She is off to college! One cup microwave wonders for your dorm room.

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As our oldest prepares to head off to college, we are busy trying to make sure she gets off to a great start. The dorm room pile is growing larger by the minute. My wonderful friend Laura gave us a microwave and so I set to work on a dorm room recipe book. These are recipes I have compiled and combined from friends, relatives, neighbors, and the internet. To all my friends who are sending their children off to spread their wings, I hope you find these recipes helpful. And to all you new college kids out there…don’t forget to call home!

2 tbsp. oil

2 tbsp. water

1/4 tsp. vanilla

pinch of salt

2 tbsp. cocoa

4 tbsp. sugar

4 tbsp. flour

In a 12 oz. mug, add water, oil, and vanilla. Whisk well. Add cocoa, sugar, and flour… And mix it all up! Microwave for 60-90 seconds. Center should be slightly molten. I LOVE the word molten.

2 tbsp. flour

2 tbsp. sugar

1 1/2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

pinch of baking powder – really, it’s just a pinch

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

3 tbsp. plain yogurt

In a microwave safe bowl or coffee mug, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, and baking powder. Add in the yogurt and vanilla and stir until smooth. Microwave for about 1 minute. You can microwave it longer but I like mine gooey. One good thing about this recipe is that it is low in fat so it won’t contribute to the “freshman 15”

1 tbsp. butter, melted

1 tbsp. white sugar

1 tbsp. brown sugar

3 drops of vanilla

pinch of salt…here I go with a pinch again

1 egg yolk

1/4 c. flour

2 tbsp. chocolate chips

In a bowl, ix together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and egg yolk.
Add in the flour and salt. Mix until combined. Add in the chocolate chips. Put the dough into a small microwaveable bowl or mug. Microwave for 40-60 seconds or until the cookie looks done. Dig in! Your friends will smell this down the hall so lock your door. Your dorm room is going to smell great!

from :: Kirbie’s Cravings
serves 1-2

For the cake:
4 tbsp flour
4 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tsp red food coloring

For the frosting: (Dorm kids….forget this step and get canned cream cheese frosting)
2 tbsp cream cheese
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar

Mix all the ingredients together in a large mug using until batter is smooth. Cook in microwave for about 1 min 30 seconds. It might need an additional 30 seconds. Be careful not to overcook as batter will become dense and rubbery. Let cake cool slightly before piping frosting. For frosting, combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix on high speed until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cake. OK, dorm kids…forget this frosting and go get a can of pre-made cream cheese frosting. If you still want to pipe on the frosting, cut the corner off a ziplock bag and use it as a piping bag. Yes I know, you are just going to shovel in the frosting with a spoon followed by the cake.

1/3 cup pasta
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Combine the pasta and water in a large mug or bowl. Microwave on high for two minutes, then stir. The water may overflow while it heats up. It is OK if this happens. If you don’t want it to overflow just make this in a very large microwaveable bowl. Repeat this for at least 2 to 4 more minutes, stirring at each 2-minute interval. The water should absorb completely and the pasta will be cooked through. If the pasta needs another minute it is okay to add one more teaspoon of water and microwave for another minute.
Remove it from the microwave and stir in the milk and cheese. Microwave for another minute. Stir the cheese thoroughly into the pasta and enjoy! I have also added garlic powder, bacon bits, diced ham, peas, cheese blends, salsa, and other items to the mac and cheese to make it more filling. Use your imagination!


3/4 cup Strawberries OR berries of your choice. I like frozen berries the best.
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 tbs white sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbs butter
2 tbs milk

1.Chop berries and add to a mug. Add powdered sugar, stir to combine. (I don’t always chop the berries)
2.In a separate bowl, add the flour, white sugar, baking powder and mix to combine. Add the butter and rub in with your fingers until combined. Add the milk and stir (I used my hands for this too, less dishes to wash).
3.Add the dough to the top of the berries (sprinkle with additional sugar, if desired).
4.Microwave on high for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
5.Allow to cool because this mother will be screaming hot.

*The ratios I used are for a large mason jar mug. This recipe will also make 2 servings in smaller mugs. Make sure to only fill the mug no more than 2/3 full or it will bubble over during “cooking.”

Well, this is the best of the best so far. There are LOTS more on the web but I feel like there are too many ingredients for a dorm dweller to have on hand. I will keep searching and as I create or find something that works, I will post the recipe. Hope you find a wee taste of home in these recipes!


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