20 One-Bowl Desserts to Make on a Weeknight

updated May 19, 2023
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If there’s one thing I love more than a really good dessert made from scratch, it’s a really good dessert I can throw together on a weeknight with no fuss and without a sink full of dirty mixing bowls. Turns out it’s not actually such a big ask. Save layer cakes for a day when you’re in the mood for a project and have time on your side. Instead, go for one of these sweet treats that were made with your weeknight dessert craving in mind.

One-Bowl Desserts to Make on a Weeknight

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Chocolate Wacky Cake

This cake, which seems to date from the late ’30s or early ’40s and also goes by the name “wacky cake,” doesn’t use eggs or dairy. And you’d never know it.

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One-Dish Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake is a great recipe for kids. Everything is actually mixed right in the cake pan, so you won’t end up with any bowls to wash.

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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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One-Bowl Funfetti Cupcakes
For funfetti cupcakes on the easy, use our super easy one-bowl vanilla cake recipe and add a dash of rainbow sprinkles.
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One-Bowl Vanilla Cake: Upside-Down Banana Cake

This brown sugar-glazed, cinnamon-scented banana upside-down cake is the most delicious way to bring bananas to brunch or an after-dinner dessert.

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One-Bowl Bundt Cake with Chocolate Fudge Glaze
What makes this cake — beyond its ease and beautiful Bundt shape — is the layer of rich chocolate glaze.
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How To Make One Chocolate Cupcake

This single-serve chocolate cupcake is baked in a toaster oven with just a few pantry staples, and it’s here to solve all our problems.

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

While tasting pretty much identical to a regular chocolate quick bread, this cake is way moister — thanks to the zucchini — and has a slightly denser crumb.

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One-Bowl Caramel Skillet Brownies

These are brownies that satisfy like no other; they’re intensely chocolatey, chewy yet still fudgy, and made even more decadent with swirls of gooey caramel sauce and a healthy sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

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Speculoos-Swirl Skillet Brownie

If you like your brownies chewy, dense, and rich with chocolate, this is the recipe for you. Add a few swirls of melted speculoos — that sweet cookie spread that’s second only to Nutella — and you have brownie perfection.

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How To Make Magic Cookie Bars
Crispy, sandy, creamy, gooey, sweet, chocolatey, and nutty — this recipe is part-candy, part-cookie, and all delicious.
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Flourless Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

This one-bowl (and no mixer) cookie recipe has only seven ingredients, and it satisfies both sweet and salty cravings thanks to a generous helping of chopped honey-roasted peanuts.

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Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Whether you eat this deep dish skillet cookie when it's warm and straight from the oven or let it cool and eat it by the slice, there's no wrong approach.
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How To Make the Easiest Brownies Ever
Some might call these basic, no-bowl-required brownies desperate, but we call them delicious.
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No-Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
No-Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are a simple but impressive 4-ingredient, 5-minute, $10, gluten-free, no-bake dessert.
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How To Make The Best Chocolate Avocado Pudding

This chocolate avocado pudding is as chocolatey and luscious as any other pudding, and it’s even richer-tasting, more unctuous, and even more chocolatey. Best of all it’s vegan and gluten-free.

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Vegan Chocolate-Almond Chia Pudding

This vegan chocolate pudding has a base that includes a double dose of almonds, cocoa powder, and maple syrup as the sweetener.

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Single Rice Krispies Treat

This recipe is ideal for using up that last cup of cereal, making one, but is also great for teaching your little ones how to safely use the microwave. All you need is a microwave, a mug, and a minute.

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No-Bake Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are quick, easy, and oh-so-delicious, especially with some Nutella and Frangelico chocolate peanut butter. Nutella makes everything better, and these tasty treats are no exception.

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Chrissy Teigen's Three-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse with Salty Rice Krispies–Hazelnut Crackle
This 3-ingredient chocolate mousse is topped with a crave-worthy hazelnut crackle.
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