5-Ingredient Desserts That Are Dangerously Easy To Make

You know those times when you want a dessert but have practically nothing in the house to make it? It can be a bummer when all you want is something sweet and satisfying. But just because you don't have a lot in your pantry and fridge doesn't mean you can't come up with something delicious. Here at Mashed, we've come up with a ton of recipes that you can whip up even when you barely have anything on hand.

That's why we've collected some of our favorite 5-ingredient recipes here. Most of these recipes are super easy, and the best part? They only require five ingredients each. Therefore, even those with the barest of kitchens can make something that the whole family will be rushing through dinner just to try.

So, what are you waiting for? With so many different dessert options, you are already well on your way to your dream dessert. No obscure ingredients needed.

Key lime pie

If you're looking for a classic recipe that will be instantly recognizable to almost all of your guests, you have to make this 5-ingredient Key lime pie. It's light and refreshing enough for summer but heavy enough that it'll fill up if you're still hungry after your meal. When the days start getting hotter and longer, this might just be the best dessert to make.

To prepare it, you'll need a graham cracker crust, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, Cool Whip, and lime zest to decorate the top and add just a touch more citrus flavor. And that's it! It's also really easy to throw together, making it ideal for when you need to whip up a dessert fast.


For some people, cheesecake is the ultimate dessert. It's sweet and creamy, and it seemingly melts in your mouth. Combine that with the perfectly crisp crust, and what's not to like about it? However, too many people seem to think that making cheesecake is a particularly tricky task that takes a whole host of ingredients that most people don't keep in their kitchens.

Well, that's really just not the case, especially when you consider our amazing 5-ingredient cheesecake recipe. Who knew you could make a cheesecake this simple? Before you start making it, you'll have to remember to pick up a graham cracker crust, 11 tablespoons of butter (which makes it taste delicious), cream cheese, brown sugar, and eggs. Have all of that on hand? Then you're just an hour away from the tastiest, easiest cheesecake ever.

Edible cookie dough

Remember when you were a kid and your mom was making cookies, and all you wanted to do was reach into that mixing bowl and scoop out a big handful of the chocolate chip cookie mixture? But she always told you the same thing: raw cookie dough could make you sick because it contains raw eggs. Well, your childhood may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't still make your childhood dreams come true. That's why we created this incredible 5-ingredient edible cookie dough recipe.

If you have all-purpose flour, brown sugar, salted butter, milk, and chocolate chips, you're already halfway done with this incredible treat. Now all you have to do is throw all the ingredients together, which should only take you about 15 minutes. If you're looking for a quick and easy dessert, this might just be the recipe for you.

Pumpkin pie

You don't have to wait for fall to make a delicious pumpkin pie, especially when you realize that you can make it with just five ingredients, many of which you might already have on hand. This popular 5-ingredient pumpkin pie recipe calls for a can of pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, two large eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and a pre-made pie crust. Throw it all together, and it can feel like Thanksgiving at any time of the year. It comes together in slightly over an hour, so you can have dessert ready in no time at all.

Aldi bread pudding

For many people, bread pudding is not the first dessert they think of when they start craving something sweet. Maybe that should change, though, as bread pudding is one of those treats that you fall in love with as soon as you try it. In fact, this 5-ingredient Aldi bread pudding from recipe developer Stephanie Rapone might just change your life the first time you try it. You're going to have to take a trip to Aldi to pick up their chocolate chip sliced brioche loaf, but once you have that on hand, there's a good chance that you have everything else you need to whip up this dessert. That should take less than an hour, so give it a try tonight.