Craving a sweet treat on those sweltering summer afternoons? These quick and easy dessert recipes require just 5 ingredients or less (excluding salt, pepper, and cooking spray) and are sure to hit the spot.
July 30, 2012
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Ultimate Vanilla Pound Cake
Ultimate Vanilla Pound Cake Recipe Yes, it's true - you really DO just need 5 ingredients (plus salt) for this classic vanilla pound cake. Plus, every ingredient is a common pantry staple, making pound cake the perfect go-to recipe when you need a last-minute dessert. You'll need about an hour and 15 minutes for the cake to bake, but you'll likely save a trip to the grocery.
2 of 15Photo: Kate Mathis; Styling: Paul Grimes
Grilled Honey-Glazed Nectarines
Grilled Honey-Glazed Nectarines Recipe Grilled fruit is one of the best sweet treats of summer. This recipe works with any stone-fruit, but give nectarines a shot before you branch out. Simply brush nectarine havles with honey and grill until slightly softened, then serve with vanilla ice cream.
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Raspberry Mousse Recipe Unflavored gelatin, heavy cream, frozen raspberries, sugar, and fresh lemon juice are all you need for this delicious creamy mousse. Don't like raspberries? Simply substitute your favorite berry instead.
4 of 15Photo: Miki Duisterhof; Styling: Susan Vajaranant
Ice Cream Bonbons
Ice Cream Bonbons Recipe These bite-sized, chocolate-covered ice cream balls are a sweet ending to summer cookouts. Plus, this recipe works with any flavor ice cream, so feel free to experiment with different kinds for your favorite flavor combination.
5 of 15Photo: Alexandra Grablewski; Styling: Gerri Williams
Nutella and Strawberry Crepes
Nutella and Strawberry Crepes Recipe For these easy crepes, fill egg roll wrappers with Nutella, sprinkle with sugar, and lightly toast in a buttered skillet. Briefly cook the strawberries in sugar until softened, then spoon on to the crepes for a super quick dessert.
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Watermelon-Limeade Slushie Recipe Turn fresh, sweet chunks of summmer watermelon into this refreshing slushy by freezing, then blending with a homemade simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Kids and adults alike will love this chilly treat!
7 of 15Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Becker
Chocolate and Peanut Butter S'mores
Chocolate and Peanut Butter S'mores Recipe Bring the comforting flavors of campfire s'mores indoors with these quick treats. Just sandwich a toasted marshmallow between two crisp chocolate wafers spread with creamy peanut butter, and enjoy.
8 of 15Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
Blueberry Sorbet Recipe Break out that ice cream maker for this sweet blueberry sorbet. It's a wonderful way to use up freshly picked berries, although you can use frozen berries in the off season. Dried culinary lavender really makes the flavors pop; you can find it online and in health and gourmet food stores.
9 of 15Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Randy Mon
Layered Fruitsicles Recipe Fresh fruit purées are what take these homemade fruitsicles from ordinary to extraordinary. You'll need to allow plenty of time for each layer to freeze before adding the next, but trust us - it's worth the wait.
10 of 15Photo: Jean Allsopp; Styling: Julia Dowling Rutland
Chocolate Coconut-Cream Fondue
Chocolate Coconut-Cream Fondue Recipe What's more fun than fondue - gathering around a pot of melted chocolate to dip fruit and pound cake slices into the ooey-gooey goodness? This fondue recipe adds a little tropical flair with coconut cream and coconut extract, making it the perfect choice for easy summer entertaining.
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Quick & Tasty Banana Pudding
Quick & Tasty Banana Pudding Recipe This super easy, single-serving banana pudding recipe satisfies your sweet tooth in a hurry! Simply layer slices of ripe banana with thawed nondairy whipped topping, prepared vanilla pudding, and vanilla wafers.
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3-Step Strawberry Dessert
3-Step Strawberry Dessert Recipe Layer puff pastry, crème fraîche, and strawberries for this easy 4-ingredient strawberry dessert and sprinkle with powdered sugar.