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15 Best Quick Desserts with Recipes

The best quick desserts are those that are easy to make at a moment’s notice. In fact, these are typically my go-to treats when someone calls and says they’re on their way over.

Choose Your Favorite Easy Dessert

Chocolate bar, cheesecake, cookies, cake, pie, and chocolate eclair square

Not only are these desserts quick and easy, but they are also delicious. That’s why I like to stock my pantry with many of the ingredients for these recipes.

Best Quick Regular or Gluten-Free Desserts

Since I have to follow a gluten-free diet, I use ingredients that don’t contain wheat. I have to substitute almond flour, coconut flour, ground psyllium, or an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend.

However, if you don’t have this issue, feel free to use regular flour. It should come out the same, regardless of what type of flour you use.

Other Diet Restrictions

Unless otherwise noted, you can substitute many of the ingredients if you have food allergies. For example, instead of using regular cow’s milk, you can use almost milk.

Quite a few of my recipes include nuts, but you can use seeds in some of the recipes. Sunflower seeds and sunflower butter are both pretty tasty and can be used instead of nuts or peanut butter.

Best Quick Desserts

The best quick desserts are also delicious and super easy to make!

Dinners to Serve Before the Best Quick Desserts

Although it’s often tempting, it’s generally not a good idea to have dessert without eating a nutritious dinner first. At least, that’s what I was taught and passed down to my children.

However, I won’t judge if you choose to have dessert first. After all, who says you can’t put the cart before the horse? You might not get very far, but if that’s what you want, then go for it.

So let’s talk about delicious dinners that you should eat before your dessert. You’ll see a trend of easy cooking, but that’s what I’m all about!

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Everything-Bagel Seasoned Chicken – This is perfect for those times when you want a boatload of flavor without too much effort.
  • Savory Beef and Rice Casserole – I love making the majority of dinner in one pan. That’s because cleanup is so much easier!
  • Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast – If you’re looking for flavor, you’ll find it with this dish! It’s packed with all kinds of deliciousness!
  • Shrimp and Grits – You can’t get any more southern than this dish. And it’s so wonderful you’ll catch yourself craving it often!
  • Pesto Chicken – When my friend Julie posted this on her Back to My Southern Roots blog, I knew I had to try it. And I’m certainly glad I did. It’s now one of our favorite dishes!
  • Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin – This pork tenderloin packs more flavor than any food has the right to. And it’s super easy, although it tastes like something you spent hours working on.
Best quick desserts including chocolate bars, pineapple upside down cake, cheesecake, brownies, and cookies

As you can see, the best quick desserts don’t have to be difficult. If you have kids or grandkids, let them help out! It’s an excellent learning experience and a great way to bond.

Please feel free to share!

Sharon L.

Saturday 7th of October 2023

I have to eat GF too and I love your site! Thanks for all your recipes. I love easy fast meals.


Sunday 8th of October 2023

Hi Sharon. Thank you so much for your sweet comment.


Friday 15th of May 2020

I'll take a little of each please. They all look so good.