25 Easy Dessert Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Less

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Look, we love a pint of Ben & Jerry’s as much as the next person, but sometimes you want to be a little more adventurous—without throwing your entire kitchen into disarray. Or spending all day baking. These 25 easy dessert recipes require a measly five ingredients or less (plus the occasional, optional whipped cream topping or rainbow sprinkles).

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1. 3-Ingredient Blood Orange Granita

Granita is a lot like a snow cone. You know, one that’s chic and not limited to the summer months.

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2. 3-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream

It’s sweetened with honey, but you can use maple syrup to make it vegan. Bonus points for dishing this up in a halved pineapple for presentation.

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3. Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Cups

These lil’ cuties are rich, velvety and a treat you’d pay top dollar for at a fancy bakery (but they taste even better than that).

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4. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes

Want to know a secret? We use store-bought pie dough to make this recipe a breeze.

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5. Frozen Chocolate Soufflé

A typical soufflé is intimidating (and makes us feel like Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina). Our solution? Freeze it.

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6. One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

This sounds too good to be true, but we promise it’s not.

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7. Blackberry Jam Pie-Crust Straws

If you, like us, crave pie once every 5 seconds, these flaky pastries have you name on them. They take 35 minutes to make and half that time is totally hands off.

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8. Cold Brew Ice Pops

This might be the most delicious way to get your caffeine fix.

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9. Rosé Poached Pears with Ginger and Vanilla

Fruit for dessert is usually a snooze-fest…unless it’s cooked in an entire bottle of wine.

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10. 3-Ingredient Ice Cream (with Endless Variations)

Start with vanilla and add any mix-ins you want. Caramel swirl? Crushed cookies? Sounds delish.

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11. Mini Caramel Apples

Psst: The caramel comes from melted store-bought candies, but you don’t have to tell anyone.

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12. 3-Ingredient Strawberry Ice-Cream Shell

You can swap the strawberry for any flavor, but the rainbow sprinkles are nonnegotiable.

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13. Ruby Red Grapefruit Panna Cotta

This classic Italian dessert is really easy to make and lightly cleanses your palate—instead of filling you up—after a big meal.

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14. Raspberry Prosecco Ice Pops

Frozen Bellini on a stick? Don’t mind if we do.

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15. Ice-Cream Cupcakes

They can be kept in the freezer for up to two weeks, so make a batch now and eat them whenever.

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16. Cantaloupe-Mint Sorbet

What has four ingredients and tastes like the essence of sunshine? This sorbet is what.

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17. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

When a cookie craving strikes, there’s no time to fuss over a complicated recipe. These take 20 minutes to make and we bet you have every ingredient already in your pantry.

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18. Chrissy Teigen’s 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

The salty puffed rice hazelnut crackle is optional (but worth the extra effort).

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19. Berry-Coconut Rocket Pops

They’re just like the ones from the ice cream truck of your childhood, only grown up and even more delicious.

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20. Salted Coconut Sorbet with Peanuts

Here’s proof that you don’t need an ice-cream maker to make homemade sorbet.

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21. Watermelon-Kiwi Ice Pops

While you could use special molds for these pops, paper cups also do the trick.

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22. The Easiest 3-Ingredient Brigadeiros, Two Ways

It’s the next best thing to hopping a flight to Brazil.

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23. Cookies-and-Cream Ice Pops

They’re cold, frosty and no-cook. The hardest part is waiting for them to come out of the freezer.

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24. No-Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles

Switch up the sprinkles for a festive dessert that’s ready for any celebration (or Tuesday night).

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25. Fresh Fruit Ice Pops

If you ask us, you’re never too old to enjoy an ice pop.

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