It’s hard to find easy desserts to make when you’re a guy who knows next to nothing about cooking or baking. But when you want to impress that hot chick from work, or if you need to bring something besides chips and dip to watch the game with your friends, it’s nice to know how to pick recipes that aren’t too hard to make.
Things you’ll need:
- Dessert cookbook
- Dessert add-ins, like chocolate chunks, pretzels and nuts
- Take a quick scan through the ingredients list. Finding easy desserts to make is all about keeping the amount of ingredients to a minimum. The less ingredients you need, the less chance you have of screwing up the dessert.
- Look at the baking, chilling or cooking needs. Look for desserts to make that don’t require more than one type of preparation – baking, chilling or cooking. In fact, the baking and chilling ones are probably your best bets, as cooking parts of a dessert on the stove can get you into big trouble when stuff starts sticking to the pan.
- Pick desserts that only require one layer. You’ll get more than confused when you start trying to make layers in desserts. Layering cakes and cutting them to size is a nightmare, so stick to recipes that only rise a couple of inches off the pan bottom.
- Choose bar treats over cookies. Cookies look decievingly easy to make on the recipe. But once you get them onto the pan and into the oven, you’ll realize your masterpieces are running all over the pan. And they don’t fix themselves, by the way. Making treats that stay within the confines of an 8×8 or 9×13 pan will save you a lot of trouble.
- Check out the preparation time for the dessert. How long the dessert will take to make and bake is one of the most vital parts of picking easy desserts to make. If it turns out the cake is going to take a half hour of preparation and an hour to cook, you probably don’t want to touch it. Desserts that only take 10 to 15 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes or less to cook, like chocolate chip cookie bars, are your best friends.
- Add fun ingredients to box mixes that make it look like you spent all day making the dessert. Experts at Betty Crocker recommend adding things like nuts, caramel sauce, pretzels and chocolate chunks to brownie mixes for brownies that don’t taste like you got them out of a box, even though you did. Box mixes are pretty much fool-proof, so just adding a few ingredients isn’t too hard to do.