Mug Recipes for Your Dorm Room

Sometimes I wish I had a kitchen to make cookies or cake, unfortunately, in my tiny dorm room all I have is a microwave. Luckily, mug recipes, single size portions you can cook in the microwave exist and are delicious. Here are some great choices.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Melissa at 

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup

Prep time:  5 mins

Cook time:  1 min

Total time:  6 mins

Serves: 1


·       1 Tablespoon Butter

·       1 Tablespoon Granulated White Sugar

·       1 Tablespoon of firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar

·       3 Drops of Vanilla Extract

·       Small Pinch of Kosher Salt

·       1 Egg Yolk (discard the egg white or save for different recipe)

·       Scant ¼ of All Purpose Flour (slightly less than ¼ of a cup)

·       2 heaping tablespoons of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips




1.     Start by melting your butter in the microwave. Butter should just be melted, not boiling.

2.     Add sugars, vanilla and salt. Stir to combine.

3.     Separate your egg and add the yolk only to your cup. Stir to combine.

4.     Add flour, then stir again. Measure a scant, slightly less than full, ¼ cup of all-purpose flour.

5.     Add the chocolate chips, and give a final stir. Now your mixture will look like cookie dough.

6.     Cook in microwave 40-60 seconds, start checking for doneness at 40 seconds. Mine takes 50 seconds. Do not cook past one minute, just like a regular cookie, this will continue cooking as it cools. If the cookie is dry or cake like, try less time.

7.     Serve warm.



by Melissa at

Microwave Brownie in a Cup

Prep time:  1 min

Total time:  1 min


·       2 tablespoons of butter

·       2 tablespoons of sugar

·       1 firmly packed tablespoon of light brown sugar

·       ¼ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

·       Pinch of kosher salt

·       1 egg yolk

·       4 tablespoons of flour

·       1 tablespoon of Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder

·       2 heaping tablespoons of semi sweet chocolate chunks


1.     Melt butter in microwave safe mug or ramekin. Butter should be melted, not boiling.

2.     Stir together butter, sugars, vanilla and salt.

3.     Stir in egg yolk. Do not use egg white! Save for a different recipe or discard.

4.     Add flour and cocoa powder and stir again until well combined.

5.     Finally, add chocolate chunks.

6.     Cook for about 45 seconds in microwave. Do not over cook. Microwave times may vary.


Coffee Cake

from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, divided

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided

1 pinch plus 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided

1 pinch salt, optional

1/2 egg (from 1 egg lightly beaten and divided)

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 teaspoon maple syrup

Vanilla extract (a few drops)

1/4 cup self-rising flour

1 teaspoon apricot or other preserves

1. To make the topping, combine 2 tablespoons brown sugar, all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon butter, a pinch of cinnamon and salt in a small bowl; mix together with your fingers. Pinch together until crumbs form.

2. To make the batter, mix the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar together in a large measuring cup until creamy; add egg, sour cream, syrup and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Add self-rising flour and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; beat until smooth.

3. Pour half of the batter into a buttered 12-ounce microwavable coffee cup, drop preserves into the center, then top with remaining batter. Sprinkle with crumb topping.

4. Microwave on high until done, about 1 minute 15 seconds.


Banana Bread



·       Non-stick cooking spray

·       3 tbs flour

·       1 tbs + 1 teas sugar

·       2 tbs  brown sugar

·       1/8 teas salt

·       1/8 teas baking powder

·       1/8 teas baking soda

·       1 egg

·       1/4  teas vanilla extract

·       1 tbs vegetable oil

·       1 tbs milk

·       1 ripe banana, mashed


Spray a microwave safe mug with cooking spray.

In a bowl, or right in the mug, whisk flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add egg and combine until just incorporated with dry ingredients. Mix in vanilla, oil, milk and mashed banana.

Pop into the microwave for up to 3 minutes, with no fear to stop and check after 90 seconds for doneness.

Like all magical things that come out of the microwave, the inside of this will be hotter than the surface of the sun when you first remove it from the microwave. Give it a few minutes.


Happy Baking!!