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 quick post-dinner sweets a luxurious reality
Summer is here, and that means it's time to keep things simple — but just because we're down to enjoy the lazy days of the season, that doesn't mean our sweet tooth magically disappears. We've just got to get a little creative with some easy two-ingredient desserts.
These simple recipes are perfect for those nights when you really, really want something sweet and homemade but are not in the mood to pull a zillion things out of the cupboard or clean up a huge mess in the kitchen.
1. Two-ingredient lemon cake bars recipe
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.
Yields 9 x 13-inch pan
1 box angel food cake mix
1 (22-ounce) can lemon pie filling
Powdered sugar (optional)
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together the angel food cake mix and lemon pie filling.
Once fully mixed, add to the prepared pan, and bake for about 35 minutes, until fully cooked and the top is lightly browned.
Let the cake cool, cut it into bars, and if desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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.
Yields 8 doughnuts plus 8 doughnut holes
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 (8-count) can jumbo buttermilk biscuits
Doughnut glaze (optional recipe follows)
To a medium pot, add about 3 – 4 inches of vegetable oil. Heat the oil to 360 degrees F.
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).
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.
Dip the doughnuts in glaze if desired.
Doughnut glaze recipe
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 – 3 tablespoons heavy cream
In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and heavy cream.
If the mixture is too thick, add a little more heavy cream. If the mixture is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.
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.
Yields 8 x 8-inch dish
12 ounces white chocolate, melted
1 container whipped strawberry frosting
Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, and set it aside.
To a medium mixing bowl, add the melted white chocolate and whipped strawberry frosting. Stir until completely combined.
Stir a few sprinkles into the chocolate-frosting mixture, if desired.
Add the mixture to the prepared pan, and refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting.
Originally published February 2014. Updated June 2017.