Baking, making, and savoring dessert is a comforting and delicious way to end the day. But it’s pretty tempting to overindulge when you have an entire cake or a pan of brownies sitting on your counter. These single-serving desserts are the perfect solution: indulgent yet sized for just one lucky person. From a decadent tasting mug cake to a crisp cookie in a jar to a creamy chocolate peanut butter banana blender pudding, these recipes are so easy you’ll want to try them all. (But hopefully not on the same night.)
While there are about a million mug cake recipes out there, many of them are simply not worth making because the result is dry and unappetizing. This Nutella version is the exception: fluffy yet rich and bursting with chocolate yumminess in the form of cocoa and our favorite nutty chocolate spread. The “5 minutes” also includes cooling time—if you can wait.
Unless you are one of the five people on the planet who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies, we think you should grab your mini skillet and whip up this personalized recipe. Rich with two sizes of chocolate chips, we can’t wait to top this baby with a scoop of our favorite ice cream. Want something a little more exotic? Try this tahini skillet cookie with banana coconut cream.
Key Lime Pie
Key lime pie can be a polarizing dessert, but devotees will search the world over looking for a version that strikes the balance between tart and sweet. If you fall into the love-me-some-key-lime camp, give this creamy mini pie a try. This recipe actually uses lime juice instead of harder-to-find key lime juice, but you are welcome to use either. The flavor is still refreshing with just enough bite.
When you need brownies, you need them STAT. This recipe admittedly and unashamedly makes a pretty generous amount of brownie for one person, but who’s complaining? Sometimes you just can’t be bothered to have a balanced dinner. Plus, you get to pull out those adorable little skillets again.
Comforting, warming, and satisfying: perfect descriptions for what we crave when it’s cold outside as well as this half-pint-sized crisp. If, like most of us, you don’t have fresh peaches around this time of year, feel free to substitute frozen or try this recipe with apples or pears (or apples and pears). These crisps also make cute dinner party desserts—no more fighting over who gets the last bit of buttery, brown sugar and cinnamon-spiked topping.
Whether it’s dessert or breakfast (or both), this made-in-a-mug cinnamon roll is a must-try. Cinnamon rolls are such a tasty treat, but they are super time-consuming with all that rolling, rising, kneading, etc. This two-minute version is a game changer, and the pistachio and maple flavors make it sweet, crunchy, and irresistible.
We’re still not over cupcakes, especially when the Funfetti variety. The Live Fit Girls’ updated version features healthier ingredients like Greek yogurt and oat flour, but the rainbow sprinkles add a playful, authentic look. You’ll get hit with comforting nostalgia (as well as a little sugar rush) when you indulge in this single serving dessert.
Technically, this recipe makes two servings, but it looks too good not to include. Gift the other to your significant other, friend, or neighbor, or just stash it in your fridge until the following night: You’re going to want a repeat performance. This no-bake treat is super rich, especially when drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce, so one ramekin is plenty. One note: You can pass on leaving the cream cheese out overnight; a short stay on the counter is enough to get it to room temperature…and it means you are one step closer to chocolate cheesecake!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Blender Pudding
Our days of opening our lunchbox and squealing with glee when we spy a container of chocolate pudding may be over, but we can still make our own version with this delectable pudding in a blender. Frozen banana and peanut butter give this concoction its creaminess, while cocoa powder and chocolate chips make this pudding a chocolate-y powerhouse that’s as perfect for breakfast as it is for dessert.
Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookie
Nothing flummoxes our willpower like a dozen cookies cooling on the counter. This handy recipe for one delicious pumpkin snickerdoodle cookie will leave you satiated sans leftovers. Vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free, it’s a dream…and it’s yours in less than 20 minutes.
Edible Cookie Dough
Because sometimes you just can’t wait. Sneaking some cookie dough during the baking process is a time-honored tradition, even if it’s slightly frowned upon. An eggless option is ideal for when you want that beloved flavor without the baking time (and the salmonella worry). This version is pretty basic, but we’d play around with peanut butter or butterscotch chips, sprinkles, perhaps even a swirl of Nutella. Just grab a spoon and dig in.