Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up in your comfy dorm room getting cozy with some delicious sweets. From chocolate and berries to whipped cream and powdered sugar, there are plenty of winter desserts to indulge in. But the best part is that most of these don’t require an oven and are so easy that you could make it in your dorm room! Here are our top picks for winter-themed desserts.
Party for one? No problem. You can make a delicious single cookie that goes great with a scoop of ice cream or a cop of hot chocolate. You’ll love it because you only need a mug and a microwave to make it happen.
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1½ tbsp. sugar
- ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp. flour
- Spray mug with cooking spray.
- Melt butter in mug for 30 seconds to soften
- Add the rest of the ingredients one at a time, stirring until well-mixed.
- Microwave for intervals of about 20 seconds until cookie has risen and is done.
- Top with sprinkles, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, etc.
No-Bake Chocolate Cookies
A favorite from childhood, no-bake cookies are perfect for those who are die-hard chocolate fans. These cookies give you a burst of energy and make a good breakfast treat. This recipe makes a dozen.
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1½ tbsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 2 tbsp. milk
- 2 tbsp. butter
- ¼ tbsp. vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp. smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup quick oats
- In a larger-sized microwave bowl, add sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. Microwave for about one minute or until bubbling. Microwave for another 30 seconds.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients one at a time.
- Drop spoonfuls on a plate and refrigerate for about 3 hours. Best served cold.
Another childhood favorite, puppy chow is a favorite guilty pleasure. It’s such a mess to clean up, but it’s worth it for its chocolate-peanut butter goodness. Your friends will want a bag each.
- 3 cups rice squares cereal
- 3 tbsp. peanut butter
- ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- In a microwave-friendly bowl, melt chocolate at intervals of ten seconds (stirring each time you take out).
- Add peanut butter and microwave for two-30 second intervals, stirring until well-mixed.
- Add cereal and mix. Pour into a plastic bag and then add powdered sugar. Shake bag until evenly distributed.
Banana Pudding Jar
We always found banana pudding to be uber-sophisticated, especially when done up all fancy in a tall, glass dish. But did you know you could make expensive-tasting banana pudding in a jar with only a few ingredients and a mason jar (or regular bowl)? Seriously!
- Vanilla wafer cookies
- 1-2 bananas, sliced
- 1 packet of banana or vanilla pudding, prepared (or use 2-3 cups of pre-made banana pudding)
- Line bottom of your bowl or jar with vanilla wafer cookies as a base.
- Make another layer of bananas
- Add prepared pudding on top and alternate with layers of sliced bananas and cookies until at the top.
Berry Good Fruit Parfait
Berries are all we want come wintertime. Thank goodness there are plenty of berry-themed recipes for us to enjoy. This recipe uses pre-made cake (think leftovers) and blends our favorite fruit and loads of whipped cream.
- Pre-made cake (including cheesecake) in small chunks
- Variety of berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries
- Whipped cream
- Add a layer of cake chunks to bottom of jar or bowl.
- Add a second layer of fruit and then top with whipped cream. Repeat until full.
These are just a few of our favorite desserts to make when we are stuck inside on a cold winter day. Make one of these (or all, we won’t tell!), binge your favorite Netflix series and let us know which one was your favorite!
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