10-minute Holiday Desserts

Kaci McGee, Staff Writer

With both Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, anything that helps out with the madness of holiday meals will definitely be appreciated. Here are three holiday desserts that can be made in 10 minutes or less.



  • Easy Ice Cream Cake



  1. 1 cup heavy cream
  2. 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  3. 6 ice cream sandwiches (3.5 ounces each)
  4. ½ cup chocolate chips, chopped


  1. Line a 8½-by-4½-inch loaf pan with a piece of wax paper or parchment, allowing the paper to hang over both long sides.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream and sugar until stiff peaks form.
  3. In the bottom of the pan, arrange 3 of the sandwiches in a single layer, cutting them to fit as necessary. Spread with half the whipped cream. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and whipped cream.
  4. Sprinkle the top of the cake with the chopped chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.
  5. Holding both sides of the paper overhang, lift the cake out of the pan and transfer to a platter. Discard the paper and serve.

  1. Holiday peanut butter Rice Krispie treats



  1. 1 cup peanut butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup light karo syrup
  4. 5 cups rice krispies
  5. 1 pkg butterscotch chips
  6. 1 pkg chocolate chips



  1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and karo syrup, and melt on stove approximately 3-5 minutes until ingredients are creamy.
  2. Take off heat, add rice krispies, and spread in 8×10 cake pan, after this you can use cookie cutters and shape into fun holiday shapes!
  3. Melt butterscotch and chocolate chips together, and spread all or drizzle on the treats.

Senior R’reon Sloss loves these rice krispy treats.

  “The combination of the peanut butter in the rice krispy and the milk chocolate and butterscotch really brings the whole dessert together; it is definitely a good go-to when you need a quick dessert for any occasion ”.


  1. 5-minute Chocolate mug Cake

Ingredients:        4 tablespoons flour

  1.         4 tablespoons sugar
  2.         1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  3.         2 tablespoons whisked egg
  4.         3 tablespoons milk
  5.         3 tablespoons oil
  6.         3 tablespoons chocolate chips

        splash vanilla or other flavoring – try peppermint or cinnamon

For a fudgier version, omit egg.



  1. Add all of the dry ingredients to the mug and mix.
  2. Add the egg and combine well. It gets pretty pasty at this point.
  3. Stir in milk and oil.
  4. Add chocolate chips* and splash of vanilla. Stir well.

*if you don’t have chocolate chips, try a broken up candy bar – I can’t stress how much this amps the awesomeness of your cake!

  1.   Microwave for 3 minutes in a 1000w oven, or 4 minutes in a 700w oven.It will start to crown over the top of the mug. Don’t panic! It will collapse once the heat stops.
  2. You can add canned frosting to the cop of cakes, and put a fun decorative garnish on the top when the cake is cooled!

  All of these deserts can aid your parents, aunt, uncle, or whichever family member is cooking Thanksgiving dinner for your family.  None of these are specified for a specific holiday and can be used for any occasion!