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Jun 15, 2012
08:41 AM

Fast and Foolproof Dessert Recipes

Family can't seem to escape the burnt-cookie blues? Here are the easiest and fastest recipes every sweet tooth needs – with minimal ingredients required and ready for indulgence in 10 minutes or less!

If baking isn't your forte but you still crave that gooey goodness of homemade chocolate cake, stop shivering your spatula. These recipes are perfect for all nervous (or novice!) bakers – whether you need to whip up a last-minute party dessert, want to fill a single craving (because who needs those 11 extra slices of cake?) or just can't stand to wait 45 minutes for a bite of homemade apple pie. So fear the pastry brush no longer. Everyone's favorite confections will be ready before you say, "more peanut butter cup popcorn, please!"

 

Microwavable Molten Lava Cake

The ultimate chocolate cake is yours in five minutes – just grab a soup bowl! Honest Cooking's fast and fun microwavable cake (and you thought it couldn't be done) has the sponge-y texture and delectable chocolate filling you love with minimal cleanup, ingredients and time required. Could it be any more perfect? Make a single serving to share (or not!), or have everyone put together their own "cup cakes" so there's no more fighting over the last slice. All problems solved.

 

The Five-Minute Cookie

When peanut butter and graham crackers start to get dull, give Lace and Lemon Drops' brown sugar almond ones a try! These are great for after-school (or late-night) snacks, and little bakers will love helping to put these easy cookies together. Not a fan of almonds? Feel free to experiment with different nuts, try mini chocolate chips or switch up the cookie base with Nilla wafers for a more sugar-cookie-classic feel. There's no wrong cookie!

 

Baked Apples with Granola

Baked apples aren't just for fall! These crowd-pleasers from Betty Crocker, even sweeter sprinkled with dried fruit, are sure to be a hit at your next family barbeque served as an after-dinner sweet or even as a crunchy side to starter salads. Just grab a box of your favorite Nature Valley bars – have smaller hands help by crushing up the packets – and no one will have to know they only took 10 minutes to bake (in the microwave!).

 

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn

What better way to enjoy sweet-and-salty than with a bowl of Two Peas & Their Pod's yummy peanut butter popcorn? Everyone will love making and eating this easy variation on a classic snacking favorite. So make your next family movie night just a bit more … chocolate-y!

 

10 Minute Fruit Tart

There's no way you could go wrong with Rachael Ray's fresh and fruity tart – it's literally easy as pie. Instant pudding mix, a store-bought graham crust and handfuls of your favorite berries will make for a delicious (and beautiful!) summer centerpiece to any picnic or sunny celebration. Plus, with the fresh basil adding a sophisticated complement to the tartness of the berries, you'll feel like a pastry pro in just 10 minutes.

 

Five-Minute Fry Pies

These little pocket pies from Instructables are perfect as party-pleasers or quick desserts. Either way you choose to enjoy them, America's favorite pie can now be made in just five minutes – crisp and golden on the outside, warm, puffy and apple-filled on the inside, just how we like.

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