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Easy dessert recipes that are tailored for one serving. These incredible single serving desserts are to be enjoyed at the end of dinner or as a guilty pleasure anytime! These recipes are hard to resist! Cakes, pies, cookies, puddings and many more.

If you’ve ever wanted to indulge in a little something sweet but didn’t want to commit to an entire tray or pan, these easy and delicious “dessert recipes for one” are for you.

The dessert recipes below are easy to make and purely decadent.

These recipes have been carefully created and tested. There’s a science behind creating single serving meals and especially desserts. Many dessert recipes can’t just be cut in half. Ratios are important.

With these recipes, the work has been done for you. These sweet treats are just the right size to serve one person and they’re all incredible! Your biggest challenge will be deciding which dessert to make first!

Why These Recipes Work

  • Many of us want to enjoy a dessert at the end of a meal. When “cooking for one” or when you want to satisfy a sweet craving, a single serving of your favorite dessert will surely hit the spot.
  • There’s no need to make an entire pie or a dozen cookies. You don’t have to worry about desserts going stale or having to throw leftovers away. These easy dessert recipes are just the right size.
  • If you’re feeling generous, you can share, but you don’t have to. With these delicious treats, you don’t need to feel guilty if you finish them off. Absolutely no sharing required!
  • From a rich and creamy chocolate dessert to a small batch of cookies, these single serving dessert ideas will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Each of the easy recipes are accessible by clicking the link for each recipe and then going to the bottom of the specific recipe’s page.

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Single Serving Dessert Recipes

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse with crust on glass plate

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse For One

5 from 16 votes
Indulge in our Single-Serving No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Mousse! With a crisp graham cracker crust, it's a zesty delight ready in a snap!
Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Recipe
six pieces of fudge on a wooden table next to a red and white napkin

Small Batch Microwave Fudge

4.97 from 27 votes
Make a delicious and decadent fudge in minutes with this easy microwave fudge recipe! This small batch recipe is perfect for sharing with friends and family, and it's sure to become a new favorite.
Small Batch Microwave Fudge
one baked apple stuffed with brown sugar and oats on a green plate next to a scoop if ice cream.

Small Batch Baked Apples

4.84 from 12 votes
Enjoy our Small Batch Baked Apples, warm and comforting with a cinnamon-oat filling. Perfect for breakfast or dessert, they're simple yet full of flavor!
Small Batch Baked Apples Recipe
a silver tray filled with big cowboy cookies next to an orange napkin.

Small Batch Cowboy Cookies

4.81 from 52 votes
Cowboy Cookies, also known as Texas Governor's Mansion Cookies – these famous jumbo cookies are filled with oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut and are spectacular! You'll love this half batch recipe for these soft and chewy cookies.
Cowboy Cookies Recipe
a bowl of chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse For One

5 from 7 votes
Whip up melt-in-your-mouth chocolate mousse in minutes with just 2 ingredients! Rich, decadent, and easy, this single serving recipe is magic!
2 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
homemade vanilla pudding in a dessert bowl topped with whipped cream, berries, and fresh mint

Vanilla Pudding For One

4.85 from 20 votes
Whip up this easy single serving vanilla pudding recipe! Simple, real ingredients create a creamy, homemade dessert perfect for a small treat.
Vanilla Pudding For One Recipe
five ladyfinger cookies in a glass jar.

Small Batch Ladyfingers

4 from 1 vote
Bake delicious homemade Ladyfingers in a small batch! Perfect for tiramisu, trifles, or as a sweet snack. Easy, quick, and flavorful.
Small Batch Ladyfingers Recipe
tiramisu for one | one dish kitchen

Tiramisu For One

4.92 from 12 votes
Easy Tiramisu recipe made with coffee-dipped lady fingers (store-bought or homemade) surrounded by a lightly sweetened, creamy, egg-free filling. This wonderful no bake Italian dessert can be ready in minutes!
Tiramisu For One Recipe
chocolate candies cut into wedges topped with crushed peppermint candy.

Small Batch Peppermint Bark

5 from 2 votes
Peppermint bark is so easy to make! This delicious treat is made with semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, peppermint extract, and a crushed candy cane.
Small Batch Peppermint Bark
Lemon mango pie with sliced lemon and whipped cream on top.

Mini Mango Lemon Pie

5 from 10 votes
Discover how to make a Mini Mango Lemon Pie, a perfect blend of tangy and sweet in a crisp crust. Easy, delicious, and just the right size!
Mini Lemon Mango Pie Recipe
a chocolate flourless cake topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cake

5 from 26 votes
A decadent, gluten-free, mini flourless chocolate cake that's made with both chocolate and cocoa. Super rich, very easy to make, and the perfect size for one or two people.
Mini Flourless Chocolate Cake
a peanut butter cookie in a small dish with a spoon on the side.
4.84 from 31 votes
Soft, easy-to-make deep dish peanut butter cookie baked in a small ramekin or baking dish. You only need a few ingredients and a few minutes to make this single serving cookie recipe.
Single Serve Peanut Butter Cookie
a white square dish holding a single rice krispie treat topped with crushed chocolate candies.

Rice Krispie Treat For One

4.92 from 12 votes
Quick single-serving Rice Krispie Treats in the microwave! Made with only three ingredients, this classic snack is ready in 10 minutes.
Rice Krispie Treats For One
a small banana cream pie in a dessert dish next to a floral napkin

Banana Cream Pie For One

4.88 from 8 votes
Homemade banana cream pie made with one banana, creamy vanilla pudding and a cookie crust. Deliciously rich single serving recipe.
Banana Cream Pie For One
a blueberry crumble in a rectangular baking dish next to a bowl of blueberries

Blueberry Crumble For One

4.84 from 37 votes
Mini blueberry crumble made with a handful of blueberries and topped with a crisp, buttery oat topping. A wonderful single serving dessert! Quick, easy, and so delicious!
Blueberry Crumble Recipe
a pink milkshake with whipped cream on top in a glass mason jar with a red straw next to the jar.

Strawberry Milkshake For One

5 from 1 vote
Whip up a delightful single-serving strawberry milkshake with our easy, customizable recipe. Enjoy a creamy, refreshing treat in minutes!
Strawberry Milkshake For One
three meringue cookies on a doily on top of a white plate next to a beige napkin and eggs.

Small Batch Meringue Cookies

4.90 from 28 votes
Make delicious, light, and crisp meringue cookies with our small batch recipe using just 1 egg white! Effortlessly sweet, these treats are ideal for satisfying your sweet cravings. Yields 5-6 melt in your mouth meringues.
Small Batch Meringue Cookies Recipe
a small sweet potato pie in a square baking dish next to a plate of sliced sweet potatoes

Mini Sweet Potato Pie

4.86 from 27 votes
Rich, creamy Sweet Potato Pie For One! This popular Southern dessert starts with a buttery graham cracker crust and is filled with a delightful sweet potato custard.
Mini Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Spice cake shown in small baking dish.

Mini Spice Cake

4.86 from 41 votes
A tender and buttery spice cake packed with the warm flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. This mini cake is easy to make and perfect for serving one or two people.
Mini Spice Cake Recipe
Chocolate Mousse with whipped cream in a small glass bowl with a spoon.

Chocolate Mousse For One

4.80 from 5 votes
This incredibly rich Chocolate Mousse is a chocolate lovers’ dream! This elegant single serving dessert is made with only a few simple ingredients and is so easy to make.
Chocolate Mousse For One Recipe
an apple cinnamon scone topped with a glaze and chopped pecans on a baking sheet

Small Batch Apple Cinnamon Scones

4.78 from 22 votes
Buttery Apple Cinnamon Scones filled with bits of sweet apples and toasted pecans and topped with a delightful maple glaze. This wonderful small batch recipe will yield 4 tender scones.
Small Batch Apple Cinnamon Scones
two brownies with nuts stacked on top of each other on a plate

Small Batch Brownies Recipe

4.90 from 75 votes
The best single serve brownie recipe! This small batch brownie recipe delivers rich, chewy, chocolatey brownies baked in a small baking dish. Ready in minutes!
Small Batch Brownies Recipe
one vanilla cupcake topped with buttercream frosting and sprinkles on a green plate.

How To Make Two Vanilla Cupcakes

4.86 from 27 votes
Enjoy two homemade vanilla cupcakes with this easy recipe. Delightful, melt-in-your-mouth texture with rich buttercream frosting.
Two Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe
a small lemon meringue pie on a silver tray next to fresh lemons.

Lemon Meringue Pie For One

4.85 from 33 votes
Learn to make a single serving Lemon Meringue Pie! Quick, easy recipe with zesty lemon filling, buttery crust, and fluffy meringue – a perfect treat.
Lemon Meringue Pie For One Recipe
a spoon on the side of a deep dish chocolate chip cookie
4.90 from 113 votes
Enjoy a warm, gooey single serve chocolate chip cookie, freshly baked in a ramekin just for you. This deep dish cookie is perfect for sweet cravings!
Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie
four apple fritters topped with powdered sugar on a white plate

Small Batch Apple Fritters

5 from 10 votes
Crispy on the outside and soft with sweet bits of apples and crunchy pecans on the insides, these Apple Fritters are a delight. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar, this small batch recipe will yield about four fritters, depending on how large you make them.
Small Batch Apple Fritters Recipe
a single strawberry shortcake on a clear plate next to a bowl of strawberries

Strawberry Shortcake For One

4.94 from 16 votes
Indulge in a scrumptious, single-serving strawberry shortcake using our foolproof, customizable recipe. Experience dessert bliss in every bite!
Strawberry Shortcake For One

Healthy Dessert Recipes

If you’re looking for healthy desserts, here are a few of our most popular single serving healthy dessert recipes:

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  • Keto Fat Bombs – this small batch keto dessert recipe requires only a few ingredients! Cream cheese, cream, a low carb sweetener, vanilla, and cinnamon. Fat bombs taste just like mini crustless keto cheesecakes and are perfect for anyone following a ketogenic diet.
  • Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet – this refreshing dessert is made with just 3 ingredients; watermelon, strawberries, and honey. No ice cream maker needed! A healthy, and delicious single serving recipe!
  • Mango Sorbet – this creamy sorbet is made with 1 fresh mango or frozen mango chunks, honey and lemon juice. This healthy, single serving dessert recipe can be made in the blender and no ice cream maker needed!
  • Small Batch Peanut Butter Bars – just 4 ingredients needed to make these healthy Peanut Butter Bars; natural peanut butter, oats and honey. These no bake bars are topped with a light cream cheese and honey frosting. They’re a healthier version of traditional peanut butter bars and this small batch recipe can be ready in minutes!
  • Chocolate Avocado Tart – a simple recipe for a Chocolate Avocado Tart made with a gluten-free crust. A rich, creamy, guilt free dessert that can be ready in minutes. Made with an avocado and cocoa powder and sweetened with a touch of melted chocolate and honey. Vegan option too!

Expert Tips

  • If a recipe calls for using softened butter, it is important to know what softened butter really is. Softened butter should still be cool to the touch but when you press your finger into the butter, your finger will leave an indentation. The best way to soften your butter is to put it out on the kitchen counter for a half hour before you want to use it. Another way to quickly soften butter is to put the cold butter in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. If you use this method, be sure to watch carefully – you don’t want the butter to melt at all.
  • Measure flour by using the spoon and level method. To measure flour correctly, use a spoon to scoop flour into a measuring cup and slightly overfill. Then, use the back of a knife or other straight edged utensil to level the flour across the cup. Do not scoop the flour. When you scoop, the flour gets packed too tightly and you will end up with more flour than the recipe calls for.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Make Brown Sugar?

If you find that you don’t have any brown sugar on hand, no need to rush to the store. Make your own brown sugar instead by following this easy brown sugar recipe.

Can Any Of These Dessert Recipes Be Doubled?

Yes, most of the recipes featured here can be doubled if you would like to make more. Click on the link to the specific recipe and read the recipes notes to see if the recipe doubles successfully.

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22 Comments

  1. I love blueberries so I decided to try your recipe for one muffin. It was delicious! Because the muffin was so big, I cut it in half and ate it for breakfast over the course of 2 days. I will definitely make this muffin again.

  2. Hi! I make desserts for clients who are in hospice when it’s their birthday. I just came across your desserts for one and this will be perfect! Have not made any of them yet, but they look delicious and easy to make so I’m looking forward to giving them a try. Thank you for the recipes!

    1. Hi Susan,

      What a wonderful thing to do! I’m so happy you found our site and hope you enjoy the recipes.

      Thank you.
      Joanie

  3. I wanted to thank you. I have made your ginger bread and the fettuccine alfredo, AWESOME. I am looking forward to trying more of your delicious recipes. Perfect for hubby and me!

      1. I’m so excited to begin cooking again with your cooking for one recipes. And, thank you for the “Jump To Recipe” option which lets me file the recipe then go back to read your comments when time permits.

  4. Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes! I never would make any desserts because I would eat the whole thing myself. Now I can get my fix and not feel guilty. I have tried several of them and they are so delicious!

    1. I’m so happy you love the recipes, Debbie. Thank you for reaching out to let me know. If you have a favorite recipe that you would like to see made into a single-serving version, please let me know.
      Have a great week!