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5 Dessert Recipes That Require 5 Ingredients or Less!

 After standing up ALL day in the kitchen, planning and preparing your magnificent three-course family dinner, you realize you forgot to look at the clock and the guests will be here in less than an hour. You don't have enough time to make dessert! Not only do you not have the time, but you also don't have enough energy or patience by now to start preparing the cake you were planning.
We got you. With these five recipes that use less than 5 ingredients (that you probably already have in your pantry), you'll be fixing a dessert in no time, AND you'll have time to freshen up and rest before the guests arrive. 
Or, if there are no guests for a family dinner, please accept this as an invitation to pamper yourself. You deserve it. 

1. Milk Balls


  • 1 oz cornstarch
  • 3 fl oz milk
  • 0.5 oz sugar


  • Mix all of the ingredients together and cook on low heat until a sticky dough is formed. This may take up to 2 minutes.

  • Remove from stove and give the dough a little kneading. 

  • Shape into balls.

  • For decoration, you can roll them in cocoa powder, coconut, grated white chocolate, or sprinkles. 


2. Pavlova in a Cup


  • 9 oz Mascarpone cheese
  • 3.5 oz Meringue drops, lightly crushed to bits 
  • strawberries to your liking.


  • Cream the Mascarpone until steady.

  • Slice the strawberries.

  • Spread the cheese evenly between your cups.

  • Layer the Meringue bits on top and decorate with strawberries.

3. Brazilian Brigadeiros 


  • 9 oz condensed milk
  • 3.5 oz cocoa powder.


  • Microwave the condensed milk for 45 seconds.

  • Sift in the cocoa powder and mix well.

  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours in cling wrap.

  • Cut into small squares, sprinkle with cocoa powder and shape into balls. 

  • For decoration, you may roll them in some more cocoa powder, grated chocolate, or chocolate sprinkles. 


4. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 30 milk chocolate kisses. 


  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Cream peanut butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract.

  • Roll into small balls and space them evenly on a baking sheet.

  • Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the tops are cracked. 

  • Quickly press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. 

  • Let them settle for 5 minutes and serve.

5. Banana Popsicles

This recipe has many variations. Use the picture for inspiration, but know you can switch the dip and the sprinkles to pretty much everything you like!


  • Ripe bananas
  • Popsicle sticks or wooden skewers
  • Cereal, crushed peanuts, cake sprinkles, or any sprinkles to your liking
  • Yogurt, melted chocolate, or any syrup to your liking.


  • Cut a banana in half or into slices, whichever you like.

  • Insert a popsicle stick or slide on a wooden skewer accordingly. 

  • Dip the bananas and roll in your chosen sprinkles.

  • Place on a baking sheet and freeze for at least an hour.


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