Baking is great, but you don’t always need all 36 of the cookies that most recipes tend to yield. In fact, sometimes you just need one. That’s where single-serve desserts come in. As their name promises, single-serve desserts have all the benefits of regular homemade desserts—they’re fun to make, you can eat ’em right out of the oven and they let you satisfy a sweets craving without leaving the house—without the sometimes pesky leftovers
Obviously there’s nothing wrong with having dozens of cookies around, but if you live alone or with just a few people and don’t have anywhere to take your baked goods, half the batch often ends up getting thrown away after several days of cookie grazing. Which means, single-serve desserts also reduce food waste, which is something you can feel good about.
And sure, it’s possible to satisfy a dessert craving without actually baking anything. You could whip up an ice cream sundae, or raid your chocolate stash, for example. But sometimes, only a fresh-out-of-the-oven dessert will do. At times like those, reach for one of these single-serve dessert recipes—many are made in the oven, some in the microwave and a few don’t need to be cooked at all. No matter your mood or your equipment situation, there’s a dessert here for you.
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Everybody knows that freshly baked cookies are the best, so it makes sense to bake a single chocolate chip cookie every time you want one.
The only difference between a breakfast apple crisp and a dessert apple crisp? The amount of whipped cream you choose to add.
Rice Krispies Treat
Sure, you could just melt some marshmallows into a bowl of Rice Krispies. But a single-serve Rice Krispies treat is so much more fun.
Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
It’s worth investing in a tiny cast-iron pan if it means you can whip up one of these single-serve skillet cookies any time you so desire.
Want this peach crisp to be available all year? Just sub canned peaches for the fresh one.
This is a generous serving of pecan pie for just one person, but I have no complaints.
Banana Mug Cake
Several ripe bananas means it’s time for banana bread. Just one ripe banana means it’s time for single-serve banana mug cake.
The unassuming single-serve snickerdoodle is great for addressing a sweets craving.
Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
This egg-free chocolate chip cookie dough is made with coconut flour, almond butter, sweetener and a few other ingredients.
Rice pudding isn’t for everyone, which is why it’s great to be able to make enough just for you.
Deep-Dish Peanut Butter Cookie
This rich deep-dish peanut butter cookie is a real crowd pleaser. Too bad you’re only making enough for one.
Choose a dairy-free milk and this single-serve funfetti cupcake is totally vegan.
Carrot Cake In a Mug
Unlike other mug cakes, this single-serve carrot cake gets fancy with layers.
This easy, single-serve brownie can be made in the microwave or in the oven, and you can cook it as much (or as little) as you want.
Nothing ends the day like a bubbling, ice cream-topped ramekin of blackberry crisp.
No-Bake Cinnamon Roll
This cashew and date-based “cinnamon roll” is a little different than what you’d buy at the mall, but it’s still delicious.
Deep-Dish Apple Pie
This deep-dish apple pie is so adorable, you might actually want to invite someone over to share it with you.