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Easy desserts to make during quarantine

11 Recipes
Campfire treats cooked and styled by Genevieve Ko, prop styled by Joni Noe
(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

These simple sweets hit the spot every time.

If you’re craving something buttery:

Classic Pound Cake

Time 1 hour 30 minutes, plus cooling
Yields Makes one 10-inch cake

Brown sugar shortbread

Time 50 minutes
Yields Makes 4 dozen bars or 2 dozen wedge cookies

All you want is chocolate?

Easy Chocolate Soufflés

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes 4 individual soufflés

Flourless Fudgy Brownies

Time 45 minutes
Yields Makes one 8-inch-square pan.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 12 to 16

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 3 dozen

For peanut butter lovers:

Salted Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies

Time 35 minutes
Yields Makes about 4 ½ dozen cookies

Salty-Sweet Nutty Buddies

Time 15 minutes
Yields Makes about 8 cups

Goodies for kids (and you too):

Campfire Marshmallow Bars

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes 2 dozen

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Time 35 minutes
Yields Makes 16 cookie sandwiches.

Need to use up ripe bananas?

Vegan Carrot-Banana Cake

Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 12


Genevieve Ko is the cooking editor for the Los Angeles Times. She is a cookbook author and has been a food writer, editor and recipe developer for national food media outlets. Ko graduated from Yale after a childhood in Monterey Park.
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