Last Minute Dessert Recipes

Quick Dessert Recipes

Plate with grilled pineapple slices and ice cream on wooden table
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Searching for quick dessert recipes? While last minute appetizers can be as simple as a box of crackers and some sliced cheese, last minute dessert recipes take a bit more thought. But by keeping some crucial items on hand, you can whip up a quick dessert recipe in as little as 10 minutes.

Ice cream, of course, is an instant dessert, which you can make more special by topping with different sauces. Try mixing some Grand Marnier into fudge sauce, or add some rum to a butterscotch sauce for an adult sundae. Enjoy these quick and easy dessert recipes.

Last Minute Dessert Recipes

  • Sorbet Parfait
    With several flavors of sorbet or ice cream in your freezer, you can whip up an elegant and delicious dessert in seconds.
  • Cheesecake Tartlets
    This five ingredient recipe tastes like it took hours to make, but you'll have it chilling in the fridge in less than 15 minutes. Let it set while you eat dinner, then serve to cries of delight.
  • Strawbery Meringue Cream
    This simply spectacular recipe is so easy to make. You only need five ingredients, but it tastes like something you'd get at a fancy restaurant. Really!
  • Minute Apple Tart
    I love this recipe; but you do have to have thawed puff pastry in your fridge.
  • Strawberry Lemon Mousse Tartlets
    This fabulous recipe tastes like something from a fancy bakery. But it only uses five ingredients and takes about 15 minutes to make! Yum.
  • Blueberry Cookie Parfaits
    Any fresh fruit could be used in this fresh and gorgeous combination of simple ingredients.
  • Minute Pear Tart
    To me, pears are a bit more special than apples. I like the addition of pistachios to this super simple dessert.
  • Grilled Pineapple
    Grilled pineapple, topped with sorbet, ice cream, whipped cream, or fudge sauce, is a healthy and instant dessert.
  • Easiest Fudge in the World
    You can roll this fudge into truffles, serve it as-is, or add everything from crushed candy bars to exotic nuts and dried fruits.
  • Fastest Cheesecake
    Put this cheesecake in the freezer for about 20 minutes, and it should set up so you can serve it that quickly!
  • Fruit Fool
    Frozen whipped topping or whipped cream you make yourself is one of only two ingredients in this super easy dessert recipe.
  • Dobos Torte
    The fudge filling can be layered with any plain bakery cake too. Or use it as a frosting for simple chocolate or sugar cookies.
  • Vanilla Peach Pudding Cups
    This lunchbox treat can be a quick dessert; just assemble it and eat!
  • Blender Pots de Creme
    I added chocolate chips to this recipe so it sets up more quickly. If you add another 1/3 cup of chips, it can be served in about 20 minutes.
  • Creamy Fruit Parfaits
    Keep different kinds of fresh fruit on hand during this busy time of year. Along with parfait glasses and iced tea spoons, you'll never be at a loss for dessert.
  • Ice Cream Tartlets
    With tartlet shells and ice cream on hand, these sweet little pies can be ready in about 10 minutes.