Dessert is the "cherry on top" of any great meal. From baked goods to no-bake fruit tarts and ice cream sundaes, there's no denying that these sweets have a special way of looking just as amazing as they taste. Indulge your sweet tooth with these 20 Pinterest-worthy dessert recipes, and make your own artisanal confections right at home.
Flourless Black Bean Fudge Brownies
If you thought black beans were only good in a salad or as a side, this flourless brownie recipe will make you think otherwise. Once baked, dust confectioner's sugar over the brownies to make them look as decadent as they taste. These delicious brownies are gluten-free and packed with fiber and protein.
Now-Bake Chocolate Coconut Slice
Some of the best desserts require no baking at all – including this no-bake chocolate coconut slice. With the use of a food processor and several sweet ingredients – including coconut flakes, medjool dates and maple syrup – you can make these right in your kitchen to satisfy any intense sweets craving.
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
For a fun and shareable dessert, consider making this gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip skillet cookie. You can split it into slices to share, or take a spoon and dig right in. Bake it in the cast iron skillet and serve (once cooled) for a rustic food presentation.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
If you're craving cookies and brownies at the same time, why not have both in one bite? With this chocolate chip cookie dough brownie recipe, now you can. It's a chewy treat that'll please dessert lovers of all ages.
Almost Raw Vegan Cheesecake with Strawberries
This vegan cheesecake with strawberries is an irresistible dessert for dairy-free diets and dairy lovers alike. Instead of faux cheese products, which get a bad rap, this recipe makes its "cheesecake" filling from scratch. The cashew and lemon-based filling, nutty crust and tart strawberries combine to harmoniously bring this vegan cheesecake together.
S'mores in a Jar
If you're craving s'mores one evening and don't have a crackling fire nearby, these s'mores in a jar are a fitting substitute. The scrumptious layers of graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding, marshmallow and dark chocolate will leave you wanting— well— s'more! They may look fancy, but it's okay to get a little messy when you scarf it down.
Dairy-Free Raspberry Coconut Cream Bars
Dairy-free raspberry coconut cream bars are bite-sized delicacies that require very few ingredients. The fresh raspberries combined with the lemon juice and coconut milk create a creamy mixture that sets into this vibrant, rich and tangy filling.
Coconut Almond Blueberry Crumb Bars
For a gluten-free and dairy-free sweets option, prepare a batch of these coconut almond blueberry crumb bars. The fresh blueberries bind the crumb mixture together, and create a sweet, golden and blue crumb bar once it's baked.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
With just four simple ingredients – peanut butter, maple syrup, non-dairy milk and oat flour – these gluten-free peanut butter cookies pack a flavorful and nutty punch in one bite.
Dark Chocolate-Covered Banana Bites
Indulge in some smooth dark chocolate-covered banana bites. They're a delicious no-bake dessert that can be topped in a variety of ways. Sprinkle some pecan pieces, flaked coconut, cacao nibs and/or sea salt for the perfect finger-licking snack. You can even freeze them as snack for later.
Reduced-Guilt Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
Continuing with the banana and chocolate combo, this simple recipe will have you making gourmet double chocolate banana muffins in no time. And since they have a healthy serving of mashed bananas and dark chocolate chips, you'll hardly feel guilty helping yourself to another muffin or two.
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll Cookies
These sweet potato cinnamon roll cookies take your cookie-making skills to the next level. It requires a little more effort than most cookies on this list, but you will end up with a moist, bite-sized cinnamon roll cookie that is as delicious as it looks.
Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
This recipe creates a decadent, velvety brownie with minimal effort. Add in melted peanut butter and sweep through to make a beautiful swirl effect that'll be baked right into the finished product. Top with hot fudge and serve with ice cream for an exceptional sundae.
No-Bake Chocolate and Almond Tart
In just four hours, you can make your own healthy, no-bake chocolate and almond tart. The grainy almond and oat crust fused with the dark chocolate filling create a sinfully delicious dessert that will leave you wanting more. You can keep this tart in the freezer for up to six weeks – and serve it in time for the holidays.
No-Bake Pecan Pie
As healthy as it is delicious, this no-bake pecan pie is a vegan and gluten-free take on the Thanksgiving favorite – but with much fewer calories. It's a tasty treat for any health-conscious dessert lovers.
These individual lemon-berry trifles will make you want to eat your dessert first. The tart lemon cake is layered in a jar with coconut cream and fresh, colorful berries, giving you a refreshingly fruity dessert to enjoy year-round.
One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Open your taste buds to a rich and luxurious bite of these pumpkin chocolate chip cookie bars. This recipe incorporates pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sea salt and mini chocolate chips that deliver a warm, chewy bite perfect for autumn or for any time of the year.
Nutella Crepe Cake
For a simple yet flawlessly beautiful cake idea, this Nutella crepe cake fits the bill. It's a pleasantly sweet cake made with just light layers of crepes and Nutella frosting, creating a devilishly good dessert.
One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
Whether you're attending a baby shower or backyard barbecue, these chocolate cupcakes are a great item to add to any dessert table. The chocolate batter is luscious and completely vegan-friendly; you'll want to lick the bowl clean.
Homemade Butterscotch Pots de Crème
End your meal on a pleasantly high note with these homemade butterscotch pots de crème. These fancy, single-serving desserts take minimal effort to prepare and will surely impress your family and friends at your next gathering. Serve with a sprinkle of sea salt and a dollop of crème fraiche for a sweet and salty treat.