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25 Easy Last-Minute Dessert Ideas for Any Occasion

These simple last-minute dessert ideas come to the rescue in a pinch! Nothing quite spells panic like realizing you have unexpected guests coming over.

But these easy treats will satisfy your sweet tooth without the hassle of a lengthy baking session. These desserts are also perfect when you’re short on time or a craving strikes.

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You’ll love these no-bake delights and quick and easy recipes. These last-minute dessert ideas will quickly become your new go-tos.

Let’s dive right in and discover how to whip up mouthwatering treats in a flash!

1. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

This no-bake recipe is such a treat! The taste of smooth peanut butter and sweet cream cheese mix perfectly together. Add in a graham cracker crust and whipped cream, and you have a match made in heaven.

It’s such a lifesaver when you’re short on time. It’s also the perfect thing to make on hot days when you don’t want to turn the oven on.

If you’re not a fan of graham crackers, try using Oreo cookies instead.

2. No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

This creamy, dreamy cheesecake is infused with chocolatey Oreo goodness. It’s the perfect dessert to throw together when company comes over.

The layers of cream cheese and crushed Oreos meld together in perfect harmony. It’s impossible to resist!

Serve it at your next BBQ or dinner party, and watch as your guests swoon with delight.

3. Brownie Sundaes

There’s something so nostalgic about digging into a brownie sundae. The rich, chocolate flavor of the brownie is perfect with the smoothness of the ice cream.

Plus, if you have a batch of brownies already made, you can whip them up in minutes. Add some caramel sauce on top for an extra sweet touch.

Experiment with different flavors of ice cream to switch things up. Mint chocolate chip and salted caramel are two of my favorites!

4. Haystack Cookies

Haystack cookies are super easy to make and only require a few ingredients. They’re perfect for serving as a quick dessert or a sweet snack.

To mix things up, substitute the peanut butter for almond butter. Or add some yummy chocolate syrup on top for a decadent finishing touch.

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5. Yogurt Parfaits

Yogurt parfaits offer a lot of room for creativity and personalization. This recipe has a base layer of vanilla yogurt with sliced berries. The creaminess is complemented by a layer of homemade granola for added texture. The flavors all work together to create a perfect balance of sweetness and crunchiness.

Chopped walnuts or pecans also work well in place of the granola.

6. Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

If you grew up on ice cream sandwiches, just wait until you try this cake! It’s to die for. Layered with ice cream sandwiches, whipped cream, and syrup, it’s the perfect summer treat.

Serve it with fresh sliced strawberries on top for added sweetness and color.

7. Rice Krispie Treats

There’s something about a classic Rice Krispie treats recipe no one can possibly resist.

These delightful squares couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is butter, marshmallows, and Rice Krispies cereal.

The standard recipe is seriously addictive. But you can also get creative with fun additions. Include chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, or even pumpkin pie spice for a tasty twist.

8. Easy Cherry Crisp

This cherry crisp is so easy, and it comes together with a handful of ingredients. The sweet cherries and crispy oat topping work together perfectly.

Plus, it’s so versatile! You can serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or, try it cold with a dollop of whipped cream.

If you don’t have cherries on hand, no worries. This recipe works great with any fruit in your kitchen.

9. Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a beloved classic people have enjoyed for years. The sweet and tangy strawberries perfectly complement the light and buttery cake. And the creamy whipped cream balances everything out.

It doesn’t matter what the occasion is. End the meal with strawberry shortcake, and everyone will smile ear to ear.

10. Kool-Aid Pie

Kool-Aid pie takes one of our favorite childhood staples and turns it into a delicious treat! It can be served chilled or frozen, making it the ideal last-minute dessert.

To cut down on time, you can use a store-bought graham cracker crust for this recipe. So be sure to always have one on hand! Trust me, this pie will not disappoint.

11. Easy Fruit Sorbet

This super easy fruit sorbet takes just 15 minutes to make, and it’s delicious!

My favorite is a mix of berries with a splash of lemon juice. The tartness balances out the sweetness and adds a zing. But feel free to play around with different flavor combinations. Mix peach and mango, or raspberry and lime.

Serve the sorbet in a pretty bowl, or scoop it onto a cone for a fun treat.

12. Summer Berry Trifle

This trifle is light, refreshing, and oh-so-colorful! The recipe combines layers of fresh berries, soft ladyfingers, and fluffy cream cheese. Each bite is bursting with fruity goodness, and the textures work together seamlessly.

And since there’s no oven required, you can put it together in no time.

If you’re hosting a small gathering, serve it in individual glasses for a beautiful colorful presentation.

13. Philadelphia No-Bake Cheesecake

If you’re someone who feels intimidated by homemade cheesecake, this recipe is for you! It’s beginner-friendly, and there’s no water bath or oven required!

Made with just 6 ingredients, it only takes 10 minutes to throw together.

The recipe is customizable, so you can add toppings like fresh fruit or chocolate sauce.

14. Saltine Cracker Candy

Saltine cracker candy is such a simple treat. But every time I make it, people beg for the recipe! The combination of sweet and salty flavors is irresistible.

To make it, simply put saltine crackers in a single layer on a baking sheet. Melt some butter and brown sugar together, then pour it over the crackers. Let it harden and cool, and you have a tasty dessert no one can resist!

15. Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake for Two

If you’re looking for the perfect date night recipe, this chocolate mug cake for two can’t be topped.

All you have to do is mix the ingredients, stir them up, and pop your mugs into the microwave for 2 minutes.

It’s a no-fuss treat, and cleanup is a breeze, too! A total win-win.

16. Blueberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Dessert

This heavenly dessert recipe is made with a light cake, velvety whipped cream, and juicy blueberries. The creaminess of the whipped topping complements the tartness of the fruit.

Using store-bought angel food cake, it couldn’t be easier. It’s especially convenient when you’re hosting guests. It only takes a few minutes to make, leaving you more time for great conversation!

It’s delicious any time of year, but even more so on a warm summer day.

17. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate and peanut butter are the ultimate sweet duo. And when you combine them in these no-bake bars, it’s a match made in dessert heaven.

These bars are perfect for a crowd or as a treat when your sweet tooth strikes. Since they’re no bake, they take little to no effort to prepare.

18. Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Banana Split

Old-fashioned ice cream banana splits are a classic dessert that never disappoints. They’re reminiscent of trips to the ice cream shop we all took as kids.

Why not bring back some of that nostalgia by making them at home? To keep things fun, you can let guests customize their toppings. Whipped cream, cherries, and walnuts are always a hit.

19. Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie (Cool Whip Pie)

Strawberry lemonade pie, or Cool Whip pie, will quickly become a staple in your kitchen. It has a velvety filling made from whipped cream and tangy lemon juice. The pie is topped off with sweet strawberries.

To serve it, slice it into generous pieces topped with whipped cream or fresh fruit.

It’s a no-fuss, crowd-pleasing recipe everyone will love.

20. Oreo Ice Cream Cake

The recipe is simple, but the results are amazing. And let’s be honest, any dessert with Oreos in it is a guaranteed winner!

The creamy vanilla ice cream combined with the crunchy chocolate cookies is absolutely irresistible. You won’t be able to get enough!

This cake is perfect for any celebration, party, or when you want to cool off!

21. Brownie in a Mug

When a brownie craving strikes but you don’t want to make a whole batch, whip up this mug version. It’s easy to make and only takes a few minutes in the microwave.

Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s the perfect indulgence for one. Of course, it’s so good, you just might make a second serving!

22. Easy Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate pudding is at the top of the list as far as easy desserts go. It’s so easy, even kids can put it together.

Sure, instant pudding is simple as well. But this homemade version tastes so much better!

Serve it in individual cups or bowls, and don’t forget the fresh whipped cream on top.

23. 5-Minute Chocolate Fudge

Fudge is a time-honored tradition, especially around the holidays. And this version comes together in just 5 minutes!

It’s so easy to whip up, and the rich chocolate flavors can’t be beat. The creamy texture is heavenly and pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea.

Plus, it’s a great option for last-minute dessert cravings or unexpected guests. Serve it with fresh berries, whipped cream, or even a dollop of peanut butter.

24. Easy Berry Icebox Cake

This easy icebox cake recipe is such a game-changer. Layers of graham crackers, whipped cream, and fresh berries create a light and indulgent dessert. The tartness of the berries balances the sweetness of the cream perfectly.

It’ll be the hit of any party, especially summer gatherings. Plus, it’s easy to make ahead of time. And if you don’t have fresh berries, you can use frozen ones to save time.

Trust me, you won’t regret making this dessert.

25. Jell-O Poke Cake

This cake couldn’t be easier to make! All you need is cake mix, Jell-O, and whipped cream.

First, bake the cake according to the directions on the box. Once it’s cool, poke holes all over it with a fork. Then, pour the prepared Jell-O over it. Let it chill and top it with whipped cream for a real treat.

You can switch up the Jell-O flavor to fit your preferences and even add fresh fruit on top. This cake serves a crowd and is always a hit.

25 Easy Last-Minute Dessert Ideas for Any Occasion

Course: DessertCuisine: American

These easy last-minute desserts are great in a pinch! From pies to sundaes to cookies and cakes, they all come together in a jiffy!

Ingredients

  • No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

  • No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

  • Brownie Sundaes

  • Haystack Cookies

  • Yogurt Parfaits

  • Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

  • Rice Krispie Treats

  • Easy Cherry Crisp

  • Strawberry Shortcake

  • Kool-Aid Pie

  • Easy Fruit Sorbet

  • Summer Berry Trifle

  • Philadelphia No-Bake Cheesecake

  • Saltine Cracker Candy

  • Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake for Two

  • Blueberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Dessert

  • No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Banana Split

  • Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie (Cool Whip Pie)

  • Oreo Ice Cream Cake

  • Brownie in a Mug

  • Easy Chocolate Pudding

  • 5 -Minute Chocolate Fudge

  • Easy Berry Icebox Cake

  • Jello Poke Cake

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  • Organize all the required ingredients.
  • Prep a last-minute treat in 30 minutes or less!

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “25 Easy Last-Minute Dessert Ideas for Any Occasion”

  1. Hi, I want to make your recipe called cherry cobbler with white cake mix. Can I use an 9×9 aluminum pan as I don’t have a glass pan in that size. I only have glass in an 8×8.
    Thank you

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    • Hi Sheila!
      You could use the 8×8 - it will just be thicker and possibly need an extra 5 minutes in the oven.

      Is the aluminum pan the kind you throw away or anodized aluminum?
      If it's disposable, I'd add a layer of parchment as the pan may react with the acidic fruit. And place a tray underneath as they're quite thin.

      Either way, keep an eye on it in the oven and remove it when the fruit it bubbling

      Reply

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