I’m sharing semi homemade dessert ideas.
These simple and quick desserts are great because you can make these sweets ahead of time. By the way, the other thing that makes these particularly perfect is after a large meal these are small and I will be sharing 7 semi homemade dessert ideas with you.
Of course, smaller in size means we are able to enjoy more sweets, right. I figure smaller size desserts less calories, LOL.
Now even though these are semi homemade these sweet desserts are amazing. There’s a secret I am going to share that makes these fast desserts amazing. Ready, brown butter. Browning butter truly makes a huge difference in flavor with desserts.
Additionally, we eat with our eyes first so adding little extra touches to these 7 sweets makes these extra special. It also let’s your family and friends know they are special. Hey, this is what life is about, right.
Simple Cookie Recipe With M&Ms to Make For Desserts
If you follow Cloches & Lavender, you may have seen these recipes last week. These cookie recipes are easy and fly out of our home. I have to make these over and over again during springtime.
The first recipe is a cookie I literally have a hard time keeping in the house. These super quick and are truly fantastic! Once again, adding brown butter makes these cookies amazing!
Tip 1: Key Lime Pie M&M’s are only available for spring.
Tip 2: Also, using a meat mallet and tapping lightly works best to break these candies up. Ever other method turns them to powder. It goes fast since only a handful is necessary for the cookies
By the way, the months will be getting warmer, here’s a great easy recipe to help keep you cool. This is delicious and will be enjoyed by all!
- Wilton chocolate Melter or double boiler
- Cookie sheets
- 9×13 inch baking pan
- parchment paper
- Nonstick Aluminum foil
- small round or small spring shape cookie cutter
- rubber or silicone spatula
- small popsicle sticks
- dark and white chocolate melts
- fork for drizzling
- small pot for browning butter
- mixing bowl
- metal baking sheets
- spoon to combine ingredients
A Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie
Here is another easy recipe for a chocolate cookie. Who can have a celebration and not include chocolate?
Tip 1: Both cookie recipes work well if you refrigerate the dough for 5 minutes prior to baking.
I did recently share these chocolate peanut butter chip cookies and they are delicious. Once again adding brown butter adds so much extra flavor to this dessert. WOW the flavor I was squealing with excitement!
This recipe is another quick and easy one to make ahead of time. Ordinarily cookies from scratch take a bit of time however, these go quickly.
Tip 2: Using a smaller cookie scoop keeps the cookies the same size quality of baking
Tip 3: If there are food allergies to peanut butter, I share an alternative.
Individual Size Rich Fudgy Chocolate Brownies
I made the brownies single serve using a small biscuit cutter.
If you have and issue finding a small round biscuit cutter, I did find one HERE at Amazon.
Here using Duncan Hinse brownie mix using vegetable oil is in this recipe. Spread the batter in a 9×13 greased pan.
After the brownies cool, I use a small round biscuit cutter to make this individual size. I love having individual size desserts they make occasions feel extra special. What do you think?
Making these have a homemade look and feel special I use white chocolate melts. After melting these, using a small fork I drizzle the tops and they look extra festive for Easter.
Semi Homemade Desserts Blondies With Embellishments
Follow the directions on the box.
By the way, this recipe is Pillsbury Funfetti Blondie Mix. To make these taste more homemade I again brown butter instead of just melting it as the recipe says.
I also make these in greased 9×13 pan. I also make this recipe individual size using the same biscuit cutter.
Instead of using the Funfetti adding a combination of spring color sprinkles adds a pretty look.
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Basic White Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Who loves chocolate covered pretzels? I’m thinking many of you are saying Me, Me with excitement.
Making this sweet is so simple. Using white chocolate melts, melt the chocolate. Once the chocolate melts simply dip pretzels and lay on foil to set.
One of the best things about using chocolate melts, it sets quickly making these desserts easy.
Individual Pound Cake Pops
Here’s such a quick dessert to make to add to other sweets on the table. Purchase a pound cake at the market.
Next cut it in thick slices and then cut into quarters.
Now add your popsicle sticks through the center and place on a waxed paper sheets covered sheet pan. This is is especially important, so the cakes don’t stick to the sheet pan when freezing.
Tip 1: Using parchment paper on the baking sheet is important because this avoids the cakes from sticking.
Tip 2: Also, after dipping these in chocolate, it prevents them from sticking to the pan.
After this step, put these in the freezer for 2 hours. I did this to this dessert to be sure the stick was secure for dipping in chocolate.
If you have an issue finding dark chocolate melts, I did find them HERE.
In the meantime, melt your dark chocolate melts. After taking the pound cake pops out of the freezer dip one at time and sprinkle with spring color sprinkles. Place each pound cake pop back on the cold baking sheets. This helps these cakes set fast.
Tip 3: When removing the pound cake pops grab them by the cake end to keep them intact.
In our family we enjoy cold cake so I will take these sweet treats out a half hour before serving.
Easy White Chocolate Macadamia Dessert
Tip 1: Toasting nuts before using them for any recipe brings out the flavor of the nut.
Now number 7 semi homemade dessert ideas is very easy and fast to make.
Toast the macadamia nuts for this snack at 375 for 10 minutes. Let them cool.
Now break the pretzels in small pieces to add a salty taste to this easy Easter dessert.
Tip 2: Add nonstick foil onto a flat surface such as a cutting board.
In the meantime, begin melting the white chocolate melts. Add the macadamia nuts and pretzel pieces to a bowl.
Now pour in the chocolate and mix well.
After this is mixed well pour it on the foil and spread to smooth a bit. Let the combination set up. After it this easy snack sets up peel of the foil and break into pieces.
Finally, Browning Butter For These Semi Homemade Desserts
When browning butter add your stick of butter to a pot and put it over a medium/low flame. After the butter melts, let it get a foam on top.
Tip 1: When I say foam the butter will be covered with a foam on top of the melted butter. At this point carefully tilt the pot to check the butter and its color. It should be an amber color when brown.
It’s important to do because when browning butter, it will become an amber color. Once it foams watch the butter carefully. You don’t want burnt butter in your desserts.
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I hope you enjoyed these semi homemade dessert ideas. Remember these are simple to do and can be done ahead of time.
I’d love to know if you are going to try any of these ideas. Are you getting ready for Easter or Passover?
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22 thoughts on “Semi Homemade Dessert Ideas”
Everything looks delicious Cindy. You have been busy in the kitchen it looks like. Happy Easter!
What a wonderful variety of Easter treats! Everything looks amazing! Happy Easter, Cindy!
Thank you Lynne. Have Happy Easter!
So many yummy treats, Cindy! I have to admit that chocolate covered pretzels are my weakness!! Happy Easter!!
I was just thinking about what to serve for Easter dessert. Love the cake pop idea! I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.
Cindy, I am all about semi-homemade. When time is limited, it is the way to go! All wonderful recipes and love the idea of browning the butter. I will pin it for later!
Browing the butter is amazing!!
Such great recipes! Love them all. I really liked your statement about eating with our eyes. So true!
Right it’s so true
Hi Cindy, thanks for your visit. So many cute bunnies out there to choose from. Your Easter treats look so yummy. Easy peasy is the very best. Wishing you a Happy Easter.
These look fun and delicious. So many of my recipes now are semi-homemade.
I may do it more often now too
They all look delicious!
Thank you so much!
Lots of delicious options but I think the pretzel might be the one!
All of them are AMAZING! We taste tested.
These all look so good but my favourite is the city cake pops as no expensive mole is needed. Pinned
Thank you. They’re tested approved
So many fun ideas for Easter, especially the individual ones. Thank you for sharing and Happy Easter. Pinning for later
Amazing! Thank you for sharing!
These sweet treats all look amazing, Cindy! I did not even know they made key lime mms. My sister is going to lose it because she loves anything with key lime in it. Your pound cake pops are super cute too. I’ve never seen that before but I love it. Loving and pinning as always, CoCo
Be prepared to eat the entire bag