10 Quick And Simple Dessert Recipes For Teens

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Teenagers love desserts, but the pre-packed ones in the market are usually filled with preservatives and unhealthy ingredients. Hence, this post on dessert recipes for teens includes healthy and sweet options, including cookies, muffins, and tarts. These recipes are easy to prepare and require less time for preparation. You may even prepare these in advance to quench their sweet cravings. Also, preparing these dishes could be a great excuse to spend time with them. So, check them out below.

10 Easy Dessert Recipes For Teens:

1. No Bake Peanut Butter Pie:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cookie pie crust or chocolate graham cracker
  • 8 oz. of cream cheese
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. of frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and grated chocolate for garnishing

How To:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Now blend in vanilla and peanut butter. Fold in the whipped topping.
  2. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pie crust and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  3. Garnish the pie with chocolate syrup, whipped cream and sprinkle grated chocolate on it. It is an easy dessert for teens to make without baking.

2. Mini Cheesecake:

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You Will Need:

  • 12 vanilla wafers
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 1 can of cherry pie filling

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line the muffin tins with liners. Place a vanilla wafer in each muffin.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, beat cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Add lemon juice, sugar, and eggs and beat until thoroughly combined.
  3. Fill each baking cup 2/3 full with the cream mixture and bake in the preheated oven for 17 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes before garnishing.
  4. After the cheesecake has cooled, top it with the fruit pie filling, and pipe the whipped cream on it.

3. Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze:

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You Will Need:

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup frozen strawberries, thawed and drained
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and the line the cupcake tins with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine egg whites, vegetable oil, and mascarpone cheese and beat using an electric beater.
  3. Add the water and cake mix and beat for 3 minutes.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners and bake for 20 min. Let it cool on the wire rack.
  5. As the cupcake cools down, puree the strawberries in a food processor.
  6. Add the powdered sugar and puree until smooth.
  7. When the cupcake has cooled, top it with the strawberry glaze.

4. Chocolate Coated Strawberries:

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You Will Need:

  • 16 ounces of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 pound of fresh strawberries with leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of shortening
  • Melted white chocolate for garnishing

How To:

  1. In a double boiler, melt shortening and chocolate, occasionally stirring , until it acquires a smooth consistency.
  2. Prick a toothpick on top of strawberry and dip into the chocolate mixture.
  3. Turn the strawberry upside down and insert the toothpick into the Styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.
  4. Repeat the method for all the strawberries.
  5. Drizzle some white chocolate on the strawberries to give it a fancy look. This is the simple and easy dessert recipes for teenagers to prepare.

5. Banana Pudding:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 packet of cream cheese
  • 1 container of frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • ½ package of vanilla wafers
  • 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 bananas, sliced

How To:

  1. In a large sized bowl, beat cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Add the pudding mix, condensed milk, vanilla extract and cold milk until smooth.
  2. Fold half of the whipped topping.
  3. Line a shallow dish with vanilla wafers and arrange the sliced bananas evenly over it.
  4. Pour the pudding mixture and top with the remaining whipped topping.
  5. Chill for a few hours before serving. This is the best healthy dessert recipe for teenagers to try first.

6. Lemon Yogurt Tart:

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You Will Need:

For The Oat Crust:

  • ½ cup hulled sunflower seeds, lightly toasted
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 6 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup

For The Filling:

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs + 1 yolk
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 10-inch tart pan.
  2. To make the crust, combine sunflower seeds, oats and sea salt in the food processor bowl and pulse until you get a smooth texture.
  3. Stir in the melted butter and maple syrup and process until you get a coarse bowl.
  4. Transfer the oat mixture to the tart pan, and press out the dough using a spatula. Bake the crust for 20 minutes or until it is golden brown in color.
  5. In a large bowl, whip cream cheese on a high speed. Add yogurt and beat until you get a smooth consistency.
  6. Add the yolk and eggs, one at a time and mix again.
  7. Reduce the speed and add sugar, followed by the sea salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  8. Now pour the mixture into the oat shell and bake for 35 minutes or until the tart sets up.
  9. Cool for an hour, slice and serve.

7. Chocolate Cookies:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package of devil’s food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease the cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together eggs, oil and the cake mix until well blended.
  3. Now fold in the chocolate chip.
  4. Roll the double into a lemon sized ball and place on the cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to stand for 5 minutes before transferring to the wire rack to cool completely.

8. Chocolate Fudge Brownies:

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of espresso powder
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a baking dish
  2. In a large bowl, place all the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Beat until you get a smooth consistency.
  3. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes and then sprinkle the chocolate chips. This is a best desserts for teenagers and must a treat for your sweet tooth.

9. Drizzled Chocolate Apple:

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You Will Need:

  • 4 small to medium sized apples
  • 4 ounces of yellow candy melts
  • 4, 6-inch wooden dowels
  • 4 ounces of orange candy melts
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate morsels
  • 3 teaspoons of canola oil

How To:

  1. Remove the stems from the apple and insert a dowel into each at the stem end.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine one teaspoon of oil and semi-sweet chocolate. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Again microwave for 30 seconds until melted.
  3. Dip the apples in the chocolate until it is coated evenly. Allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
  4. Insert the other end of the dowel in the Styrofoam to let the apples dry.
  5. In another bowl, combine one teaspoon of oil and orange candy melts and melt according to the package instruction. Transfer the orange melts into a piping bag. Repeat the same method with the yellow candy melts.
  6. Drizzle the melts over the apples and leave it to dry. It is one of the nutritious and healthy desserts for teenagers. They definitely love to dip when their dunking apple drizzled with chocolate.

10. Strawberry Icebox Cake:

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You Will Need:

  • 3 ¾ cups heavy cream, divided
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed and dried
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 24 to 28 graham crackers
  • 2 ounces of dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon of rose water

How To:

  1. Cut the strawberries into thin slices.
  2. Using a hand mixer, whip 3 ½ cups of cream until it doubles in sizes.
  3. Add sugar, vanilla and rose water and whip to combine.
  4. Spread a spoonful of whipped cream at the bottom of the baking pan and lay six graham crackers.
  5. Cover the top of the graham crackers with a bit more whipped cream and place a single layer of strawberries. Repeat the method until you get four layers of graham crackers.
  6. Spread the whipped cream on the top and swirl it lightly using the spoon. Add a few more strawberries on the top.
  7. To make the ganache, heat ¼ cup of cream and then pour over the chopped chocolate. Leave it to stand for a few minutes and then mix until you get a thick, glossy and smooth mixture.
  8. Drizzle the ganache with a spoon or use a squeeze bottle to drizzle.
  9. Refrigerate the dessert for 4 hours or until the crackers soften completely.

You now have one for each day, from the classic chocolate recipes to the savory and cheesy ones, with this list of the best dessert recipes for teens. Children tend to have a sweet tooth, but allowing them to eat store-bought or restaurant desserts all the time may not be healthy. So try these easy and delicious recipes at home for healthier options. Experiment with a new recipe every day and enhance your cooking skills to give your child the best sweet dish, and you can also serve them at a party to impress your guests.

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Mitha Shameer

Mitha is passionate about writing on topics related to women and children. She loves to present the brighter side of life to her readers in the form of her articles. She writes on games, stories, arts & craft, celebrations and more for MomJunction. When she isn't glued to online shopping websites, she loves reading books and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Jyoti Benjamin

(MS, RD, CSO, FAND, CD)
Jyoti Benjamin has 25 years of experience as a clinical dietitian and currently works in Seattle. She focuses on teaching people the value of good nutrition and helping them lead healthy lives by natural means. Benjamin has a masters in Foods and Nutrition, and has been a longtime member and Fellow of AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and the... more

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