11 Cheap Dessert Recipes
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Everyone loves dessert, but sometimes it doesn't seem possible to give it the attention it deserves. After all, the main course of a meal usually takes priority, and even light, snacky desserts can be expensive to buy.
Thankfully plenty of desserts are cheap, easy, and delicious. You won't have to choose between great flavor and saving money.
These 11 budget desserts are a great place to get started. Whether you're looking for the perfect capstone to an impressive dinner, a dessert to wow your friends at the potluck, a fun snack for a kid's birthday party, or just a delicious way to treat yourself without breaking your monthly budget, this list has got you covered.
1. 5-Ingredient Mini Cheesecake Recipe
These snacky cheesecakes are perfect for any occasion. They're light and fun enough for casual meals but they also have that extra bit of class that helps them stand out from a crowd.
2. Effortless Apple and Peach Crisp Recipe
Crisps are wonderful, simple desserts that are easy to enjoy all year. Try them hot out of the oven with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream: the contrast of flavor and temperature is unbelievably good. Add on the fact that it's as easy to make as it is cheap and what's not to love?
3. Slow Cooker Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Not only is this chocolate pudding cheap, it's also incredibly gooey and delicious. Plus, it's made in a slow cooker, which means it takes so much less effort to enjoy each chocolatey helping.
4. The Best Oreo Balls Ever
Everyone knows Oreos are amazing. Fewer people know that it's easy to use them to skip the hefty price tag on chocolate truffles. These snacky desserts are easy to make and perfect whether you're looking to entertain your guests or your kids. Or you could just treat yourself. Be careful though, they're even more addicting than the cookies they're made from!
5. Easy 4-Ingredient Cinnamon Twists
Cinnamon twists are one of those desserts that seem complicated but really aren't. There's a good chance you've only seen these being overpriced at restaurants or stores. If so, you can be forgiven for not realizing just how easy it is to enjoy this incredible dessert at a fraction of the cost.
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6. Easy No-Bake Lemon Icebox Cake
It's time for classic icebox cake with a lemony twist. You'll be sure to surprise your friends and family. They may even be fooled into thinking this dessert wasn't simple, easy, and cheap to make.
7. 3-Ingredient Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge
This melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter fudge tastes just like childhood. Fudge (and especially this recipe) is a perfect budget dessert because it manages to be a fan-favorite every time while only requiring a few simple ingredients.
8. 3-Ingredient Red Velvet Chocolate Cookies
These cookies look and taste decadent without the cost or time required by other luxurious dessert treats. With three ingredients and less than 20 minutes in the oven, you'll have enough red velvet cookies to snack on for days.
9. 3-Ingredient No Bake Black Forest Icebox Cake
This dessert is a classic, plain and simple. It's delicious, easy, and cheap enough to enjoy on any budget.
10. 4-Ingredient Double Chocolate Cookies
Cake mix makes these cookies a breeze. Plus, you can use any flavor you like! Of course, it's tough to see why anyone would steer away from double-chocolatey goodness. Once you taste it, it's hard to stop.
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11. 4-Ingredient Strawberry Dump Cake
The fresh strawberries make this recipe so delicious that it can really punch above its weight. Even with the fresh fruit, this four-ingredient dessert fits on a budget, too. Anyone who hasn't tasted this treat yet will be shocked by how tasty and refreshing it is.
Did we leave anything out? What's your go-to budget dessert? Let us know in the comments!
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