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    25 Worthwhile Dessert Recipes That'll Make People Say, "Where Did You Get This Recipe?"

    Bake it till you make it.

    If you’ve always wanted to try baking but found yourself intimidated by the sheer number of recipes at your disposal, we’ve got you covered.

    Here are some of the simplest (yet still incredibly delicious and worthwhile!) baking recipes we know — including starter cookies, cakes, pies, breads, and more.

    1. Chocolate Mug Cake

    A close-up shot of a rich chocolate cake with sprinkled sugar

    This warm and gooey chocolate cake in a mug is a classic choice for beginners. Instead of hazelnut spread, you could also add whipped cream. If you like some crunch, add M&M's to the batter.

    Recipe: Chocolate Mug Cake | Shop This Recipe

    2. Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake

    A sponge cake with white frosting, sliced strawberries and a graham cracker sprinkled on top

    This low-maintenance recipe is creamy, fresh, and filled with delicious pockets of sweet berry flavors. Readers recommend blending the strawberries, condensed milk, cream cheese, and regular milk so that the filling becomes more liquid and soaks into the cake easily.

     Recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake | Shop This Recipe

    3. Upside-Down Banana Bread

    A square section of caramelized banana bread with a single scoop of vanilla ice cream on top

    Warm, rich, and bursting with the perfect combination of bananas and caramel, this upside-down banana bread is a perfect summery dessert. For extra deliciousness, swap regular flour for pancake mix.

     Recipe: Upside-Down Banana Bread | Shop This Recipe

    4. Apple Fritter Stuffed Pull-Apart Bread

    A golden brown Bundt cake with flowing icing

    A scrumptious combo of apples and cinnamon, this comforting dish is a great recipe for beginners who want to share the fruits (er, breads?) of their labor.

    Recipe: Apple Fritter Stuffed Pull-Apart Bread | Shop This Recipe

    5. Mocha French Toast Bake

    A rich, golden brown bread topped with chocolate sauce and marshmallow fluff

    One for the coffee lovers, this mouthwatering bake topped with chocolate sauce and marshmallow fluff can be given an adult twist with the addition of Kahlua to the egg mixture before mixing.

    Recipe: Mocha French Toast Bake | Shop This Recipe

    6. Strawberry Shortcake

    Frosting and strawberries sandwiched in-between shortbread biscuits and topped with cream and two sliced strawberries

    Flaky shortcake meets fresh strawberries! This shortcake will be a big hit at your next barbecue. Blueberries, blackberries, or even cherries would work here too.

    Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake | Shop This Recipe

    7. Dulce de Leche Lava Cake

    Rich lava cake with oozing caramel at the center and drizzled with chocolate sauce

    This smooth, luscious lava cake is a filling dessert with melt-in-your-mouth caramel and chocolate, paired with fresh vanilla ice cream.

    Recipe: Dulce de Leche Lava Cake | Shop This Recipe

    8. Mini S’mores Éclair

    Mini éclairs filled with marshmallow fluff and topped with chocolate sauce, graham cracker sprinkled on top with toasted marshmallows

    You can never go wrong with éclairs! Combine the comforting experience of camping with the classy presence of eclairs in these mini éclairs.

    Recipe: Mini S’mores Éclair | Shop This Recipe

    9. Lemon Cheesecake Bites

    Lemon cake with sprinkled sugar, blueberries and raspberries on top

    Zesty, creamy, and one of the best possible ways to put a muffin tin to use.

    Recipe: Lemon Cheesecake Bites 

    10. Apple Pie Bake

    A slice of apple pie with a single scoop of vanilla ice cream

    Everyone ought to try making a classic apple pie at least once — and this foolproof bake is a great starter.

     Recipe: Apple Pie Bake | Shop This Recipe

    11. Carrot Cake Cookies

    Four carrot cookies on top of each other with frosting

    A portable twist on a classic cake, these cookies pair crunchy pecans and chewy raisins with the sweetness of carrots and warm cream cheese filling.

    Recipe: Carrot Cake Cookies | Shop This Recipe

    12. Strawberry Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

    Three pink macarons filled with ice cream and berries

    Who says macarons are hard to make? This step-by-step guide will show you it's easier than you likely think.

    Recipe: Strawberry Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich | Shop This Recipe

    13. Lemon Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies

    Lemon cookies with icing sugar sprinkled on it

    Cookies made out of cake mix? They're so good that nobody even has to know.

    Recipe: Lemon Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies | Shop This Recipe

    14. 2-Layer Tres Leche Cake

    Mexican dessert with topped full of whipped cream and a variety of berries including blueberries, strawberries and raspberries

    This traditional Mexican dessert — topped with whipped cream and drizzled with a mixture of evaporated, condensed, and coconut milks — is equal parts impressive and approachable.

     Recipe: 2-Layer Tres Leche Cake | Shop This Recipe

    15. Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka)

    A dense slice of chocolate cake with icing sugar and sliced strawberries

    This common treat in Sweden, with a rich, soft, and sticky texture, is another fun choice for bakers who want to try something new. Try serving it with fresh berries and whipped cream or ice cream.

    Recipe: Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka) | Shop This Recipe

    16. Peppermint Brownie Cookies

    Chocolate cookies sprinkled with crushed candy

    No better combination than mint and chocolate, right? These peppermint brownie cookies are a light yet flavorful baked treat to satiate your cravings.

     Recipe: Peppermint Brownie Cookies | Shop This Recipe

    17. Chocolate Raspberry Cups

    Mini chocolate cups filled with vanilla icing and a raspberry

    Try your hand at these delicate, bite-size treats packed with the classic flavors of decadent chocolate and sweet berries.

    Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Cups  

    18. Salted Caramel Coconut Cookies

    Coconut flake cookies filled with caramel and drizzled with chocolate sauce

    Here's another treat that tends to get the most attention around the holiday season — but should absolutely be made year-round.

    Recipe: Salted Caramel Coconut Cookies | Shop This Recipe

    19. Banana Pudding Cheesecake

    Slice of banana pudding with a thick crust topped with bananas and whipped cream

    The combination of flaky crust and gooey pudding makes this banana cheesecake a crowd-pleaser, and for good reason. Take things to another level by making the crust out of crushed cookies.

    Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake | Shop This Recipe

    20. Sweet Potato Pie Marshmallow Cupcakes

    Plate of seven pumpkin cupcakes topped with a dollop of  marshmallow fluff sprinkled with crushed crackers

    Every baker loves making cupcakes, but why not ease into the upcoming fall season with this combination that leans on sweet potatoes and marshmallow fluff icing? 

    Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie Marshmallow Cupcakes | Shop This Recipe

    21. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

    Brown, round cinnamon pretzel bites in a white bowl

    Indulge in the richness of these crunchy, crispy, golden brown pretzel bites. In fact, make a double batch because (fair warning) you won't want to share.

    Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

    22. Spiced White Chocolate Mocha Whoopie Pies

    A chewy whoopie pie pulled apart, oozing creamy, chocolate mocha filling

    Filled with creamy white chocolate (flavored with a pinch of coffee!), these will fall apart in your mouth in the best way possible.

    Recipe: Spiced White Chocolate Mocha Whoopie Pies | Shop This Recipe

    23. Chocolate Coconut Sheet Cake

    A square of sheet cake coated in thick chocolate sauce and topped with coconut

    The sweetness of coconut cuts through the dark chocolate coating in these delicious, easy-to-make and textured sheet cakes. 

    Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Sheet Cake | Shop This Recipe

    24. Churro Coffee Cake

    A rich, layered cake with cinnamon sprinkled on top and drizzled with chocolate sauce

    Swirled with cinnamon sugar, this churro coffee cake doubles as a breakfast treat. Drizzle it with a spiced chocolate sauce and pair with some hot coffee for a great beginning to your morning.

    Recipe: Churro Coffee Cake | Shop This Recipe

    25. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

    A plate of pumpkin bars sprinkled with chocolate chips

    A healthy baked treat with the richness of chocolates, these pumpkin chocolate chip bars are flavored liberally with an array of spices for a fulfilling experience.

    Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars | Shop This Recipe

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