9 Super-Quick Desserts for Almost Instant Gratification

These quick and easy treats have got your back when your sweet tooth’s craving dessert but time’s not on your side. Best of all, you’ll find most of the ingredients right in your pantry.

1. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Ready in 22 minutes | You could stick to the 3-ingredient magic of this super simple cookie recipe, or follow the lead of several reviewers who added chocolate to the mix. Your cookie, your choice. It’s all good.

Super-Quick Desserts for Almost Instant Gratification | 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

2. Edible Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Ready in 10 minutes | You know how it is. Sometimes you just want to eat cookie dough. This safe-to-eat, eggless recipe is here to second that emotion.

Super-Quick Desserts for Almost Instant Gratification | Edible Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Photo by Yoly

3. Southern Fried Apples

Ready in 20 minutes | Spooned over ice cream while they’re still warm from the skillet, slices of fresh apple sautéed in butter and cinnamon sugar deliver the goodness of pie without all the baking. Add a splash of bourbon or brandy for a boozy finish, if you wish.

Super-Quick Desserts for Almost Instant Gratification | Southern Fried Apples

Photo by Melissa Goff

4. Plantains in Butter Rum Sauce

Ready in 20 minutes |  If you’ve always wanted to try cooking plantains but didn’t know where to start, use this simple recipe as your intro. You can substitute regular bananas if you can’t find plantains; the flavor will be sweeter and the texture will be softer.

Super-Quick Desserts for Almost Instant Gratification | Plantains in Butter Rum Sauce

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5. Baked S’mores Dip

Ready in 19 minutes | No campfire? No problem. This s’mores dip comes to you straight from the oven. Bake it in a cast iron skillet if you want to give it an outdoorsy spin.

Super-Quick Desserts for Almost Instant Gratification | Baked S'mores Dip

Photo by Lela

6. Pumpkin Cannoli

Ready in 20 minutes | If you can whip cream, you can make this fall-flavored twist on traditional cannoli in just minutes. This recipe calls for piping the filling into pre-made cannoli shells, but Valerie Riley used puff pastry cups and loved the results.

Super-Quick Desserts for Almost Instant Gratification | Pumpkin Cannoli

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7. Hasty Chocolate Pudding

Ready in 15 minutes | Satisfy your chocolate comfort food cravings in mere minutes, thanks to your microwave. No microwave? Check out these tips from gwendolyn028 for cooking this on your stovetop.

Super-Quick Desserts for Almost Instant Gratification | Hasty Chocolate Pudding

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8. Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge (2-Ingredient)

Ready in 15 minutes | Okay, so this stretches the definition of fudge. But when you’re jonesing for something quick and fudgy, this 2-ingredient treat just might do it for you.

Super-Quick Desserts for Almost Instant Gratification | Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge (2-Ingredient)

Photo by Christina

9. Rocky Road Popcorn Balls

Ready in 25 minutes | Popcorn attains dessert status when it’s all balled up with chocolate, marshmallows, and peanuts. You can change up the nuts or leave them out altogether. Check out the video to see how to make them.

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