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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.

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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

5 from 14 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!
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six pieces of fudge on a wooden table next to a red and white napkin

Small Batch Microwave Fudge

4.97 from 26 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.
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one baked apple stuffed with brown sugar and oats on a green plate next to a scoop if ice cream

Baked Apples

4.80 from 10 votes
Baked Apples Recipe – two apples filled with brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Easy to make and perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. An easy apple recipe that's perfect when cooking for one or two people.
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a silver tray filled with big cowboy cookies next to an orange napkin

Half Batch Cowboy Cookies

4.80 from 49 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.
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chocolate mousse made with two ingredients in a bowl

Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse For One

5 from 6 votes
Easy 2 ingredient chocolate mousse recipe made with just cream and chocolate. A rich and creamy single serving dessert that can be whipped up in minutes.
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homemade vanilla pudding in a dessert bowl topped with whipped cream, berries, and fresh mint

Vanilla Pudding For One

4.85 from 19 votes
Vanilla Pudding For One! Rich and creamy vanilla pudding recipe made with a few simple ingredients. Better than instant pudding mix and so easy to make!
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four ladyfingers in a glass jar.

Small Batch Ladyfingers

4 from 1 vote
Ladyfingers are light and airy sweet biscuits that are often used in desserts such as tiramisu but are also lovely little cookies to enjoy with coffee or tea. This easy ladyfingers recipe calls for just 4 ingredients!
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Tiramisu For One

4.91 from 10 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!
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chocolate candies cut into wedges topped with crushed peppermint candy.

Small Batch Peppermint Bark

5 from 1 vote
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.
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Lemon mango pie with sliced lemon and whipped cream on top

Mini Lemon Mango Pie

5 from 10 votes
Whip up a Lemon Mango Pie for one or two! Enjoy a tropical blend of citrus and sweetness nestled in a crunchy graham cracker crust.
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a chocolate flourless cake topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cake

5 from 23 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.
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a mini peanut butter cookie in a small ramekin

Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookie For One

4.80 from 25 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.
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Rice Krispie Treats For One

4.91 from 11 votes
Rice Krispie Treats For One, a single serving version of a classic dessert made in the microwave. Only three ingredients needed and so easy to make.
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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.
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a blueberry crumble in a rectangular baking dish next to a bowl of blueberries

Blueberry Crumble For One

4.82 from 32 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!
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an overhead view of a milkshake with a red straw next to the glass.

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!
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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
This is a classic recipe for meringue cookies! This small batch cookie recipe will yield 5-6 melt in your mouth meringues. It's the perfect recipe to use when you have one egg white. Crispy on the outside and wonderfully chewy in the center, these meringues are irresistible!
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a small sweet potato pie in a square baking dish next to a plate of sliced sweet potatoes

Mini Sweet Potato Pie

4.85 from 26 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.
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Mini Spice Cake

4.84 from 37 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.
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Classic 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.
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an apple cinnamon scone topped with a glaze and chopped pecans on a baking sheet

Small Batch Apple Cinnamon Scones

4.75 from 20 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.
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two brownies with nuts stacked on top of each other on a plate

Small Batch Brownies

4.89 from 71 votes
The best brownie recipe! This small batch brownie recipe delivers rich, chewy, chocolatey brownies baked in a small baking dish. Ready in minutes!
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How To Make Two Vanilla Cupcakes

4.85 from 26 votes
Satisfy a cupcake craving with this small batch recipe for TWO vanilla cupcakes. These delicious cupcakes have a lovely melt-in-your-mouth texture and are topped with a rich, indulgent buttercream frosting. One bowl and no fancy equipment needed and can be made in a toaster oven or conventional oven.
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a small lemon meringue pie on a silver tray next to fresh lemons

Lemon Meringue Pie For One

4.84 from 30 votes
This single serving lemon meringue pie has a big fluffy toasted meringue topping, a perfectly balanced sweet and tart lemon filling, and a crisp graham cracker crust. Baked in a ramekin it's the perfect size for anyone cooking for one.
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a spoon on the side of a deep dish chocolate chip cookie

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

4.89 from 103 votes
Indulgent deep dish chocolate chip cookie. Buttery, crisp edges and warm, gooey center. Delightful indulgent treat for one person.
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four apple fritters topped with powdered sugar on a white plate

Small Batch Apple Fritters

5 from 9 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.
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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!
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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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  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.

  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!