15 Holiday Desserts Made with 5 Ingredients or Less

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15 Holiday Desserts Made with 5 Ingredients or Less

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Though this bread pudding is a luscious make-ahead dessert, it works equally well as a decadent Christmas morning breakfast – or, heck, a breakfast for any morning that deserves a little something special.

Get the recipe for: Chocolate Bread Pudding

Inside-Out Pear Crisp

Instead of serving a baked fruit crisp in a casserole dish, why not serve the crunchy, spicy oat topping inside the fruit itself? This autumnal recipe can be prepped ahead of time and baked while you eat dinner for a fresh-from-the-oven dessert.

Get the recipe for: Inside-Out Pear Crisp

Tropical Cheesecake Trifle

The typically British fruit-and-cream trifle goes to the tropics for the holidays, getting a refreshing touch of pineapple and coconut and a rich blast of cream cheese. It’s a no-bake dessert that tastes like a heat wave.

Get the recipe for: Tropical Cheesecake Trifle

Maple-Milk Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse can often be too heavy and cloying, but this lightened-up version combines the fluffy texture of a mousse with the lightness of a pudding. If you love Three Musketeers bars, you’ll be a fan of this maple-infused dessert.

Get the recipe for: Maple-Milk Chocolate Mousse

Creamsicle Sherbet

Pastel palate-cleansing sherbets aren’t just for tea parties and soda fountains! Take your childhood memories of these icy treats and bring them into the modern world with a punch of fresh citrus.

Get the recipe for: Creamsicle Sherbet

Biscoff-Chocolate Bites

If you’ve never tried Biscoff spread, you’re in for a treat. This cinnamon-brown sugar spread is made from crushed Belgian Biscoff cookies, also known as speculoos. Find it in the peanut butter section of the supermarket.

Get the recipe for: Biscoff-Chocolate Bites

Raspberry and Cream Parfaits

Mascarpone, an Italian version of cream cheese, adds a little European elegance to a simple parfait. Layered with fresh, tangy raspberries and your favorite cookies, it’s a shortcut dessert with sensational results.

Get the recipe for: Raspberry and Cream Parfaits

Frozen Lime Tarts

Who needs an ice cream maker to make an ice cream pie? Not you, when you’ve got this quick no-bake lime pie in your back pocket. Whisk the filling together and freeze until party time.

Get the recipe for: Frozen Lime Tarts

Holiday Nut Bark

Red cherries and green pistachios make this bark a festive edible gift for the holiday season. Just melt, smear, sprinkle and chill!

Get the recipe for: Holiday Nut Bark

Caramel-Chocolate “Croissants” with Ice Cream

Don’t have time to pop over to the French bakery for your favorite pastry? Premade puff pastry saves the day yet again, making it simple to roll up a gooey but elegant dessert.

Get the recipe for: Caramel-Chocolate “Croissants” with Ice Cream

Salted Butter Caramels

The act of making caramel is magical in its simplicity: dairy and sugar bubble into a gooey, sweet sauce that hardens on its own. Your magic wand? A candy thermometer. It may seem like an investment, but when family and friends ask for these caramels again and again, it’ll be worth its weight in gold.

Get the recipe for: Salted Butter Caramels

Chocolate and Cream Puffs

Cream puffs are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser: they seem like fancy French pastry, but make them just once and you’ll see that they’re easier than baking a batch of cupcakes. Fill the puffs with pre-made pudding and whipped cream as a reward for all that “hard work.”

Get the recipe for: Chocolate and Cream Puffs

Peanut Butter Icebox Bites

What do you get when you cross a classic icebox cake with a peanut butter cookie? A cool, creamy, bite-size treat that both adults and kids will go (pea)nuts over.

Get the recipe for: Peanut Butter Icebox Bites

Grapefruit Pudding

This incredible eggless pudding has actually been around since Shakespeare’s day. Based on an old English dessert called a posset, it uses the natural acidity of citrus juice to thicken cream to a pudding-like texture.

Get the recipe for: Grapefruit Pudding

Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge

If you’ve ever steered clear of homemade fudge because you feared it would be gritty, try this version. Mini marshmallows and evaporated milk keep the texture light and smooth and the classic chocolate flavor can’t be beat.

Get the recipe for: Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge


Impressive as they may look, these five-ingredient holiday dessert recipes don't require much time in the kitchen, making them perfect for parties, potlucks or however you're celebrating the season.

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