10 Desserts with 5 Ingredients (Or Fewer!)

November  8, 2011

Don't get us wrong -- we love our layer cakes, pastries, and pies over here. But as simple weeknight desserts (or midday snacks, for that matter) they can be daunting tasks.

Here, then, are 10 delicious, dinner-party worthy desserts -- including ice creams, tarts and puddings -- that are five ingredients or fewer. Because sometimes you just want some dessert, without all that fuss.

Burnt Caramel Pudding by Midge

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Burnt Caramel Pudding


Affogato by amanda



Chocolate Mousse with Cointreau and Chocolate Shards by merrill

Chocolate Mousse


Apples Baked in Cider by Sally

Apples Baked in Cider


Cream Cheese Cookies by merrill

Cream Cheese Cookies


Banana Cardamom Milkshake by merrill

Banana Shake


Lazy Mary's Lemon Tart by dymnyno

Lemon Tart


Foolproof Ice Cream by Tammy

Foolproof Ice Cream


Lemon Posset by mrslarkin

Lemon Posset


The Best Lime Ice Cream by merrill

Lime Ice Cream


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Brette Warshaw

Written by: Brette Warshaw

I'm a reader, eater, culinary thrill-seeker, and food nerd.


smartcat November 14, 2011
Oh for the YUM! I want to make all of these right 5:30 AM.
smartcat November 14, 2011
Oh for the YUM! I want to make all of these right 5:30 AM.
STC November 8, 2011
Simple, but so satisfying and elegantly presented.
Lizthechef November 8, 2011
I have lost count of how many of Mary's lemon tarts and Liz's lemon possets I have served to guests.
Bevi November 8, 2011
Thanks for this great 5 Ingredient line up. I can attest that Merrill's Mother's cookies are delicious, as is Lazy Mary's Lemon Tart, which graced us with its presence, courtesy of wssmom, at the Food52 Metro Potluck Party hosted by sdebrango. Lemon Posset is in rotation this week at ChezBevi.
Bevi November 10, 2011
I can now vouch for the baked apples - wildcard win. They are so delicious and too easy to not make!