8 Tasty Desserts You Can Make With Only 2 Ingredients (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Fooling your loved ones into thinking you are a master chef who spends hours in the kitchen to keep them satiated is easier than you think.
If you love desserts but don’t love the time and mess that comes with making them — or maybe you have guests coming over in a few and you burnt your cookies to a crisp — I’m here to save you.
All of these desserts only require two ingredients! Many of them use things like boxed mix, frozen food and canned stuff, so you can stock up on a number of these ahead of time so that you’re always prepared for a last-minute treat.
This sweet, frozen and healthy dessert is the perfect way to cool off on a hot day!
Got sheets of puff pastry stuck in the freezer? Roll it up with some granulated sugar, pop it in the oven for a bit and bam! You’ve got some instant gourmet-level pastries.
If you love crispy, sweet and salty, you’ll absolutely adore these easy snacks. Go for ridge-cut or kettle-cooked potato chips, as you’ll want them to have a bit of substance.
Who said it has to be tough to make cookies? I always thought rich, moist, chewy macaroon cookies would be wildly complicated to make. But it turns out all you need is unsweetened desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk and a quick trip to the oven. Bam!
Want an easy seasonal favorite to kick off the impending start of fall? This spice cake + canned pumpkin combo is the perfect way to do that.
I mean come on! Does it get any tastier than Oreos and white chocolate? I think not!
Cake mix and soda make the easiest and tastiest cupcakes!
More in the mood for chocolate cake? You can make that too! All you need is chocolate hazelnut spread and eggs. Seriously. Gluten-free folks need to jump on this one!
Featured Image: jytyl/Wikimedia CommonsTags: 2 ingredient desserts, dessert recipes, easy dessert, last minute dessert recipe, quick cake recipe
6 Sparkly Desserts To Bring More Whimsy Into Your Life (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Need a little more pizzazz in your life?
I know just the cure — eat something sparkly!
Whether you’re looking to break some monotony, impress kids and adults at a get-together or just have a little bit of bright fun by yourself, these shimmery desserts are perfect ways to let a little magic into your life.
Check out these stunningly whimsical desserts!
These bright, moist and glitzy lemon and vanilla cake pops bring the perfect summer flavor!
All I know is that if I show up at a party that has these, I might never leave. They are so gorgeous and sparkly!
You might not realize it, but candy floss is actually not too hard to make! Once you master the technique, you’ll be hooked on spinning your own stunning and delicious gold stuff. It’s not as cloudlike as the machine-made cotton candy, but the unique texture takes on a life of its own. Plus, it doubles as a festive decoration. Can’t complain.
You might not think it, but these luster dust-brushed cones are as easy as they come — you can even make them with store-bought ice cream cones. Alternately, you can make a slightly different version like so.
Obviously, you can use just about any donut recipe you like. If, for example, you love gluten and hate mint — this is a great basic donut recipe too.
Pink champagne, peach preserves, vanilla buttercream and a ton of edible glitter — it’s the perfect summery cake for any occasion!
Featured Image: Julie Gibbons/FlickrTags: dessert recipes, edible glitter, glittery recipe, sparkly dessert, weekend dessert
Crack Pie, Birthday Cake And Other Momofuku Desserts (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Whether or not you’ve been to New York City, you’ve likely seen tantalizing dessert photos from Momofuku Milk Bar. You’ve lusted over their towering, pastel-colored birthday cake, you’ve yearned to try their buttery crack pie, and you’ve dreamed about their salty and sweet compost cookies. Not hitting up the Big Apple any time soon? No worries, you can make Milk Bar’s most iconic desserts in your own kitchen.
Sprinkle-rich vanilla cake, light and sweet vanilla frosting, and Momofuku’s signature cake crumbs between each layer make this dessert amazing, but it’s the vanilla milk soak that really takes the cake. The soak, a mixture of milk and vanilla extract, is brushed on each cake layer to keep the whole thing moist and flavorful. Use the technique once for your Momofuku copy, and you’ll want to spread it on every cake you make.
This pie is a drug, and there’s a reason why. A couple of reasons, actually: its crumbly cookie crust, made of a pre-baked oat cookie crumbled with butter and brown sugar, and its ooey-gooey filling, a mixture of cream, egg yolks, sugar and butter, that melts in your mouth in a way so addictive that it can only be described as crack-like.
This dessert takes the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink idea, which results in a wildly textured cookie, flavored with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, potato chips, mini pretzels, oats, ground coffee and graham cracker crumbs. They’re crispy, crunchy and just the right degree of melty.
This colossal cake gives the word “moist” a whole new meaning. Dark chocolate cake is layered with gooey Crack Pie filling (with the addition of shredded coconut), pureed pecans and crushed cornflakes, and, of course, a signature soak (this time, made with Ovaltine). There’s also plenty of chocolate buttercream frosting, which beautifully binds these blankets of sugary bliss.
These corn-flake shakes take Momofuku’s up a notch with optional caramel corn. Making the milkshake is quite simple; just steep corn flakes in milk overnight, strain the resulting sweet liquid, and blend it with vanilla ice cream. It’s like drinking the milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl — only much, much more delicious.
These sweet and savory, crunchy and chewy bakes are the simplest dessert you’ll find at Momofuku, but they’re no less addictive than the others. Satisfying on their own or crumbled into any treat imaginable, they’re killer cookies.
Dying to make something else on the Milk Bar menu? More recipes are available here.
Featured Image: Joy Huang/Wikimedia CommonsTags: Birthday Cake, cereal milk, crack pie, dessert recipes, milk bar, momofuku, New York
13 Desserts You’ll Go Coconuts Over (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Coconuts — the origin of creamy coconut milk and chewy coconut flakes — make excellent desserts. Perfect in treats hot and cold, baked and no-baked, the fruit is a versatile beacon of deliciousness. Here are 13 clever ways to go coconuts for dessert time.
You’ll need a tall glass of milk to wash down these crazy rich triple-layer bars. Their fudgy brownie base, coconut cream cheese center and chocolate ganache topping will have you dreaming of chocolate coconut goodness for months to come.
This sweet dip, paired with graham crackers or vanilla cookies for dunking, acts as a deconstructed coconut cream pie. It will start as an attractive center piece at your next party and will quickly end as an empty bowl.
These four-ingredient pops get creaminess from coconut milk, a caffeine kick from coffee and sweetness from pitted dates and vanilla extract. Drizzle them with melted chocolate and sprinkle with shredded coconut for a delightful touch of texture.
Forget cotton candy; if clouds were edible, they’d most definitely taste like this light and pillowy coconut cake, frosted with the airiest of toppings and flecked with flaked coconut.
These soft vanilla cookies, sandwiched with coconut cream frosting, are like quadruple-stuffed golden Oreos.
Just when you thought dessert couldn’t get tastier than Samoas, BAM, it did: with a buttery graham cracker crust, vanilla ice cream, homemade caramel sauce, melted chocolate and toasted coconut, all combined in a blissful no-bake cake.
These comforting bars combine a rich shortbread crust with a soft and dense coconut filling. One bite will make you feel like you’re curled up on your grandmother’s couch, listening to family stories with a full belly and a happy heart.
There is no better way to utilize rich coconut cream than to let it seep through poked holes in a moist chocolate cake. This bad boy is generously topped with a frosting made from whipped cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla — then sprinkled with crispy toasted coconut for a tantalizing textured experience.
Pina coladas take food form in these chewy coconut cookies, filled with a quarter-sized dollop of pineapple preserves for a treat fit for an island getaway.
Go vintage with this no-fuss pie recipe from the 1930s. A smooth custard is speckled with shredded coconut and baked, giving it the texture of creme brulee — but the flavor of coconut cream pie.
If you’re a candy lover, these chewy truffles will give you all the flavor of an Almond Joy bar — without the preservatives of processed candies. Their silky chocolate shells give way to a soft coconut filling and a crunchy almond surprise in the center.
This lovely layered dessert comes together in a pinch with store-bought pudding mix, vanilla wafers and toasted coconut. It’s so sweet and velvety, you’ll forget banana pudding ever existed.
Concoct a terrific teatime treat with these citrusy scones, topped with lemon glaze and crispy coconut — and perfect with a comforting mug of tea.
Featured photo credit: Stacy Spensley/FlickrTags: brownies, cake, Coconut, cookies, dessert recipes, ice cream cake, pie
7 Quick Desserts To Make For Your Fourth Of July Party (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Have a great Independence Day!
After you enjoy your appetizers, cocktails and barbecued dinner, make sure you have some handy, festive desserts at the ready. All you need are some tasty red, white and blue treats, most of which only take a few minutes to throw together.
Get ready to dazzle your guests with these quick desserts!
As Ina says, if you don’t want to make your own cake, store bought is fine — you can just top with the gorgeous frosting and fruit stars and stripes. Want more delicious and stunning July Fourth cakes? Here’s everything you need.
These are just about the easiest dessert ever, so if you totally forgot to make something sweet for your guests, this is the way to go. A great appetizer too!
Who doesn’t love bringing the campfire to your table with decadent, nostalgic s’mores dip? All you need is a little colored sanding sugar — or even sprinkles or colored candy — for a dashingly festive dish.
This healthy, refreshing and fruity dessert hardly tastes as nutritious and low-calorie as it is! Perfect for those trying to cut back on added sugar, though they will be a hit with even sugar lovers, too.
This colorful, crunchy bark is as easy as it gets, plus you can customize it to your liking with just about any kind of nuts and candy pieces or even dried fruit. Want to swirl the red and blue right into the melts? Grab some patriotic-colored candy pieces and do it like so.
Cheesecake bars are awesome because you get all the tangy, velvety, dense goodness of a regular cheesecake but with a fraction of the work. Of course, you’re more than welcome to modify this recipe as you wish (any white or light-colored dessert works just as well, visually) and top with strawberry, raspberry or cherry compote and plop a blueberry on top — or reverse it and do blueberry compote and a red berry garnish.
Cookie dough is pretty easy to make, but cake mix is even easier if you need something that whips up in just a few minutes and keeps from making a mess. It tastes so rich, too!
Featured Photo Credit: Max PixelTags: dessert recipes, fourth of july, holiday dessert recipe summer, independence day, July 4
The 7 Best Ways To Eat Leftover Cheesecake (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Few things hit the spot quite like sinking your fork into a rich, velvety, tangy cheesecake and savoring each luxurious bite.
But what happens if you have too much of it in the fridge?
what to do with leftover cheesecake batter?
sometimes people stuck with what to do with extra cheesecake filling?
Admittedly, few people struggle with having too much cheesecake, but if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy the tasty dessert, consider one of these excellent remixes.
P.S. In the event that you do have too much extra cheesecake batter to handle, here are your options for storage:
1. Keep it in an airtight container for five days in the fridge.
2. Freeze individually or as a whole cake. Slices will survive for around three weeks, while a whole cake will live for about four to six. Thaw overnight in the fridge, or if you like to live life on the edge, leave it on the countertop for 30 minutes.
3. Send any and all extra slices my way.
All are great solutions (though I recommend No. 3). Or you can turn your dessert into something new entirely, like so:
Got a cheesecake hater in your life? They’ll be powerless when you offer them a plate of deep-fried cheesecake balls that are crunchy on the outside and warm and creamy on the inside. They taste a bit like cream puffs and are so, so good.
Light, tender bundt chocolate cake topped with thick fudge is outstanding on its own. Add a surprise cheesecake filling (you can replace the five-ingredient filling with actual cheesecake to save time) and you’ve got something absolutely smashing. Personally, I think this would be wildly ravishing with a bit of orange zest and/or raspberries, but then again it’s also perfect as is.
I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like cake pops. Have YOU met anyone who doesn’t like them? They are tender, decadent and so easy to make. Want to take these to the next level? Put a tiny dab of berry, pumpkin or pecan pie filling in the center for a sweet surprise.
Make Leftover Cheesecake Milkshake with only four ingredients — fewer, if you use a real slice of cheesecake instead of cream cheese and graham crackers. If you want, you can make things a little naughty by adding a glug of Baileys, whiskey and/or Kahlua. The sky is the limit.
Again, you can use actual cheesecake in place of the cream cheese and graham crackers. Use any berry pie filling, or shake things up by mixing in apple pie filling and topping it with a caramel drizzle if you want to make me jealous.
All you need are five ingredients: cheesecake, strawberries, refrigerated pie crust, an egg and Nutella. Get as creative as you like here! This would also be smashing if you sub pumpkin pie filling for the strawberries, but hey, do what you want.
Anything goes here! Cheesecake (cut into a few pieces, preferably), ice cream, toppings and sauce are a heavenly mix. Go as crazy as you like with these flavor combos. Maybe a blueberry cheesecake topped with vanilla ice cream, blueberry filling, extra graham cracker crumbles and/or a sprinkle of chopped basil, mint, lime zest or candied ginger. Wild!Featured Photo Credit: PixabayTags: Bundt Cake, bundt chocolate cake, cheese cake ice cream, cheesecake, cheesecake balls, cheesecake batter, cheesecake filled chocolate bundt cake, cheesecake filling, cheesecake ice cream, cheesecake ice cream sundae, cheesecake milkshake, cheesecake mix, cheesecake pops recipe, cheesecake recipe, chocolate bundt cake, chocolate filled bundt cake, churn cherry, churn cherry cheesecake ice cream, deep fried cheesecake balls, deep-fried cheesecake, dessert recipes, extra cheesecake filling, fried cheesecake, ice cream with cheesecake, leftover cheesecake, leftover cheesecake filling, leftover dessert recipe, nutella, strawberry cheesecake empanadas, sundae cheesecake ice cream, sundae ice cream cheesecake, tangy cheesecake
11 Outrageously Delicious Ways To Eat More Cookie Dough (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Do you love cookie dough and just wish you could eat it raw all the time? Well don’t fret — it’s actually quite possible to devour safe, edible raw cookie dough on the regular, and even better, there is a TON of stuff you can do with it to allow it to live its best sweet, gooey life.
Because as much as we love a nice batch of chocolate chip cookies, everyone knows the dough is where it’s at.
Yes, that’s right! When you make cookie dough without eggs, it is safe to eat raw, and you can guzzle it by the spoonful if you so please. Pro-tip: Feel free to use any of the three non-chocolate chip dough recipes in place of the regular stuff in the recipes below, if you are so inclined.
Mix up some eggless cookie dough, roll it up in a wonton wrapper, and toss it in some hot oil for a satisfying fried treat that’s gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside and totally melts in your mouth.
This sweet, salty and rich ice cream is pure perfection! Say what you will about vegan ice cream, but if you’ve never tasted how thick, creamy and luxurious it gets when you add in a bit of peanut butter, you are in for a serious treat.
No, your eyes do not deceive you! That is indeed egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough frosting sitting atop cookie cupcakes, because when it comes to cookie dough, you just can’t have too much of a good thing.
Featured Photo Credit: The Domestic RebelTags: cookie dough, dessert recipes, edible cookie dough, fried cookie dough, safe cookie dough recipe
9 Out-Of-This-World Sticky Buns (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Did you know that sticky buns have been around since ancient times? According to food historians, the gooey, sweet and warm pastries date all the way back to ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Who knew?
The sweet, sticky treats came to the U.S. via German immigrants (aka the Pennsylvania Dutch) who called them “Schnecken,” and honestly we owe those people so much.
Pay tribute to the centuries of rich history that this dessert has and whip up a nice, moist and flavorful batch of sticky buns. Here are some of our favorite recipes:
The best part of this one is that you get to prep it the night before and then just finish it really quickly in the morning. French toast lovers looking for a new spin on their favorite breakfast will go nuts for this syrupy pecan version.
As much as we love the classic cinnamon/nut variety of sticky buns, we still think you should mix it up by adding a bit of chocolate and pumpkin for added subtle complexity that’s not overpowering but just noticeable enough and a zip of orange to balance the whole thing out perfectly.
Just a little sweet and just a little spicy, the flavors in this easy monkey bread are stupendously perfect, especially when you top the whole thing off with that scrumptious brown sugar caramel. Eat it warm with salted butter and coffee and you’ll be in heaven.
Because sometimes you just need a classic sticky bun recipe with no bells or whistles. This easy version is the one that you need, whether you want to keep it vegan or you’d prefer to swap out the almond milk and vegan butter for the dairy counterparts. Either way, we’re sure we won’t catch anyone complaining about these gooey, fluffy treats.
Featured Photo Credit: Minimalist BakerTags: breakfast, dessert recipes, National Sticky Bun Day, sticky buns, Tasty Tuesday
8 Adorably Delicious Mini Desserts (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Mini desserts just mean you can eat more of them, right?
Seriously, why does everything taste better when it is bite-sized? Little desserts are super adorable, and the best part is that nobody will know how many you make, so it’s a lot easier to sneak a bite on your way to a party than, say, a big cake.
We can see no reason why you shouldn’t make all of these delicious treats:
With just four ingredients and a microwave, desserts don’t get much easier than this. Or tasty.
Make the most of your muffin tin! These little cakes are so stunning with a slice of clementine on top that makes for an effortlessly awesome (and delicious) presentation.
Only a few minutes of work and you’ll have mini versions of your favorite full-sized desserts! It’s like magic!
Everybody loves a good apple pie — and the bite-sized versions are no exception … but have you ever tried crumbling a bit of bacon into the pie filling for a bit of added smoky, savory richness? If not, do so immediately. Warning: this might change your life.
Basically, these are like cinnamon rolls but way easier to make, using … well, whatever type of bready dough you have on hand, really. These muffins aren’t picky!
Mini pies are adorable perfection, and the best part is that there really are no rules when it comes to adding your favorite fillings. It can be a little tricky though, but that recipe will give you all the tips and tricks you need to help you figure out the easiest way to make adorable little lattices or whatever else tickles your fancy.
What else would you possibly use a can of pineapple rings for???? And why would you possibly make anything else when this recipe exists?
We have a feeling that you could dredge anything in brown sugar whiskey caramel sauce and it would come out fabulous. But pair that magic sauce with crusty-on-the-outside, moist-on-the-inside bread pudding and we’re in heaven.
Featured Photo Credit: Drizzle and DipTags: bite sized dessert, dessert recipes, easy dessert, mini desserts, weekend dessert recipe
10 Over-The-Top Desserts To Win Over Your Valentine (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Whether you are looking for a way to impress your date, or you are spending the evening alone, there’s really no situation that can’t be improved by a super over-the-top decadent dessert, right? Make one of these loaded dishes for your Valentine, even if that person happens to be you — these sweet treats are great company.
Soft pretzels are delicious, but they can be a lot of work to boil and bake. Fortunately, this super simple recipe for fluffy pretzels topped with chocolate chips, roasty toasty marshmallows and to-die-for chocolate sauce is as easy as it gets.
What better way to say “I love you” than by frying sweet dough into a heart shape?
The rich cheesecake filling is surrounded by silky chocolate mousse, creamy chocolate ganache and a thick Oreo crust, all combined to make the most glorious cheesecake you will ever taste.
This stunningly festive, bright red cake takes a few shortcuts, using red velvet cake mix, instant pudding mix and evaporated milk, but you’ll never know it with these rich, sweet results.
Craving something rich and fudgy? These brownies get layered with caramel and pecans. The only downside is that you might have to share with someone.
We love red velvet on Valentine’s Day — not only is the color perfect, but you also get that rich, luxurious chocolate that’s perfectly romantic. If you want to make it even MORE red velvety, swap out the brownies for chunks of red velvet cake … or even red velvet brownies!
If you’re obsessed with dunking your Oreos in peanut butter ala “The Parent Trap,” you’ll fall in love with these easy-to-make cookies stuffed with marshmallow fluff and peanut butter and covered in chocolate and sprinkles. What’s not to love about this easy dessert?
This heavenly fried dessert takes only 10 minutes to make, so if you want to focus your evening on your Valentine, you’ll have plenty of time to spend eating these together.
Cut out the work of baking a cheesecake by turning it into a sweet yet ever-so-slightly tart, sensual and luxurious way to plunk your pretzels or cookies. The best part? That unexpectedly perfect thin layer of jam between the cheesecake and fruit.
If these savory-sweet masterpieces don’t elicit an on-the-spot proposal, we don’t know what will …
Featured Photo Credit: Courtney/PizzazzerieTags: date night desserts, dessert recipes, loaded desserts, Tasty Tuesday, valentines day
Win The Superbowl With These 9 Amazing Dessert Snacks (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Ready for Superbowl Sunday?
Whether you’re a diehard football fan eager to see the yearly ultimate showdown or you simply enjoy having a party with your friends and family, there’s one thing we can all agree on: The snacks ROCK.
Superbowl Sunday is one day where calories definitely don’t count. If you’re looking for some delicious savory apps, you can find some awesome ones here. But you’ll want to make sure you have some solid desserts as well. Bring any of these bite-sized, easy-to-eat sweet treats to your game-day party, and walk around telling everyone you won the Superbowl. They will agree.
Looking for a fudgy, gooey sweet and salty combo? Toss some caramel, pecans and pretzels into your brownies to cover all your snack bases.
Gooey chocolate and peanut butter, plus some crispy candies? We are all in.
No matter how you decorate these cupcakes, they will still be super adorable — especially if you adorn them in the colors of your favorite team.
How could anyone not love this giant football cookie? The peanut butter provides a deep flavor and rich, chewy texture, plus it’s super cute.
Surround balls of the best dessert snack known to mankind with a thin, crispy batter and deep fry the whole thing to win everyone’s hearts. How can you pass this one up?
This luscious dessert pizza has all the delicious flavors of a cinnamon roll with half the work. Plus, the novelty of a dessert pizza is just too exciting to pass up. A crowd pleaser for sure!
This dip is stunningly gorgeous and looks like it’s a lot of trouble, but all you need are a few extra bowls, a box of Funfetti cake mix, a couple other ingredients you probably have on hand, and you’re all set to score a touchdown with this gorgeous and tasty foolproof dip.
Everyone loves a good cheese ball. Sweeten the deal with a dessert version that tastes just like peanut butter cheesecake. The only downside is that this one is so tasty, it might not even make it out the door.
Just like the real thing! Of course, if you’re not in the mood for these tasty little pretzel balls, you can totally just make the sweet, fluffy dipping sauce and serve it with anything you want — mini cinnamon rolls, cookies, vanilla wafers … you can’t go wrong here!
This delectable dip gets extra bulk from rich peanut butter, creamy, textured oats, crunchy, sweet M&Ms and classic chocolate chips that will make your team’s victory even sweeter.
Featured Photo Credit: Cooking ClassyTags: dessert appetizers, dessert recipes, Superbowl dessert, Superbowl snacks, weekend dessert recipes
10 Desserts You Can’t Believe Take Only 5 Minutes
By Cooking Panda
In a rush? Let’s be real, sometimes you NEED dessert, but it’s just not worth laboring away for hours (or even minutes, at times) to come up with the perfect concoction, when you could easily just run to the bakery across the street. We got you, though!
Even if all you have to spare is five minutes, that alone is enough to make a super scrumptious treat to enjoy over the weekend, whether your intention is to share with loved ones or gobble it all up yourself while you curl up with your cat to watch Netflix. Either way, we are confident that you’ll fall in love with one of these treats that only takes FIVE MINUTES to whip up!
S’mores are pretty much everyone’s favorite dessert, and we sure can’t blame them. There’s just something completely irresistible about the way all the different flavors and textures mingle in our classic childhood treat that makes it simply irresistible. But sadly, you can’t be around a campfire all the time. Here’s how to fix that.
This is also a perfect small-batch toaster-oven venture, if you are so inclined.
Too lazy to actually bake some cookies? Pull out that waffle maker and pretend like you’re about to eat breakfast, when in reality you are about to enjoy a glorious, glorious pizookie type of thing. No regrets.
Love the sweet, salty and crunchy version from Trader Joe’s? Here’s how to make it at home, using a bunch of stuff you might even have already. Bonus: Swap out for your favorite kind of topping, like nuts or crushed-up peppermint candy, to make it feel super seasonal.
Feel free to use any type of fruit that tastes good in a cobbler, even frozen stuff. All you’ll need to do to adjust for frozen fruit is to cook it a little longer and keep in mind that it will be a tad more watery. BUT you get a scrumptious, summery cobbler all for yourself in minutes, so we feel that it’s worth it.
Craving cookie dough by the spoon? Make it in a totally safe-to-eat dip version! PS — if mint isn’t your thing, you can leave it out, or swap it out for your flavoring of choice. Go bold with some candied pecans and cinnamon or maybe sprinkle in some mini marshmallows and dip with graham crackers for a delightful s’mores version!
Hey, they said it, not us. But they might be right! All you need is chocolate and water — and maybe a little sugar or flavoring, if you feel so inclined LOL. This recipe was invented by a crazy French food scientist, so you know it must be good!
This one is particularly awesome if you want to make brownies but are afraid of your ability to eat the whole tray of them in one sitting. (Hey, no judgment here.) You can’t do better than a five-minute rich, gooey and fluffy brownie to satisfy a craving.
Yes, really. No, there are no bananas involved. Yes, it takes more than five minutes, when you count freezing time. But we think you’ll forgive us when you taste it and realize that it’s the real deal.
Honestly, this should be your go-to “oh crap, people are coming over and I didn’t make anything” dessert, because it tastes delicious and you can store the ingredients almost indefinitely. No one has to know that the fruity, light whipped indulgence only took you a few minutes to whip together. We certainly won’t tell.
Did you know that cocoa powder is already cooked? That means that it’s not completely essential to bake your brownies, if you’re not feeling it. Instead, blitz a bunch of stuff in the food processor for a few minutes, mold it into the right shape and you’re good to go. These are particularly great if you love your brownies rich, moist and dense, but pretty much anyone will be fawning over these amazing treats. We sure will.
Featured Photo Credit: Averie Sunshine/Averie CooksTags: 5 minute recipe, dessert recipes, easy desserts, quick recipe, weekend dessert
9 Amazing Things You Should Dip In Chocolate
By Cooking Panda
Looking for something sweet, seasonal and fun to munch on? Look no further. December 16 is National Chocolate – Covered Anything Day, which means that it is the perfect excuse for you to grab whatever you have on hand – cookies, fruits, maybe even vegetables? – and get into your chocolate-dipped groove. Get as wacky as you want! Here are some of our favorite things to dip in chocolate:
Give us good one reason why you shouldn’t dip cake in chocolate. Especially delicious seasonal gingerbread cake. We’ll wait.
What’s the one thing that can improve anything, even truffles? That’s right. BOOZE.
These are sort of…healthy? If you’re a chocoholic and you’re feeling wild, you can go nuts here and chop the pear into halves or quarters before dipping them, so that you get a higher ratio of chocolate to surface area. Live life on the edge.
Chocolate-covered pretzels make for a really awesome and easy treat, whether you want to impress your company, or you want to just eat all the pretzels all by yourself while you watch Netflix. Throw the craziest toppings you can dream up on them for maximum fun.
Sandwich cookies from the grocery store are pretty darn good – and we won’t knock you if you want to take a shortcut and just dip those in chocolate – but have you ever made them yourself? It doesn’t take that much longer than baking regular cookies, but the homemade frosting in the middle will totally win you over.
It might be tough for you to find delectably ripe, sweet strawberries in the winter, plus you might be craving something more seasonal and winter-appropriate anyway. Time to break out the clementines, for a bright, sweet, citrussy extravaganza that will make you forget all about strawberries.
Are you obsessed with sweet and salty marrying into one perfect dessert? Then dip some bacon in chocolate. What do you have to lose?
Who can resist the amazing sweet coconut pillows known as macaroons? Dip them in chocolate and you are on a totally new level. There’s no coming back from this.
Two gorgeous recipes in one! Whichever festive twist you feel like putting on your batch of biscotti, we say you really can’t go wrong. Make both!
Featured Photo Credit: Mary/Barefeet in the KitchenTags: chocolate covered dessert, chocolate dipped, chocolate snacks, dessert recipes, National Chocolate- Covered Anything Day
8 Holiday Pastries That Are Almost Too Good To Be True (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Looking for some interesting desserts to whip up this holiday season? We have just the thing.
December 9 is National Pastry Day, and we think it’s the perfect time to fine tune your holiday menu. Plus, if your home is freezing, you might as well just turn on the oven and heat up your home with the smell of delectable holiday desserts. Feeling frisky? Whip up a batch of mulled wine while you work for the perfect pairing with winter pastries. Plus, it will make your home smell AMAZING.
Pecan pie filling lives its best life when you roll it into buttery flaky pastry wheels. This one is a must.
Basically the sugar cookie version of cinnamon rolls. How can you go wrong?
Okay, these aren’t actually pastries. You don’t even need to bake them! But we don’t think you’ll complain at these no-bake treats when you see how simple they are to put together. By the way, if you don’t feel like melting chocolate pieces, just coat the truffles in powdered sugar instead for an even easier shortcut.
Granny Smith apples, crescent rolls and … Mountain Dew? Yep. Seriously. And it’s amazing.
If you don’t have peppermint extract handy, you can crush up some candy canes and coat the biscotti in them immediately after dunking in the chocolate.
Brownies are always awesome, but if you’ve never had them with marshmallow cream, peanut butter and crispy rice cereal, then you should put down whatever you are doing, head to the kitchen, and make these heavenly things IMMEDIATELY.
Because even something as delicious as gingerbread can use a little caramel every now and again.
We’ll put it differently: caramel-dipped pastry puffs filled with cream and piled high. YES. If you want to be extra in all things like Martha Stewart, cover the whole thing in a web spun from strands of sugar, because why not?
Featured Photo Credit: Ree Drummond/The Pioneer WomanTags: Christmas desserts, dessert recipes, Holiday pastries, National Pastry Day, winter desserts
Funnel Cake Fries And Other Shameless Crunchy Desserts
By Cooking Panda
The weekend is upon us, and we just have this feeling you want those kinds of desserts that are drool-worthy and easy to make — and that fearlessly embrace how crunchy, fried and generally satisfying they are.
These treats are perfect to bring to a get-together, but if you want to stay home and eat them all by yourself instead, it’ll be our little secret; these sweet apps are almost too good to share.
Besides the delicious crunchy shells and gooey chocolate filling, we just love how simple it is to make these crescents. Pretty much all you do is fill them with chocolate, seal them up, and fry the crap out of them.
What’s better than donuts? Donut FRIES. Smother them in bacon, maple syrup and chocolate, and enjoy — or use this recipe as a template and top the fries with anything that would be delicious on a donut, like vanilla glaze, candied pecans and coconut flakes.
If you love apple fritters, you’ll adore these apple rings dipped in a donut-like batter, fried to perfection and coated in cinnamon sugar. They’re “healthy.”
Yes, you CAN make your favorite fair food at home, and it’s actually pretty easy! For ultimate enjoyment, make them in fry form and plunge them straight into your favorite sweet dipping sauce, like jam, cookie butter or maybe even instant pudding.
Everyone knows s’mores are good all year ’round, whether you have a campfire or not. When you mix cookie butter, chocolate bits and marshmallow fluff together, magic happens.
So you know about the chocolate and bacon, but there’s more. Wait for it … PRETZEL CRUST.
If you want to skip half the work, pick up a can of your favorite pie filling — any flavor — and these satisfying, crunchy desserts will be ready in no time.
No way do chips and salsa have to be savory only. For a super special twist on your favorite snack, bake or fry flour tortilla chips and coat with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. Dip in fruit preserves, or consider making your own sweet pico de gallo-type chopped salsa with whatever yummy fruits you have on hand.
Fry up a flour tortilla, douse it with cinnamon sugar and stuff it full of your favorite pie filling. If you’d rather nix the pie filling, throw in some fresh fruit and cream or your favorite dessert spread (Nutella? Cookie butter?) topped with marshmallow fluff instead. The possibilities are endless!Tags: dessert appetizers, dessert recipes, fried desserts, game day dessert, Party Snacks
8 Shameless, Fully Loaded Chocolate Cupcake Recipes
By Cooking Panda
We love chocolate cupcakes so much, we’d marry them if we could. Fluffy, rich chocolate topped with light, fudgy frosting is just to die for. And we know we aren’t the only ones who feel this way, since somebody loved chocolate cupcakes so much that they dedicated an entire day — Oct. 18 — to the indulgent chocolate treats.
We certainly can’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate, so we combed the internet for you for our favorite ultimate, shamelessly loaded chocolate cupcakes that you should whip up ASAP. Enjoy!
If you want a classic PERFECT chocolate cupcake, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe will give you a moist, flavorful and fluffy bite that won’t crumble on you, complete with rich fudge buttercream frosting to seal the deal.
Combine two of the best desserts ever! Don’t skimp on freezing the cookie dough, and don’t overbake these guys and you’ll have the most moist, delicious cupcakes ever. If you want to go the route of dark chocolate cupcakes with cookie dough frosting, try this version instead.
Your favorite boozy milkshake just got turned into a cupcake, and it’s just as, if not more, delicious. How do you feel about that? Tipsy yet?
These walnut-chocolate cakes are loaded with marshmallow fluff stuffed right into the middle for the perfect medley of scrumptious flavors and textures, just like the ice cream.
Sneaking a little booze into your baked goods every now and again may or make not make you a little tipsy (honestly, it probably won’t), but it will definitely kick up the richness and depth of flavors in these TRIPLE CHOCOLATE cupcakes to add that extra je ne sais quoi.
We love cupcakes that are crammed full of all of our favorite things. And honestly, how could cheesecake and chocolate cake not be amazing together?
If you’re a Kahlua lover but haven’t tried adding a glug of the stuff to your chocolate desserts, you must start now! You’ll love what the deep, complex boozy coffee notes do to these.
Every chocolate cupcake is just begging to be upgraded to these handsome, silky chocolate hazelnut wonders topped with creamy mile-high frosting and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate.
Featured Photo Credit: Baker By NatureTags: chocolate cupcakes, chocolate dessert, dessert recipes, loaded dessert, Tasty Tuesday
10 Indulgent Dessert Recipes That Prove You Should Cook With Chocolate Milk
By Cooking Panda
We love chocolate milk! There’s really nothing like a refreshing, creamy and nutrient-packed glass of the stuff, transported straight from childhood, when you could buy a tiny carton of it for a few cents! There are some classics that never go out of style. A sip of chocolate milk, the classic and refreshing sweet drink, is certainly one of them.
Feel like indulging? You are cordially invited to join us for a much-needed celebration of National Chocolate Milk Day on Sept. 27. Sure, you can pick up a bottle of your favorite stuff at the store, and we won’t discourage you — but why stop there? Why not elevate your favorite drink by mixing it into desserts?
The classic! Make it yourself, with or without the salt.
A super quick and easy way to get your fill when you’re craving a dessert cocktail. We’re pretty sure this would be delicious without the spiced rum too, but why do that to yourself?
Want to get that delectable rim? Before pouring in the shake, coat the rim in thick chocolate ganache, and, if you want, roll it in crushed-up candies or cookie crumbs.
This basically tastes like the gooey center of a brownie. In other words, you need to make it immediately.
The next time you make waffles, mix in some chocolate milk for an exciting and delicious breakfast treat!
Whether you’re more into ultimate chocolate or Nutella pretzel, you can’t go wrong with these freaky over-the-top shakes that you can absolutely customize to your taste!
This complex and addicting dessert is smooth and super flavorful, with a strong chocolaty kick and a savory smokiness from the pecans. You’ve got to try it!
Unless you add a ton of chocolate chips, cocoa powder or powdered chocolate milk mix (feel free to do so!), you won’t get an overpowering chocolate flavor, but you will get a really interesting and subtle depth of flavor.
Eat your heart out, Starbucks. Whip these up in a flash at home and enjoy satisfying mochas for a fraction of the price.
Moist, peanut buttery, chocolaty goodness with no oven time at all. How can you resist?
Featured Photo Credit: How To Cook That/YouTubeTags: chocolate dessert, Chocolate milk, dessert recipes, National Chocolate Milk Day, Tasty Tuesday
12 Brownie Recipes To Awaken The Child Inside Of You
By Cooking Panda
Everyone loves brownies, a quintessential childhood dessert. With more fudge than most cookies, but easier to carry than most cakes, there is nothing like a soft, chewy brownie to soothe a chocolate craving on the go.
However, how often do you actually feel inspired to bake brownies from scratch? Be honest. How often are brownies your homemade dessert of choice, instead of impressive cakes, or easy-to-make cookies?.
Once you look at this list of 12 decadent, chocolate brownies, you will surely find a recipe to inspire the baker inside of you…whether you’re a seasoned chef or just want to look like one.
Oreos, dark and white chocolate chips, and a bit of instant espresso add texture, crunch, and punch to this simple recipe.
French Silk Pie in brownie form? Sign me up!
Break out the Bailey’s!
For those days when you’re torn between eating Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, or brownies. With this indulgent dessert, you don’t have to choose!
If you’re patient, wait a day before eating. The caramel will have a chance to seep into the brownies, making them more moist and gooey.
A brownie layer, topped with an Oreo truffle layer, finished with a layer of soft, sweet chocolate…guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!
Your favorite campfire treat is now one of your favorite brownie recipes!
Nutella in fudge form? I’ll probably make these for my next potluck. I need these in my life sooner rather than later, and I imagine you do, too.
These brownies have a layer of caramel and shortbread, just like the candy bar. They take a bit more time to make compared to other recipes in this list, but it’ll be worth the wait.
Stout beer adds an extra dimension to chocolate desserts, and these brownies are no different. This recipe uses a coffee stout, but any dark, stout beer will do.
By “poking” the brownies, you’ll get the rich, caramel goodness in every bite. Heat these up for a few seconds before eating.
Peppermint extract works best to get the smooth, true mint flavor we all desire. This will definitely be a crowd-pleaser around the holidays.
Featured Photo Credit: Carlsbad CravingsTags: brownies, chocolate recipes, dessert recipes, desserts
10 Pro-Level Upgrades For Your Coffee Ice Cream
By Cooking Panda
We are head over heels in love with coffee ice cream, and we aren’t afraid to admit it!
We are just enamored by the sweet, complex and rich decadence that is coffee ice cream, and you’ll certainly never catch us complaining about the little caffeine boost it gives us.
In honor of National Coffee Ice Cream Day, here are some bomb coffee desserts you can make on this extra-special Tasty Tuesday:
Start with the classics, of course! This is our favorite recipe for rich coffee ice cream, if you are so inclined to DIY it. Don’t have an ice cream maker? Use this method instead. It will work perfectly with the creamy custard base.
Start your day like a champ with this gently boozy breakfast. Want it boozier? Add a shot of vodka or Irish whisky.
Much the same idea with a heavy coffee and caramel focus. The only booze in this one comes from the caramel, so feel free to leave the whiskey out if you want. Alternately, add a shot of it to your shake if you want to booze it up.
Tiramisu fans will go bonkers for this tasty ice cream cake spin. Add a little rum extract to your soaked pound cake if you want to go the extra tiramisu mile.
Because you must always say yes to dessert nachos. If you want to make this recipe in a flash, go ahead and use your favorite store-bought coffee ice cream.
The best part of this super loaded magic ice cream cake is that you can top it with any of your favorite candies or whatever treats you have lying around.
If you’ve never thought to turn doughnuts into chocolate-dipped ice cream sandwiches, you are severely missing out.
Naturally, coffee ice cream needs cinnamon and chocolate to live its best life.
The perfect mate to your favorite coffee ice cream.
Coffee ice cream is good, but it’s even better topped with a coffee nut crisp and sexy caramel. Do it.
Featured Photo Credit: Chris Gentile/Gourmet Live via EpicuriousTags: coffee ice cream, dessert recipes, ice cream cake, ice cream recipe, Tasty Tuesday
11 Toasted Marshmallow Recipes That Will Melt Your Heart
By Cooking Panda
Happy Toasted Marshmallows Day!
As you might have noticed, we have something of a love affair going on with s’mores, so it seems only natural to pay homage to our favorite sweet, sticky treat by celebrating this beautiful, beautiful holiday.
From s’more-inspired cookies and martinis to sweet, savory marshmallowy burgers, you’re sure to be drooling by the end of this gooey, indulgent list!
If you aren’t topping your giant skillet cookies with s’more fixings and a couple scoops of ice cream, you are doing something wrong!
There’s no reason you shouldn’t have s’mores atop a delicious graham cracker cookie crust. If you can dream it, you can eat it.
Don’t you dare stop at just brownies or just s’mores. Combine them for a rich, fugdy treat.
Just another waffle iron delivery of gooey, scrumptious goodness.
Craving something salty and sweet? Follow us down this delicious rabbit hole — it’s about to get a little weird.
If you want to s’morify this, sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the top and rim the side with marshmallow fluff and grahams. Blend in a little chocolate syrup or Nutella, if you want.
You should never have to choose between dessert and booze.
Want something with a savory, complex kick? Give these stout and bacon s’mores a try. We bet they’d be great with Bailey’s or bourbon, too — or just a hearty drizzle of maple syrup or Nutella, if you want to make it booze free.
A little marshmallow goo, a microwave and some magic, and you are good to go!
You can brulee anything if you put your mind to it.
There’s really no better way to get your s’more fix than to cram chocolate and toasted marshmallows into your favorite graham-encrusted breakfast food?
Featured Photo Credit: BS' In the KitchenTags: dessert recipes, roasted marshmallow, s'more, Tasty Tuesday, toasted marshmallow
Fool Your Friends With These 9 Impossibly Easy But Delicious Pies
By Cooking Panda
Pie is really one of the best desserts ever. It’s so good, we are constantly singing its praises.
Literally. We love pie as much as any human on this earth, but sometimes the whole idea of whipping something up from scratch, taking up half the day and making a mess in the oven can put us off the whole idea. But here’s the beautiful thing about it: Pie can actually be super easy to make.
Like super easy.
Here are 9 awesome pies that are simple enough even for summer laziness. You have no excuse not to whip them up!
It only takes five minutes until you can eat this pie and enter ultimate bliss. Want to make the Oreo crust on your own? Here’s how.
You should never have to choose between cinnamon rolls and apple pie. Have both. (Pro-tip: Use canned apple pie filling if you want to take even more shortcuts.)
The name doesn’t lie! This pie is so easy and cheap to make that even a student could do it. No one will ever know it took you only a few minutes to whip up.
This decadent, no-bake recipe is a must for Snickers lovers, and it’s ready in a flash!
Super easy, with only four ingredients in the filling. Making the pie crust yourself? Here’s the easiest way. If you’re doing it from scratch, here are some super quick tricks to make decorative crust that looks like it took you ages. Fool them all.
This awesome pie is light yet creamy, and it tastes like it took way more time and ingredients than it actually did. If you want to go above and beyond, you can make the graham cracker crust yourself — it’s really pretty simple. Here’s how.
Bring the campfire home! To make it even simpler, use boxed chocolate pudding for the filling.
If you use a pre-made graham cracker crust, all you need is one bowl to mix everything in, then just bake for a few minutes and you’re all ready to enjoy this magnificently simple, sweet and tangy pie. The secret? Thick, sweet condensed milk.
Just mix, fill and freeze!
Featured Photo Credit: Cooking Panda/FacebookTags: dessert recipes, easy dessert, pie, pie recipe, summer dessert
12 Decadent Cheesecake Recipes That Will Improve Your Life
By Cooking Panda
Oh cheesecake, how we love thee! The rich, decadent and dense but creamy dessert is everything that is good in life. In honor of National Cheesecake Day on July 30, why not whip out your springform pan and make the perfect indulgence this weekend? Here is the list of decadent cheesecake recipes!
It’s important to know the basics! All cheesecakes are delicious, but they can be pretty tricky. Read these tips and tricks and you’ll be a pro in no time.
Because you should never have to choose between your two favorite desserts. Plus, the crunchy burnt sugar shell adds for a delightful textural contrast.
Chocoholics, rejoice! This cheesecake packs as much chocolate as possible in every ounce.
A smash hit any time of the year.
You know how red velvet usually has cream cheese frosting on top? That means that there is a 100 percent chance that this combo will taste amazing.
Need a pick-me-up? Try adding a little caffeine to your dessert for an incredibly decadent flavor.
Not only do you get awesome whiskey and Baileys flavors, but you also get a smooth, silky texture that’s a little different from your dense New York cheesecake — plus, it’s mind-blowingly awesome.
Perfect for the summer.
You really shouldn’t eat this whole cheesecake by yourself, but if you did, we wouldn’t judge you at all.
A decadent, creamy treat with a tangy summer twist.
We are big fans of any recipe that involves vigorous stabbing with a wooden spoon. Plus, this blueberry cake is delicious, even if it’s not quite cheesecake.
If you don’t have the patience or springform pan for a full-on cheesecake, no worries. Make these bars instead.Featured Photo Credit: Boulder LocavoreTags: cheesecake, cheesecake bars, decadent cheesecake, dessert recipes, ultimate cheesecake, weekend dessert
13 Irresistible Ice Cream Cakes To Make This Weekend
By Cooking Panda
You should never have to choose between cake and ice cream! The pair go so well together that they somehow taste better combined in a cake than they do separate. In honor of National Ice Cream Month, here are some of our favorite ice cream cake desserts:
This frozen treat is simply stunning, and it’s deceptively easy to make.
Pretty much all of our favorite things combined into a cake – with ice cream!
If you have any of these cookies left over, smash up a box of them and throw them in this awesome cake.
Healthy, vegan and full of fresh fruit.
What’s the best way to improve on everyone’s favorite cake? Add ice cream, of course!
Three ingredients, and one of them is cookie butter. You cannot go wrong here.
Ingenious and totally refreshing on a hot summer day!
There’s a good reason we love the creamy decadence of chocolate paired with sweet, tangy strawberries. Now go put it in a cake.
Swap out cake for brownies for an easy and tasty treat. Want something even more decadent? Try this version with Oreos and cookie dough.
Because you can never go wrong with dulce de leche and our favorite breakfast cereal.
If you love strawberry milkshakes, you’ll love them even more in cake form!
Layer drumsticks, caramel and pretzels between freshly baked brownies for the ultimate sweet-salty treat.
Featured Photo Credit: Cherry Tea CakesTags: dessert recipes, ice cream cake, ice cream cake list, summer desserts, weekend dessert
Have A Party In Your Mouth With These 14 Divine Apple Desserts
By Cooking Panda
Looking for some tasty desserts to make this weekend? It’s Apple Strudel Day, and we are totally craving warm, gooey spiced apple desserts – so we decided to go to town with this warm, satisfying apple dessert recipe roundup.
It’s always more delicious and healthy to cook from scratch when possible, but if you want to cut corners, we won’t judge you. If you use canned apple pie filling, it’ll work pretty well in a lot of these recipes.
There’s a reason apple strudel has been popular for so long! The best part? It’s super easy to make.
Apple pie filling blended smooth with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with heavenly caramel sauce? How can we resist?
We love cobblers, especially in the summer. Feel free to use whatever fruit you have on hand.
Easy as pie, as they say. And every bit as tasty.
Deep fried apple-donut hybrid? We’re so down.
Cinnamon rolls are great. How about branching out a little with a fun new twist?
This recipe is super easy and delicious to boot. We love our crisps, cobblers and crumbles, but we’ve never thought to add caramel to them.
We are obsessed with thick, fudgy blondies – add a delicious twist with soft apples and crunchy streusel for a really cool texture that you’ll love!
Ditch the raisins. Apples and pecans will seriously bring your bread pudding to the next level.
Love those fast food fried apple pies? These taste very similar, but they are homemade! If you want to go a little healthier, skip the frying pan, brush them lightly with melted butter and bake on 375 until golden and crispy.
You don’t need any fancy utensils to make this semi-healthy but completely decadent frozen yogurt. All you need is a freezer and the ability to stir a couple times.
This sweet, gooey spread is a real treat. It’s super easy to make in the slow cooker, too. You’ll get addicted in no time.
You’ll go nuts for these decadent homemade caramel-dunked apples topped with a hearty smattering of chocolate drizzle, buttery toasted pecans and flaky sea salt.
Don’t underestimate how heavenly baked apples are! They become so soft and tender, and they are the perfect home for bourbon pecan pie stuffing and ice cream! What could be better?
Featured Photo Credit: Bake Eat RepeatTags: apple dessert, Apple pie, apple strudel, dessert recipes, weekend dessert