25 Best Dessert Recipes

Marshmallow Crisp

Marshmallow Crisp
2.5

Marshmallows aren't just for the campfire during the summer, and can easily be used to make a sticky and delicious Halloween treat. This recipe uses Rice ...


By Brian Hulihee

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie
3

While pumpkin pie deserves respect as a Thanksgiving icon, it's fun to shake up tradition. Surprise your family and friends with a frozen pie this year — it ...


By Recipe Rehab

Tart Cherry Liqueur Sundae

Tart Cherry Liqueur Sundae

Cherries are divided into two categories: sweet cherries and tart cherries. Sweet cherries are far more popular and are the type of cherry that people eat ...


By CreativeCulinary

Tiramisu Pudding

Tiramisu Pudding

Tiramisu is one of those desserts people may find challenging to make for diabetics. It's filled with endless amounts of cream and chocolate. But by using ...


By Julie Kang

Praline Cookies

Praline Cookies

These cookies are both crisp and chewy. They can be frozen after they're iced for real convenience. With two small children, that's a great way to have my ...


By Taste of Home

Roasted Peach Frozen Custard

Roasted Peach Frozen Custard

This creamy frozen custard recipe will give you a taste of summer all year long. Using simple, high-quality ingredients, this recipe transforms an ordinary ...


By Cheryl Sousan

Frozen Mexican Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Frozen Mexican Chocolate Mousse Recipe
3.45

Don't be fooled — even though it's frozen, this dessert packs some heat. Serve à la mode to mellow out the fire. If you can't find Mexican chocolate (such ...


By Will Budiaman

Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake
4

In my family, the cooking is left to the ladies in our home kitchen and the baking is left to my father, at our pastry shop. Ergo, when it came time to ...


By Francesca Borgognone

Chocolate Mousse Pie

Chocolate Mousse Pie
3

I am including this pie for my brother, who requested this dessert for every family event from the time he was tiny until he entered his 20s and lost his ...


By Sarah Billingsley and Rachel Wharton

Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Marshmallows

Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Marshmallows

These festive pink-colored, peppermint-flavored marshmallows are dipped in glossy dark chocolate and sprinkled with crunchy peppermint candy. They make a ...


By Dede Wilson

Lemon Treats

Lemon Treats

Tart lemon, nutty walnuts and sesame seeds, rich coconut, and smooth, sweet dates come together to make these delightfully tangy treats.Click here to see 5 ...


By Whole Foods Market

Yam Praline Coffee Cake

Yam Praline Coffee Cake

This melt-in-your mouth coffeecake starts with a time-honored family pantry staple, biscuit baking mix. It's my favorite of yam recipes — I love the ...


By Holly Clegg

Plum Crumble

Plum Crumble

Sweet summer stone fruit shines in this simple crumble, which uses crushed cookies and almonds in the topping. Let the kids help; the only special equipment ...


By Whole Foods Market

Praline Doughnuts

Praline Doughnuts

Nutty clusters atop a chocolate glazed cake doughnut, inspired by Just a Taste.


By Lauren Gordon

Dark Chocolate-Milk Chocolate Meringue Cookies

I have to tell you that I have never had much of a”thing” for meringues.  Light and airy, with not much too them, why not go for a richer cookie if I were ...


By nibblesbynic

Fall-Flavored Pear Almond Cake

Fall-Flavored Pear Almond Cake

This moist and nutty cake spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, is a perfect way to use up ripe pears. It is not too sweet, and can be enjoyed sliced as ...


By Elsa Säätelä

Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble Pie

Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble Pie

Nothing says summer like cherry pie. This recipe is a great gluten-free take on a seasonal classic. Bake it with fresh fruit for your next cookout, or make ...


By Shauna James Ahern

Frozen Banana Crème Pie

Frozen Banana Crème Pie
2

This raw, vegan, gluten-free, and ultra-healthy rendition of frozen banana crème pie is surprisingly sophisticated and satisfying. Made without any ...


By LindaJoy Rose

Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Made with real pumpkin puree, a hint of cinnamon, and thick swirls of sea salt caramel, this gelato variety is a great base to a delicious Frozen Pumpkin Pie!


By Formula19

Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Made with real pumpkin purée, a hint of cinnamon, and thick swirls of sea salt caramel, this delicious and decadent gelato is the perfect base for a twist ...


By Ciao Bella

Custard Cream Pie Recipe

Custard Cream Pie Recipe
5

This old-fashioned pie celebrates the simple goodness of eggs, cream, butter, and milk. Check out how to turn this recipe into a banana cream pie ...


By Tom Hudgens

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate
3.25

I’m not a fan of chocolate — gasp! — but I actually like this thick, sweet dessert in a glass. If you think cocoa can only be enjoyed hot, think ...


By nfomufod

Frozen Chocolate Bananas

Frozen Chocolate Bananas
3.5

There is something very satisfying about a recipe that uses only two ingredients. And when one of those ingredients is chocolate, you're sure to have a ...


By Ali Rosen

Chocolate Pear Custard Tart with an Almond Shortbread Crust

Chocolate Pear Custard Tart with an Almond Shortbread Crust

As beautiful to look at as it is to taste, this custard tart is easy to make with the help of shortbread cookies. In this recipe, the pears are simply ...


By Alejandra Ramos

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate Pudding Cake

This creamy cake is made with avocado as a substitute for shortening. 


By Elyse Cromer

Dessert

What is Dessert?

Typically, a dessert is a food that comes at the end of a meal. Its taste is usually sweet, but sometimes strong, as with many cheeses. The word comes from the Old French desservir, meaning "to clear the table." Common desserts include cakes, cookies, fruits, pastries, pies, ice cream, and candies.

Dessert Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Dessert Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.

Pairing Wine With Dessert

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.