Delicious Microwave Desserts You Can Make in a Mug

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Microwave-Desserts

Bakers and fans of homemade desserts have never had much to celebrate when living in the dorms. There’s no easy access to ovens, and dorms lack quality baking supplies. Plus, students have limited time — meaning fewer cookies, cakes, and brownies, except for the insipid stuff the cafeteria tries to pass off as homemade.

But we’re here to tell you that you can bake decadent desserts with just a few ingredients, a mug (or mason jar), and a microwave! Here are a few starter recipes to get you baking dorm room style!

 

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Fire-Less S’mores in a Mug

Who needs a campfire when you’ve got a microwave in your dorm room? Make these super delicious throwback desserts in under five minutes. Bonus: no risk of dropping your marshmallow into an open flame or contaminating your cracker on a dirty rock.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. white flour
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ⅓ tsp. baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 4-5 graham crackers, crushed
  • 3-4 chocolate squares (any type)
  • Handful of mini marshmallows

 

Directions:

  1. In a mug, stir flour, oil, baking powder, milk, sugar, and graham crackers until well mixed.
  2. Add chocolate squares to the center of the mixture and microwave in 30-second intervals until mostly melted.
  3. Top with mini marshmallows and microwave 10 to 20 seconds until melted.

 

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Instant Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

Who said dessert was just for after dinner? When we want a treat for breakfast, we make ourselves a huge, fluffy cinnamon roll just like our mom did for special occasions. But given just how easy it is to make these rolls in the microwave, we may have to make them every day of the week.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp. of syrup (to taste)
  • Icing or frosting*

 

Directions:

  1. Mix everything together in a mug until the flour is not clumpy.
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes on high.
  3. Spoon or drizzle icing or frosting on top. Serve warm.

 

*Icing is also easy to make in your dorm! To make a cream cheese version perfect for cinnamon rolls, use 1 tbsp. cream cheese, 2 tbsp. powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. milk. Whisk all ingredients together with a fork in a small bowl and add to your roll!

 

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Pick-Your-Berry Pie in a Cup

It’s not exactly summer yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re not dreaming of summer desserts like our favorite berry-filled pies. Pick your favorite flavor (blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry are highly recommended) and experiment with this quick and easy recipe. Add a scoop of ice cream to make it even more satisfying.

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup berries (your choice; if frozen, thaw)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp milk

 

Directions:

  1. Chop or mash berries and mix with powdered sugar at bottom of the mug.
  2. Mix all other ingredients in a small bowl. Add on top of berry mix.
  3. Microwave 1½ minutes.
  4. Allow 30 seconds to cool. Add ice cream to the top, or allow it to melt in to make it a cobbler!

Valentines Day Recipes

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Whether you love Valentines Day or absolutely hate it, you can’t deny that February 14 is (literally) right around the corner.  Even if you aren’t a big romantic, there’s one thing to love about the holiday:  the food.  This holiday is one that really promotes eating, so what better time is there to try your hand at a few recipes?  These treats are fit to satisfy any sweet tooth, Valentines Day lover or not.

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1. Homemade Marshmallows

Rich and creamy homemade marshmallows shaped like hearts for Valentine's Day!:

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What’s better than a nice store-bought bag of marshmallows?  A batch of gooey, melt-in-your-mouth homemade marshmallows. Sure, buying a bag of your favorite puffy treat is quick  The best part:  no oven required.

2. Strawberry Milkshake Cookies

Strawberry Milkshake Cookies - Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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If your sweet tooth is five times larger than normal, these are the cookies for you.  They are super sweet, and true to their name. Trust me when I say they’re reminiscent of a strawberry milkshake – you’ll fall for ’em.

3. Red Velvet Cake Balls

Quick and Easy Valentines Day Red Velvet Truffles- Makes the perfect dessert for two!:

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If any dessert completely symbolizes Valentines Day, it’s chocolate.  Mix it together with another decadent favorite, red velvet cake, and you’ve got a delicious treat.

What are you eating for Valentines Day?

3 Energy-Boosting Fruits For Early Mornings

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Picture a typical college student:  he drags himself out of bed every morning and is in a low-energy state until he works in his daily dose of coffee.  Even then, he’s sluggish and tired throughout the day.  Does this sound like you?  If so, you might want to ditch the caffeine in favor of real energy foods.  By just munching on a few super fruits, you can guarantee that your energy will be staying with you throughout the day.

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The Eight Best Study Snacks for Better Brain Power

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Research has shown that the best way to cram for an exam is to be full with healthy foods. But some treats are better than others when it comes to improving your overall well-being. These 8 study snacks in particular will improve the way you think, remember, and process.

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5 Favorite Christmas Desserts to Impress Your Family

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The struggle to come up with Christmas food ideas is real, especially if you’re not a seasoned chef.  And if you’re looking to impress, it’s easy to get way over your head with desserts in particular. However, there are some very simple Christmas favorites that will get your family saying “yum” with just a few ingredients and steps. Here are our top five faves.

1.   Eggnog Fudge

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Combining two holiday favorites, you’ll love this Christmas-only treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup eggnog
  • 13 oz. package white chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 8 oz. jar marshmallow cream

 

How to Make:

  1. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, boil the sugar, butter, and eggnog together. Stir frequently for 8-10 minutes after boil starts.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in white chocolate chips, nutmeg, and marshmallow cream until well blended and chocolate is melted.
  3. Pour in small pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Cool at room temperature and then cut into squares or large pieces.

 

2.   Mint Cookies

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Cookies are expected, but when you don’t have an oven to work with, you can still make something deliciously Christmas.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. baking chocolate
  • 3 drops of peppermint extract (found in spice aisle)
  • 1 package Ritz crackers

 

How to Make:

  1. Melt chocolate in microwave and stir in extract.
  2. Make rows of Ritz crackers on baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
  3. Cover and spread chocolate on Ritz crackers and refrigerate for 1-3 hours.

 

3.   Christmas Chocolate Bark

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Who doesn’t love chocolate? Triple the punch with three different kinds in one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 2-3 candy canes, crushed

 

How to Make:

  1. Chop chocolate very finely and separate into individual bowls.
  2. Melt bittersweet chocolate using a microwave safe bowl and pour and spread onto a small, rectangular pan or dish lined with parchment paper.
  3. Cool for 15 minutes in the freezer.
  4. Repeat steps for semisweet and white chocolate by making new layers on top of the one before it and freezing each time so it does not run.
  5. While white chocolate is still warm, sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.

 

4.   Christmas Cake Balls

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Cake balls are all the rage, but you don’t need a fancy maker. Create them the easy way with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of cake mix (your choice)
  • Red or green frosting
  • Holiday-themed sprinkles

 

How to Make:

  1. Prepare cake mix by directions on box.
  2. Crumble warm cake in a bowl until soft again and form into balls using a melon baller, cookie scoop, or your hands.
  3. Warm frosting in microwave until somewhat runny. Drop in cake balls and cover. Use a fork to transfer onto a plate or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Cool in the fridge for 2-4 hours or until frosting is hard.
  5. Add sprinkles.

 

5.   Nutella Cheesecake

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Nutella is great all year round, but cheesecake is especially amazing during the holidays. This recipe is almost too easy to be true!

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages cream cheese
  • 1¼ cup white sugar
  • 13 oz. jar of Nutella
  • 1 crust of your choice (chocolate graham cracker is recommended)

 

How to Make:

  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar till mixed.
  2. Use a blender to stir in Nutella.
  3. Pour and spread evenly onto crust.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours.