Easy dessert recipes that look impressive including rich, gooey brownies, no bake tarts, banoffee pots and plenty more
Easy dessert recipes to make home, whether you need a midweek sweet fix or an easy but impressive dinner party dessert that you will leave you free to enjoy yourself.
These simple desserts are so easy that they’ll become your go-to dessert recipes. Think warm hazelnut brownies that you can serve with a scoop of shop bought ice cream, low fat lemon posset that takes just 15 minutes to make using four ingredients and no bake mini tarts that have bases made from crushed digestives for a cheat’s sweet canapé idea.
Our pick of easy dessert recipes have been selected because they are either quick to make, simple to assemble or use just a handful of ingredients, or all of those things. This recipe collection is all about cheating it, but with excellent results. Honeyed figs scattered with nuts and spices make another delicious dessert that’s unbelieveably easy to make but makes a sophisticated dessert. Strawberry peach plate trifle is so easy to assemble for individual portions that save you having to make a big bowl of trifle. All the recipes are straightforward to make and won’t leave you with much washing up either, so they are no-fuss all the way.
The recipes also show that making homemade desserts doesn’t have to mean buying lots of expensive ingredients. Many in our collection can be made with store cupboard finds and with just a few ingredients, such as mini chocolate Kahlua pots made with just three ingredients and so simple to make. Dessert will never be boring again and we promise that once you give these recipes a try, they’ll become favourites that you’ll be making again and again.
First up, try this lighter and speedier version of an old favourite, our banoffee pots recipe. Delicious and super simple to make – what’s not to love!
Click through to find more super easy dessert recipes…
Was there ever a simpler or more tasty tropical dessert? Granted the pineapple crisps are a little on the fiddly side - but even without them, these cheesecake pots are still pretty splendid.
To add a tropical flavour to the cheesecake mix we have used coconut milk. As well as piling them high with mango.
To make them even more simple these yummy cheesecake pots don’t require baking. Instead we have added a touch of gelatine to set the mix.
Get the recipe: Tropical cheesecake pots recipe
This delectable French classic takes just 20 minutes to prepare and is super easy. A galette is similar to a pie, as it’s made of pastry and fruit. However, it’s easier to make because you just fold the pastry edges directly over the fruit. So there is no need to mess around with lining a pastry case.
Removing the cherry stones can be a laborious task, so it’s worth investing in a cherry pitter to save time.
The British cherry season is short, just June to July. This galette is a fantastic way to utilise this wonderful fruit while they're at their best.
Get the recipe: Cherry galette Recipe
This simple cheats cherry ice cream doesn’t require an ice cream maker. It’s a bung it in a blender and whiz it together jobbie. To make it even easier we used frozen cherries this time, so you don’t have to pit them.
The homemade cones are an optional extra, but if you’re in a rush shop brought ones are great too. Or if you’re like us you might resort to eating this delicious ice cream directly from the tub! Yes, it really is that good.
Get the recipe: Cherry ice cream Recipe
Kaiserschmarrn is essentially a pancake gone wrong. It may not be the most attractive looking dessert out there, but trust us, it tastes utterly amazing. We love to serve it with apple sauce or berry compote as well as some fresh berries for good measure.
As puddings go kaiserschmarrn is actually quite filling, so perfect for a winters day when you fancy a comforting warming treat. It is also a great dish to serve at brunch.
Get the recipe: Kaiserschmarrn Recipe
If you are looking for a quick-to-make and gluten-free dessert then look no further. This vibrant bake is a real crowd-pleaser.
Gluten-free puff pastry is now readily available at most supermarkets. Although obviously this galette can be made with regular puff pastry too for those without specific dietary restrictions.
Get the recipe: Rhubarb Galette
The ideal dessert for the Chardonnay lover. Poached fruit is a great dinner party pud. It’s classic and classy, and the perfect way to finish a rich meal.
In this recipe created my Good To Know Senior Food Writer Jessica Ransom she has paired sweet pears with a dry oaky Chardonnay. Jessica explains “Choosing an oaked Chardonnay intensifies the buttery notes in this wholesome dessert”.
To make this pudding even faster to prepare swap the lovely homemade granola crumb for a shop bought variety.
Get the recipe: Chardonnay poached apples with crunchy granola Recipe
The Wimbledon classic of strawberries and cream is reimagined in this gorgeous strawberry cheesecake. It’s simple to make and doesn’t require baking.
It’s a foolproof recipe that works every time. Follow the link below to find the recipe and to watch a video to guide you through the steps.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake with Homemade Strawberry Sauce Recipe
We've taken this smooth lemon dessert and made it lighter by using half-fat crème fraîche. We don't think anyone will notice!
This easy dessert recipe takes just a few minutes - put it together and leave in the fridge a few hours before your guests arrive.
You'll have much more time to enjoy the evening if you know the sweet course is already taken care of.
Get the recipe: Lower-Fat Lemon Posset
Who wouldn't want a dessert recipe that tastes great and is good for you?
Whip up this easy mousse in no time for a super tasty dessert that's also really healthy - it's dairy free and sugar free, so you can enjoy it guilt free!
Make it ahead and keep it chilled in the fridge until you're ready to enjoy it.
Get the recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Everyone loved ice cream sandwiches as kids, so why not make your own and customise it with your preferred ice cream and nuts?
Our is one that you'll be making time and time again on those sunny days.
This easy recipe only takes fifteen minutes and feels like a real treat.
Get the recipe: Ice Cream Waffle Sandwiches
Just a few minutes' prep and then leave them to set - this elderflower and raspberry jellies recipe, decanted into elegant little glasses, makes the perfect pud for entertaining.
The strong muscat scent of elderflowers goes just as well with other fruit - try gooseberries for starters. It's quick, easy and will make an extra special addition to any meal.
Get the recipe: Elderflower and Raspberry Jellies
We love this strawberry fizz recipe - it requires so little hassle and time that guests won't even realise you've left the table to throw it together.
This is a really sophisticated and classy grown-up dessert that'll really add a touch of style to your dinner party. Plus, it looks so special in the individual glasses that everyone will be really impressed.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Fizz
Who doesn't love a good indulgent chocolate pudding?
Saucy chocolate pudding is easier than you think to make, but with rich, oozing results that will impress your guests. So step away from anything shop bought and make you're own, as this tasty treat is ready in just 30 minutes.
Get the recipe: Saucy Chocolate Pudding
Who doesn't love a light refreshing dessert that's full of berries?
You'd be surprised how easy this frozen berry sorbet is to make and it's ideal for when your sweet tooth starts acting up or as a quick pud for those unexpected guests.
Plus, being a sorbet it's super healthy too - so it's a win win!
Get the recipe: Instant Frozen Berry Sorbet
These peanut butter crunch cups quickly become a favourite as they combine everyone's favourite flavours, peanuts and chocolate.
They're really quick to make but look impressive, so any visitors will love them too.
Enjoy them as a treat to appease your sweet tooth!
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Crunch Cups
If friends have unexpectedly shown up, why don't you treat them to this super simple DIY raspberry Eton mess. It's sure to be a hit and is the perfect dessert, especially on a warm day!
This recipe is really quick to whip up and can help use up any leftover berries you've got sat in the fridge - and it tastes delicious!
Get the recipe: DIY Raspberry Eton Mess
Whether you go the whole hog and make the shortbread or not, this blackberry fool with homemade shortbread recipe is a delicious dessert your friends and family will love.
This lovely recipe only uses a few ingredients and is really quick to prep, so make it in advance for your next dinner party and you'll have more time to enjoy with your guests.
Get the recipe: Blackberry Fool with Homemade Shortbread
For a dessert that's really easy to make but feels really indulgent, give these luxurious truffles a go.
This delicious, rich super dark Venezuelan truffles recipe is a doddle to make - not that your guests would ever guess that!
The recipe makes 40 truffles, so you could even box them up and give them as gift.
Get the recipe: Super Dark Venezuelan Truffles
All the yumminess of a trifle in a fraction of the time, this peach and strawberry plate trifle recipe is really quick to through together and looks gorgeous to boot!
Most of the ingredients you'll already have in your cupboards and it's all put together in one plate - so that means less washing up!
Try it if you're in a rush or have last minute guests and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Peach Plate Trifle
This easy sundae recipe is great year-round for a fruity and tasty dessert and great for people with dairy intolerance as it's completely dairy free.
A great way to use up any leftover fruit you've got in the fridge, this sundae recipe is really quick to throw together and will feed a crowd with ease.
Get the recipe: Dairy Free Mango and Passion Fruit Sundae
This strawberry and chocolate pavlova meringue looks stunning and makes a great dessert for when you've got guests coming round last-minute.
Perfect for the summer when strawberries are in season, it's a fresh but sweet dessert that the whole family will just love.
Get the recipe: Strawberry and Chocolate Pavlova Meringue
Treat guests, friends, family and yourself to a chocolate parfait with Irish cream. So indulgent and yet so simple to make!
It makes a really posh pud if you're having a dinner party or just fancy treating yourself to something a bit boozy - give this one a go and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Parfait with Irish Cream
No bake white chocolate, pistachio and raspberry tarts are an easy but impressive way to feed a crowd.
Whether you're hosting your own afternoon tea or want to put together a sweet gift without too much fuss, give these sweet tarts a go and you'll impress everyone.
Get the recipe: White Chocolate and Raspberry Tarts
The exotic Middle Eastern flavours of this honey and rose-baked plums recipe make a really lovely, fragrant pudding - and the oven does all the work for you!
With rose water and honey, it's a sweet and aromatic pudding that will really impress your guests.
Get the recipe: Honey and Rose-Baked Plums
What's more satisfying than a big glass of sundae dessert?
This mocha and salted caramel sundae is the ultimate indulgence! Build it as big or small as you choose and enjoy - it's a real treat!
Get the recipe: Mocha and Salted Caramel Sundae
Our decadent microwave chocolate pots recipe is the easiest and speediest dessert you'll ever make...
It just takes a handful of ingredients, most of which you'll already have in your cupboard and a microwave and you'll be enjoying a tasty dessert in no time!
Get the recipe: Microwave Chocolate Pots
A quick and easy summer dessert (but just as good with frozen berries) this iced berries with hot white chocolate sauce recipe tastes different each time, depending on the fruit you have!
It's a really easy one to throw together last minute with whatever fruit you've got in the freezer, so keeping some berries handy at all times could sort you out if you're in a dessert related pickle!
Get the recipe: Iced Berries with Hot White Chocolate Sauce
Easy berry iced yogurt is quick and simple to make with no dairy, gluten and low sugar.
Light and fresh, but still delightfully sweet, this recipe makes eight portions worth so you can either feed a crowd or keep it in the freezer for when you fancy a sweet treat.
Get the recipe: Berry Iced Yogurt
Super easy and really quick, this apricot and vanilla tartlets recipe makes the perfect dessert for when you're entertaining friends - even at short notice!
You'll probably already have a tin of apricots in the cupboard and since this recipe served six, it's a really cost effective way to feed a crowd.
Get the recipe: Apricot and Vanilla Tartlets
Make fruit salad more exotic with tropical flavours in this fruit salad with star anise and coconut recipe.
It's a great way to use up any fruit you've got left over and give it an extra twist, plus you know it's super healthy too so it's a completely guilt free dessert.
Get the recipe: Fruit Salad with Star Anise and Coconut
This oh-so simple plums with cinnamon and vanilla sugar recipe makes the most of the delicious flavour of plums - their season is all too short!
It's a great way to use up any of the leftover fruit and makes enough for six people, so either share it or keep the rest for yourself!
Get the recipe: Plums with Cinnamon and Vanilla Sugar
Truly delicious (especially served warm), we love this hazelnut brownie recipe.
It makes a great change from your usual bog standard brownie recipe and it's such a treat for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Get the recipe: Hazelnut Brownies
Fresh apricots add a beautiful, summery sharpness to this fruit bread and butter pudding with apricot recipe.
It's super quick to make and is a real treat that will remind you of your mum's cooking - try it this week for a quick sweet treat.
Get the recipe: Fruit Bread and Butter Pudding with Apricot