Even the most enthusiastic baker in the world will face waning motivation when reading through a recipe that reveals it’ll dirty every piece of kitchen equipment. Such desserts might be delicious, but they take a lot of time and require washing a ton of dishes. We find it hard to believe a cake is worth this much effort, which is why we love one-bowl desserts. They give you all the deliciousness of something fussy without, well, the fuss. Try these seven easy dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth sans frustration.
1. My Favorite Brownies
Why so many brownie recipes call for a mixer is a mystery to us. Whipping the eggs introduces a lot of air into the batter, which doesn’t really make sense when you realize all the appeal in this baked good is the fudge-like texture. Thankfully, Smitten Kitchen has come to the rescue with this decadent recipe — we bet they’re both better tasting and easier than any version you’ve made before.
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
- ½ cup unsalted butter, plus more
- 1⅓ cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt or ¼ teaspoon table salt
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to extend past two sides to make removal easy later on. Butter parchment or grease with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium, heatproof bowl, melt chocolate and butter over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Make sure bottom of bowl does not touch chocolate. When almost melted, remove from heat and stir until smooth. Alternatively, melt in microwave, using 30-second intervals, stirring each time. Whisk in sugar. One at a time, whisk in eggs. Add vanilla and salt and whisk to combine. Stir in flour until just combined, then transfer to prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until set.
Let cool, then cut into bars.