You don’t have to break out your KitchenAid mixer and whip up something you’d see in a case at a French patisserie. I’ve compiled a list of five of the easiest desserts you can make that won’t take any time and taste delicious. These are especially great if you’re “cooking impaired”.
These are the easiest things I’ve ever made. The only trick is getting the chocolate to set right.
(1) box of your favorite cake mix
Enough eggs, oil, and water to prepare the cake
(1) can of frosting (to compliment said cake mix)
(1) bag of white, milk, or dark chocolate
Sprinkles, nuts, or other edible decorations (optional)
Prepare cake according to package directions. Let cool. Crumble the cake into a large bowl and add enough frosting just until the mixture can be formed into balls. Melt the chocolate in a separate bowl and dip the cake balls into the chocolate. Place on wax paper to cool. Decorate with sprinkles or nuts while the chocolate is still warm.
Some good combinations include:
Yellow cake with chocolate frosting/milk chocolate coating
Devils food cake with chocolate frosting/dark chocolate coating
Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting/white chocolate coating
Spice cake with cream cheese frosting/white chocolate coating
Funfetti cake with Funfetti frosting/white or milk chocolate coating
Lemon cake with lemon frosting/white chocolate coating
These things are awesome, especially because there are so many different flavors of Oreos now. I usually use the mint ones; it makes the truffles taste like Thin Mint cookies!
(1) package of Oreos (whichever flavor you choose)
(1) 8 oz package of cream cheese
(1) bag of mlik or white chocolate
Excess crumbs for garnish
Place the Oreos in a blender or food processor and pulse until they are fine crumbs. Mix together with room temperature cream cheese until the mixture is thick enough to roll into balls. Melt the chocolate in a separate bowl and coat the truffles in chocolate. Place on wax paper, sprinkle with a few excess cookie crumbs and allow to cool until chocolate hardens.
Be careful with these guys. If you put a bowl of them in front of me, they are bound to go missing within 5 mins.
(1) bag of “waffle” pretzels (the kind that are shaped like checkerboards)
(1) bag of Hershey’s Hugs
(1) bag of M&Ms (you can use regular or you can be cute and use the ones that are colored for a specific holiday)
Ready a cookie tray with foil and preheat your oven to a low setting, about 200 – 250 degrees. Place pretzels on the cookie sheet in rows; place one Hug on each pretzel. Once the whole tray is made, place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for about 5 – 10 mins or until the Hug is melty. They should still hold their shape but melt when you touch one. Take the tray out of the oven and place 1 – 2 M&Ms on top of each Hug; press down to secure the M&Ms and spread the chocolate out to the sides of the pretzel. Allow to cool and remove from foil.
Another super-simple recipe that tastes delicious. Be sure to keep an eye on this or the chocolate will burn.
(2) bags of milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
(1) 14 oz can of condensed milk
Chopped nuts (optional)
Put chocolate and condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring after every 30 seconds. Once melted and combined, add in 1 – 2 tsp of vanilla (to your taste) and a dash of salt. Fold in chopped nuts if desired (pecans are awesome in this recipe). Spread into a pan and let cool. Cut into squares.
Peanut Butter Cookies
These cookies only have THREE ingredients in them. They’re great for vegetarians or people with allergies to gluten.
(1) cup peanut butter
(1) cup sugar
Mix all three ingredients together into a dough. Bake at 350 for about 15 mins.