When Mike Johnson made tiny batches of baked goods in early 2020, he did so to minimize the use of yeast and flour, which was hard to find in the early stages of the pandemic.

“It was a way for me to ration,” said Mr. Johnson, 28, the author of “Even Better Brownies: 50 Standout Bar Recipes for Every Occasion” (Page Street, 2020) and the writer of the blog Mike Bakes NYC.

“I kept it up because for a lot of people, myself included, small-batch baking just makes sense!” he said.

Mr. Johnson further simplified some of his recipes by eliminating equipment that might be necessary for the original recipe. His cinnamon roll recipe, for example, which makes just four, is done entirely by hand.

Hummingbird High, first found herself trimming recipes to suit her two-person household.

“I started sharing the recipes on my Instagram and blog,” Ms. Lopez said. “They blew up.”

Her small-batch blueberry muffin recipe, inspired by the oversize muffins at Levain Bakery in

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