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Dessert Recipes

A hand dipping a fresh strawberry into the fruit dip on a fruit platter

Honey Vanilla Cottage Cheese Fruit Dip

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’ve fallen in love with a new budget ingredient: cottage cheese. A lot of people are turned off by the texture of cottage cheese, but when you...

A loaf of yogurt banana bread on a wooden cutting board, a few slices scattered, one smeared with butter

Yogurt Banana Bread

I’ve been even more diligent about keeping my food waste low since the pandemic started, since our visits to the grocery store are few and far between. So when I was taking stock of...

One slice of chocolate depression cake or "crazy cake" viewed from the side, a glass of milk in the background

Chocolate Depression Cake

Depression as in The Great Depression, not depression as in “this cake will cure your depression.” 😅Since a lot of us are experiencing ingredient shortages right now, I thought there was no better time...

Two jars of no bake strawberry cheesecake side by side with whole strawberries on the side

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake for Two

Valentine’s Day is coming and and whether you’re going to be celebrating with your honey, your bestie, or your selfie, this super easy No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is sure to make the day a...

Close up of Cinnamon Pecan Sandies on a wooden plate with whole pecans

Cinnamon Pecan Sandies

I’m not a huge cookie person (I’d rather have a chunk of cheese 🧀), but I looooove pecan sandies! I think I love them because they’re not too sweet. They’re rich, buttery, and nutty,...

Homemade whipped cream being spooned onto a mug of hot cocoa, a second mug in the background

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream

It’s the season for cozy mugs of hot cocoa, pumpkin pies, and other delectable desserts, all of which can benefit from a heaping spoonful of fluffy, cloud-like whipped cream. And not just any whipped...

Overhead view of a Maple Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie with a slice cut out, on a plate on the side with whipped cream.

Maple Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

There are a million pumpkin pie recipes on the web. There’s even a perfectly good recipe on the back of every single can of pumpkin purée on the store shelves. So I didn’t want...

Overhead view of a bowl full of candied walnuts

Small Batch Crunchy Candied Walnuts

These crunchy little devils are dangerous. They’re addictively sweet, rich, crunchy, and nutty. I made this “small batch” recipe to not only keep myself from eating two cups of candied walnuts at once, but...

A Blueberry Lemon Curd Shortcake on a plate surrounded by the ingredients

Blueberry Lemon Curd Shortcakes

Do you need a Sunday baking project? Sure you do. Who doesn’t need something to bake while they’re chillin’ on a Sunday afternoon? Well, these Blueberry Lemon Curd Shortcakes so easy that I don’t...

Overhead view of one bowl of no churn balsamic peach ice cream with waffle cone and a fresh peach on the side.

No Churn Balsamic Peach Ice Cream

Once upon a time I considered buying an ice cream machine. I’m really glad I didn’t because this simple no-churn ice cream method is almost effortless and creates ice cream that is every bit...

Overhead view of homemade lemon curd in a jar with a small silver butter knife stuck inside, lemon slices on the side.

Luscious Homemade Lemon Curd

Luscious might be an understatement. It’s kind of mind blowing how four of the most basic ingredients in your kitchen can make something so beyond delicious as this homemade lemon curd, but somehow they...

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread served on a plate next to the skillet and two mugs of coffee.

Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet

I don’t make dessert often, and when I do, I tend to make things that are not too-too sweet. Things that could easily double as a breakfast, like this Lemon Blueberry Cornbread Skillet. Using...

Overhead view of a spoon dug into a Cinnamon Nut Swirl Mug Cake

Cinnamon Nut Swirl Mug Cake

Watch out mug cake lovers, this might just become your new go-to! This Cinnamon Nut Swirl Mug Cake is like a short cut cinnamon roll with no kneading, no rising, and no rolling required!...

A hand taking one Cranberry Orange Cream Scone from the batch on a cooling rack.

Cranberry Orange Cream Scones

One of my favorite things about winter is cranberry-orange everything. That flavor combo is like a little bright spot in the middle of the cold harsh winter, and I can’t get enough. I decided to...

These easy Mini Pecan Pies studded with dark chocolate make the perfectly balanced and pre-portioned dessert for all of your holiday gatherings. Budgetbytes.com

Mini Dark Chocolate Pecan Pies

Whether you want to call these mini pecan pies or giant pecan tassies, they are the perfect little pre-portioned dessert for holiday gatherings (or for keeping in your freezer for when you want a...

Peanut Butter Fluff Cups are the easiest and most decadent dessert you’ve ever made. They come together in minutes with no baking required! BudgetBytes.com

Peanut Butter Fluff Cups

I apologize ahead of time for showing the easiest and probably the most decadent dessert ever. These Peanut Butter Fluff Cups are a smaller batch version of the popular no-bake peanut butter pies. It’s basically...

Strawberry Shortcake is a simple yet impressive dessert that requires nothing but some fresh fruit and a few pantry staples. BudgetBytes.com

Strawberry Shortcake with Homemade Biscuits

I’m usually terrible at desserts, unless it’s something insanely simple, like strawberry shortcake. Luckily, simple doesn’t mean unimpressive. All you need to make these cute, instagram-worthy little strawberry shortcake stacks are a few pantry staples...

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Apples are an easy and versatile dessert that is perfect for using up your glut of autumn apples! BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Apples

What do you do when you’ve got a lot of apples on your hands and they’re looking like they might not have that much longer to live? Make Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Apples! 👏👏👏

These Orange Cranberry Muffins are a holiday staple in my house and extras can be frozen for a quick treat whenever the craving hits. BudgetBytes.com

Orange Cranberry Muffins

It’s cranberry season!! I get just about as excited for cranberry season every year as I do for pumpkin season in early October. I just love those tart little berries more than I can...

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes are an easy, deconstructed version of the classic sweet potato casserole that is manageable enough for weeknight dessert. BudgetBytes.com

Streuseled Sweet Potatoes

I’m totally getting my autumn-vibes on this weekend with these Streuseled Sweet Potatoes. They’re a super simple dessert that is almost like a deconstructed sweet potato casserole. Because it’s so simple you can have...

These Cinnamon Pita Crisps are a tasty little snack that's perfect for fall. Dip them into your favorite sweet treat or eat them on their own. BudgetBytes.com

Cinnamon Pita Crisps

Would you believe it if I told you that this recipe for Cinnamon Pita Crisps started out as a kale salad? 😂 Yeah, I’m serious. I made a kale salad the other day and...

This Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is a super light and fluffy dessert packed with fall spices and just enough sweetness to balance the pumpkiny flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Two weeks ago we had a cold spell and I was all like, “I’M READY FOR PUMPKIN!” I bought mini pumpkins to decorate my kitchen, I bought some fall scented candles, and watched pumpkin...

This Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette is a simple and rustic dessert that can be made with frozen or fresh berries. BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Galette

Every year about this time I start to see beautiful photos of rustic galettes pop up across the digital food world. Their simple, unassuming yet elegant form is the perfect way to highlight the...

Whisk in Butter Salt and Vanilla

Homemade Salted Caramel Iced Coffee

You know what takes someone from being a good cook to an excellent cook? Knowing how and when to use salt. And guess what? It’s one of the most budget-friendly cooking techniques you can use...

Stir Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

Okay, I know this Mango Coconut Chia Pudding is a little out of the ordinary for me, since I don’t usually hop on to health food trends, but let me explain. I have this...

These fast and easy 5-Minute French Toast Mugs are a great single serving breakfast treat plus a way to use leftovers and reduce food waste. BudgetBytes.com

5-Minute Microwave French Toast Mug

I’ve been making a lot of homemade bread lately, thanks to a new cookbook that I got, Bread Toast Crumbs, and even though homemade bread is super inexpensive, I hate seeing any of it...

These cute little lemon poppy seed two-bite scones are soft and sweet with a deliciously tart lemon glaze. You won't be able to have just one! BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Poppy Seed Two-Bite Scones

My boyfriend brought home a container of those super soft and tiny two-bite scones from the grocery store the other day (yeah, he’s an enabler) and as I was enjoying one I noted just...

Fresh homemade Almond Apricot Biscotti are pennies a piece and can be stored in the freezer, ready for dunking at any time. BudgetBytes.com

Almond Apricot Biscotti

At the local coffee shop that my boyfriend frequents there’s a large case full of homemade biscotti near the cash register. Every time I’m in there with him my eyes are drawn to the big apricot...

These Chocolate Glazed Macaroons feature a combination of vanilla, almond, and fresh orange zest for an extra fragrant and flavorful cookie. Budgetbytes.com

Sally’s Chocolate Glazed Orange Macaroons

Sweets are not my strong suit, so when another blogger offers to let me publish one of their cookie recipes, I’m all about it. Because I know you guys like cookies, right? These Chocolate Glazed...

A 5 ingredient dough makes these chocolate cinnamon buns fast, easy, soft, and fluffy. The perfect treat for lazy weekend mornings! BudgetBytes.com

Easy Chocolate Cinnamon Buns

Alright, so remember those incredibly easy, soft, and fluffy 5 Ingredient Freezer Biscuits I made a while ago? Turns out, that biscuit dough makes a really fast and easy cinnamon bun, too. The texture...

This simple cranberry sauce only requires three ingredients but has enough flavor to add excitement to your holiday meal. BudgetBytes.com

Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I guess I take pleasure in the little things because I was most excited about this Simple Cranberry Sauce out of everything that I cooked today. The simplicity of this sauce is unreal especially...

The 1917 Applesauce Cake from Anne Byrn's new book American Cake is light, sweet, and full of warm spices. BudgetBytes.com

Anne Byrn’s 1917 Applesauce Cake

A couple weeks ago I got an email from fellow cookbook author, Anne Byrn, who I had worked with a couple years back when she was passing through town promoting one of her cookbooks....

Silky smooth and creamy No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is easy to make at home. BudgetBytes.com

No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The end has come, my friends. It’s the end of my vacation and the end of my while-I’m-gone dessert series here on Budget Bytes. And I’ve saved the most dangerous (IMHO) recipe for last....

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Welcome to recipe #2 in my vacation recipe series! All this week I’ll be posting all desserts, or food that is just for fun, because VACATION! Today’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars is the...

When you need a tropical escape this homemade Pineapple Orange Julius is the perfect sweet and creamy frozen drink to take you away. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Pineapple Orange Julius

I’m officially on vacation!! Woot! While I’m away (AFK–anyone remember that from the 90’s internet?), I decided to do a series of vacation recipes for the blog. What do I mean by vacation series?...

Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake

I did a bad thing. I’m trying to be all good and healthy, but I accidentally made this Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake this morning. Oops. Sorry (not sorry).

Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet satisfaction - BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Berry Cobbler

Forget pies, y’all. Cobblers are where it’s at. This Lemon Berry Cobbler is probably one of the easiest, most satisfying desserts you can make. The bottom fruit layer only takes about a minute to...

All-Edge Spiced Brownies - BudgetBytes.com

All-Edge Spicy Brownies

It’s gift season and I keep seeing those novelty “all-edge” brownie pans that have a zig zag divider snaking through the center that promises to make every brownie have that chewy exterior that usually...

Triple Berry Oat Muffins - BudgetBytes.com

Triple Berry Oatmeal Muffins

I don’t make muffins often, but when I do I want them to be big, fluffy, and totally epic like the ones you get at a bakery. And since these Triple Berry Oatmeal Muffins...

Melted Butter Banana Brown Sugar

Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Quesadilla

Dessert during the September Challenge? Heck yeah! Especially if it’s a Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter “Quesadilla!” I’ve been buying bananas because they’re one of the cheapest produce items available to me, but sometimes...

Apple Pie Scones - BudgetBytes.com

Apple Pie Scones

I love scones because they’re only ever so slightly sweet, go great with coffee, and they freeze really well. So, I can whip up a batch, then toss them in the freezer after they...

Peanut Butter S'mores Pots - BudgetBytes.com

Peanut Butter S’mores Pots

There’s nothing that says “summer” like ooey, gooey s’mores cooked over an open campfire. But for city and apartment dwellers, that summer treat might just be an ancient childhood memory. Until now. Say hello...

Carrot Cake for Two - BudgetBytes.com

Carrot Cake (for two)

I’m lovin’ these desserts for two! It’s such a life saver for anyone living by themselves or with just one other person. Just enough indulgence without going overboard. When a reader requested a carrot...

Chocolate Brownie Pots - BudgetBytes.com

Fudge Brownie Pots (for two)

I made some awesome Black Bean Chili the other day and what goes great with chili? Chocolate! In the spirit of not wanting to “accidentally” eat an entire pan of brownies, I decided to make...

Snickerdoodles for Two - BudgetBytes.com

Snickerdoodles (for two)

Do you ever have that moment in the grocery store when you’re like, “I wonder if I should get some dessert…” and then you decide against it because you’re trying to be all good...

Chocolate Cayenne Crinkles - BudgetBytes.com

Chocolate Cayenne Crinkles

It’s Christmas cookie time! Every year I make at least one type of Christmas cookie. It’s a fun tradition and they make an easy, super inexpensive gift (who doesn’t like cookies?!). This year I...

Crunchy Cranberry Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

Crunchy Cranberry Sauce

Last week my sister was like, “Hey, are you coming here next week for Thanksgiving or what?” and I was all like, “Next week?! What do you mean, there’s at least another month before...

Smores Macarons

Smores Macarons

I’m kind of breaking my own rules with this post, but let me explain. If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you know that I never do promotional, affiliated, or underwritten posts....

Strawberry White Chocolate Scones

Strawberry White Chocolate Scones

You know what tomorrow is, right? The day you’re supposed to give something sweet and special to your sweetheart (or secret crush!). Well, before you run to the drugstore to pick up a sad...

This Cranberry Almond Cake is super fast to prepare and the perfect festive dessert for the holiday season. BudgetBytes.com

Cranberry Almond Cake

Cranberries are the new pumpkin. I want fresh cranberries in everything lately. I had half of a bag of cranberries stashed in the freezer and almost made a second batch of Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal,...

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies

I was craving some oatmeal raisin cookies the other day when it hit me that pumpkin would probably taste pretty freaking good in an oatmeal cookie. So, I went to buy the ingredients. Then...

These Soft Oat and Nut Bars are a great grab and go breakfast. Not too sweet and full of whole wheat flour, nutritious oats, and protein packed nuts. BudgetBytes.com

Soft Oat and Nut Bars

The first thing I saw when I turned on the TV today was a commercial for some sort of breakfast-oat-cookie-thing. I wanted one. So, I made some. Except mine are more like soft oat and nut...

Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas

Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas

I love single serving desserts. They keep you from over indulging because there are no leftovers and they can be whipped up on the fly. I also love quesadillas, with their crispy outside and...

Sriracha Caramel Corn

Sriracha Caramel Corn

Okay, this one was kind of a candy making FAIL, but I’m still posting it because even in its failed state it was so good that I couldn’t stop munching on it. Why was...

Blueberry Mug Muffin

Blueberry Mug Muffin

The idea for this awesome little recipe came courtesy of Annie, who wrote to tell me that every since she tried The “One” Chocolate Mug Cake, she’s been trying all sorts of mug cakes!...

Nature's Candy

Nature’s Candy

I’m calling this one “Nature’s Candy” because my first thought upon tasting it was, “OMG, WHO NEEDS CANDY WHEN THIS EXISTS?!” … Yep, I thought it in all caps and everything. This recipe comes...

Chai Spiced Scones

Chai Spiced Scones

Last night I was hit with a sweet tooth. It doesn’t happen often, so I was completely unprepared. This morning I took action. I like to make things like scones to keep in the...

Candied Almonds

Candied Almonds

Okay, new rule: These Candied Almonds are NOT allowed in my house. I’m bringing them with me to work tomorrow. Hopefully I can survive the night without eating them all. These are some dangerous...

Italian Holiday Cookies

italian holiday cookies

I couldn’t let the season go by without making at least one Christmas cookie. But what kind? There are bazillions of delicious Christmas cookies out there! I decided to get all nostalgic and make...

Chocolate Coconut Granola

choco-coconut granola

Hmm… I’m not doing a very good job convincing you that I’m not a chocolate person, am I. Well, this granola is the shiznit, even for a non-chocolate person like myself. Granola uses sugar...

Pumpkin Molasses Bread

pumpkin molasses bread

You need to make this for dessert on Thanksgiving this year. Trust me. This bread is really easy to whip up (who needs something complicated on Thanksgiving? NO ONE), is super delicious, and totally...

This Aztec cocoa is rich and warm with a touch of earthy cinnamon and a slight kick from cayenne pepper to heat you up inside and out BudgetBytes.com

Spicy Aztec Hot Cocoa

I made an impulse buy the other day… one of those little packets of Mexican hot cocoa mix. I constantly crave hot cocoa this time of year and I’ve always wanted to try Mexican...

Lemon Pudding Cake

lemon pudding cakes for two

I usually like to make my own version of recipes, but every now and then I come across a recipe that just looks too perfect to change. This recipe for Lemon Pudding Cakes that...

In just two minutes you can have this perfect single serving chocolate mug cake to quiet that sweet tooth. BudgetBytes.com

“The One” Chocolate Mug Cake

There comes a time in every girl’s life when she needs a chocolate mug cake. Perhaps it’s one of those days where you just want to curl up on the couch all day and...

Mango Coconut Rice

mango coconut jasmine rice

I love all things tropical. I love the weather, I love the music, I love the FOOD. I often day dream of a prince charming who owns a jet and insists on flying me...

Chocolate Ginger Snaps

Chocolate Gingersnaps

During the four weeks of giveaways, I posed the question, “What is your favorite Christmas cookie?” Classic sugar cookies were definitely the number one answer, but coming right behind behind were gingersnaps and snickerdoodles…...

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

You do know that everything made between October 1st and 31st has to be pumpkin flavored, right? Good, now that we’ve cleared that up… I’ve been loving smoothies lately. They fill me up, kill...

Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bread

chocolate cinnamon swirl bread

“Oh no she didn’t…” Oh yes, yes I did. I’ve had so much fun over the past year playing with different variations of the no-knead bread that when I discovered a few left over...

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal - BudgetBytes.com

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

If you’re the type to love anything and everything pumpkin pie flavored, you’re going to LOVE this Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal. It’s got all the goodies of pumpkin pie baked right into your breakfast...

Sriracha Peach Crisp

sriracha peach crisp

So, a couple of weeks ago my friend Jenni (of the vinaigrette slaw fame) sent me a message saying that the Creole Creamery had sriracha peach ice cream. I was all like, “What the...

Lemon Spice Cake

lemon spice cake

This recipe comes courtesy of one of my wonderful readers, Diana. I was intrigued by this recipe for multiple reasons. I remember when I was a teenager I had found a recipe similar to...

Morning Glory Muffins

morning glory muffins

Nom nom nom… (I’m eating one of these as I type this blog post) So, I’m usually not that into muffins because they really just seem like cupcakes in disguise. Morning glory muffins, on...

Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake for Two (or one)

I’m all about making a special meal at home for Valentines Day rather than fighting the crowds at the restaurants. Cooking together is more intimate, special and is some of the best “quality time”...

Cinnamon Biscotti

Cinnamon Spice Biscotti

It’s gift giving season and there has been a lot of talk on Budget Bytes Facebook about making gifts to give. These Cinnamon Spice Biscotti make a great gift that can be wrapped up...

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Prepare to be inundated by pumpkin recipes. I love pumpkin. Bread pudding is usually a super indulgent dessert-like “breakfast” item but since I don’t like eating 6,000 calories for breakfast, I lightened it up...

Nutty Caramel Corn

Nutty Caramel Corn

Ahhh, I love Fall! Pumpkins, gourds, costumes and lots and lots of goodies! I found this recipe the other day and knew that it would be perfect for getting me in the mood for...

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

What happens when you’re craving something sweet while watching Anthony Bourdain travel around India? You start googling saffron rice pudding recipes. I found a few recipes that I liked (this one) but since I’m still...

Polvorones

Polvorones

To balance all of the spicy Mexican food I made this week (Fire Roasted Salsa & Chicken and Lime Soup), I needed something sweet. I did a quick google search for “Mexican desserts” and...

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Lemon Blueberry Scones

It is time, once again, for me to give in to my cravings… I’ve been craving something cakey, something flakey, something sweet but not too sweet… I’ve been craving a scone! After doing my...

Peach Almond Crisp

Peach Almond Crisp

This time of year it’s hard not to take advantage of all of the fresh produce available at such low prices. One item that I get very excited about is peaches. They are in...

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Why haven’t I made these before? I have seriously been missing out on some extra enjoyable morning coffee time! I will, without a doubt, be making these on a regular basis.

Raspberry Oat Bars

Raspberry Oat Bars

It’s time for a dessert again because I’m cravin’ some sweets! This recipe is one of those quick classics that you can throw together in under 15 minutes, let bake for 30 minutes and...

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Is it breakfast or is it dessert? I don’t know, I suppose that’s up to you but bread pudding (for those of you who don’t know) is pretty much like french toast but in...

Lemon Coconut Bars

Lemon Coconut Bars

I saw this recipe that Gonna Want Seconds had posted to Tastespotting recently and I knew that I needed to make them soon. My mom used to make lemon bars for us growing up...

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

I saw these Ricotta Cookies yesterday morning on Tastespotting.com and they looked so scrumptious that I bumped one of my planned recipes in favor of this one. The cookies are great because they are...