Single Serving Sweets

When you are away from home, everyone tends to go through periods of sugar cravings. It’s only natural. My incredible sweet tooth and I know the hunger for a delicious, home cooked dessert. And my sweet tooth is picky; ice cream from the gas station across the street, jello from the dining halls, and pre-packaged cookies just don’t make the cut. While I crave for chocolate and sugar, I am quickly saddened when I have to forgo satisfying my cravings because I lack the time to prep, mix, and bake a whole batch of cookies or an 8 inch cake. As well as, knowing that I will have to carry all of my dishes to the bathroom across the hall is slightly unappealing (I mean laundry is already a big time investment, why would I burden myself with the humdrum of washing dishes, when I could be studying, or more accurately, watching Bravo reality TV shows?)

However, for those of you who feel the despair I feel, there is this life-saving mini-oven (AKA microwave) that can do all the things you once thought it couldn’t do: bake a cake, cookies, brownies, and more! Crazy right? Well, prepare to be even more amazed with what I am about to present to you: single-serving dessert recipes. Yes, life just got a whole lot easier. With this simplicity, you’ll happily be making desserts every night, for the rest of your life!

Check out the recipes below to find fast and tasty desserts that will never give you an excuse to forgo the indulgences your body deserves:

Dessert Bars

This is probably one of the easiest desserts you’ll make in your life. It requires only three ingredients (including one of the superpowers of college dorm food) and takes seconds to make! This will be the perfect midnight snack to keep you powering through your all-night studies.Microwave-Rice-Krispie-Treat-for-One-4

What You’ll Need:

  • Small hand full of mini or regular size marshmallows
  • One cup of your favorite cereal
  • ½ Tablespoon of butter
  • Mug
  • Spoon


  1. In a microwavable safe mug, heat butter until melted.
  2. Add marshmallows. Microwave for about 30 seconds.
  3. Take the mug out of the microwave and stir marshmallows until all lumps are gone
  4. Add cereal, and stir until evenly coated
  5. Keep in mug and eat right away, or take the sugary mixture out of the mug and roll into a ball, and save for later.

Nutella Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate…Nutella…Cake. Enough said.

What You’ll Need:IMG_8041

  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Mix all ingredients, until smooth, in a large mug.
  2. Microwave for 90 seconds.
  3. Eat!

*Helpful Hint: Top with more nutella, powdered sugar, or whipped cream. Additionally, if you don’t have all of these ingredients, and are too far from the nearest grocery store, check out this 3 ingredient gooey chocolate cake.


Cookies are a girl’s best friend (at least, for me). But seriously, what is better than a warm, fresh baked, chocolate chip cookie? Nothing, obviously. But what’s better than waiting for cookies to bake and cleaning up all of the pans and bowls? Um, I think I can come up with a few ideas. So, problem solved. Use your microwave to create your own personal cookie,  that takes seconds to bake and microseconds to consume. Extra Bonus: you only have one dish to clean up!

What You’ll Need:o-COOKIE-IN-A-CUP-570

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • chocolate chips


  1. Mix egg and butter.
  2. Add sugar, brown sugar, and flour. Mix well.
  3. Add as many chocolate chips as you like.
  4. Microwave one minute.
  5. Enjoy (Repeat!)

*Helpful hint: If you do not have measuring utensils, a tablespoon is about equivalent to a plastic spoon.

*Helpful Hint: If you don’t have the sugar, brown sugar, or flour, tell your parents to send you these via care package, or ask anyone across the hall. I’m sure someone would be willing to lend a tablespoon. I mean, it’s only a tablespoon.

Grab your favorite mug, and indulge yourself. You deserve it!