If you like, drizzle with honey.

Lemon Curd Tarts

Rating: 4.5 stars
These lemon curd tarts are a staple dessert at my tea parties. I can make them quickly without even measuring the ingredients using a pastry bag to fill the small shells. The crust remains crunchy for several hours, so I make them early the morning of the tea and then refrigerate them. I also serve these at wedding and baby showers. For variation, you can place 1/4 teaspoon raspberry spread underneath the lemon curd and garnish with a fresh raspberry, omitting the cinnamon. Another variation is to use lime curd instead of lemon, both of which can be found in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

Hazelnut Palmiers

Rating: 4.33 stars
Hazelnut in puff pastry; it doesn't get any better than that. Very simple.

Mango Ice Cream

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is phenomenal and gastroparesis-friendly!

Vegan Meringues

Rating: 4.35 stars
These vegan meringues use the liquid from a tin of chickpeas as the substitute for egg whites - genius! Use these vegan meringues wherever you would use egg white meringue such as summer fruit pavlova and Eton mess.

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Rating: 4.45 stars
This is one of my favorite cookies to make. They are the only peanut butter cookies my family will eat! Sprinkle a pinch of sugar on cookies before baking, if desired.

Mama's Texas-Style Peach Cobbler

Rating: 4.56 stars
This is very traditional southern comfort food always cooked in a big bowl. My grandmother passed down her 'cobbler bowl' to me that she got from her grandmother.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Rating: 4.81 stars
My daughter renamed this recipe 'The Best Dessert I've Ever Eaten' this summer when I prepared it for Memorial Day. I had made it before, but my husband had probably eaten all of it before she had a chance to get a taste! My husband doesn't like me to take this dessert to a large gathering because it means he won't have any leftovers! Got this recipe from a Bunco friend.

Quick Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Rating: 4.22 stars
A very quick and tasty dessert.

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Macaron (French Macaroon)

Rating: 4.14 stars

This is the quintessential macaron (NOT macaroon) recipe. I am a baker's apprentice, and after much trial and error, we (the baker and I) finally perfected the technique. We decided to share with you all. Pipe your choice of filling on a cookie and sandwich another cookie on top. These are like cloud cookie sandwiches and are delicious if done correctly. If you want to do it the super-easy way, just fill with your favorite flavor of frosting. Enjoy!