Food To Make In Your Dorm: Microwave Cookies

Sylly week hump day! You know what that means: cocktails and cookies! Don’t have an oven? No worries! You can make these stupidly easy cookies in your microwave.

You can stop rolling your eyes now. I know, I was a skeptic myself. But that was like, a whole 50 minutes ago. Now I have witnessed a miracle. I have seen unattractive lumps of raw dough magically transform into moist cake-y cookies in the blink of an eye (okay, a minute and a half). Others have been equally impressed, including prestigious critics such as my roommate: “It’s changed my life forever,” and the weird guy that lives down the hall: “Mmmphh..nomm…phhh.”

You too can witness this biblical-like transformation by making your own batch of microwave cookies.

To experience your own mini spiritual awakening YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (if you can find any)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate chips

To embark on your journey:

1. Melt the butter in a mug or similar container for approximately 20 seconds on high. Make sure you put a paper towel or something over the container unless you want to hear your roommate complain about cleaning up butter splatters for the rest of the night.

2. Separate your egg yolk from the egg white using the shells (fancy method) or simply by straining it out using your hand (hardcore method). If at all possible, try not to use the same sink you brush your teeth in.

3. Add the sugar, egg yolk, peanut butter, and flour to the butter. Mix until dough begins to form.

4. Fold in the two tablespoons (yes, I rounded up) of chocolate chips. Save some for snacking later.

5. Scoop out small amounts of dough, and shape each ball into a cookie like shape. Place onto a microwave-safe plate.

6. Cook in the microwave on high. 55 seconds for small cookies, 1 minute 30 seconds for medium cookies (as pictured), and 2-3 minutes for one gigantic cookie.

7. Let cool lest you burn your impatient tongue.


This recipe is pretty great as is, but in my professional opinion (and years of experience eating desserts) I have found that there is nothing that can’t be improved upon by the addition of chocolate. If you agree, swap the 1 tablespoon of peanut butter for 1 tablespoon of Nutella.

BOOM. You’re welcome. (Although I apologize if your syllabuses, like mine, are now completely covered in chocolate).

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About the Author

Catie Simpson

Catie is a junior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She's also the resident townie and culinary enthusiast due to a brief stint at the CIA (the culinary school not the secret government agency). She currently works at a Baby Temperament Lab on campus where she tries to get babies to do dangerous things. She's also on the twitter.

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