10 Ways to Turn Yogurt into Dessert

updated Nov 29, 2023
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Among the staples in my refrigerator, a tub of yogurt ranks high. Not only do I reach for it every morning at breakfast, but I also find myself tossing it into my chicken salad for lunch, dolloping it on my soup for dinner, and most definitely incorporating it into my dessert.

Bake it into a cake or freeze it into Popsicles — however it’s used, it’s a winning ingredient. Here are 10 recipes that prove it.

Turn Yogurt into Dessert

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One-Bowl Yogurt and Honey Olive Oil Cake
This humble cake is moist, tender, and perfumed with just a touch of fresh thyme and lemon zest.
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Strawberry and Pistachio Frozen Yogurt Bark

This bark is really just sweetened Greek yogurt that’s been spread out on a sheet pan, sprinkled with dried fruit and nuts, and frozen. That means it’s ripe for experimentation: Feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon or another sweet spice, or swap in other dried fruit and nuts.

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One-Bowl Vanilla Cake with Yogurt Buttercream
This pretty naked cake starts with a one-bowl vanilla batter and is coated in a rich and tangy yogurt buttercream.
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Frozen Yogurt Pie with Boozy Blueberries

A few tubs of your favorite vanilla frozen yogurt become a dinner party-worthy dessert when spread into a store-bought graham cracker crust and topped with Grand Marnier-spiked blueberries.

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Whipped Yogurt with Apples and Walnuts

Whip together Greek yogurt, a splash of heavy cream, and a drizzle of honey and the result is a simple, velvety dessert that could just as easily make a luxe breakfast.

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Honeyed Phyllo Stacks with Pistachios, Spiced Fruit & Yogurt

These elegant stacks are reminiscent of baklava, with the added bonus of dried fruit and lemon-scented yogurt. All the components can be made a few days ahead of time so all you really need to do at dessert time is just assemble them.

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Chocolate Yogurt Ombré Popsicles

Simply dividing Greek yogurt and adding different quantities of cocoa powder is the secret to creating this eye-catching ombré effect for these creamy popsicles.

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Apple Yogurt Cake with a Cinnamon-Sugar Streak
It's a moist cake with a crumb that's almost creamy, swirled with cinnamon, and juicy with small bites of apple. It will take you about 15 minutes to make.
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No-Bake Sheet Pan Lemon Yogurt Tart
An easy no-bake lemon yogurt tart that feeds a crowd and is perfect for potlucks and parties.
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Frozen Yogurt

Make sure you reach for whole-milk yogurt when making homemade frozen yogurt. The extra fat is crucial to a creamy product with no ice crystals.

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