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Quick Dessert Recipes

quick dessert recipes

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.


Individual Orange & Chocolate Bread Puddings

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Open-Faced Chocolate Banana-Cream Sandwiches

Store-bought tea biscuits act as the bread in these scrumptious little caramelized banana rum-spiked “sandwiches.”

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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.

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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.

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Strawberry Eton Mess

Named after the prestigious English boarding school, this mash-up of strawberries, whipped cream, and meringue crumbles is juicy, creamy and crunchy all in one bite. Best of all, it takes only 10 minutes to make. 

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Macadamia Lace Cookies

The combination of rich macadamia nuts and browned butter gives these pretty, delicate cookies an intense flavor.

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Fastest Fudge Cake

This could be the most-made chocolate cake on; one reader alone has made it more than 30 times and calls it her “never-fail” chocolate cake.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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