9 Easy Dessert Recipes to Make at Home

These are the treats every great home baker should know by heart

Sure, it might be easier to grab a package of cookies from the store or pick up a cake from a local bakery, but we feel better and more accomplished when we make them ourselves. Not to mention showing up to a party with a homemade dessert earns you serious brownie points.

Grab your spatula and whisk; here are nine desserts every home baker should master.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake satisfies even the fiercest chocolate craving, and we can vouch for Ina Garten's devil's food cake—it is one of the best.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are perfect for any occasion and easy to make last minute. Put a twist on the classic by substituting maple sugar in this maple chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Apple Pie

Impress guests by mastering the ultimate apple pie for Thanksgiving.

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Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie is the perfect dessert for those warm spring and summer months.

Cheesecake

It's easier than you think to make creamy cheesecake at home. Try your hand at the classic New York style or go for cheesecake bars with whiskey-caramel sauce.

A Citrus Tart

Fruit tarts are great year-round, especially in winter when citrus shines.

Lemon Bars

These lemon bars are almost too pretty to eat . . . almost. 

Berry Cobbler

Cobblers can incorporate all different types of fruit, and this huckleberry recipe combines berries and lime zest before being topped with fluffy biscuits—the perfect sweet and savory combination.

Brownies

It's always a good idea to have a brownie recipe in your repertoire, and these ultimate fudgy brownies will blow your mind.