25 dessert recipes with five ingredients or less


Baking or making desserts can be easy – just find a recipe, follow the instructions, and you’ll be fine. However, some recipes contain an infinite number of ingredients, which makes the preparation time long. Cut to the chase and quickly satisfy your sweet tooth with these 25 dessert recipes with five ingredients or less.

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Five ingredient baklava? It’s true. All you need are nuts, cinnamon, honey, butter and a packet of phyllo dough to make your greatest Greek dreams come true. Taste of Home has dessert details.

3 out of 25

Berry ice cream

Berry ice cream

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You don’t need a fancy ice cream maker to make this delicious frozen treat in your own kitchen. Taste of Home can show you how to make a variety of blueberries with just four ingredients and your freezer.


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Buckeyes, also known as Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, can be as simple as 1, 2, 3… except you actually need five ingredients: butter, peanut butter, sugar in powder, chocolate and vanilla extract. Tastes Better from Scratch will show you how it all comes together.

Caramel candies

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Cooking caramels can be a tricky procedure, but at least they only require five ingredients: butter, sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract. Get all too important tips Better Tastes from Scratch.

cherry carmine

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We discovered this incredibly easy cherry cobbler a few months ago, and not only have we made it multiple times since then, but we also know a few family members who have tried it based on our recommendation. Blogghetti gets all the credit herebecause not only is this cherry cobbler recipe delicious, it only requires three ingredients and a tiny stint in the slow cooker.

Chocolate mousse

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Chocolate mousse sounds so fancy, but it’s actually cheap and easy (unless you order it at the restaurant!). Kitchen Cents can tell you how to make it homemade with three ingredients, four tops!

8 out of 25

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

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You really only need two ingredients for Chocolate Peanut Clusters, and those are obviously chocolate and peanuts. Cafe Delites goes the extra mile– or maybe a few extra miles – by including two types of peanuts and three kinds of chocolate in their recipe.

9 out of 25

Coconut macarons

Coconut macarons

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Can you believe these coconut macaroons only require three ingredients? As The Spruce Eats will show youall it takes is coconut, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract, and 10-12 minutes in the oven, of course.

10 out of 25

Creamy lemon tart

Creamy lemon tart

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11 out of 25

Disney Pineapple Dole Whip

Disney Pineapple Dole Whip

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It’s not the authentic Pineapple Dole Whip served at Disney parks, but it’s pretty close and simple, to boot! Simply blend vanilla ice cream, pineapple juice and frozen pineapple in a blender and serve. Incredibly good recipes contains ingredient quantities and some helpful serving tips.

12 out of 25

flourless chocolate cake

flourless chocolate cake

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Forget the flour and several other ingredients and make this chocolate cake from Gimme Some Oven with just eggs, chocolate and butter. If it’s too easy, you can add powdered sugar, whipped cream and/or fruit… but let’s face it, it’s still super simple.

Grilled peaches

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This one from Love and Lemons is child’s play! Cut your peaches in half, brush them with olive oil and grill them for three minutes or until you see grill marks. Then sprinkle with a mixture of nuts, sea salt and cinnamon and serve with ice cream. Ice cream pushes this recipe to six ingredients, but we’ll allow it.

lemon cookies

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The official name of this recipe from Crayons and Cravings is “lemon cake mix cookies,” because the secret to reducing these treats to just three ingredients is the inclusion of lemon cake mix. The only other things you need are eggs, vegetable oil, and optional powdered sugar.

15 out of 25

Nutella cake in a cup

Nutella cake in a cup

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This cake-in-a-cup recipe is tasty, easy, and perfect for when you just want a one-of-a-kind dessert. Plus, you can do it in the microwave! All you need is milk, flour, baking powder, Nutella and this recipe from The Spruce Eats.

16 out of 25

Oat cream pies

Oat cream pies

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Bring these oat cream pies to your next potluck and everyone will swear they’re store bought. Not only are they homemade, but Taste of Home can show you how to make them with only five ingredients.

17 out of 25

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

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A three-ingredient dessert you can make in the microwave? Get the fudge out of here! Peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar come in this easy recipe from Insanely Good Recipeswhere the hardest part is waiting two hours for it to harden in the fridge.

18 out of 25

Peanut butter kiss cookies

Peanut butter kiss cookies

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This recipe from Num’s the Word says it only requires three ingredients, but that’s for regular peanut butter cookies. If you want to make kiss cookies, you will need to add Hershey’s Kisses as the fourth ingredient. Either way, these little treats are a breeze.

19 out of 25

Caramel Pecan Pretzel Candy

Caramel Pecan Pretzel Candy

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These Caramel Pecan Pretzel Candies look like something you’d find behind the glass display in a high-end chocolate shop, but they’re made with candies you can buy at the grocery store checkout. Taste of Home can show you how to easily prepare these fancy treats in your own kitchen.

Pumpkin Donuts

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21 out of 25

Raspberry sorbet

Raspberry sorbet

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Raspberry sorbet is something you have to buy in the freezer section, right? No more! Five ingredients, 30 minutes of preparation and this recipe for Crème de la Crumb will get you there.

22 out of 25

Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats

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S’mores can be a treat all year round. You can make them over an outdoor fire in any season (yes, even snowy winters!) or make them in your own kitchen using a gas stove or microwave to cook the marshmallows. The traditional recipe is simply marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, but check these 15 creative creations from Shared Appetite.


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25 out of 25

stuffed croissants

stuffed croissants

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Adding chocolate or Nutella to a croissant is tasty, but turning your favorite filling into your favorite filling by baking it directly into the dough is downright delicious. This three-ingredient recipe from Australia’s Best Recipes is a lot like the Danish apple earlier in this list because it comes from the same people!

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