Six amazing sweets for Diwali you can make in an hour!

November 3, 2021 (Last Updated: October 23, 2022)

Are you a last minute Lalitha looking for easy sweets to make for Diwali ?! I am here to help you. Not only will you be able to make these easily, they are all SO impressive to gift to your friends and family. All of them have been part of my own Diwali celebrations over the years!

Gulab Jamun Cake

You know how much I love this! Not just me, you do too. Over 200 wonderful people have tried this cake and last year, it was part of several Diwali celebrations. This cake is IDEAL if you are not comfortable with Indian sweets and get intimidated by them. It is easy, takes only two bowls and you will feel like a rockstar after making it.


Next up is this wonderful, flaky cookie! They were so soft, oh so buttery and extremely addictive.Nankhatai cookies require only one bowl, a set of measuring cups and can be shaped by hand. From the minute you start craving these cookies, you can eat them off your hand in 30 minutes.

Oats and Sesame Balls

These energy balls or ladoos are made with rolled oats, sesame seeds sweetened with dates and they are vegan, gluten free and has a fruit, a grain and a seed! AND YES, it has chocolate and takes 15 minutes. ONLY. What are you waiting for?!

Sesame Peanut Barfis

These are the simplest ‘burfis’ to make. It has a nut, a seed, a sweetener, a fat and a dried fruit. These have sesame seeds, peanuts, dessicated coconut, ghee and jaggery.

Chocolate Barfi

Chocolate Barfi aka Chocolate Fudge is one of the easiest things you will ever make. You’ll be surprised by how amazingly it is to make these.These take FIVE ingredients and get done in TEN minutes. It is NOT a brand new recipe, for we all know chocolate based burfis have been around for decades now. What makes this super unique is how it is done.

Badam Halwa

This is one recipe I can make off in my sleep. It is my NO fail recipe and it is a miracle that I have not put it on the blog yet! I made it in 2018 for the first time and wrapped them as toffees. It is an easy recipe that requires little effort. In this blog post, I have shared the method to make in an open pan and in a pressure cooker, using soaked and peeled almonds and also by using almond meal. Please read the full post and you can make amazing badam halwa!

and one BONUS!

Baklava Cookies

These cookies are scrumptious twist on the delectable middle eastern delicacy, Baklava! It is inspired by a classic baklava and the cookie is made with almond meal and plain flour with cinnamon, cardamom and rose essence. It is baked with a thumbprint impression and filled with the most amazing honey pistachio sauce. And yes, it is EGGLESS! Recipe coming tomorrow.

Living away from home, Diwali is one time I truly feel fully festive. I spend time making small baskets of sweets and treats for friends where I live and pass to them. Over the years, I have learnt a couple of no fail dishes ( like badam halwa) and created my own Diwali traditions ( like trying a indian inspired bake to share with Aussie friends)!

Wish you all a wonderful, happy and prosperous Diwali.

This is from my India Diwali in 2018.

Please leave a comment below if you made this recipe, have any questions or thoughts! Your comment will help me learn more about your preferences and will help other readers.

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