Divine Desserts for One

It’s happened to all of us: The 13 x 9 pan filled with brownies calls to you. ''Eat me!'' it pleads. You comply and take a sliver. And then another. Then another. Suddenly, half the pan has disappeared and even the dog is judging you. Banish the nagging brownie/cake/cookie voice with one of these personal desserts. Each dessert is a perfectly-portioned size and is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank.

Single-Serving Cookie

Calories: 185.8, Fat: 8g, Carbs: 26.6g, Protein: 2.3g
Who wants two dozen cookies lying around the house? Ditch the full-batch recipes for this quick and delicious single-serving cookie recipe. The best part? The recipe doesn’t include a specific topping, so you can change it up each time you bake the cookie.

Microwave Carrot Cake in a Mug
Calories: 168.6, Fat: 11.5g, Carbs: 8.8g, Protein: 7.8g
When we’ve got a fever and the only prescription is more carrot cake, we turn to this easy and healthy mug cake recipe. In just five minutes, you’ll have a fancy-looking mini carrot cake to enjoy alone or with a friend.

Single-Serving Chocolate Brownie
Calories: 94.5, Fat: 1.1g, Carbs: 22.1g, Protein: 2.6g
A 100-calorie chewy, chocolate brownie that is ready in three minutes and requires just six ingredients? Impossible you say? Think again. After trying this outrageously easy recipe, you’ll wonder why packaged brownie mixes even exist. 

Easy Single-Serve Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcake
Calories: 134.8, Fat: 2.5g, Carbs: 25g, Protein: 4.4g
These pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes are so sweet, you won’t even miss a high-calorie frosting. Plus, the whole cupcake comes together in a single mug, so there’s no dreaded clean up and more time to savor your creation!

Single-Serving No-Bake Chocolate + Peanut Butter Cookie
Calories: 120, Fat: 1.4g, Carbs: 24g, Protein: 5.5g
Five tiny tablespoons of just four ingredients and you’ll have yourself a satisfyingly sweet chocolate and peanut butter cookie. No bake and no regrets.

Cup O’ Cobbler for One

Calories: 162.7, Fat: 4.8g, Carbs: 30.9g, Protein: 3.9g
This cobbler recipe might be designed for one, but it tastes so delicious and looks so impressive that you’ll find yourself cooking it up for dinner party guests, too! Plus, the base cake is so versatile that you can change up the fruit with the changing of the seasons.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Mug Cake
Calories: 275.7, Fat: 10.9g, Carbs: 45.4g, Protein: 9.7g
When the late-night chocolate craving strikes, you’ll be happy you bookmarked this chocolate peanut butter brownie mug cake.

Cheesecake for One
Calories: 190.2, Fat: 2.4g, Carbs: 28.8g, Protein: 10.6g
No need to trek to a restaurant for a slice of creamy cheesecake. Using just a few ingredients, cheesecake fans can create this portion-controlled dessert right at home. Kids will love crumbling up the graham crackers to prep this chilled treat!

Microwave Peanut Butter Cookie
Calories: 136.5, Fat: 8.7g, Carbs: 8.7g, Protein: 8.9g
If peanut butter is your weight-loss downfall, you are in luck. Dessert literally doesn’t get easier than this microwaved peanut butter cookie, which comes together in two very short minutes. Even better? The large cookie will only cost you 136 calories.
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Member Comments

These recipes are great but I do have one off-the -wall question to ask. Does anyone know what the formula is for figuring the sat fat % on a printed recipe? This info would really help me out. Thanks for listening and I am now going to make me a cookie. Report
I agree with this of course, but there are times when I binge. Report
Recipes look YUMMY! I don't have a sweet tooth, but will make for kiddies and friends. Report
Thank you! I appreciate this article! Report
Yummy ideas! Report
Delicious ideas! Report
Nice thought but I would be hesitant to get in the habit of making these desserts. Report
Yummy! I love this ideas! Report
Instead of an article promoting eating sugar why not one promoting a healthier dessert? If you have the ingredients to make 1 serving what is to stop you from making many single servings. If you absolutely have to have sugar then go to the deli in your local grocery and pick up a single cookie, cake or pie. Report
Desserts for one aren't necessary. Save the treats for when you are with other people. Report
Great ideas Report
These are great for one. I wanted to save the article but wasn't able to. I hope I can search for single serve recipes. Report
Thanks for the great article! :) Report


About The Author

Alicia Capetillo
Alicia Capetillo
Alicia graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a minor in film and media studies. Prior to joining SparkPeople, she worked in marketing and public relations and once left it all behind to backpack through South America. Alicia enjoys making every muscle weep at Orangetheory Fitness, farmers markets, planning trips to practically every country and cheering aggressively for her beloved Cincinnati Reds and New Orleans Saints. She can also make a mean guacamole on toast.