It’s late. My boyfriend is away for work and I’m by myself (save for my beagle). I just ate dinner, and now I’m craving something sweet, but I don’t feel like turning on my oven for a dessert just for me.
We all know that feeling, whether we’re cooking for one or not. Maybe your partner just doesn’t have a sweet tooth, or maybe your kids are in bed and you just want a silent moment with something sweet.
When we started working on our Cooking for One cookbook, we knew we wanted to include a robust dessert chapter of no-fuss, scaled-down sweet treats. In the end we created 22 recipes that are simple enough to make any night of the week. All are perfectly portioned, many require no cooking at all, and the selection is varied enough—from Chocolate Chip Cookies for One to No-Baked Apple Crisp for One—that you’ll be sure to find the right recipe to match your mood.
One of the desserts we focused on is one that most people already have in their freezer right now: ice cream. Sure, ice cream is great by itself, but you have a veritable sundae bar waiting in your pantry. Here’s a list of simple, creative toppings that will take it from convenient to standout.