Go ahead, indulge. These quick desserts feature simple high-impact ingredients like chocolate and fruit and come together in 30 minutes or less. Best of all, despite their simplicity, they’re all still special enough for company.
The orange and chocolate balance each other beautifully in this dish, and as a bonus time saver, you can assemble the puddings up to a day ahead.
Creamy Lemon Parfait
You can make variations of this parfait with crushed cookies or slices of pound cake. You can also use the lemon cream, with or without the fruit, as a topping for pound cake or angel food cake.
French Apple Turnovers
These classic pastries—made here with frozen puff pastry—are a terrific weeknight or weekend treat. For added flavor, mix in chopped raisins or add a splash of brandy with the cinnamon and sugar.
Roasted Red Grapes with Mascarpone and Rum
If you’ve got 15 minutes, you’ve got enough time to make this nuanced dessert. And if rum is not your thing, Grand Marnier is a fine substitute.
Open-Faced Chocolate Banana-Cream Sandwiches
Store-bought tea biscuits act as the bread in these scrumptious little caramelized banana rum-spiked “sandwiches.”
Figs with Ricotta, Pistachios & Honey
This dish just oozes with sex appeal. Sweet figs are split to reveal their tender centers, then filled with creamy, cool ricotta cheese, drizzled with golden honey, and jeweled with a crunch of emerald pistachios.
Mandarin Napoleons with Sugared Wonton Wrappers
Store-bought wonton wrappers make these simple but elegant mandarin orange and cream–filled Napoleons a cinch to prepare.
Strawberry Whipped Cream
If you’ve got strawberries, heavy cream, and confectioners’ sugar on hand, you’ve got what you need to make a sweet topping for vanilla ice cream, pound cake, or shortcakes.
Macadamia Lace Cookies
The combination of rich macadamia nuts and browned butter gives these pretty, delicate cookies an intense flavor.
Fastest Fudge Cake
This could be the most-made chocolate cake on FineCooking.com; one reader alone has made it more than 30 times and calls it her “never-fail” chocolate cake.
Oranges in Cardamom Syrup with Honey Whipped Cream
This five-ingredient dish proves that the right syrup and a sweet whipped cream can elevate simple fruit into an extraordinary dessert.
Phyllo Chips with Vanilla Ice Cream & Strawberry Mash Dip
Forget about nachos and salsa—for dessert lovers, this is the ultimate take on chips and dip.
Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème
This is the perfect way to end a romantic dinner at home. The pudding comes together on the stovetop in minutes and then chills during dinner.
Warm Cinnamon Crisps with Hot Chocolate
Flour tortillas cut into small rounds and glazed with cinnamon sugar puff up and get caramelized and crispy in the oven. They are a delicious accompaniment to hot chocolate enriched with cream.
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