In life, lots of things pop up at the last minute. Sometimes, you find out late at night that you have to make a presentation at work in the morning. Or, your ride to the airport falls through without a backup option. Or maybe you get invited to a dinner party where you feel obliged to bring something. At least in this third (food-related) case, we can help.
There are plenty of options at your disposal when you need to whip something up in a hurry—something that tastes delicious, and might even look like it took a full day of care and attention to make. When you don’t have the time to get involved in a long, complicated recipe, try one of these incredible three-ingredient desserts. (Some of them need just two ingredients!) You might already have everything you need in your pantry.
1. Dark Chocolate Truffles
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This one’s for the helpless chocolate lovers out there. Though these bite-sized truffles look cute and unassuming, they’re too smooth and rich not to be taken seriously. Make sure you save at least a few to eat cold from the fridge.
2. Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
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Just add oats to bananas and peanut butter to get these quick-and-easy cookies. Since these three ingredients are a great source of nutrient-rich sustenance,, this recipe could be an on-the-go breakfast as well as dessert.
3. Flourless Chocolate Cake
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This heavenly, gluten-free dessert is as rich as it is chocolatey. Though dark chocolate is the classic choice to go with, feel free to modify this Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe with chili-spiced chocolate bars, salted chocolate, toffee chocolate, or even just semi-sweet chocolate chips.
4. Maple Soufflé
Whisk two eggs and a little maple syrup before baking for 10 to 20 minutes, until the mixture rises and turns golden brown (as shown above), and you’ll end up with these ethereally light and fluffy maple soufflés. Be sure to check out the recipe in full.
5. Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
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It’s amazing what you can do with some frozen fruit and a couple spoonfuls of sugar. It all comes together beautifully in this Strawberry Banana Ice Cream recipe. No matter the temperature outside, it’ll be summer wherever you’re enjoying a bowl of this.
6. Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
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In less time than it takes to preheat the oven, you can have this three-ingredient treat ready for baking. And this Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies recipe will make sure they come out soft, dense, and chewy.
7. Indoor S’Mores
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Who needs a campfire when you have an oven and a cast iron skillet. Layer marshmallows over chocolate chips and bake until they’re golden brown. The only thing left to do then is scoop up that melted, gooey goodness with some graham crackers.