26 Fancy Desserts to Impress

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We love simple desserts that are easy to whip up in minutes. We even love store-bought desserts that can make you feel like you’re giving your family a nice treat without spending time in the kitchen. However, there are occasions that call for a fancy dessert, and you can also benefit from the feeling of accomplishment.

Well, stop worrying because you can make beautiful desserts right at home with little to no experience!

Making easy desserts to impress your guests will give you a great sense of accomplishment while leaving your new fans non-the-wiser regarding the minimal effort it took to make them.

Below we’ve put together 26 easy impressive desserts that will leave folks awed by your brilliance!

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1. How To Make Palmiers

Palmiers are one of the many impressive desserts that look like you’d have to undertake years of culinary training to pull off. But, nothing could be further from the truth!

These delicious cookies can be made in 15 minutes using just two simple ingredients, thawed puff pastry, and granulated sugar.

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2. No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Some of my favorite gourmet dessert recipes use fresh blueberries. But instead of spending time baking, you can make delicious blueberry cheesecake without going anywhere near an oven. This super-simple no-bake recipe will allow you to make the creamiest, blueberriest cheesecake your guest has ever had!

The ingredients you’ll need for the crust include oreo cookies, salt, and unsalted butter.

For your cream cheese layer, you’ll need cream cheese, powdered sugar, blueberry jam, vanilla extract, and heavy cream.

And for your topping, you need some fresh blueberries and lemon zest (optional).

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3. French Apple Cake

One of the most beautiful and elegant desserts has to be this delicious French apple cake.

Ingredients for this delicious cake include all-purpose flour, aluminum-free baking powder, kosher salt, whole milk mascarpone cheese, unsalted butter, white sugar, large egg, vanilla extract, Honeycrisp apple, and cinnamon or powder sugar (optional).

This is absolutely delicious with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce.

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4. Cheesecake Brownies

Whenever chocolate brownies and cheesecake get together, you know it can mean nothing but delicious trouble!

Cheesecake brownies have to be one of the most popular elegant dessert recipes, and for a good reason. The combination of these two decadent desserts is what dreams are made of.

The ingredients you’ll need for the brownie layer include semi or bittersweet chocolate chips, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, unsweetened cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt, and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.

You need cream cheese, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla extract for the cheesecake layer.

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5. Death By Chocolate Recipe

When people are asked how they would want to die, one of the most common answers is “Death by Chocolate.” And this dessert nearly lives up to its name, plus it’s among the easy desserts that look impressive.

This rich, decadent trifle stacks layers of chocolate cake, pudding, fudge sauce, Oreo cookies, and whipped cream to form a dessert that will send your taste buds to the pearly gates.

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6. No-Bake Cheesecake with a Surprise Inside

This simple no-bake cheesecake hides a surprise that makes it one of the coolest gourmet desserts out there. You see, beneath its creamy cheesecake exterior hides a chocolate encased strawberry!

The ingredients you’ll need to make this masterpiece include graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, butter, heavy cream, dark chocolate, large strawberries, cold water, powdered gelatin, softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and heavy cream.

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7. Homemade Strawberry Cake

Most folks might not think of strawberry cake as being among the ranks of gourmet desserts, but this recipe certainly lives up to that distinction! You see, it’s made of fluffy vanilla cake surrounded by layers of rich cream cheese frosting mixed with fresh sweet strawberries. This is the perfect dessert to have with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

The ingredients for this dish include cake flour, salt, baking powder, unsalted butter, salt, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, heavy cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and fresh strawberries.

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8. Dark Chocolate Tart

For chocolate lovers, this recipe for a dark chocolate tart is something you must try within your lifetime.

The ingredients for this dessert are superfine sugar, pecans, unbleached all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, fine Himalayan pink salt, semi-sweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream, superfine sugar, whole milk, cinnamon stick, and eggs.

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9. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

One of my favorite simple and light dessert recipes is strawberries stuffed with cheesecake, also called cheesecake blossoms. These treats are perfect for weddings, fancy parties, and brunches.

To make these desserts, the ingredients you need are large strawberries, cream cheese, powdered sugar, sour cream, and vanilla (optional).

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10. Berries and Cream Crepes

Another one of my new favorite light desserts is this recipe for berries and cream crepes featuring sweet and delicious thin pancakes with yummy cream and juicy berries.

These make for a fantastic brunch dish or after-dinner dessert. Plus, with the fresh berries, one could conceivably argue they are healthy-ish, right?

The ingredients you need for this dessert include flour, eggs, vegetable oil, one or two percent milk, salt, whipping cream, powdered sugar, lemon curd, and fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries).

This is just heavenly with ice cream.

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11. Chocolate Covered Strawberries Tuxedo-Style

If you’re looking to fancy up your strawberries beyond just dipping them in dark and white chocolate, this recipe for tuxedo strawberries is just what you need. Granted, this may not be easy for everyone as it takes a bit of practice and a steady hand. But once you master it, you’ll want to learn how to make all kinds of new and exciting designs on your fruits.

The main ingredients are large strawberries, a chocolate candy coating, and a white chocolate candy coating.

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12. Beignets

Okay, folks, if you’ve never been to New Orleans and sat down at Cafe Du Monde for a hot cup of chicory coffee and some beignets, you have no idea what you’re missing!

And now, you can bring some of that experience home with this recipe for authentic New Orleans-style beignets.

The ingredients you’ll need include active dry yeast, warm water, granulated sugar, evaporated milk, eggs, salt, bread flour, vegetable shortening, vegetable oil, and sifted powder sugar for your coating.

These are amazing with caramel sauce.

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13. Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake

This innocent-looking flat cake hides a delicious surprise inside. Using cream cheese and condensed milk, it has a creamy layer inside the cake featuring strawberries. The contrast between the moist and dry cake is sensational, along with the sweet taste of cream cheese and strawberries.

The ingredients you will need to make the strawberry puree include granulated sugar and strawberries. You’ll need cream cheese, vanilla extract, sweetened condensed milk, egg, lemon zest, and all-purpose flour for the cream cheese layer.

For the cake, you need olive oil, eggs, whole milk vanilla extract, lemon zest, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar for dusting (optional).

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14. Crepe Cake Recipe

This fancy recipe was created by New York City’s world-famous Lady M Confections boutique. This heavenly cake comprises twenty paper-thin crepes laid with a light orange and vanilla-infused cream frosting. The crepes blend with the cream, so every forkful is like a sweet dream melting away on your tongue.

The ingredients to create this work of art at home include unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt, large eggs, whole milk, vanilla extract, finely grated orange zest, heavy cream, vegetable oil, corn starch, vanilla bean paste, and Grand Marnier or Cointreau (optional).

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15. Easy Eton Mess

Eton mess is a light, fruity, and flavorful fancy dessert that combines whipped cream, berries, and meringue for a heavenly flavor you’ll never forget.

Plus, it’s really easy to make and looks incredible in a cocktail glass. The dessert originated at Eton College in England. Legend has it that someone dropped a meringue dessert on the floor during an annual cricket match between Eton and Harrow college. Instead of throwing the food away, they allegedly mixed it into individual bowls and served it.

Of course, this is only a legend.

The ingredients for Eton mess are egg whites, caster sugar, double cream, raspberries, and strawberries.

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16. Berry Vanilla Cheesecake Parfaits

These delightful little berry cheesecake parfaits have bits of Nilla Wafers mixed in with creamy pudding and tangy berries for an unforgettable flavor!

Every spoonful of this deliciously sweet pudding treat is like a taste of heaven!

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe include softened cream cheese, cold milk, vanilla instant pudding mix, thawed whipped topping, Nilla Wafers, and mixed sliced strawberries and blueberries.

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17. Ischler Törtchen (Austrian Shortbread)

Ischler Törtchen is a delicious Austrian cookie sandwich that combines sour jam between two crumbly Linzer cookies dipped in chocolate. The collision of flavor is something to behold.

Plus, the cookie dough has a nutty flavor, thanks to the ground walnuts. These are definitely an upgrade from anything you’ve bought from the Girl Scouts!

The ingredients you’ll need for these cookies include flour, almond meal (ground walnut), salt, butter, sugar, lemon zest, rum, fruit preserves of your choice, melted chocolate, and oil.

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18. French Lemon Tart

There’s just something so addictive about a creamy French lemon tart. Normally, creamy is best described as only a texture, but this dessert combines flavor and texture in a way few can pull off.

If you’re hosting a fancy party or really want to wow the socks of your friends at the next brunch, this dessert is the way to go!

The ingredients for this classic dish include all-purpose flour, icing sugar, salt, unsalted butter, egg yolk, sugar, lemon, eggs, lemon juice, strawberries, and icing sugar.

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19. French Hot Chocolate

Now, you might not think of hot chocolate as being a fancy dessert. After all, most of us are used to the powdered stuff you find at the grocery store. That’s why you can be forgiven for not being impressed when someone hands you a mug of this French hot chocolate.

But, after taking your first sip, you’ll know instantly that this isn’t your everyday hot chocolate. It’s on a whole different level!

The ingredients you need to make French hot chocolate include whole milk, bittersweet or dark chocolate, sea salt, whipped cream, and powdered cinnamon (optional…but kinda mandatory).

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20. Mini Cheesecake Bites (+5 Flavors)

Mini-cheesecake bites are the perfect fancy finger food desserts you can whip up in no time. Best of all, you can make different flavors using different toppings to create an assortment of delights sure to make your guests struggle over which one to try first!

Plus, unlike traditional cheesecakes, there are no dishes to wash as each cheesecake sits in a disposable wrapper.

The ingredients you’ll need include cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, flour, sugar, graham cracker crumbs, butter, and heavy cream.

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21. Creamy Strawberry Semifreddo

Semifreddo is one of my absolute favorites when it comes to exotic desserts! It’s almost like an ice cream cake, but it’s made way differently.

The ingredients you’ll need include all-butter shortbread cookie pieces, sliced almonds, strawberries, sugar, large eggs, heavy cream, and mascarpone.

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22. Cream Cheese Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Nothing says fancy dessert like a tray full of creamy, chocolaty truffles! And the best thing about this recipe is that it only uses four ingredients and requires absolutely zero baking!

The ingredients needed to make this recipe include semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can also use dark chocolate chips), cream cheese (softened and at room temperature), powdered sugar, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

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23. Classic French Madeleines

While its fancy name and appearance might seem daunting to any home baker, making Madeleines is easy.

However, while they are not difficult to make, you need to pay careful attention and follow the recipe to the letter.

The ingredients you need include unsalted butter, eggs, granulated sugar, lemon zest, pure vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and confectioner’s sugar (optional for garnish).

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24. Blueberry Ice Cream

While you can find a lot of different ice cream flavors at your grocery store, one that’s pretty rare is blueberry. This is one reason why your party guests will be super impressed when you offer them a bowl of homemade blueberry ice cream. In fact, it’s a safe bet that most folks have never tasted it.

Blueberry ice cream combines the sweet cool texture of ice cream with the tangy-sweet flavors of blueberries to create a magical dessert experience.

The ingredients you’ll need include blueberries (fresh), powdered sugar, water, cream cheese, egg yokes, milk, and heavy cream.

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25. Strawberry Panna Cotta

Strawberry Panna Cotta is an impressive dessert that looks like it belongs on a runway. It has a refreshing and light taste with a sophisticated look that will impress even the biggest foodies, which is why it’s one of my favorite easy fancy desserts.

The ingredients you need to make this dish include whole milk, heavy or whipping cream, sugar, vanilla extract, cold water, unflavored gelatin powder, and fresh strawberries.

Garnish with mint leaves and fresh strawberries.

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26. Tiramisu

Tiramisu might be right up there at the top when it comes to fancy dessert names. However, tiramisu earns the utmost respect from dessert lovers beyond its fancy name because of its outrageously rich, creamy, and sweet taste. It’s a no-bake espresso-flavored dessert made with ladyfingers dipped in coffee and sweet mascarpone cream dusted in cocoa.

Here are the ingredients you need: egg yolks, unpacked powdered sugar, full-fat mascarpone, Italian ladyfingers, cooled brewed espresso, and unsweetened cocoa powder.

Below you can watch a video featuring a collection of amazing desserts to impress.

26 Fancy Desserts (+French Hot Chocolate Drink)

These recipes are sure to please. So, gather your family and friends and enjoy. Let us know your thoughts!
5 from 6 votes
Total Time 34 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 245 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate or dark chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Whipped topping
  • Cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, heat the milk.
  • Stir in the chocolate and salt for 3 minutes, whisking until it’s smooth.
  • Stir in the sugar until dissolved.
  • Pour into mugs and top with whipped topping.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal
Keyword fancy desserts, french hot chocolate drink
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