37 Easy and Indulgent Instant Pot Desserts for a Cozy Night at Home

Crème brulee. Desserts. Classic American or French bakeries or pastry shop favorites. Cookies, whipped cream, cakes, chocolate syrup butter, eggs and vanilla beans.


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Crème brulee. Desserts. Classic American or French bakeries or pastry shop favorites. Cookies, whipped cream, cakes, chocolate syrup butter, eggs and vanilla beans.
Petit Pot de Crème au Chocolat

Chocolate Pots de Crème

Start with a truly indulgent Chocolate Pots de Crème recipe. Bittersweet and semisweet chocolate with a cup of heavy cream lead this preparation from Chop Secrets that yields three servings. So stock up, as you'll likely want to double (or triple) the recipe.

Recipe: Instant Pot Recipes

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Classical Cheesecake On Plate

New York-Style Instant Pot Cheesecake

"Simple, flavorful recipes" are the specialty of the website Little Spice Jar — though it neglects to mention "decadent." Billed as simpler than an oven version, this Instant Pot cheesecake features favorite ingredients such as cream cheese, sour cream, and graham crackers. The detailed instructions includes cooking tips plus serving suggestions.

Recipe: Little Spice Jar

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Sweet Homemade Blueberry Cobbler Dessert

Instant Pot Lemon Blueberry Cobbler

If you want to incorporate fruits into your dessert, this Southern classic offers the perfect starting point. Blueberry pie filling and lemon cake mix give this recipe an ease that is also sure to please.

Recipe: A Pressure Cooker

A baked and stuffed Apple on a dish

Instant Pot Baked Apples

A stew isn't the only heartwarming dish you can create in the Instant Pot. This classic spin on the ever-popular fruit might seem to be a fall favorite, but is really a recipe for any time you want comfort. Raisins, hazelnuts, dates, and cinnamon are used in this "tender, buttery and rich in flavor" three-minute version (thanks to the Instant Pot) that screams out to be topped by whipped or ice cream.

Recipe: I Wash You Dry

Related: 25 Creative Ways to Enjoy Apples This Season

Grilled pear with caramelized walnuts and honey.

Delectable Pears with Honey & Cinnamon

There's something about a fruit-focused dessert that makes you feel virtuous. This one adds a dose of decadence and seems designed to impress. Starting with just pears, honey, and cinnamon, the recipe invites you to go wild with additional toppings. The blogger who shares this summed it up: "Wow. Wow. And one more wow."

Recipe: A Lily Love Affair

Chocolate cake slice with chocolate ganache and topped with fresh strawberries for a valentines day date
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Instant Pot Paleo Lemon Cake

Lemon seems to be having a moment, if the iconic fruit's sudden surge in all things home décor is any indication. Jump into the trend with this paleo and gluten-free dessert that's topped with a "sweet, homemade lemon curd" for extra zest.

Recipe: My Heart Beets

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Custard Pandan

Thai Coconut Pandan Custard

This recipe brings exotic flavors to low-carb and keto cooking with a custard designed for the Instant Pot. If you're unsure about using pandan (a Southeast Asian flavor drawn from a fragrant tropical plant), the recipe creator notes you can substitute vanilla extract.

Recipe: Two Sleevers

Indian Sweet Carrot Halwa
Sweet cream with milk
Raspberries with mint

Mixed Berry Compote

Create this Instant Pot classic with the berries of your choosing and you'll have it on hand when you need to come up with a quick dessert. Sourced from "The Ultimate Instant Pot CB for Two" by Janet Zimmerman, it's a perfect topper for any store-bought cake or ice cream, but can also be added to yogurt for a refreshing end to a heavy meal.

Recipe: Instant Pot Recipes

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Close up of southern dessert peach cobbler

Easy Instant Pot Peach Crisp

We're all in with the mention of a dessert that's "made with fresh, juicy peaches, and topped with crisp, crunchy oatmeal streusel."

Recipe: Paint the Kitchen Red

Pumpkin Pie Cupcake
Sweet Homemade Bread Pudding

Instant Pot Bread Pudding

Likened to French toast, the flavors of this bread pudding have us salivating: It includes brioche or challah bread, raisins, pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a sauce featuring heavy cream, vanilla, and dark rum. Those who prefer can substitute rum extract flavoring for an alcohol-free version.

Recipe: Simply Happy Foodie

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Bread Pudding with Strawberry jam and raisins

Maple Bread Pudding

Bread-pudding devotees never seem to tire of trying different incarnations of their beloved dessert. This version, from "The Rootitoot Cookbook" by Ruth McCusker, features brown sugar, maple syrup, and nutmeg with optional additions including raisins, chocolate chips, or "whatever strikes your fancy."

Recipe: Instant Pot Recipes

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Instant Pot Banana Bread

No need to turn the oven on — yet you'll still get a moist dessert complete with a cinnamon sugar crust with this recipe. Sure, it may be called a bread, but add a dollop of whipped cream and a few sliced fresh bananas and who's going to argue?

Recipe: Shugary Sweets

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Three pieces of cranberryberry pie on a white plate with green towel.
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Instant Pot Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Like pumpkin flavor, cranberry is a taste that's welcome all year. Sure, it adds a touch of tradition to the holiday table — but you can be sure this pie will be welcome no matter the season. Fresh cranberries, pecans, and a touch of almond flavor add up to something memorable.

Recipe: Margin Making Mom

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Fruit and Nut Cake

Super Moist Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

We do love a cranberry. Add some orange flavor (here, orange juice and orange zest are used), and we're sold. This elegant-looking dessert can be made vegan, as the recipe notes.

Recipe: Belly Rules the Mind

Frosting A Spice Cake

Gingerbread Cake with Maple Bourbon Frosting

Molasses, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, pecans, maple syrup … we were captivated immediately. This is a dessert that's filled with flavor, and topped with even more.

Recipe: A Pressure Cooker

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Berry and chia seeds smoothies

Red Wine Tapioca Pudding

Take a spin to South America with this recipe, known as sagu de vinho in Brazil. Red wine, sugar, and spices add to its punch. Naturally gluten- and dairy-free, the dish's serving suggestions include pairing with crème anglaise or vanilla ice cream. (P.S. It's said to be an aphrodisiac.)

Recipe: Easy and Delish

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Cherry Cobbler

Instant Pot Cherry Cobbler

"You need this instant pot cherry cobbler in your life!" At least, that's what the blogger behind this recipe tells us, calling it as pleasing at a holiday dinner as on "an ordinary Friday night." Cherry pie filling adds the sweet-tart base, with a chewy cobbler topping taking the dessert to another level.

Recipe: Aileen Cooks

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Black Forest (or Foret Noir) cake with brown cream and sour cherries on a red plate
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Instant Pot Cherry Chocolate Pudding Cake

Black Forest Cake is one of those desserts you never make at home. Those who love the chocolate-cherry combination can bring that flavor into the kitchen with this super-simple dessert that's reminiscent of the bakery favorite.

Recipe: Chop Secrets

Creme Caramel

Instant Pot Flan

Flan is pure indulgence, with its silky custard texture and understated yet sweet taste. The Instant Pot version for the dish, also known as crème caramel, relies on classic ingredients including sugar, eggs, and heavy cream.

Recipe: The Fork Bite

an applesauce with apples on a wooden table

Instant Pot Applesauce

For a lighter dessert that still offers impressive flavor, perhaps you might consider homemade applesauce. This version, created with Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon is simplicity at its best (and tastiest).

Recipe: Delish

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Creamy Rice Pudding

The Best Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Rice Pudding

Creamy and indulgent, rice pudding is a classic comfort food that's got a love it/hate it reputation. For those who love it, this version taps into a bit of the gourmet, using Arborio rice (the one that gives risotto its signature creaminess).

Recipe: Pressure Cooking Today

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Pouring On The Fudge

Instant Pot Fudgy Brownies

The steaming that comes with an Instant Pot turns these brownies into a "gooey and super fudgy" treat. The box mix you start with makes for easy prep. The result? "The texture is as if chocolate brownies and molten lava cake had a baby."

Recipe: Spice Cravings

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Baked Cheesecake
Key Lime Pie

Instant Pot Key Lime Pie

Doesn't Key lime pie remind you of vacation? This recipe was indeed inspired by its creator's memories of visiting Florida. Bring your own good memories back to life with this pie that boasts a "tart, sweet, creamy citrus filling."

Recipe: 365 Days of Slow + Pressure Cooking

Coconut Pie

Instant Pot Coconut Cake

This recipe is said to be ideal for the family when entertaining "or just about any day you need some coconut goodness." Unsweetened coconut milk, coconut extract, and sweetened flaked coconut combine for a burst of the featured flavor.

Recipe: One Happy Housewife

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Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Cut into Squares
Almond and cherry cake

Instant Pot Almond Cherry Cake

If you are cooking for someone who's not a huge chocolate fan, this sophisticated cake makes an elegant dessert option. Frozen pitted cherries, almond extract, and almond flour (it's a gluten-free recipe to boot) head up the ingredient list.

Recipe: Instantlicious

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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Doughnuts

Indulge your inner child, or perhaps feed an actual children by making doughnuts in the Instant Pot — or, more accurately, doughnut holes. With just three ingredients and countless variations for toppings, this is a recipe that encourages creativity.

Recipe: The Typical Mom

Related: Expert Tips for Making Doughnuts at Home

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries on the white plate.
Healthy Homemade Carrot Cake

Instant Pot Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

You can always fool yourself by saying carrot cake is healthy … after all, it includes carrots. But this version gives our argument a little weight, as it also features whole wheat flour (for added texture). We're also intrigued by the addition of orange zest, said to elevate the cream cheese frosting.

Recipe: The Steamy Cooker

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Chocolate lava cake with whip cream
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