11 Dessert Recipes in 5 Ingredients or Less

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It’s summer and the weather is fabulous – who wants to be indoors cooking all day? No worries, with these 5 ingredients or fewer recipes, you will be the toast of the town with just a little more effort than it takes to make toast. Get those taste buds ready, it’s time for some very easy desserts:

1. Broiled Pluots with Zabaglione

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This Italian custard is sweet, creamy, and delicious when broiled over halved stone fruit. If you don’t have pluots, try it with nectarines or peaches instead. Get our Broiled Pluots with Zabaglione recipe.

2. Dulce de Leche

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A dessert in a can – yes, it’s really that easy. Just roast a can of sweetened condensed milk in a bain marie and wait until it turns golden brown and irresistibly thick and creamy. Eat it on toasted brioche, on cheesecake, or on a spoon. Get our Dulce de Leche recipe.

3. Sweet Panzanella

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Okay, this technically has 6 ingredients but it’s way too easy an delicious not to include. Simply mix buttery croutons with sweet berries and sugar, and you have a delicious, light dessert that is perfect for a picnic or brunch. Get our Sweet Panzanella recipe.

4. Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

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This pan of sweets will be finished before you are done reading this article. This fudge is chocolatey, nutty, and with the help of sweetened condensed milk and mini marshmallows, is a breeze to make. Feel free to mix in your favorite nuts or chocolate cookie pieces for an extra-indulgent dessert. Get our Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge recipe.

5. Banana Hot Chocolate

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Because those summer nights can get a little chilly. This hot chocolate is super decadent with half and half as its base. Blended banana adds a distinctly tropical back note. Feel free to use whatever chocolate you like – just make sure that it’s sweetened, because there is no extra sugar in this recipe. Get our Banana Hot Chocolate recipe.

6. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

They’re not just for hotel suite upgrades anymore. These are a breeze to make and by following the simple tutorial for making tuxedos on the strawberries, you may ensure that every night is a black tie affair. Get our Chocolate Dipped Strawberries recipe.

7. Meringue Mushrooms

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Finally, mushrooms that everyone will love – there’s no fear of fungus here. Egg whites are whipped with sugar and cocoa, then piped into little mushroom shapes before being baked into crunchy, irresistibly sweet cookies. Get our Meringue Mushrooms recipe.

8. Peaches ‘n’ Cream Pops

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The sweetest fruit of summer combines with rich mascarpone, cream, and sugar to make the most decadent popsicles on the block. These are creamy and elegant enough to serve at an outdoor summer soiree. Feel free to use other stone fruit in place of peaches if that’s what you have on hand. Get our Peaches 'n' Cream Pops recipe.

9. Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Sorbet Bar

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All you need for this sweet treat is a pint of raspberry sorbet and some really good chocolate. It’s a process to get the sorbet really frozen before you coat it in several layers of chocolate, but the result is worth it. Plus, it’s made with ingredients that you probably already have at home. Get our Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Sorbet Bar recipe.

10. Mendiants

These miniature bites of chocolate, nuts, and fruit are fancy enough for wedding favors but easy enough to make on a weeknight to bring in for your co-worker’s birthday. If you don’t like pistachios or almonds, experiment with your favorite nuts. Get our Mendiants recipe.

11. Easy Pain au Chocolat

It couldn’t be any easier or more delicious than this. Good quality store bought croissants stuffed with your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread are ideal as breakfast or as dessert when topped with ice cream or whipped cream. Serve it with spiked coffee for a delicious boozy brunch. Get our Easy Pain Au Chocolat recipe.

Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching "Arrested Development" reruns.

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