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8 Dorm-Friendly Fall Recipes You Need to Try ASAP

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Alabama chapter.

Fall is officially here. Pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks, the weather is getting chilly, and Target has cute sweaters galore. This time of year, makes many of us want to settle down, grab a blanket, put on a spooky movie, and enjoy a fall treat. While scrolling through Pinterest boards dedicated to fall recipes, many college students often feel disappointed. Most recipes can’t be made in a dorm since many of us don’t have easy access to an oven, stove, or even enough space to create a delicious fall treat. Below are eight easy, dorm-friendly fall recipes! Pick out your favorite recipe below, make a Target run, and have a spooky night in!  

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake  

This recipe is just like making pumpkin bread… but dorm-friendly! It also includes instructions on how to make a delicious cream cheese frosting to top off the cake. The cake itself only requires three ingredients and a mug—something any college student would be able to grab on a quick Target run! 

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake  

If you don’t like pumpkin, this mug cake is for you. A delicious and easy snickerdoodle cake can give you all the fall vibes without the pumpkin! This mug cake only requires a microwave, a few basic ingredients, and five minutes. Heat up your treat, grab a blanket, and turn on “Halloweentown” for a spooktacular night. 

pumpkin pie milkshake

If you have a blender, making this fall treat will be a breeze. All you need is ice, pumpkin ice cream, and milk! If you want to take this milkshake to the next level, you could use real pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice,, and even graham crackers. Top it off with a little whipped cream and some crushed up graham crackers and your delicious fall treat is ready to go!  

fall snack mix

Making a snack mix is a simple way to make a fall treat! Just throw together some of your favorite sweet and salty fall snacks in a big bowl and mix it all up. Some great options include candy corn, popcorn, pretzels, and Halloween M&M’s. This recipe is also great for sharing and would be a great option to make for a spooky night with your friends!  

pumpkin roll trifle

If you live in a dorm with a bit of extra counter space to make an extra special treat, the pumpkin roll trifle is perfect for you. All you need If yIf you live in a dorm with a bit of extra counter space to make an extra special treat, the pumpkin roll trifle is perfect for you. All you need to If you live in a dorm with a bit of extra counter space to make an extra special treat, the pumpkin roll trifle is perfect for you. All you need to make this dessert is a big bowl, pumpkin roll cake (sold at most grocery stores in the bakery section), gingerbread cookies, and homemade pumpkin mousse (which could be substituted for frosting to make it even easier). This recipe is delicious and will take any spooky celebration to the next level.   

pumpkin overnight oats

Wanting to start your day off with fall vibes? Pumpkin overnight oats would be perfect for breakfast. Just mix all of the ingredients together, place in the fridge overnight, and when you wake up, a delicious fall breakfast is waiting for you. This recipe is also plant based!  

caramel dipped pretzle rods

This fall treat is easy and very customizable. You can either melt caramel in the microwave or just buy it already melted, dip the pretzel rods, and top with your favorite fall toppings! If caramel isn’t your thing, you can also dip the pretzels in melted chocolate. Some fun toppings include fall/Halloween sprinkles, mini–Halloween M&M’s, mini chocolate chips, or any fall candy.  

caramel apple slices

This recipe is perfect for the caramel apple loving college student. This recipe is easy and much cleaner than making whole caramel apples. Similar to the pretzel rods above, just dip apple slices into melted caramel and top with whatever toppings you desire! A fun idea is to dip the apple slices in caramel and then drizzle melted white and milk chocolate on top.  

Rhama is a business management major at the University of Alabama who has a passion for writing and journalism. She wrote articles for her school newspaper all throughout high school and has taken many journalism classes over the years. She enjoys writing about lifestyle, food, interior design, and just sharing her own experiences with readers. When Rhama is not writing, she loves cooking or watching reality shows!