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Dangerously easy 2-ingredient desserts as delicious as they are simple

Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New ...

2-Ingredient desserts make post-dinner sweets a snap

It's high time that all the lazy cooks unite. If you like to bake but can't stand the thought of slaving for hours over a hot oven to whip up a treat that will be gone in seconds, these super-easy two-ingredient desserts are for you. Trust me, if you love dessert but are short on time, you're going to love all these recipes.

2-Ingredient desserts make post-dinner sweets a snap
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Lemon bars are a classic citrus dessert. These bars take on the best of both worlds — cake and lemon bars. They have an intense lemon flavor with a slight cake bite. You're going to love these powdered sugar-topped bars.

1. Two-ingredient lemon cake bars recipe

Yields 9 x 13-inch pan


  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 (22-ounce) can lemon pie filling
  • Powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the angel food cake mix and lemon pie filling.
  3. Once fully mixed, add to the prepared pan, and bake for about 35 minutes, until fully cooked and the top is lightly browned.
  4. Let the cake cool, cut it into bars, and if desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

2-Ingredient desserts make post-dinner sweets a snap
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Doughnuts are a delicious way to start your day. Don't worry if you have a fear of baking with yeast or just don't have the time. This recipe will save you time but still give you decadent homemade flavor. We glazed our doughnuts, but they are perfect with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar as well.

2. Two-ingredient doughnut recipe

Yields 8 doughnuts plus 8 doughnut holes


  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 (8-count) can jumbo buttermilk biscuits
  • Doughnut glaze (optional recipe follows)


  1. To a medium pot, add about 3 – 4 inches of vegetable oil. Heat the oil to 360 degrees F.
  2. While the oil is heating, open the biscuits, and cut out the middles using a small, 1-1/2-inch cookie cutter (or doughnut cutter).
  3. Fry the doughnuts and holes in the hot oil for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on each side. Fry the doughnuts in batches so you don't crowd the pan.
  4. Dip the doughnuts in glaze if desired.

Doughnut glaze recipe


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and heavy cream.
  2. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more heavy cream. If the mixture is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.
2-Ingredient desserts make post-dinner sweets a snap
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Strawberry fudge is simple and easy to throw together with this two-ingredient recipe. This dish is sweet and full of strawberry flavor. We cut our fudge into heart shapes, but you can easily cut it into squares as well.

3. Two-ingredient strawberry fudge recipe

Yields 8 x 8-inch dish


  • 12 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • 1 container whipped strawberry frosting
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  1. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, and set it aside.
  2. To a medium mixing bowl, add the melted white chocolate and whipped strawberry frosting. Stir until completely combined.
  3. Stir a few sprinkles into the chocolate-frosting mixture, if desired.
  4. Add the mixture to the prepared pan, and refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

2-Ingredient desserts make post-dinner sweets a snap
Image: Brandy O'Neill/SheKnows

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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/5/2016

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