In need of a delicious dessert that won’t take all day to make? You’ve come to the right place.

By Betty Gold and Grace Elkus
Updated May 21, 2020
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Kelsey Hansen

These five-ingredient dessert recipes couldn’t be easier to prepare, but they can stand on their own among even the fanciest of sweets. We included a variety of baked goods to satisfy every craving, whether you prefer a tart lemon bar, a fudgy chocolate cake, a coconut-flecked pound cake or a warm fruit cobbler. For a lightened-up option, try the whole-wheat clafoutis, which is also great for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. And if you're looking for a low-lift main dish to serve ahead (or after—no judgement) of these delicious desserts, find our roundup of 35 fast dinner recipes here.

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1
Flourless Chocolate Skillet Cake

You likely already have eggs, chocolate, butter, and sugar in the kitchen, meaning you have no excuse not to whip up this chocolate cake tonight. The coffee ice cream is the fifth ingredient for a reason—it pairs delightfully with the fudgy, brownie-like cake.

Get the Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Skillet Cake With Coffee Ice Cream

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2
Mixed Berry Biscuit Cobbler

The warm, fluffy biscuits are the real star here, and have uses far beyond cobbler. Scoop them onto a baking sheet and bake until golden, then build strawberry shortcakes or serve with warm stone fruit.

Get the recipe: Mixed Berry Biscuit Cobbler

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3
Coconut Pound Cake

Though many pound cake recipes call for a laundry list of ingredients, there’s only four you really need: sugar, butter, eggs, and flour. Utilizing coconut three ways gave us the most bang for our buck: it’s mixed into the batter, used to coat the bundt pan, and sprinkled on top of the glaze.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake

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4
Brûléed Lemon Bars With Brown-Butter Crust

The crunchy caramelized sugar topping is the perfect finishing touch for creamy, tangy lemon bars packed with fresh lemon juice and sugar. A brown-butter crust seals the deal.

Get the Recipe: Brûléed Lemon Bars With Brown-Butter Crust

Kelsey Hansen

5
Honey Whole Wheat Strawberry Clafoutis

Have you ever roasted or broiled strawberries? It brings out their natural sweetness, and softens them to an almost spoonable consistency. We used the technique to add flavor to our whole wheat clafoutis, and the results are simply delicious.

Get the Recipe: Honey Whole Wheat Clafoutis

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6
No-Churn Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

Roasting your freshly-picked strawberries releases some of their excess moisture, plus it helps concentrate the sweet flavor of the fruit. Best part about this recipe is that no ice cream maker is required.

Get the recipe: No-Churn Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

7
Raspberry-Rhubarb Compote

Sure, we like this fresh fruit compote spooned over ice cream for a colorful new take on sundaes. But the versatile sauce can be made savory, too—try it on plain yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast.

Get the Recipe: Raspberry-Rhubarb Compote