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Dessert Recipes

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

80+ budget-friendly homemade dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth without killing your budget. We’ve got everything from cakes, pies, muffins, and cookies to mug cakes, dessert dips, and more. (pictured: No-Churn Balsamic Peach Ice Cream)


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 everything...

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

Classic Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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

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...