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.
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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.
Microwave Fudge For One - a single serving recipe for rich, smooth, incredibly delicious homemade chocolate fudge. One bowl and a microwave is all you need to make this scaled down version of my favorite fudge recipe!
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.
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.
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!
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!
This is the best strawberry milkshake recipe! It’s rich and creamy and can be made with fresh or frozen strawberries. It’s nothing like the fast-food milkshakes, this one is pure strawberry and it’s perfect.
This wonderful meringue cookies recipe will yield 5-6 melt in your mouth meringues. It’s the perfect cookie recipe to use when you have one egg white. Crispy on the outside and wonderfully chewy in the center, they’re irresistible!
Sweet Potato Pie For One - This popular Southern dessert starts with a buttery graham cracker crust and is filled with perfectly spiced sweet potato custard. Top this tasty pie with a spoonful of maple whipped cream and you've got an amazing single serving dessert.
This is the only spice cake recipe you need! It's buttery, tender and packed with the warm flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Easy to make and so much better than any boxed cake mix. This wonderful mini cake is perfect for serving one or two people.
This truly is the best brownie recipe! If you want a single serving of brownies, this easy brownie recipe is for you. This small batch recipe delivers rich, chewy, chocolatey brownies that are baked in a small baking dish. These homemade brownies taste so much better than any boxed mix can be ready in minutes!
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.
Lemon Meringue Pie For One baked in a ramekin. 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.
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.
Easy recipe for Strawberry Shortcake For One, the perfect size to satisfy a sweet tooth. One homemade shortcake biscuit sliced in half and filled with sliced strawberries and fresh whipped cream. Ready in minutes!
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!
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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Joanie Zisk is the creator of OneDishKitchen.com, the number one go-to site for single serving recipes. The aim of One Dish Kitchen is to inspire individuals with access to single serving recipes that will enable them to enjoy the preparation of a meal that will nourish both body and soul. Her website is filled with hundreds of easy, flavorful recipes that are tailored for those cooking for one. Joanie is the author of "The Ultimate Cooking For One Cookbook" and her recipes and food photography have been featured in various publications including, TODAY.com, Huffington Post, Real Simple, Self.com,Women’s Day, Buzzfeed, and others. Come say hello and follow Joanie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn.