Why wait for a special occasion to treat yourself? These low-cost recipes are so easy that every day can have a sweet finish.
Cost per serving: 25¢
The dough for these lemony-cookies needs at least an hour to chill before baking. To save time, mix up the dough the night before you plan to bake and refrigerate it overnight.
See recipe: Raspberry Sandwich Cookies
Cost per serving: 57¢
Satisfy your favorite coffee-lover's sweet tooth with this flavorful bundt cake topped with a rich, white chocolate glaze.
See recipe: Cappuccino Bundt Cake
Cost per serving: 58¢
These tasty treats puff up as you cook them, then shrink again soon after they're out of the pot. For the best flavor, serve them as soon as you make them.
See recipe: Lemon-Ricotta Beignets
Cost per serving: 63¢
Pronounced “clah foo TEE,” this French dessert is somewhere between a pancake and a custard. It sounds fancy, but it’s easy, quick and sure to please. Serve it warm or at room temperature.
See recipe: Cherry Clafouti
Cost per serving: 83¢
Get a head start when making this refreshing tart—assemble it up to 2 hours before serving. Just be sure to keep it covered and chilled.
See recipe: Lemon Tart with Coconut Crust
Cost per serving: 43¢
Fudge can be tricky to master. If you overheat the mixture while it is on top of the double boiler, it might separate and become grainy. Warm it just enough to melt the chocolate, then mix until smooth.
See recipe: Popcorn and Peanut Fudge
Cost per serving: 87¢
Gingersnaps lend a nice bite to this dessert, but other types of cookies work just as well: Graham crackers, butter cookies or oatmeal cookies are all great choices.
See recipe: Roasted Peaches with Cookie Crumble
Cost per serving: 67¢
To avoid frustration when working with delicate phyllo dough, have a few extra phyllo sheets on hand (covered with plastic wrap and a damp kitchen towel), in case a sheet tears too much to fix.
See recipe: Chocolate, Walnut and Banana Strudel
Cost per serving: 23¢
Not in the mood for cherry and chocolate? Use this versatile, low-cost recipe as your base and then modify it as you see fit. We like mixining in other fruits (think raisins or cranberries) and different candy chips (like white chocolate or toffee bits).
See recipe: Cherry–Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cost per serving: 23¢
If you don't typically incorporate rhubard into desserts, this recipe is a great "starter". To prep, remove coarse strings from the rhubarb by cutting off the ends and peeling away the outer layer, just as you would with celery stalks—be sure to cut them off any leaves and wash your knife before trimming and chopping the stalks.
See recipe: Individual Rhubarb Crisps
Cost per serving: 19¢
When you want to indulge without guilt, enjoy these healthy little sweets, which use natural peanut butter and oats to pack in 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.
Recipe: Peanut Butter Oat Bites
Cost per serving: 50¢
You can use storebought puff pastry dough to save time but before you bake, check the label. If you're using an all-butter puff pastry, freeze the turnovers for 15 minutes before baking. If you're using puff pastry made with vegetable shortening, freezing isn't necessary.
See recipe: Apple-Raspberry Turnovers
Cost per serving: 46 ¢
To intensify the tropical flavor of this 30-minute dessert, stir ¼ cup toasted coconut into the batter before baking.
See recipe: Pineapple Cobbler
Cost per serving: 79¢
We use lemon in this classic dessert but other citrus fruits are also delicious. Try orange or lime zest and juice or use half lemon and half lime or orange.
See recipe: Lemon Curd Cake
Cost per serving: 15¢
When making these caramels, use a candy thermometer to ensure that the temperature reaches 248°F. The cooking time is usually about 30 minutes but it can vary, so watch carefully. Be sure to bring the temperature back to 248°F after you’ve added the second cup of cream or the caramels won’t set up properly.
See recipe: Salted Butter Caramels
Cost per serving: 94¢
Our Chocolate-Popcorn Bark combines so many good things—popcorn, chocolate, almonds— that it's sure to become an instant dessert star.
See recipe: Chocolate-Popcorn Bark
Cost per serving: 66¢
Take a walk down memory lane with these Creamsicle-esque freezer pops, a healthier twist on the original made with real orange juice and yogurt. You don’t even need special pop molds—you can use paper cups and craft sticks.
Recipe: Orange-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Pops
Cost per serving: 60¢
Turn this yummy vegetable into a sweet treat by baking it into a bread.
See recipe: Loaded Zucchini Bread