Homemade in the Microwave

Our favorite desserts, such as cookies or brownies, can be found almost anywhere. However, many common dessert options tend to be processed and mass produced. It is difficult to access good quality desserts unless they are homemade. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to bake a batch of cookies whenever they please (or take a visit to Grandma’s). Do not be depressed, for there is an easy and simple way to satisfy your sweet tooth in the comfort of your room – even if you don’t have an oven. All you need is a mug (or two), several ingredients, and a microwave and you are all set. Here are two easy-to-follow recipes for making chocolate chip cookies and brownies for one.

 

Allis Yang / Cluster Staff
Allis Yang / Cluster Staff

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. white sugar

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

A pinch of salt

1 egg yolk (not the egg whites)

A little less than ¼ cup of flour

2 Tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Put the butter in a mug, and melt it in the microwave. After the butter is melted, add the sugars, vanilla extract and salt. Stir the mixture with a spoon or fork. Next, get an egg and separate the egg yolk from the egg white. Put the egg yolk into the mug and stir well. Once this is mixed, add the flour and stir again. The mixture should become sticky and dough-like. Finally, add the chocolate chips. Now your batter should really look like cookie dough. Place the mug into the microwave and cook for 1 minute. After the cookie cools for a little bit, it will be ready to enjoy.

 

Brownie in a Mug

Allis Yang / Cluster Staff
Allis Yang / Cluster Staff

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. white sugar

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

A pinch of salt

1 egg yolk (not the egg whites)

4 Tbsp. flour

1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips

The procedure for making the brownie is similar to the chocolate chip cookie. Place the butter in the mug and melt it in the microwave. After the butter is melted, add the sugars, vanilla extract and salt. Stir. Separate the egg yolk from the egg white, and add the yolk to the mug. Stir well. Next, add the flour and the cocoa powder. Stir well again. The mixture should become sticky and dough-like (now with a chocolate hue). Add the chocolate chips and mix. Finally, pop the mug into the microwave and cook for about 45 seconds. Once the brownie cools, you can dig in.

 

Helpful tip: An empty water bottle can be used to separate the egg yolk from the egg white. All you have to do is crack the egg in a bowl and place the water bottle over the yolk, squeezing it until the yolk is sucked up. Then, you can simply move the yolk into your mug with the other ingredients.