Best individual desserts
Make entertaining easy by giving each guest their very own personal mini pud, taking away the stress of serving, from tropical pina colada tarts to a 20-minute tiramisu or our gooey chocolate and pear puddings
We've got some individual desserts that are perfect for dinner parties. This collection has some great family favourites, including recipes for individual strawberry trifles in glasses, salted caramel chocolate fondants, tiramisu and mini cinnamon gooseberry crumbles in ramekins. Next, try our easy desserts.
We've added a tropical twist to our collection with our dairy-free coconut, mango and turmeric fool, and our mini passion fruit puddings. Fancy an ice cream dessert out in the spring sunshine? We've got plenty of those too, such as our raspberry and rosewater kulfi with toasted almond sprinkles.
Best individual dessert recipes
A fancy dessert idea that makes the most of Williams pears, smooth dark chocolate sauce and pedro ximénez sherry. And it only takes 25 minutes to make!
Treat vegan friends over the summer months to our quick and easy eton mess. Who'd have thought aquafaba (the liquid found in a tin of chickpeas) could make such glossy, chewy meringue? Pair it with coconut yogurt and lots of berries for a great vegan mess.
This surprisingly punchy dessert doubles up as a palate cleanser and a post-dinner pick-me-up after a heavy French meal.
Toasted oats and juicy raspberries add extra crunch and sweetness to these mini cheesecake pots.
Learn how to get the perfect set for the ultimate melt-in-the-mouth Italian dessert.
Here the classic US campfire snack of toasted marshmallow and chocolate squished between two biscuits is reworked to create an elegant layered dessert.
Looking for individual festive desserts that are easy to make? Check out our mini winter puddings with mulled wine - perfect for feeding your hungry guests.
Want to serve individual desserts to your guests? Try our creamy chocolate and peppermint pots for an impressive way to finish your dinner party.
Check out this quick and easy chocolate mousse recipe with espresso. If you're hosting a dinner party and looking for an indulgent yet easy dessert that can easily be made ahead, try these gluten free creamy puds – ready in 15 minutes.
These salted caramel chocolate pots from Verden restaurant are absolutely delicious and are deceivingly easy to make. You can serve them in Kilner jars, glasses or ramekins, or whatever you have at home. They make a great dinner party dessert. For more caramel recipes, click here.
This recipe makes the lightest, most delicate and lovely little puddings! The coconut and mango combination is really refreshing and you don't even notice it's dairy-free because of the creaminess of the coconut cream. Also the addition of turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, adds a zingy flavour to the dessert. These are best served as individual desserts in glasses.
These smooth ice cream puds are topped with seasonal crystalized ginger. Festive and sweet, they're a quick and easy way to up your pudding game, providing individual desserts for dinner parties. Discover more ginger recipes here.
This recipe for buttermilk and sage panna cotta with black pepper honeycomb from Rachel Karasik may sound odd but it really, really works.
These black forest cheesecake bombs are a real showstopper as individual desserts for dinner parties. Make ahead and stash these in the freezer – they’ll keep nicely for a month or so. Find more ice cream recipes here.
These cute but sophisticated mini puddings are the epitome of sweet and sour. They're quick and easy to make and can even be done in the microwave! For more fruity pudding recipe ideas, click here.
Make these ahead and you won't be fussing just before you serve dinner. This makes enough for 4, so save 2 for later – they will keep for a couple of days. Buy the shortbreads if you prefer. Find more of our best ever chocolate recipes here.
The easiest, quickest trifle recipe: made with Madeira cake and strawberries. Topped with custard and cream, these individual pots make a good weekend pudding. See our best ever strawberry recipes here.
Add a Caribbean twist to your baking with pineapple, coconut and rum flavours of piña colada. Use ready-baked tarts if you want to make this dessert even easier. Take a look at our best ever sweet tarts recipes here.
Buckwheat tarts with rice pudding and blackberries
This buckwheat tarts with rice pudding and blackberries recipe is from Olia Hercules and makes a great gluten-free dessert.
Our most indulgent, most beautiful chocolate fondant yet... just look at it ooze! You can buy the salted caramel sauce for a quick fix. For more chocolate pudding recipes, click here.
This recipe for cinnamon and gooseberry crumbles is really easy to follow but they make great individual puds. Make a batch and freeze these mini dessert pots for when you need a sweet hit. Find more crumble recipes here.
Rhubarb and ginger are a delicious combination - try them in this creamy fool. Rhubarb is in season from February until May, but you may be able to find it a couple of months either side.
This Persian peach mess with brown sugar almonds is a great twist on a classic British Eton mess. Different brands of rosewater vary enormously in strength, so add a little at a time and taste as you go, until you’re happy with the flavour. It's best served as individual desserts in glasses. We've got more peach recipe ideas here.
The best chocolate puddings are the ones that you don't have to share. We love these individual little pots of chocolate sponge and pear. Just add cream to serve and let your family and friends dive in.
Kulfi is an Indian ice cream made by evaporating whole milk until it’s really rich and almost caramelised. The beauty of enriching the milk like this is that you don’t need an ice-cream maker to churn and break up ice crystals, so it’s an easy pudding to make. This is traditionally made in conical metal kulfi moulds, which are hard to find in the UK, but you can use tall dariole moulds instead. These make perfect individual desserts for dinner parties.
A verrine is a small glass layered with various fillings and can be sweet or savoury. This version is tangy, sweet and crunchy. For more citrus flavours, see our lemon dessert and lemon cake recipes.