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I'm so happy that you found my quick dessert recipes...

Desserts do not have to lack in flavor. My homemade peanut butter cake with peanut butter frosting is outstanding. Just look at it below.

Creamy coconut cream pie, brownies, cookies, homemade snickers, ice cream and many more homemade dessert recipes at the end of the page.

Quick Dessert Recipes

Angel Food Cake Dessert Recipe

This Butterfinger Dessert was a recipe my Mom made. I LOVE this so much I could (almost) eat it every day (really I could). It's great with crushed Heath bars too.

FYI: Homemade whipped cream does not work as well as Cool Whip for this recipe.



1 homemade angel food cake
1/2 cup of butter
4 slightly beaten egg yolks
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large tub of Cool Whip
4 Butterfinger bars, crushed (I use a hammer)**


Tear cake into small bite-sized pieces and place half of the pieces in the bottom of a 9x13 pan and set aside.

Melt butter and let slightly cool. Add the egg yolks to the butter. Stir in powdered sugar and then fold in the Cool Whip. Pour half of the mixture over the angel food pieces.

Top with half of the crushed candy bars. Add the remaining cake pieces over the candy and pour the remaining cool whip mixture over that. Sprinkle with the remaining crushed candy bars.

Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours (if you can wait that long).

**You may use chopped Snickers, Heath bars, and Whoppers work great too.

Easy Banana Pudding Recipe

There is nothing like a quick dessert recipe that is scrumptious, and this banana pudding made from scratch is it. You may want to hide it so you can enjoy some for yourself.


1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 TBS butter
4 egg yolks (save the egg whites for the meringue)
vanilla (Nilla) wafers, broke in half (or quartered)
4 large ripe bananas, sliced

Line the bottom of a 9x9 inch dish or a medium bowl with a layer of halved or quartered vanilla wafers. Peel the bananas and slice over the vanilla wafers.

Combine the sugar, flour and salt in a bowl; set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, beat the egg yolks well. Over medium heat, add the flour mixture to the egg yolks, alternately with the milk and vanilla, stirring constantly.

Bring to a gentle boil and, when the mixture begins to thicken, add the butter, continuing to stir. Keep boiling and stirring until mixture is thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.

Place a layer of banana slices in the baking dish on top of the vanilla wafers. Pour, spreading as necessary, half of the pudding over the banana layer. Put down another layer of vanilla wafers, another layer of banana slices, and cover with the remaining pudding. Top with homemade whipped cream.

I like this with my best banana pudding recipe and many other quick dessert recipes. Enjoy.


1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 TBS white sugar

Beat the heavy cream in a mixing bowl until soft mounds form. Gradually add sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to top the pie.


I chill the pie well before serving. You may also make my homemade graham crackers, and use 1/2 of my graham cracker crust recipe, bake it and cut into chunks.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cake Recipe

This may not be a quick dessert recipe, but you must try it. If you want to impress someone - this is the recipe. Enjoy, because you will be the talk of the day when you bring this beauty.


If you like peanut butter (like me), you are going to LOVE this cake. It is a wonderful moist peanut-buttery masterpiece.

Don't be concerned that the cake would turn out oily with all the butter and peanut butter - it is luscious and melts in your mouth. My next quick dessert recipe is a favorite of mine.

2 cups sugar
2 cups self-rising flour, recipe below
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup homemade unsalted butter
1 cup homemade peanut butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk, recipe below
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9 inch cake pans and dust the inside with flour and tap out excess. Line the bottom of the pans with wax or parchment paper. Put the cake pans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Mix sugar and self-rising flour; set aside.

Bring to a rapid boil 2 sticks of butter, 1 cup of peanut butter, and 1 cup of water.

Pour over dry ingredients. Add to that 1/2 cup buttermilk, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and then mix with mixer.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or when a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a rack and cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unmold them and peel off the paper liners. Invert and cool to room temperature, right side up. (These cooled cakes may be wrapped airtight and stored at room temperature overnight or frozen for up to two months.)


For every cup of all purpose flour, you have to add 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. These measurements are perfect and any variations may affect the texture of the end product.

Thoroughly mix the ingredients and your self rising flour substitute is ready. You may also sieve the flour, two to three times, so that the baking powder and salt gets mixed up uniformly. This gives an uniform texture to the baked product. So for this recipe you will need:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Not only for this quick dessert recipe, keep this handy for other recipes.


1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar

Let sit for 15 minutes and it's ready for the recipe.

Not only for this quick dessert recipe, I use this Peanut Butter Frosting on cupcakes and so much more.


This frosting is amazing--it balances flavor against sweetness well, and the texture is perfect: creamy, fluffy, not oily at all. If you use my homemade peanut butter recipe for this frosting and cake - you will be begged (beaten and left for dead) for this recipe.

Do not use margarine; use butter. Butter will give you beautiful, fluffy icing (and that's what you want). I always use this recipe with my peanut butter cake recipe.

1-1/4 cups homemade peanut butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup homemade unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 TBS heavy cream, at room temperature

Beat the peanut butter and butter for at least 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and mix well after each addition. Pour in the heavy cream and beat for 3 to 4 more minutes. Frost the cake.

For my peanut butter cake recipe (see photo above) I frost it, and then I cut up Reese's peanut butter cups and sprinkled over the top of the cake. Then it is drizzled with homemade chocolate sauce. Delish. Out of this world good. Now on to more quick dessert recipes.

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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

I love this quick dessert recipe.


1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar

2 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 TBS pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups cherry (or strawberry) pie filling

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. (This is just for the crust)

Mix together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a bowl until well incorporated and crumbly. Press into a pie plate, going up the sides as much as possible. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes; cool completely.

Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla; set aside. Beat the heavy whipping cream until peaks form. Add this to the cream cheese mixture and mix well. Pour cream cheese filling into prepared crust. Smooth the top with a spatula, and refrigerate until firm, about 2 to 3 hours.

Spread the cherry (strawberry, blueberry, etc) filling over the top, and refrigerate until serving. Easy to make isn't it? No hot kitchen. Hands down, I prefer this easy no bake cheesecake recipe to the baked cheesecake version - any day.

As promised, here are more quick dessert recipes...

Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

Homemade Pie Recipes

Moist Chewy Brownies

The BEST Cookie Recipes

Homemade Snickers Candy Bar - BETTER than store bought

Better Than Sex Cake Recipe

Yes, I have more quick dessert recipes to share, and they are delicious.


Homemade German Chocolate Cake
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 jar caramel or butterscotch topping
1 (8oz) Cool Whip
2 Heath candy bars, broken in pieces

Make sure you bake your cake in a 9x13 pan. Let the cake cool and with a wooden spoon handle punch holes about one inch apart over the entire cake. Pour the whole can of sweet milk into the holes.

Next pour the entire jar of caramel topping over the cake. Spread the Cool Whip over the caramel topping. Last but not least - sprinkle Heath bar pieces over all. I freeze the candy bars and hit them with a hammer to break into pieces.

Refrigerate overnight before serving. This is very important for the flavor of the dessert.

This is a quick dessert recipe and so addicting...


1 cup water
1 stick butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs
2 small boxes instant french vanilla pudding (or any flavor)
3 cups milk
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 large tub Cool Whip
Hershey's chocolate syrup

PREHEAT oven to 400 degrees and grease a jellyroll pan.

Bring water and butter to a rolling boil and add the flour and beat eggs in; one at a time. Spread this into your prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes; cool.

Now beat the pudding, milk and cream cheese together and spread over the cooled crust. Spread whipped cream over the top and drizzle with the chocolate syrup.

NOTE: You may also make this with 1 pkg chocolate and 1 pkg of vanilla pudding. This is a luscious and quick dessert recipe.

Here's another quick dessert recipe that is sure to please.


4 egg whites
3/4 cup white sugar
4 egg yolks
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 TBS flour
6 TBS cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 quart of mint chocolate chip ice cream (or any flavor)

1/3 cup butter
2-1/2 squares bitter chocolate
3 cups white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1-3/4 cups evaporated milk

PREHEAT oven to 400 degrees and you will need a greased jelly roll pan.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in the sugar. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks and vanilla together and then add to the egg white mixture.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together and fold into the egg mixture. Spread this mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 11-14 minutes.

Turn this cake out onto a powdered sugar surface and roll until cooled. Soften the ice cream in the refrigerator.

Unroll the cooled cake and fill with the softened ice cream. Re-roll and wrap in foil and freeze until ready to serve.

Just before serving, melt the butter and chocolate together and SLOWLY add the sugar and evaporated milk stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Spoon this warm sauce over the ice cream roll and serve.

I have more than just quick dessert recipes. Check out the navigation bar on the left...

Quick Dessert Recipes


19 ice cream sandwiches

Homemade Whipped Cream:
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups caramel sauce
1 (12oz) jar hot fudge ice cream topping
3 Heath toffee candy bars, crushed

Beat the heavy whipping cream with the sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form; set aside.

In the bottom of a 9x13 pan, place 1 layer of sandwiches and pour the jar of caramel sauce over that. Add another layer of sandwiches and top that with the jar of hot fudge sauce. Spread the homemade whipped cream on top and sprinkle with the crushed candy bars. Chill well before serving.

Here's another quick dessert recipe variation that is scrumptious.


19 ice cream sandwiches
3/4 cup homemade peanut butter
1 (16oz) can chocolate syrup
1-1/2 cups homemade caramel sauce
1 (12oz) container frozen whipped cream, thawed (homemade whipped cream recipe above
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, quartered
Microwave the peanut butter for a few seconds and place in a mixing bowl. Pour in the chocolate syrup and beat well.

Layer the bottom of a 9x13 pan with one layer of ice cream sandwiches. Drizzle 1/2 of the peanut butter mixture over the sandwiches and then drizzle 1/2 of the caramel over that. Repeat. Spread the whipped cream on top of all and sprinkle evenly with quartered peanut butter cups. Chill well before serving.

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