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11 Cheap Dessert Recipes

Save money by making cheap and delicious desserts at home

Updated July 09, 2019
11 Cheap Dessert Recipes

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. 

5-Ingredient Mini Cheesecake Recipe

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?

Effortless Apple and Peach Crisp Recipe

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. 

Slow Cooker Chocolate Pudding Recipe

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!

The Best Oreo Balls Ever

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. 

Easy 4-Ingredient Cinnamon Twists

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. 

Easy No-Bake Lemon Icebox Cake

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. 

3-Ingredient Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge

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.

Three Ingredient Red Velvet Chocolate Cookies

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. 

3-Ingredient No Bake Black Forest Icebox Cake

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.

4 Ingredient Double Chocolate Cookies

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. 

4-Ingredient Strawberry Dump Cake

Did we leave anything out? What's your go-to budget dessert? Let us know in the comments!

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