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Single Serving Dessert Recipes

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.

a picture of strawberry shortcake, chocolate chip cookie, a cupcake and vanilla pudding.

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.

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Single Serving Dessert Recipes

Lemon Cheesecake For One

Light and creamy, easy to make, no bake dessert recipe. Perfect balance of tart and sweet. Single serving. Treat yourself.
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Lemon Cheesecake Mousse with crust on glass plate

Small Batch Microwave Fudge

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!
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Microwave Fudge For One | One Dish Kitchen

Baked Apples For Two

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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Baked Apples For Two | One Dish Kitchen

Cowboy Cookies - Half Batch Recipe

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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Half Batch Texas Governor's Mansion Cookies | onedishkitchen.com

Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse For One

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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chocolate mousse made with two ingredients in a bowl

Vanilla Pudding For One

Rich and creamy homemade Vanilla Pudding For One, a wonderful single serving dessert that takes minutes to make and is so much better than the store-bought versions.
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vanilla pudding for one | one dish kitchen

Small Batch Ladyfingers

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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four ladyfingers in a glass jar.

Tiramisu For One

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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tiramisu for one | one dish kitchen

Small Batch Peppermint Bark

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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a plate full of chocolate bark.

Lemon Mango Pie

Perfect balance of tart and sweet, this lemon mango pie is made with a butttery graham cracker crust. Single serving dessert that is so easy to make.
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Lemon mango pie with sliced lemon and whipped cream on top

Flourless Chocolate Cake For One

A decadent, gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake For One! Rich and delicious, this single serving dessert will surely satisfy a chocolate craving.
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flourless chocolate cake with white cream on top and with a fork taking a serving out of it

Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookie For One

Easy to make deep dish Peanut Butter Cookie For One, a few minutes and a few ingredients are all you need to make this simple dessert recipe.
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Deep Dish Peanut Butter Cookie For One | One Dish Kitchen

Rice Krispie Treats For One

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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Rice Krispies Treats For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Banana Cream Pie For One

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 single dish of banana cream pie

Mini Blueberry Crumble

Single serving Blueberry Crumble made with a handful of blueberries and a crisp oat topping. A wonderful single serving dessert! Quick, easy, and so delicious!
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Blueberry Crumble For One | onedishkitchen.com

Strawberry Milkshake For One

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.
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an overhead view of a milkshake with a red straw next to the glass.

Small Batch Meringue Cookies

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!
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meringues

Sweet Potato Pie For One

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.
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Sweet Potato Pie For One | One Dish Kitchen

Mini Spice Cake

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.
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a spice cake on a tray next to cinnamon sticks.

Chocolate Mousse For One

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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Chocolate Mousse For One | One Dish Kitchen

Apple Cinnamon Scones | Small Batch

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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Apple Cinnamon Scones | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Brownie Recipe

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!
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Brownies For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

How To Make Two Vanilla Cupcakes

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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Vanilla Cupcakes | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Lemon Meringue Pie For One

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.
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Lemon Meringue Pie For One | One Dish Kitchen

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

Indulgent deep dish chocolate chip cookie. Buttery, crisp edges and warm, gooey center. Delightful indulgent treat for one person.
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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie in Ramekin with spoon scooping out a bite

Small Batch Apple Fritters

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 close up of four apple fritters on a silver tray.

Strawberry Shortcake For One

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!
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Strawberry Shortcake For One | One Dish Kitchen

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.

Other Single Serving Recipes

If you’ve tried any of these single serving dessert recipes or any recipe on One Dish Kitchen please let me know how you liked it by rating the recipe and telling me about it in the comment section below.

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22 thoughts on “Single Serving Dessert Recipes”

  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. Debbie Adkins

    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!

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