Delicious Microwave Desserts You Can Make in a Mug



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!



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.



  • 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



  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.



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.



  • 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*



  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!



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.



  • 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



  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!

3 More of the Easiest Dorm Cooking Recipes


Put down the Ramen noodles. Hide away the bags of chips and microwave meals. Here’s the shocking truth: cooking in your dorm with nothing more than a microwave is now easier than ever! We’ve compiled three more of our favorite dorm room recipes to help you create a microwavable meal worthy of any self-proclaimed foodie. Let us know which one you plan on trying and how it turns out for you!


Summer Salad in a Jar


Mix & match your salad ingredients for more variety

If you love the mason jar trend, but are a little unsure how to use them in your daily life, go the green route! This recipe requires no cooking whatsoever and gives you a fashionable and tasty trend to carry around. Make this meal your own by mixing up your dressings and toppings for a delicious treat in the fall, spring — or anytime.


Half a head of salad, chopped
Quarter bag of spinach, chopped
5-10 strawberries sliced or chopped
¼ cucumber, sliced
1 small cup of mandarin oranges pieces
¼ cup of walnuts or sesame seeds
Raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Optional: Pre-cooked chicken slices


Stuff jar with all ingredients except for the dressing. Make sure to alternate to get a great mixture of the veggies, nuts, and fruit. Close lid on jar and shake up. Add dressing and shake again until all parts are covered. If adding chicken, cook chicken in microwave or on stove top with a bit of the dressing first. Then, add to the middle of the salad before shaking.


Stuffed to the Brim Sweet Potatoes


Savory stuffed potatoes – perfect after a day of classes!

Vegetarians don’t have to suffer just because they live in the dorms. There are seriously tons and tons of healthy and tasty veggie recipes out there that non-meat eaters and carnivores alike will love to devour. This is one of our absolute favorites.


1 sweet potato
1 dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt
1 can of black beans
1 can of corn
1 handful of shredded Mexican cheese
1 sliced avocado
1 spoonful of salsa


Using a fork, poke holes into the sweet potato to prevent from exploding in your microwave. Run the potato under cool water for a few seconds and then place on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for 7 to 9 minutes, checking after about 5 or 6 minutes to see if the potato is warm. Remove once fully cooked. In a bowl, mix beans, corn, and avocado. Microwave mixture until beans are cooked. Cut open potato and fill with bean mixture, top with sour cream, and finish off with salsa.


Homemade Pancakes in a Mug


Pancake in a Mug – so good, you’d think you were in front of this spread!

One of the few comfort foods we miss when we’re at the dorms, this recipe is so easy, anyone can do it. Use a mug you’re not fond of and see how many different versions you can make with add-ons such as blueberries or even chocolate chips!


2 tbsp of flour
¼ tsp of baking soda
1 egg
3 tbsp of milk
1 tbsp of cooking oil
Optional: maple syrup, fruit, peanut butter, whipped cream, powdered sugar, crushed graham crackers


In a regular sized mug, mix together the flour, baking soda, egg, milk, and oil. The mixture should be runny and well-mixed with very few clumps or air pockets. Microwave on high for 1½ to 2½ minutes. You should see the dough rise out of the mug, so be sure to put a napkin or paper towel underneath the mug in case the mixture spills over. Allow to cool for at least 1 minute, and then top with optional items of your choice.

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