11/07/2013 09:24 am ET

Desserts That'll Satisfy Your Whipped Cream Craving (PHOTOS)

We get it -- it can be hard to resist not eating whipped cream plain, straight out of the bowl (or, if you're a horrible person, the can). BUT we really think you should, because it's a key ingredient in some of our favorite desserts.

Though hot chocolate and pies are some of the most common whipped-cream-topped recipes, the use for this kitchen staple goes way beyond these traditional recipes -- it's a guaranteed, quick way to vastly improve virtually any dessert. We've put together 19 whipped cream dessert recipes that prove this simple ingredient can be a game-changer for our favorite part of the meal.

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