20 Sweet 3-Ingredient Recipes to Love and Share

on December 4, 2014
Veggie and the Beast

Easy as 1, 2, 3...

When it comes to the edible things in life, our philosophy is this: Big impact, short grocery list. These 20 treat recipes are ideal for gifting (and snacking)—and each calls for only three ingredients, allowing you to enjoy the sweet life, without sacrificing your savings.

Thirty Handmade Days

Turtle Pretzels

Almost too easy to be true, this sweet snack recipe will become a quick go-to for party-going and gifting. But be careful. These salty-sweet morsels are nothing short of addictive.

Get the Recipe: The Easiest Three-Ingredient Turtle Pretzels 

Top with Cinnamon

No-Bake Thin Mints

The main ingredient in these babies may surprise you. We like to consider this recipe an easy way to elevate a classic in a big way—at minimal cost.

Get the Recipe: 15-Minute No-Bake Thin Mints 

My Kitchen Affair

Coffee Meringues

These rustic beauties are comprised mainly of egg whites, making them a relatively guilt-free treat. And did we mention there's coffee involved?

Get the Recipe: Coffee Meringues 

Emma Christensen / The Kitchn

DIY Energy Bars

For the health-conscious set, it doesn't get much better than this three ingredient recipe for homemade energy bars. Make a batch to fuel your week, or wrap in wax paper and twine for gifting fitness-fixated friends and family.

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Emiko Davies / Food52

Torrone (Three-Ingredient Nougat)

This traditional Italian nougat is sweet and chewy and perfect for extra-special occasions. Though the process takes time and attention, the ingredient list is just how we like it—really, really short.

Get the Recipe: Three-Ingredient Torrone 

Comfort of Cooking

Shortbread Cookies

The classics are designated as such for a reason. And if you can achieve a classic as classic as shortbread cookies using only three staple ingredients? Well, it looks like you're in business.

Get the Recipe: Shortbread Cookies 

Lauren's Latest

Nutella Doughnuts

And thus begins our two-part tribute to Nutella. One big jar of Nutella, some flour and a carton of eggs, and you can make a Nutella-laced confection in more forms than we can count on both hands. Just ask Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Three-Ingredient Nutella Doughnuts 


Nutella Brownies

Part two of our ode to three-ingredient Nutella confections comes in the form of this chewy brownie recipe. Throw in festive cupcake liners to suit any occasion!

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Gimme Some Oven

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Imagine their faces when you show up with this show-stopping chocolate cake at the next potluck affair. Just eggs, chocolate and butter. Three of our favorite things.

Get the Recipe: Three-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake 

Dear Crissy

Strawberry Pecan Fudge

Just get a load of the bright pink hue on this fudge recipe. Star quality, you say? Yeah, we think so too.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Pecan Fudge 

Veggie and the Beast

The Easiest 3-Ingredient Fudge Bites

These stunning chocolate fudge bites are perfect for gifting. If it's an extra-special occasion—and you're up for adding a fourth ingredient to your shopping list—consider topping with coarse-ground sea salt, chopped nuts or coconut flakes.

Get the Recipe: The Easiest Three-Ingredient Fudge Bites 

Brown Eyed Baker

Rocky Road Bark

This Rocky Road Bark is a lot like the ice cream flavor of the same name, but much more portable, making it perfect for parties, last minute gifts, or anytime indulgence.

Get the Recipe: Rocky Road Bark 

Blissful Basil

Peanut Butter Fudge

Calling for only peanut butter, coconut butter and pure maple syrup, this fudge is a super simple (and relatively healthy) treat. So you can make it just about as often as you like, sans guilt.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Fudge 

Sprinkle with Sage

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

Another incarnation of the (nearly painfully) addictive combination of chocolate, peanut butter and salty pretzels, these truffles (like the company they keep) are incredibly easy to put together and—yep, you guessed it—call for only three ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles 

Leeves and Berries

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Like all good do-it-yourself-ers, we love a good copycat recipe. And how gorgeous are these peanut butter cups from Leeves and Berries?

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Cups 

Inspired Taste

Mini Chocolate Croissants

Shortcuts, people. Make allies of shortcuts, and you'll save yourself time—and money, too. These mini croissants make use of pre-prepared pastry sheets for a "sinfully easy" recipe that you won't want to pass up.

Get the Recipe: Sinfully Easy Chocolate Croissants 

Baked by Joanna

Cookies and Cream Popcorn

Watch yourself. If you're not careful, this recipe may revolutionize your movie night ritual.

Get the Recipe: Cookies and Cream Popcorn 

Barefeet in the Kitchen

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Just like Mom used to make 'em. These easy peanut butter cookies promise to be scooped and ready for baking before the oven has even had time to reach its toasty 350.

Get the Recipe: Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies 

Love from the Oven

Easy Coconut Macaroons

For lovers of sweet, flaky coconut, it doesn't get any better than this. Three simple ingredients and a quick trip to the oven later, and these macaroons are good to go.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Macaroons 

Refresh Restyle

Red Velvet Cookies

A delightful twist on a classic, these cakey cookies take on the color and flavor of traditional red velvet cake but offer the added bonus of portability, making them easy to box up and ship out at a moment's notice.

Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Cookies 

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