Treats You Can Bake with 5 Ingredients or Less

Just because your pantry isn’t stocked with specialty ingredients doesn’t mean you can’t bake from scratch. You’ll be surprised at what you can make with basics like butter, flour, sugar and eggs (and an occasional boxed baking mix).

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Three-Ingredient Cookies

These unbelievably easy (and gluten-free) cookies have only three ingredients and are a great way to use up those extra mixed nuts hanging out in your pantry.

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Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Muffins

Using melted ice cream is a baking shortcut that makes sense -- in one ingredient you get cream, sugar, cookies and vanilla. Mix it with self-rising flour for the ultimate easy muffins. And a cookie in the middle is a sweet surprise!

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Cocada: Easy Coconut Bark

This crave-worthy coconut treat is a lot like macaroons – only easier. Instead of scooping balls of sweetened coconut mixture onto a sheet pan, just pour the mix into a 9-by-13-inch pan and bake.

Get the Recipe: Cocada: Easy Coconut Bark

Flourless Chocolate Torte

We can’t think of a better use for five ingredients we always have on hand (butter, chocolate, eggs, sugar and salt) than this torte. If you have the optional sixth ingredient (cocoa powder), use it – a light dusting will enhance the chocolate flavor and give the dessert a pretty finish.

Get the Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Torte

3-Ingredient Banana Bread

This beautiful yet simple bread comes together with just three basic, easy-to-find ingredients: bananas, eggs and store-bought cake mix! The bananas make this quick bread moist and sweet, while the spice cake mix adds a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Three-Ingredient Brownies

Forget boxed brownie mix — Ree has a recipe that’s just as easy and, dare we say it, even more delicious. Her secret ingredient? Chocolate-hazelnut spread!

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies only use a few ingredients but the last one, sea salt, is key as it gives them their addictive salty finish. Since the cookies are flourless, they're very tender, so let them cool awhile on the pan before moving them.

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The Best Creme Brulee

Proof that the best things in life are often the simplest! This rich and creamy custard isn't too sweet, has that signature layer of crunchy, caramelized sugar on top and comes together in 45 minutes with just 5 ingredients.

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Sugared Puff-Pastry Tea Cookies

We don’t know about you, but puff pastry is one of those ingredients that we’ve always got tucked away in the freezer. So, when we need a sweet treat fast, it’s our go-to. All it needs is a sugary glaze and a few minutes in the oven to become the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

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4-Ingredient Blueberry Pie

If you’ve got store-bought pie crust on hand (or homemade pie crust that you’ve tucked away in your refrigerator), now is the time to use it. The filling comes together with just 3 additional ingredients – making the most difficult part of baking this pie, waiting for it to cool so you can eat it!

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Cinnamon Stars: Zimtsterne

These gluten-free treats are a classic German Christmas cookie, but we'll eat them any time of the year. They've got a delicious nutty, spiced flavor and, because they're designed to keep for a long time, they get nice and chewy as time passes.

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Stars: Zimtsterne (Germany)

Giant Peanut Butter Cup Cake

This super-sized take on a favorite candy has everything: a creamy peanut buttery center, devil's food layers and even a hard chocolate shell. And it's a combo that only looks hard to pull off.

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Brownie Mix Cookies

We love a good shortcut recipe — like this one, made with a boxed brownie mix. Despite only using 4 ingredients, the cookies are chocolatey, fudgy and pleasing for brownie and cookie lovers alike.

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Coconut Macaroons

If you’re a fan of classic coconut macaroons, you’ll love Ina’s easy recipe. They’re perfectly sweet and chewy, thanks to the addition of sweetened condensed milk.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Macaroons

Lemon Meringues

You don’t need ton of ingredients to make these bright and sunny cookies. Just add a little lemon extract!

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Shortbread Hearts

The secret to these simple cookies is getting the consistency of the dough just right. You want it a bit on the dry side, but not crumbly. If you’re having trouble shaping your dough into a disc, mix in 1 tablespoon of water. That should be just enough moisture to hold the pieces together.

Get the Recipe: Shortbread Hearts