I think I speak for most of us when I say the time for complicated baking projects is not during the week, after work. Weeknight baking demands simplicity and instant gratification. And my go-to, surefire way to get there is with sweet dessert recipes that come together in a single bowl. One-bowl recipes are basically the sheet pan or skillet suppers of the dessert world. They come with the promise of ease, simplicity, and quick cleanup, with a sweet reward at the end.
Whether it's a last-minute scramble to pull something together for tomorrow's bake sale or you have an immediate hankering for dessert, these are the one-bowl recipes that will get you there.
Cookies are my favorite thing to bake on weeknights. You can pull a batch together in a single bowl, and they feel like an instant-gratification treat. They're also ideal for gifting or for bake sales since they're super easy to package up.
- The World's Easiest Cookies
- How To Make Flourless Chocolate Cookies
- How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies
Brownies and Bars
Who can say no to a stack of brownies? No one! Brownies and bar cookies always feel like the hero of the bake sale. And each of these weeknight-friendly treats comes together in a single bowl. If you're not so keen on firing up the oven, go for a batch of gooey Rice Krispies treats.
- How To Make Chewy Brownies
- Itty Bitty Brownie Bites
- Molten Midnight Brownies
- 4-Ingredient Banana Oat Bars
- One-Bowl Pantry Blondies
- How To Make Magic Cookie Bars
- How To Make Better-than-the-Box Rice Krispies Treats
Cake and Cupcakes
When it comes to weeknight baking, do not rule out cake. While layer cake can prove kinda tricky in this situation, cupcakes are a natural choice. Sheet cakes and Bundt cakes are also fair game.