My name is Olivia and I’m a dessert addict.
Well, maybe not an addict, per se, but if given the choice between a bowl of creamy, melt-in-your-mouth Cherry Garcia and a million dollars, I would probably choose the ice cream. The downside to this addiction, however, is getting stuck in a dessert rut. After buying the same ice cream or cookies week after week, I’m ready to spice things up (or, sugar it up, as the case may be.) That’s where life-changing dessert hacks come in handy. With a few simple tricks, I’m able to amp up my store-bought confections and nip the monotony right in the frosted bud.
If you’re in need of some sugar therapy, this list is for you. Some of these hacks are so simple you’ll be asking why you didn’t think of it first, and some of them require a little bit of planning. But they all have one thing in common — a delicious result that that will take your boring, tried and true desserts up to the next level. Converting you to the ranks of fellow dessert addict may not be my goal, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. So grab a spoon, a spatula, or your dessert weapon of choice and be prepared to change the way you make desserts forever.
1. Freeze Your Whipped Cream
Want to know how to make whipped cream even better? Freeze it! thanks this tip from the The Kitchen, you can freeze whipped cream and use it to top things like hot chocolate, pies, cookies, fruit… basically anything edible.
2. Trade Out Your Rice Krispies
You shouldn’t limit your Rice Krispies treats to one cereal. Brit and Co suggests using a variety of your favorite childhood cereals to take this traditional treat to the next level.
3. Use Bananas For Ice Cream
Who said ice cream requires a long list of ingredients? Thanks to The One Ingredient Chef, you can make ice cream using a just banana (and a few other mix-ins, if you’re feeling adventurous). Not only is it more flavorful than the store-bought stuff, but it’s quite a bit healthier too.
4. Microwave Your Cakes
It doesn’t have to be your birthday to get a cake fix. These microwave mug cakes from Something Swanky are super simple (and affordable) and can be made in under two minutes.
5. Slow Cook Your Sweets
Need a dip or drizzle for your dessert? Take a cue from the The Yummy Life and use your crockpot to melt chocolate, peanut butter, and other tasty toppings.
6. The Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich
Meatloaf and Melodrama’s perfect ice cream sandwich goes above and beyond. Using things you can easily buy at any grocery store and a few clever tricks, these sandwiches are sure satisfy all your dessert needs.
7. Make Treats Better With Marshmallows
Marshmallows aren’t just for s’mores anymore. Gina at the Shabby Creek Cottage suggests you use marshmallows to takes store bought cupcakes up a notch (or be super fancy and make the cupcakes yourself.)
8. Make Mess-Less S’mores
Everyone’s favorite campfire treat just got even simpler. Courtney from Pizzazzerie created this incredible, no-brainer way to make mess-free s’mores.
9. Combine Candy & Cookies
The genius blogger behind Little Bit Funky created Reese’s stuffed Oreos, a dessert that people only dream about. And since they’re so simple to make, you’ll be tempted to eat them every day (and I won’t judge you if you do.)
10. Amp Up Your Fruit
Don’t let the fire fool you. This recipe is actually incredibly simple. If you’re looking for a way to spice up regular old chocolate cake, Chow Hound shows you how to bake a cake in an orange.
11. Customize Your Treats
Besides being the most beautiful dessert I’ve ever laid my eyes on, this two ingredient chocolate bark from Cup of Jo is easy to make, as it only requires white and dark chocolate. You can customize this one to fit your chocolate-y needs, and however you decide to make it, it’s bound to be delicious.
Images: Courtesy of Meatloaf and Melodrama; The Kitchn; Brit.co; One Ingredient Chef; Something Swanky; The Yummy Life; Meatloaf and Melodrama; Shabby Creek Cottage; Pizzazzerie; Little Bit Funky; Chow Hound; Cup of Jo