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8 Amazing Things You Can Cook In Your Microwave

You probably never realized the absolute magic that you can create with the microwave in your dorm room or anywhere else and a few simple ingredients. Sharing is optional, but not recommend. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert here are 8 recipes that you can create with just your microwave. Prepare to have your mind blown.

For those midnight homemade cookie cravings!

Ingredients:

  • 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 of All Purpose Flour (slightly less than 1/2 of a cup)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Start by melting your butter in the microwave. Butter should just be melted, not boiling. Add sugars, vanilla and salt. Stir to combine. Separate your egg and add the yolk only to your cup. Stir to combine. Add flour, then stir again. Measure a scant, slightly less than full, 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. Add the chocolate chips, and give a final stir. Now your mixture will look like cookie dough. 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.** Serve warm.

8 Amazing Things You Can Cook In Your Microwave

French Toast in a Mug

A quick and delicious way to make breakfast if your in a rush or want to skip brunch at your dining hall on a Sunday morning to catch some more Z’s.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Slices of Bread (Texas Toast works best)
  • 1 Egg
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Syrup and/or Whip Cream

First you need bread and cube it or cut into little squares. Use whatever you have but I personally prefer Texas Toast when I make my french toast. Get your cup or cups ready. Butter the inside, either rub a pat of butter around, or you can melt the buter in a mircowave and slosh it around. Up to you. Place the bread in the cup of your choosing. I used two small cups this time because my pesky husband wanted in on the action, but one big cup totally works. About a slice or a slice and a half will do it. Smoosh it down a bit but don’t compact it so much cause you need the liquid to be able to work it’s way in.Now in a separate cup or ramekin do the following:

-crack and egg into it

-add 3 tablespoons of milk

-sprinkle cinnamon

If you like your french toast really sweet or vanilla-y, add a single drop of vanilla extract. Mix it all together with a fork. Pour the mixture into your cup/cups. Smoosh it a little, and give it a minute to soak down into the bread. Now stick your cup in the microwave. Start with one minute, then add ten seconds at a time until it’s cooked to your liking (no runny eggs). In my microwave that’s 1 minute, 20 seconds. Add syrup. You have to have syrup. Or whip cream.

8 Amazing Things You Can Cook In Your Microwave

Macaroni and Cheese

Ten times better than Easy Mac.

Ingredients:

  • A large mug or bowl (I use a big soup mug)
  • Elbow macaroni
  • Water
  • Cheddar-Jack Shredded Cheese
  • Splash of milk

In a microwave safe mug or bowl (make sure it is a big one or it will boil over), put 1/3 cup elbow macaroni and 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup water.Microwave for 6 minutes, stirring at 4 minutes, 2 minutes, and 1 minute. The pasta should be cooked and there will be a tiny bit of thick pasta water in the bottom. Leave this water. Add a heaping 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese. Return to the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to melt the cheese. Stir well, adding a small splash of milk (maybe 2 teaspoons).

8 Amazing Things You Can Cook In Your Microwave[

Peanut Brittle

This recipe will have people asking, “Did you really cook that in your microwave?”

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup (Karo)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup peanuts (Lightly salted cocktail peanuts)
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Combine sugar and syrup in a microwave safe bowl (Glass bowl), stir. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add butter, vanilla and peanuts; stir. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave and quickly stir in baking soda. Immediately pour mixture onto parchment paper, aluminum foil or a Silpat. Spread into a rectangle and let cool for 1 hour. Break into pieces and enjoy!

8 Amazing Things You Can Cook In Your Microwave

Cinnamon Rolls in a Mug

Freshman 15? More like the freshman 50…

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp (scant) salt
  • 1 Recipe Cream Cheese Icing, recipe follows…

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 Tbsp Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk

Combine all ingredients (minus Cream Cheese Icing) in a mug then whisk together with a fork until combine and nearly smooth. Microwave mixture on high power for 1 minute then check cake for doneness. If it is not fully cooked microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Serve warm topped with Cream Cheese Icing.

For icing combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until smooth.

8 Amazing Things You Can Cook In Your Microwave

Banana Bread in a Mug

Yes. Just yes.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

8 Amazing Things You Can Cook In Your Microwave

Risotto

For a classy evening with your roommates. Wine sold separately!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Parmesan

Begin by adding 1/2 tablespoon of butter to each ramekin and adding a spoonful of onions. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes on high, stirring after 30 seconds to distribute the melted butter. Next, add a pinch of garlic, 1/4 cup rice, and 1/4 + 2 tablespoons broth. Cover with loosely with plastic wrap and heat in the microwave at 50% power level for 2 minutes. Remove and stir. Add additional broth if necessary. Repeat heating process. After heating for a total of 4 minutes, it’s time to add your wine. About 1-2 tablespoons per ramekin should do it. At this point you should also add the bacon, kale, mushrooms. Cover again with plastic wrap and heat for another 2 minutes at 50% then add parmesan.

8 Amazing Things You Can Cook In Your Microwave

Bacon

Nuff said.

8 Amazing Things You Can Cook In Your Microwave

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