Insanely Easy Desserts To Make Right Now

Tradition dictates that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But here at Refinery29, we have no problem bucking convention. Nothing against breakfast, it’s just that dessert is, um, better. But whipping it up, Momofuku-style, isn’t always easy. Between work, friends, and having a life, jumping into an elaborate cooking project isn’t always realistic. 

That’s why we’ve whipped up three fail-proof, time-sensitive, cuh-razy good recipes. With just a few basic ingredients and a little confidence, you’ll have a dessert worthy of serious admiration. If you can bring yourself to share, that is.

Strawberry Shortcut Cake

Nothing says summer like a sweet, fruity plate of strawberry shortcake. But there’s nothing short about the recipe, except our temper about two hours in when we’re still whipping heavy cream and waiting for biscuits to cool. So, we’re going to skip the drama and go straight to the good stuff. This revamp is just as rich and fluffy as the original, with about sixteen fewer steps. Individual portions can be stored easily in the freezer for over a week, making them a great treat for impromptu summer dinner parties. Or a midnight snack. Or breakfast. 

What You’ll Need:
1 tube Pillsbury Grands Homestyle biscuits
1 half-gallon vanilla bean ice cream
2 cups fresh strawberries 

Step 1: Pop open the biscuits, and bake ‘em up as directed. 

Step 2: Pop ’em in! 

Step 3: Chop strawberries into thick slices. Don’t get too fussy here — they’ll get more smushed in the next step. 

Step 4: Scoop ice cream into a large bowl. 

Step 5: Mix in strawberries until well incorporated. 

Why are you doing all this chopping and mixing, instead of just buying strawberry ice cream? Simple: it tastes better. Generally, strawberry ice cream isn’t made with high-quality vanilla. And who wouldn’t take a fresh, juicy berry over one that’s been frozen for months? What you’ve just whipped up will taste as rich, creamy and fresh as ice cream made from scratch. Don’t believe us? Take a taste (like you haven’t already). 

Step 6: If your ice cream is too mushy to scoop, just pop it back in the freezer for a few minutes while you prep the next step. 

Step 7:Slice biscuits in half, 

Step 8: Spoon about a half-cup scoop onto to the bottom slice.

Step 9: Replace the top.



Sweet & Salty Caramel Corn

We love serving up sweets to our guests – but doing their dishes? Not so much. This dessert serves your inner lazy girl before and after the meal. It requires exactly 2 pieces of equipment: a pot, and a paper bag. Those tools + 5 Ingredients ÷ 10 minutes = one of the most popular treats you will ever serve (this is a proven fact). When you’re really in a jam, this crowd favorite will keep the guests happy, the kitchen pristine, and the hostess very popular.

What You’ll Need:
2 bags microwave popcorn, popped
1 stick salted butter
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
½ tsp baking soda
½ tbsp sea salt (or more, to your taste)

Step 1: Place a stick of butter into a heated saucepan at medium-high heat.

So meltyyyy.

Step 2: Melt sugar into it.

Step 3: Whisk continuously to combine, until it starts to bubble. Let the caramel bubble for another minute or so – it’ll start to look like, duh, caramel.

Step 4: Remove from heat and whisk in the baking soda.

Make sure it’s all incorporated.

Step 5: Empty microwave popcorn into a large paper bag.

Step 6: Immediately pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn.

Step 7: Fold the bag shut and shake, shake, shake. 

Step 8: Pour into a large serving bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. The caramel will dry on quickly, and then you can break up any remaining stuck-together-bits easily.

Place in the middle of the table, and watch as your guests lunge forward. Beam with pride at the feeding frenzy. Repeat, as needed.

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