20 Easy Dessert Recipes for When You Want Something Sweet and Fuss-Free
From simple cakes and cookies to no-churn frozen desserts
Dessert comes in many forms, from a scoop of ice cream to sandwich cookies to a multi-tiered croquembouche or cake. While we all love a showstopping layer cake or a weekend project, sometimes we just want something sweet that is quick and easy. Our staff favorite brownies are ready in under an hour—if you don't have that much time, our no-bake chocolate-oat cookies will be ready in 20 minutes. Snickerdoodles come together with less than ten ingredients, and our skillet cookie doesn't require portioning dough. If you are oven-averse, opt for a refreshing granita that requires little more than fruit juice, sugar, and a lot of hands-off freezer time. Chocolate mousse, a chilled blend of chocolate and cream, is simple and foolproof. If pie is what you're after, but you don't have the time (or patience) to roll out a crust, try one of our crisps or cobblers—just as delicious, and so much easier. We've collected our very best easy desserts, with something for everyone at every skill level.