Here are our top fan favorite dessert recipes! Everyone loves these tasty treats that are easy to make and range from healthy to decadent.
It’s easy to find dessert recipes, but how about those family favorites that turn into memories? We love it when people ask, “Can you bring that cookie cake again? Are you making bliss bites?” There are some recipes that have greatest hits written all over them. So we thought we’d collect them into a list!
Here are all our family favorite dessert recipes we come back to again and again! These are some of the greatest hits with our readers and our own family’s personal favorites. No matter which you make, someone will probably ask for the recipe. (Or your family will make you make it…again!)
First up in our favorite dessert recipes: cookie cake! This chocolate chip cookie cake is 100% more delicious than a store bought cookie cake. (We think, at least!) The rich chocolate chunks and a hint of orange zest make it seriously irresistible: the flavor is oh so real. The texture is perfectly soft and chewy. Everyone will ooo and ahh about this one! (All our family does.)
This Chocolate Mug Cakerecipe comes out insanely fudgy and 100% delicious! It’s got a secret ingredient that makes a delightfully rich flavor. The hardest part? Waiting for it to cool until you can dig in. Here’s our tutorial: all you need to know about how to make a mug cake – and some variations for making it your own!
Are you ready for a supremely delicious dessert recipe? Because have we got one for you! This chocolate zucchini cake is rich, chocolaty, and irresistibly good. It’s an inventive way to eat real, whole foods in dessert form, pairing zucchini and almond butter with chocolate chips. This cake is gluten free and dairy free and made it to family favorite status in our household. The zucchini makes it ultra moist, and it’s gooey and just sweet enough. It’s truly a stunner!
Bliss bites are by far our most popular of dessert recipes of all time! They’re basically a homemade peanut butter cup combined with a no bake cookie, and people all over the world make and love them! Made with maple syrup, coconut oil, and oats, they’re naturally sweet, vegan, and gluten-free. Keep them in the freezer or refrigerator and nibble all week long.
Meet another favorite dessert recipe: this easiest applesauce cake! It’s moist, scented with cinnamon, and perfectly fluffy. It’s got a healthy spin with olive oil and Greek yogurt, and instead of calorie-rich icing there’s a sprinkle of powdered sugar. And the best part? It’s so easy: simply mix all the ingredients together in the baking pan. No mixing bowls required!
Here’s a favorite dessert recipe that’s simple, healthy, and ultra delicious: chocolate covered bananas! Now, this concept it not new or revolutionary: but it's perfect for a sweet treat craving! The crunch of a crisp dark chocolate coating around an icy banana makes magic. Store this healthy treat in the freezer anytime a chocolate craving hits.
What's a better decadent dessert recipe than cookie dough? Not sure about you, we'd always pick dough over a baked cookie 100% of the time. This cookie dough is perfectly safe to eat with a few tricks. Make the standard dough which has various diet options, or try our popular Chickpea Cookie Dough, an option that's a tad healthier without sacrificing on flavor.
Ever made homemade peanut butter cups? These have just the right crisp snap when you bite the chocolate, just the right gooey peanut butter interior, and a little hint of sea salt for savory sweet action. They're way, way better than the store bought version and the perfect sweet treat for after a meal. (Or you might find yourself sneaking one as a snack!)
This signature apple crisp recipe reminds us childhood with all its cozy and nostalgic vibes! This is the best classic apple crumble (or apple crisp, because they’re pretty darn similar). It’s a big 9 x 13 pan to feed a crowd, and fresh ginger accentuates the gooey filling perfectly.
Here’s an easy dessert recipe that always hits the spot: this magical blueberry cobbler! This recipe is an old family favorite. Throw fresh blueberries on top of the blueberry batter and throw it in the oven. As the cobbler bakes, the blueberries sink to the bottom and the batter forms a golden crust on top. Get ready to be amazed by this simple kitchen trick!
Get ready for the ultimate celebration dessert recipe for a chocolate lover: flourless chocolate cake! This decadent flourless chocolate cake is meant for that occasional celebration. Rich and fudgy, dense and dark chocolaty, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream cake. Top it with this easy raspberry compote for a sweet tart pairing that cuts the sweetness of the cake perfectly.
This dessert recipe we invented by chance, and it’s not really even a recipe. Use it for when you have a chocolate craving and need something...now! Here’s the great part: it tastes just like dark chocolate pudding! But it’s only Greek yogurt, dark cocoa powder, and maple syrup. So, you get the protein and probiotics of yogurt while getting your chocolate fix. Even better, you can make it in 2 minutes!
Why make shortcake with store-bought mix if it’s 100% more delicious homemade? The last in our favorite dessert recipes is this most classic strawberry shortcake! It’s got tender, biscuit-like shortcakes, juicy sweet berries, and fluffy, homemade whipped cream. It’s so ridiculously good, it’s perfect for special occasions of all kinds: cookouts, patio parties, birthdays, and anytime you come across a load of ripe, beautiful berries.
Here are a few more dessert recipes and collections if you’re looking for more inspiration:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.
Combine the flour, baking soda, and kosher salt in a bowl. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer), cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with paddle attachment for 2 to 3 minutes until fluffy. Add the vanilla, egg, milk, and orange zest and beat for 1 minute.
With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Use a spatula to press down the dough into the pie pan. Top with the additional 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
Bake 25 to 27 minutes, until the edges are starting to brown and the center has fully firmed up. Cool several hours at room temperature before serving (the cookie cake is much too gooey to cut when it’s first baked, so the longer you can cool it the better!).
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.