Ever since fall arrived, we can’t stop thinking about comfort food. Unfortunately, seasonal changes make us super sluggish, which means we don’t want to put too much effort into cooking (or much else). Luckily, there are loads of drool-worthy desserts you can make in the microwave, and let us tell you, our trusty ol’ kitchen appliance is about to get used like never before.
Not everyone has the time, ambition or desire to go around whipping up fall desserts from scratch that would earn a ton of Instagram likes as well as Martha Stewart’s approval. If that’s your thing, then go for it (and don’t forget to save us a slice or three). Meanwhile, we’ll be trying to come up with a really nice way to thank the genius who thought enough of the lazy, busy and or culinary-challenged members of society to come up with these no muss, no-fuss sweet treats that appear to be warm and inviting enough to serve as a substitute for human touch (or at least a blanket) during this chilly season.
We can’t think of a better way to test that theory than by making these hot and cozy fall desserts you can make with just a microwave.
1Vegan Microwave Mug Brownie
We are dying to have a bite or three of this delicious looking vegan microwave mug brownie from Jessica in the Kitchen. When the warm, gooey fudge craving calls your name, you’ll be quick to respond thanks to this one-minute recipe that only requires six ingredients: salt, sugar, oil, flour, cocoa powder, water, and a salt and flour mix. The chocolate chips and single M&M topping are just a sweet bonus.
2Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie
Please direct your infinite thanks to Dessert Now, Dinner Later for showing us that is indeed possible to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie — in a microwave. Give your oven a break with this easy-to-prepare microwave chocolate chip cookie that’s just as cozy as it is cute.
You simply need to combine butter, sugars, vanilla and egg yolk to a microwave safe dish (the site suggests a mug or ramekin). After adding flour, salt, and chocolate chips, mix the ingredients and flatten the top. Microwave on 40 to 60 seconds and eat while warm.
3 Coffee cake in a mug
Combine your love of coffee and desserts with this Coffee cake in a mug recipe from Food Fanatic. The best thing about this yummy-looking fall dessert is that you’ll only spend a grand total of two minutes (half mixing ingredients and the other half microwaving) to pull it together.
This easy s’mores recipe we spotted at Food Fanatic look delish enough to make up for the absence of a warm campfire. So how does one make s’mores in the microwave without creating a gooey mess? First, place a piece of chocolate in the middle of a graham, cracker, then add a large marshmallow. Next, microwave on high for 15 seconds then top with another graham cracker. Sounds simple enough, right?
5Chocolate mug cake
When you’re in the mood for eating cake but don’t want to be bothered with actually baking one, there’s a pretty effortless Budget Bytes dessert out there with your name on it. The site’s chocolate mug cake recipe is super cheap and quick to prepare. Start by combining baking powder, cocoa powder, flour, sugar and salt in a microwave-safe mug, and stir until it’s clump-free. Then add vegetable oil, milk and peanut butter to the center of the mixture, and microwave on high for one minute.
6Turtle pretzel candy clusters
My Baking Addiction’s Turtle pretzel candy clusters can be summed up in one word: YUM. The crunchy treats are a tasty combo of Ghirardelli Dark and White Melting Wafers, bite-sized pretzels, caramel and pecans.
As long as you know your way around a microwave, whipping up any of these recipes should be super easy.