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You deserve dessert: 18 sweet and easy recipes for any night of the week

Minimal effort, delicious payoff.

Minimal effort, delicious payoff

(Left to right, credit: Ellen Silverman; Jackson Roy; TouchWood Editions)

If you're reading this at work right now, it's not too late. If the cravings have hit, we promise that with minimal effort, homemade weeknight dessert can be yours. We've rounded up some recipes befitting any level of (im)patience and below you'll find 18 sweets perfect for the nights when you're dreaming of dessert the moment you walk through the door. 

Almost immediate

This selection of sweets is for those who want their dessert ASAP. They all come together almost instantly — OK, in well under an hour — because they only really need prep time. Or, in the case of the chocolatey microwave cakes, just an additional two minutes of cook time. 

No-Bake Mini Doughnut Cake

(CBC Life)

Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate-Tahini Fudge Sundae with Grilled Peaches

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Shahir's 2 Minute Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

Pineapple Whip

(CBC Life)

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cups

Deep-Fried Bannock with Saskatoon Berries

(Photography by Cathryn Sprague)

Carrot Cake Pakoras with Cream Cheese Dip

(Credit: Hungry Gap Productions Ltd.)

For weeknight bakers

If you're willing to bake on a weeknight, these are the perfect picks. We scanned our collection for the easiest bakes to make that are accompanied by a manageable cook time. These treats all come together in no time thanks to simple steps, and even if they need to be refrigerated, or bake for an hour or so, we promise they're worth the (minimal) wait. 

One-Bowl Ricotta Olive Oil Cake

(CBC Life)

Flognarde with Plums or Berries or Pears

(Photography by Ellen Silverman)

Chocolate Cherry Skillet Brownies

(Photo credit: Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett)

Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake

(CBC Life)

Triple Chocolate Tart

Whole Grain Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Brown Butter Spelt Brownies

If you've got time to chill

The prep time — and effort — on these delicious desserts is so minimal, we simply had to suggest them. And since you've got to let them chill before diving in, that's the perfect time to have dinner. 

No-Bake Matcha Honey Cheesecake

Chocolate Mascarpone Pudding

(Photo credit: Jackson Roy)

The Easiest Mango Vanilla Mousse

(Credit: Nassima Rothacker)

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