Baking is a wonderful way to show your love and appreciation, or just do something nice for someone who deserves it. And if you’re not much of a cook, baking provides an easy way to indulge in the sweet life without turning on the oven too often. But even if you are a skilled cook, sometimes there can be days when cooking seems like more work than fun (or sanity-saving). So here are nine easy desserts that will fit any occasion or mood so all you have to do is find your favorite ingredients and go!
1) Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls are easy to make, easy to serve and easy to eat. What else can you ask for?
Cinnamon rolls are perfect for breakfast, dessert or any time in between. They’re also a great way to use up leftover bread dough from other projects. With the right ingredients on hand, it’s easy enough even for kids to make these sweet treats by themselves. Here is how:
Start with your favorite bread dough recipe (homemade or store bought)
Grease a 9×13 inch pan with butter
Roll out one third of the dough into an 18×12 inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick
Spread softened butter over the entire surface
Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over top
Roll dough into a log and cut into 12 even pieces
Place rolls in a prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes until it turns golden brown.
2) Chocolate Chip Cookies
The easy sweets to bake list is long, but for this article we’ll be focusing on the chocolate chip cookies.
There are many easy ways of making these cookies; all you need is flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and butter (or margarine). You can also add some vanilla extract or other flavors.
The recipe is really easy: just mix up everything together in a large bowl with your hand mixer until it forms a dough-like consistency. Then shape into small balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet before flattening them out with a fork or spoon. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until light brown around the edges. Let cool on a wire rack before eating!
3) Lemon Bars
Lemon Bars are easy to bake and have a beautiful, light, refreshing lemon flavor. They’re perfect for picnics or potlucks because they travel well and can be made ahead of time. This recipe is easy enough for a beginner baker!
– 1/2 cup butter at room temperature – 1/4 cup sugar – 2 eggs – 2 cups flour + 3 tbsp extra flour for dusting the pan – 2 tsps baking powder – 1 tsp salt – 3/4 cup milk (skim or whole) + more if needed to thin out batter before pouring it in the pan – zest from one large lemon + juice from half a large lemon (approx. 4 tablespoons) – 1/2 cup sugar – 1 tbsp flour.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan and dust with three tablespoons of flour. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about five minutes. Add eggs one at a time while continuing to beat the mixture for another minute after each egg. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup of the milk to the butter mixture while beating at medium speed until it is mostly mixed in, then add half of the dry ingredients, beating until even.
Add remaining milk, beat for another minute then add the other half of the dry mix, beating only until the flour disappears. Pour batter into the pan and spread it around evenly. In a small bowl, mix together lemon juice and zest with sugar and flour until well blended. Sprinkle mixture evenly over bars and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Bars will be light golden brown when done baking. Allow bars to cool before removing them from the pan and cutting them into squares.
Brownies are easy to bake because they require no baking. Instead, you just need two bowls and a stovetop. They’re easy to make in large batches too! And if that wasn’t enough, brownies are always delicious when served warm with ice cream or whipped cream on top. Brownies have been around since the late 1800s when American cookery writer Fannie Farmer included the recipe in her Boston Cooking School CookBook for “plain chocolate cake.”
It’s easy to see why these treats became so popular so quickly – not only do they taste great, but they’re easy to make too! Here are four quick steps for making this simple dessert:
1) Melt 6 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
2) Combine 6 ounces of chocolate and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder in a large bowl and mix together. Pour the melted butter into the bowl and stir well to form a paste.
3) Add 2 eggs and continue stirring until they become consistent.
4) Combine 1 cup of sugar, ½ teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour in a separate bowl. Pour in the chocolate mixture, stir to combine everything evenly.
5) Transfer the contents of the bowl into a pan. Baking times will vary for different ovens but typically it’s about 20 minutes.
6) Serve with ice cream or whipped cream on top!
5) Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
This easy recipe is perfect for a beginner baker. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious! The bread will turn out moist and have a nice chocolate flavor from the chips. The bananas add just the right amount of sweetness, so you won’t have to add any sugar in this easy baking recipe. This bread also freezes well, so it’s a great idea for when you want to bake in bulk. The dough can be made in advance and stored in the fridge or freezer until ready to use. You’ll only need about 20 minutes of active time before popping it into the oven. In addition, this easy sweets recipe requires no fancy ingredients that are difficult to find at your local grocery store. This is an easy sweets recipe you’ll want to make again and again.
6) Strawberry Muffins
Baking is easy, but it’s easy to get in a baking rut. If you’re looking for some easy sweets to bake that will excite your taste buds and impress your dinner guests, these muffins are the perfect solution! In addition to being easy to make, they can be mixed up in about 20 minutes or less. And while it’s recommended that you use fresh strawberries when possible, frozen berries work just as well. You’ll also need a standard muffin pan with liners and a whisk for mixing the batter together. Finally, if there are any leftovers after all of this preparation (highly unlikely!), store them in an airtight container on the countertop or freezer until ready to eat later on down the road!
7) Fudgy Brownies
Brownies are easy to bake, easy to eat and easy on the waistline. People have been baking brownies since the first cookbook came out in 1872! The recipe is simple: butter, sugar, eggs, flour and cocoa powder. The only other ingredients you might need are vanilla extract or salt. They come out rich and gooey with a satisfying crunch from the nuts sprinkled on top of them. Brownies were originally called “fudgy” because they were dense like fudge but not as sweet. Did you know the first brownie was created by a doctor who wanted to make chocolate more appealing to kids?
Custard is easy to bake and easy on your waistline. You only need milk, eggs, sugar, butter and some flavoring like vanilla or lemon! Once you have all of your ingredients together, custard is sturdy enough to add your favorite easy baking extras like chocolate chips, cinnamon, fruit or nuts. Custard can be served warm right from the oven with a dusting of powdered sugar and a light sprinkle of more easy baking ingredients or allowed to chill in the fridge. You can then use it for pies, parfaits or easy desserts!
Snickerdoodles are easy sweets to bake. And they are easy to make, too! They only require a few ingredients, which you probably already have in your kitchen. The recipe is simple and easy to follow. The hardest thing about it is waiting for the snickerdoodles to be done baking!
Snickerdoodle cookies are chewy on the inside with a crispy outer crust that gives just enough resistance before giving way into a soft cookie. This recipe also makes them so pretty-looking with their cinnamon sugar coating that you might want to keep them all for yourself instead of sharing! But don’t worry, because these easy sweets will not last long–they’re so tasty people won’t be able to stop themselves from eating them up.
– 1 cup unsalted butter, softened [or vegan margarine]
– 1 ⅔ cups white sugar [regular or brown sugar]
– 2 large eggs [vegan]
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract [alcohol-free]
– 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
– ½ teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line two large baking trays with parchment. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat well until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat again. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and cream of tartar (if using). Add to the butter mixture and mix until combined. The dough should be easy to handle at this point; if it is too sticky to work with, add a little flour. Spoon out small rounds of dough, roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on wire racks. When cookies are cooled, dust them with the cinnamon sugar mixture.