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25 Worthwhile Dessert Recipes That'll Make People Say, "Where Did You Get This Recipe?"

Bake it till you make it.

If you’ve always wanted to try baking but found yourself intimidated by the sheer number of recipes at your disposal, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some of the simplest (yet still incredibly delicious and worthwhile!) baking recipes we know — including starter cookies, cakes, pies, breads, and more.

1. Chocolate Mug Cake

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This warm and gooey chocolate cake in a mug is a classic choice for beginners. Instead of hazelnut spread, you could also add whipped cream. If you like some crunch, add M&M's to the batter.

Recipe: Chocolate Mug Cake | Shop This Recipe

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2. Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake

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This low-maintenance recipe is creamy, fresh, and filled with delicious pockets of sweet berry flavors. Readers recommend blending the strawberries, condensed milk, cream cheese, and regular milk so that the filling becomes more liquid and soaks into the cake easily.

 Recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake | Shop This Recipe

3. Upside-Down Banana Bread

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Warm, rich, and bursting with the perfect combination of bananas and caramel, this upside-down banana bread is a perfect summery dessert. For extra deliciousness, swap regular flour for pancake mix.

 Recipe: Upside-Down Banana Bread | Shop This Recipe

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4. Apple Fritter Stuffed Pull-Apart Bread

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A scrumptious combo of apples and cinnamon, this comforting dish is a great recipe for beginners who want to share the fruits (er, breads?) of their labor.

Recipe: Apple Fritter Stuffed Pull-Apart Bread | Shop This Recipe

5. Mocha French Toast Bake

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One for the coffee lovers, this mouthwatering bake topped with chocolate sauce and marshmallow fluff can be given an adult twist with the addition of Kahlua to the egg mixture before mixing.

Recipe: Mocha French Toast Bake | Shop This Recipe

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6. Strawberry Shortcake

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Flaky shortcake meets fresh strawberries! This shortcake will be a big hit at your next barbecue. Blueberries, blackberries, or even cherries would work here too.

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake | Shop This Recipe

7. Dulce de Leche Lava Cake

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This smooth, luscious lava cake is a filling dessert with melt-in-your-mouth caramel and chocolate, paired with fresh vanilla ice cream.

Recipe: Dulce de Leche Lava Cake | Shop This Recipe

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8. Mini S’mores Éclair

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You can never go wrong with éclairs! Combine the comforting experience of camping with the classy presence of eclairs in these mini éclairs.

Recipe: Mini S’mores Éclair | Shop This Recipe

9. Lemon Cheesecake Bites

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Zesty, creamy, and one of the best possible ways to put a muffin tin to use.

Recipe: Lemon Cheesecake Bites 

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10. Apple Pie Bake

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Everyone ought to try making a classic apple pie at least once — and this foolproof bake is a great starter.

 Recipe: Apple Pie Bake | Shop This Recipe

11. Carrot Cake Cookies

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A portable twist on a classic cake, these cookies pair crunchy pecans and chewy raisins with the sweetness of carrots and warm cream cheese filling.

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cookies | Shop This Recipe

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12. Strawberry Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

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Who says macarons are hard to make? This step-by-step guide will show you it's easier than you likely think.

Recipe: Strawberry Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich | Shop This Recipe

13. Lemon Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies

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Cookies made out of cake mix? They're so good that nobody even has to know.

Recipe: Lemon Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies | Shop This Recipe

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14. 2-Layer Tres Leche Cake

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This traditional Mexican dessert — topped with whipped cream and drizzled with a mixture of evaporated, condensed, and coconut milks — is equal parts impressive and approachable.

 Recipe: 2-Layer Tres Leche Cake | Shop This Recipe

15. Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka)

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This common treat in Sweden, with a rich, soft, and sticky texture, is another fun choice for bakers who want to try something new. Try serving it with fresh berries and whipped cream or ice cream.

Recipe: Swedish Sticky Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka) | Shop This Recipe

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16. Peppermint Brownie Cookies

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No better combination than mint and chocolate, right? These peppermint brownie cookies are a light yet flavorful baked treat to satiate your cravings.

 Recipe: Peppermint Brownie Cookies | Shop This Recipe

17. Chocolate Raspberry Cups

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Try your hand at these delicate, bite-size treats packed with the classic flavors of decadent chocolate and sweet berries.

Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Cups  

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18. Salted Caramel Coconut Cookies

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Here's another treat that tends to get the most attention around the holiday season — but should absolutely be made year-round.

Recipe: Salted Caramel Coconut Cookies | Shop This Recipe

19. Banana Pudding Cheesecake

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The combination of flaky crust and gooey pudding makes this banana cheesecake a crowd-pleaser, and for good reason. Take things to another level by making the crust out of crushed cookies.

Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake | Shop This Recipe

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20. Sweet Potato Pie Marshmallow Cupcakes

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Every baker loves making cupcakes, but why not ease into the upcoming fall season with this combination that leans on sweet potatoes and marshmallow fluff icing? 

Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie Marshmallow Cupcakes | Shop This Recipe

21. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

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Indulge in the richness of these crunchy, crispy, golden brown pretzel bites. In fact, make a double batch because (fair warning) you won't want to share.

Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

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22. Spiced White Chocolate Mocha Whoopie Pies

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Filled with creamy white chocolate (flavored with a pinch of coffee!), these will fall apart in your mouth in the best way possible.

Recipe: Spiced White Chocolate Mocha Whoopie Pies | Shop This Recipe

23. Chocolate Coconut Sheet Cake

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The sweetness of coconut cuts through the dark chocolate coating in these delicious, easy-to-make and textured sheet cakes. 

Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Sheet Cake | Shop This Recipe

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24. Churro Coffee Cake

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Swirled with cinnamon sugar, this churro coffee cake doubles as a breakfast treat. Drizzle it with a spiced chocolate sauce and pair with some hot coffee for a great beginning to your morning.

Recipe: Churro Coffee Cake | Shop This Recipe

25. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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A healthy baked treat with the richness of chocolates, these pumpkin chocolate chip bars are flavored liberally with an array of spices for a fulfilling experience.

Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars | Shop This Recipe

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