23 Easy and Scrumptious Microwaveable Desserts
Being a dessert-loving lady who can't justify making an entire cake just for herself (ahem, Miranda Hobbes), I sometimes resort to the microwave to get my sweet fix. And fortunately, the Internet overflows with wonderful microwavable dessert recipes. Below are 23 scrumptious and easy recipes, most only requiring the basics of your pantry and all ready in a jiff. (See also: The Top 5 Microwaves)
1. Mini Chocolate Cheesecake
Ricotta, chocolate chips, and wafer cookies are all it takes to make these mini chocolate cheesecakes. The only thing you microwave is the chocolate (for 1 minute and then in 20 second intervals — making sure not to burn it). Once melted, mix with ricotta and spread on a chocolate wafer. This recipe yields one dozen, and according to the comments it's very possible you'll eat all of them at once.
2. Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas
You don't have to know a Bluth to enjoy this dessert. All you need is bananas, chocolate chips, and coconut to make these delicious frozen bananas. Insert a popsicle stick into the banana and cover the fruit with microwave melted chocolate using a spatula. Then sprinkle on the coconut. Freeze for two hours. (See also: Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels)
3. Pumpkin Coffee Cake
This is the first of the many mug cakes on this list. This 2-minute pumpkin coffee cake is the on top because 'tis the season for pumpkin! Use pumpkin puree and cloves with a number of common ingredients including vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and sugar. After mixing in the mug, 50-80 seconds in the microwave makes it a cake.
4. German Chocolate Cake
Next up in the world of cake is this German chocolate cake for one recipe. This one isn't in a mug, but in ramekins. Using cocoa powder and a number of basic ingredients, mix everything together in two separate ramekins and heat for 30-60 seconds. You can make homemade frosting as well, but it's a bit cheaper (and definitely faster) to buy it pre-made, even if you're eating alone.
5. French Toast
French toast is an art form, which usually requires the perfect temperature and mixture. But for this tasty two-minute french toast recipe all you'll need is a couple of minutes. This is perfect for breakfast on the go or a late night snack for one person. (See also: 10 Freezable Hot Breakfasts)
6. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake
This cinnamon roll mug cake takes three minutes to make, but as the recipe notes, it's the quickest way to gain 10 pounds. Almost all of the ingredients should be accessible from your pantry (if it's stocked) with the exception of a few. Replace the cream cheese with powdered sugar and water for equally delicious icing.
7. Coffee Cake
Keeping with the morning mug cake theme, this coffee cup coffeecake only takes a minute and 15 seconds to heat up. Grab butter, flour, seasonings, and the preserves of your choice; mix together, nuke, and enjoy! (See also: Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts)
8. Banana Bread
I've never been good at making loaves of banana bread, but I'm a master of muffins. The same idea is in this recipe for banana bread in a mug. After combining the ingredients, heat for 90 seconds to three minutes, allow a few minutes to cool, and dig away.
9. S'mores Mug Cake
It's campfire weather, so my life has been s'mores galore, but sometimes I'd rather sit on the couch than build a fire outside. This five-minute chocolate fudge s’mores mug cake uses the s'mores basics of graham crackers and marshmallows, along with the basics of a chocolate mug cake. After heating, make sure to let it cool for a minute unless you want to burn the roof of your mouth!
10. Carrot Cake
This delicious five-minute carrot cake uses ramekins instead of mugs. You can layer this cake to make a cuter yummy treat. You can also switch out the carrots with pumpkin.
11. Red Velvet Mug Cake
This mug cake recipe uses the same basic ingredients of red velvet cake and seemingly a lot of cream cheese frosting. Only cook for around two minutes or so and be careful not to overheat, so it doesn't become rubbery.
12. Chocolate Chip Cookie
Okay, enough with cakes already. Let's talk cookies. Although I'm more of the eat-the-cookie-dough-right-out-of-the-package type of girl, I also love making cookies from scratch. And the good news of this chocolate chip cookie in a cup recipe is that you won't end up eating a dozen cookies, just the equivalent of one or two. But I can't guarantee you won't make a dozen mug cakes. (See also: Breakfast Cookies With Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans)
13. Peanut Butter Cookie
This is an excellent, easy peanut butter cookie recipe. Simply mix some peanut butter and regular butter, and melt in a cup. Add brown and white sugar, salt, and vanilla, and combine. Add one egg yolk (no egg whites!) and mix. Add flour and then heat for 35-45 seconds. (See also: 15 Surprising Uses for Peanut Butter)
14. Apple Pie
Using cookies or graham crackers as the crust and green apples, flour, powdered sugar, lemon, and apple pie spice as the filling, this two-minute apple pie is delish. Simply melt the butter and assemble the crackers or cookies inside a mug or ramekin and put the apple pie filling. Top with cheddar cheese if desired.
15. Lime Cheesecake
For this microwave lime cheesecake, make the crust in a ramekin or small mason jar using melted butter, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. Mix the rest of the ingredients and microwave for two minutes to two minutes and 30 seconds. Let chill for one hour in the fridge, and they're ready to eat.
16. Chocolate Banana Mousse Cake
This microwave chocolate banana mousse cake is perfect for those on the Paleo diet, which seems to be a growing phenomenon. Although it's a little more expensive with a few of the different ingredients involved (coconut flour), the cake is effortlessly made using the microwave. Total time, including prep and microwaving, takes about 10 minutes. Serves 8-10.
17. Sticky Date Pudding
This recipe for sticky date pudding is just in time for Christmas. And although this recipe yields only one serving, Best Home Chef suggests making two so you don't waste half an egg. Total cooking time is about three minutes. Please note: This recipe is from Australia, so bicarb soda is baking soda. (See also: Single-Serving "Fake" Desserts)
18. Apple Crisp
For a family-size dessert, arrange apples on a platter and top with apple crisp basics: brown sugar, oats, nutmeg, cinnamon, and butter. As it is a Betty Crocker recipe, Bisquick is included in the list as well. This quick apple crisp yields six servings and only takes about 7-10 minutes to heat in the microwave. (See also: 23 Uses for Apples)
19. Berry Cobbler
For this single-serve berry cobbler, toss some strawberries and powdered sugar in the bottom of a mug and top with the cobbler mix. Heat for almost two minutes and let cool as it will be burning hot.
Mix all these fudge ingredients together and stir every two minutes until a total cooking time of five minutes. Refrigerate for two hours or freeze for 45 minutes, cut into bite size pieces and go to town!
21. Peanut Butter and Pretzel Truffles
These peanut butter pretzel truffles only consist of peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate and are the simplest microwavable dessert on the list. After combining peanut butter and pretzels and freezing an hour and fifteen minutes (see recipe for specifics), roll the combination in melted chocolate and freeze for 30 minutes. They make for a perfect holiday gift too! (See also: 15 Yummy Gifts You Can Bake)
22. Popcorn Brittle
For this popcorn peanut brittle recipe, simply heat everything but the peanuts together in the microwave for five minutes, and then add peanuts. Heat for an additional two minutes, then spoon onto a pan and cool until firm. Once it's done, break into pieces and store in an airtight container. Makes about one pound. (See also: Homemade Popcorn)
23. Chocolate Bark With Pistachios and Dried Cherries
In addition to the microwave, the only other kitchen appliance you'll need for this chocolate bark recipe is the refrigerator. After melting the chocolate and combining with pistachios, dried cherries, and orange zest, work quickly to press this mixture on a pan and put in the fridge . After 20 minutes, you have a snack or an excellent holiday gift for loved ones.
What are some of your favorite microwavable desserts?