11 Single-Serving Dessert Recipes We Love

Treat your sweet self.

By Hannah Zahner
Mini Pumpkin Tarts

I have a major sweet tooth. Like major. Usually, I can satisfy it with my usual square (or three) of dark chocolate. But sometimes that just doesn’t cut it, and I crave something warm, cozy, and a little more indulgent. I don’t know about you, but if I bake a batch of two dozen cookies they will be gone in a matter of days, no matter how hard I try to pace myself. Not ideal.

Sometimes you just want a sweet something that’s easy to whip up for a cozy night in.

Fortunately, there are so many amazing single-serving recipes out there for when you just need a bite or two of something sweet. Whether you live alone or are just trying to avoid downing half a cake in one sitting, these sweet little dessert recipes are just what you need – plus, a few recipes on our list are refined sugar free and dairy or gluten free!

Scroll on for 11 of our favorite sweets to whip up on a whim!

creme brûlée

Crème Brûlée for One

I often think of creme brûlée as something relegated to restaurants and dinner parties. It’s actually so simple to whip up a single serving though!

microwave-mug cake

Single Serve Sticky Date Pudding Mug Cake

The dessert that’s perfect for fall! Enjoy all the caramel spiced goodness.

vegan fudge

Single-Serving Raw Fudge (Vegan + Refined Sugar Free)

Indulge without the guilt with this fudgey treat made with almond butter, coconut oil, cacao powder and sweetened with a touch of maple syrup.


Gooey Brownie in a Mug (Gluten free + Paleo)

Another sweet option, without the guilt. There’s nothing that satisfies my sweet tooth like a brownie!


Cinnamon Nut Swirl Mug Cake 

Think cinnamon buns and coffee cake had a baby. While best paired with coffee, it takes only minutes to prepare, making it an excellent option for a late-night sweets craving.

chocolate cupcakes

One Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

If you’re in the mood for sharing (or just extra hungry), these delicious cupcakes are the way to go. Moist, rich and so easy to whip up.


donuts, coffee, baking

Two Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

While this recipe from technically makes two doughnuts, you’re not going to want to share the second one. They’re twisted, yeasted doughnuts drenched in delicious cinnamon sugar.


Five Minute Single Serving Apple Crisp

Nothing like a warm, spiced apple crisp on a cold autumn night. Have a different fruit on hand? This is great with berries or stone fruits too!

chocolate mousse

Chocolate Mousse (Vegan + Refined Sugar Free)

If you want a sweet that’s a little easier on your body, this dairy-free mousse is to die for.


Frothy Whipped Coffee White Russian

While technically this isn’t a dessert, some nights call for a drink and this one is sweet and delicious.


Single Serve Choc Chip Skillet Cookie

The classic. This recipe alone makes it worth investing in a tiny cast-iron pan!