Single living, like everything else, has its pros and cons. Like when you’re craving some apple pie but you don’t want to make one because the remaining three-quarters in your fridge will taunt you all night long. What’s a girl to do, right? Fortunately, there are some brilliant people who figured out how to make single-serving sizes for all our favorite desserts. Check out these 16 dessert recipes for one that will put your mugs and ramekins to work.

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1. Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake: You can have your (mini) cake and eat it too! (via Picky Palate)

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2. Mason Jar Lid Pies: We’ve seen all kinds of Mason jar recipes, but have you used the lids themselves? These mini pies put ’em to good use and couldn’t be cuter. (via Brit + Co)

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3. Chocolate Chip Cookie: There are times when all we need is a chocolate chip cookie to make everything better. But instead of filling up the entire cookie jar, here is a recipe for just one. (via Cooking Classy)

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4. Chai Mug Cake: Pretend like you remembered your roommate’s birthday with this super fast and super easy mug cake. (via Brit + Co)

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5. Single Serving Creme Brûlée: Just because creme brûlée involves some serious torch action doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in this decadent dessert all by your lonesome. (via Serious Eats)


6. Single Serving Apple Crisp: Dip your spoon into this warm, spiced apple crisp on a cold autumn night. The best part? There isn’t enough for leftovers… but it’s easy enough to whip up another one in a pinch. (via Pinch of Yum)

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7. Paleo Vanilla Cupcake: When you get that cupcake craving, this Paleo-friendly bite is just what you need. (via Fit Foodie Finds)

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8. Mini Strawberry Shortcake: Seriously though, strawberry shortcake is possibly the perfect spring dessert. So we’re diggin’ this recipe for just one. (via Chocolate Covered Katie)


9. S’mores Mug Cake: All that chocolate and fluffy marshmallow topping? We’re so totally in. (via How Sweet It Is)

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10. Single Serving Pumpkin Cake: While we wait for PSLs to come back to Starbucks, we won’t mind getting our pumpkin fill with this mini cake. (via Mangia)

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11. Blueberry Mug Cake: With the arrival of spring and blueberries, we can’t resist the urge to put those sweet little blue morsels into almost everything. (via My Ginger Garlic Kitchen)

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12. Single Peanut Butter Cookie: Yes to peanut butter and chocolate chunks. No to flour. This cookie is a dream come true. (via Kirbie’s Cravings)

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13. Single Serving Berry Cobbler: Here’s a recipe that doesn’t even require all the berries in the carton. You know what that means? More strawberries for you! (via Domestic Fits)

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14. Blueberry Cobbler: See? We just couldn’t stay away from the blueberries. Warning: You will require ice cream for this single serving dessert. (via Baking Magique)

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15. Single Apple Pie: We couldn’t leave out a single serving of apple pie for those pie-craving gals out there. You’re welcome. (via Twigg Studios)

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16. Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake: Making one shortcake in a mug is a feat, but making that shortcake chocolate shortcake is a miracle. (via Just Putzing Around The Kitchen)

What are your favorite single-serving dessert recipes? Share them with us below!