Are you craving for a great dessert while you unwind at home? Well, you won’t need to bake big. You can create some quick desserts to satisfy those instant cravings. All you need is the right recipes and a few ingredients stored in your pantry. These recipes are ideal for your sweet tooth, especially when you want something delicious in a limited time. They are also quite helpful when you have unexpected guests over.
So, let’s get started with recipes that can help you prepare a sweet snack within a few minutes.
Peanut butter blossoms
Peanut butter blossoms are a delightful treat, ideal for a quick snack or a sweet end to your meal. These little delights combine the rich taste of peanut butter with the smoothness of chocolate, and they’re just as easy to make as they are delicious.
Start with a generous spoonful of creamy peanut butter and mix it with some softened unsalted butter. Add granulated sugar for sweetness, and mix until you get a creamy mixture. Next, add an egg and a bit of vanilla extract for a classic flavor and mix thoroughly.
Now, add your flour and a pinch of salt to the wet mixture until you have a soft and workable dough. It’s time to shape this dough into small balls. For extra sparkle, roll each ball in granulated sugar before placing them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake the peanut butter blossoms in a 375°F oven. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes until they puff up, and the bottoms are lightly golden. As soon as you take them out, gently press a chocolate in the middle of each cookie and let the cracks form beautifully around the chocolate.
These peanut butter blossoms cookies are just the thing to make any day feel a little more special.
Classic Yellow Cake
A classic yellow cake can be enjoyed on its own or dressed up with your favorite toppings. Begin by preheating your oven. You know an ideal 350°F temperature will do. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying them with cooking spray (it should be non-stick) and sprinkling some flour.
In a bowl, mix 1 cup of unsalted butter with 2 cups of sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add 5 large eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, sift together 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, with 1 1/4 cups of whole milk, to make a smooth batter.
Mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake for 25 to 28 minutes. The cakes are ready when the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
After baking, allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Your yellow cake is now ready to be frosted and served.
Egg custard pie
Egg custard pie is a classic dessert that brings to mind home cooking and simpler days. This simple dessert needs just a few ingredients and makes any meal feel more festive. To start, roll out a refrigerated pie crust until it’s about 12 inches in diameter, then fit it into a pie dish that you’ve lightly coated with cooking spray. This crust will hold your filling, and you can pinch the edges for a decorative touch if you like.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, and a pinch of salt. These ingredients create a rich mixture that sets nicely—solid for slicing but still a bit wobbly in the middle.
Pour this smooth mixture into your prepared crust and slide it into the oven, which you’ve dialed to 325°F. Keep an eye on the pie as it bakes, looking for a golden color. It will take about 50 to 55 minutes. Once done, let it cool completely on a wire rack. A little sprinkle of nutmeg on top gives it a perfect finish. Put it in the refrigerator to cool down before serving or to just enjoy it on your own.
For a quick chocolate treat, try a mug brownie. You can easily make it with common kitchen ingredients in just minutes. Take a large mug and pour in 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. Add two tablespoons of light brown sugar and a tablespoon of granulated sugar, along with a pinch of salt.
Now, pour in 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, the same amount of whole milk, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir it up until the batter is nice and smooth without any lumps. For the chocolatey taste in every bite, add 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips.
Then add 1 or 2 mini peanut butter cups into the center of the batter. This creates a pocket of melted peanut butter in the middle of your brownie. Put the mug into the microwave and cook it for about 2 minutes. When done, the top should be set, with a toothpick coming out clean from the edges (avoiding the peanut butter cup area).
Cool your mug brownie for at least 5 minutes. Then enjoy the delightful mix of chocolate and peanut butter.
Pecan Pie Bars have a traditional taste of pecan pie in an easy-to-make bar form, perfect for when you want something sweet with a rich crust and a filling full of nuts.
First, prepare a simple crust by mixing flour and powdered sugar. Then, blend in the butter until the mixture becomes crumbly. Firmly put this mixture into the bottom of a greased baking dish, making a slight edge to contain the filling. Bake it at 350°F until the edges turn a pale golden color.
Next, for the pecan filling, mix brown sugar, a bit of honey, some more butter, and a little whipping cream in a pot over heat until it’s well combined. Add a generous amount of chopped pecans and spread this rich filling over the baked crust.
Bake again until the filling is bubbly and the top is golden brown. Let it cool completely. After cooling, cut into squares and enjoy them, be it at a get-together or while you watch your favorite Netflix show.
There you have it: some quick dessert recipes that are perfect to meet your unexpected cravings for something sweet and simple. These easy and enjoyable options will bring sweet memories to your dining table any day. Try them out, and enjoy the joy of homemade goodies.