22 Easy Dessert Recipes that Make You Seem Like a Pro

Posted on December 13, 2011


I recently ran into a friend of mine that said she loved my blog but that she could never make any of the desserts I put together because 1) they are hard/time consuming and 2) she doesn’t have any of the “random” ingredients on hand.  As someone who works full time and bakes and blogs any chance I get, I know how valuable quick and easy dessert recipes can be.  I also know that living in a small apartment with a tiny kitchen makes it hard to keep things as simple as brown sugar on hand.  As a result, I’ve compiled a couple lists of recipes that would be helpful for those of you who don’t have all of the basics or even a lot of time to bake.

To start with, I’ve got a handful of “cake mix” recipes (i.e. recipes that start with pre-made cookie dough or cake mix but turn into something more special):

black bottom ice cream cupcake


And if you have a few basic ingredients and tools on hand (I’ve listed some suggestions below), these recipes won’t require a massive shopping trip:



peanut butter cup ice cream pie

And for those of you who are putting together a kitchen and want to be able to make a few basic desserts, here are a few things I’d recommend to start:


  • Unsalted butter
  • Canola oil
  • Large eggs
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • All-purpose flour

Baking Tools

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Long spoon for mixing batter
  • Spatula
  • Muffin tin
  • 13×9 baking pan
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper (or you could invest in a Slipat)

What is your favorite low-maintenance recipe? Share any links in the comment section!


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