from “Fooding Around:” Quick Dessert Fixes for the Lonely College Student

By Annalise Frank

Yearning for a fancy, baked dessert but unwilling to spend the time or endure the emotional trauma necessary to make an entire batch of cupcakes and watch them go moldy and uneaten in your pantry? No need to be ashamed. In spite of what everyone says about college, sometimes it’s hard to get people to eat what you make. So, check out these quick and dirty dessert ideas for bakers a budget – especially if you want something a little more warm and comforting than a pint of moose tracks.

5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Photo: Writing Our Way Home

 

 

Necessaries:

1 big-ass coffee mug
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A splash of vanilla extract

 

 

Directions:

  1. Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well
  2. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in milk and oil and mix again
  3. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract and stir
  4. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for about 3 minutes
  5. If your mug isn’t big-ass, the cake might rise out of it. But don’t worry, it’s no big deal.
  6. Allow to cool a little, eat out of mug

Original recipe can be found here.

Cookie in a Cup

Photo: One Ordinary Day

 

 

Necessaries:

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
3 drops vanilla extract
small pinch salt
1 egg yolk (discard the egg white)
¼ cup flour
2 tablespoons of semisweet chocolate chips

 

 

Directions:

  1.  Add sugars, vanilla and salt to melted butter, stir to combine
  2. Separate your egg and add the yolk only to your cup, stir again
  3. Add flour and mix again. Add the chocolate chips, and give a final stir
  4. Cook in microwave 40-60 seconds, but start checking for doneness at 40 seconds. If a fork stuck in the mug comes out clean, the cake is done

Original recipe can be found here.

Raspberry Nutella Panini

Photo: Babble

 

 

Necessaries:

1 fresh artisan baguette
Several tablespoons of Nutella (to taste)
Mascarpone or another sweet cheese, like fromage d’Affinois
Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries (one kind of berry or a combination)
½ tablespoon melted butter

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Cut a small sandwich-sized section of bread in half
  2. Spread Nutella on both sides of bread, and place berries and cheese on one side
  3. Press bread together into a sandwich, and brush outside of bread with melted butter
  4. Grill in a Panini press or on broil in your oven until the cheese and Nutella melt, about 2-3 minutes

Original recipe can be found here.

Sticky Toffee Mug Pudding with Chocolate and Cherries

Photo: Babble

This is a twist on the coffee mug cake for the more adventurous dessert-for-one seeker. Surprisingly, the cherries compliment the toffee flavor nicely. Big plus – it doesn’t require eggs.

Necessaries:

1 big-ass mug
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. milk or coffee
Chopped dark chocolate-covered or regular dried cherries (to taste)

 

 

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in mug, then stir in brown sugar, flour, milk and salt
  2. Microwave for 1 minute, until it looks spongy, but still gooey
  3. Scatter cherries over the top
  4. After it’s cooled a little, dig in

Original recipe can be found here.

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