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10 decadent desserts you can make in your office microwave

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When that 3pm slump hits, it’s time to treat yourself to something special. Get imaginative, and whip up an indulgent dessert using nothing more than a few simple ingredients and the office microwave - the possibilities are endless. 

Chocolate chip cookie

The recipe for this warming chocolate chip cookie uses just seven kitchen cupboard ingredients, and takes no more than a minute to microwave. There’s even an egg-less version if you need it.

Get the recipe from Dessert Now Dinner Later

Nutella mug cake

The classic chocolate mug cake is a Pinterest favourite for a good reason - it’s hard to get wrong. This version is extra special as it also contains Nutella, and it serves four - so you can treat your workmates to delicious mug cakes, too.

Get the recipe from Super Golden Bakes

Jam doughnut

In spring 2016, Gemma Stafford wowed the internet by proving that it was possible to make a doughnut in a mug. Her recipe, crowned the ‘mugnut’, promptly went viral. Gemma promises it’s possible to make the jam mugnut in five minutes flat, and calls it the perfect pick me up for the 3pm slump.

Get the recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking

Maltesers fudge

It’s not just cakes, cookies and doughnuts that you can make in the office microwave - fudge is another winning microwaveable dessert. This recipe requires only three ingredients, but you’ll want to get started early, as it also needs to set in the fridge for at least four hours.

Get the recipe from Kitchen Mason

Banana bread

This recipe is the perfect way to use up a banana that’s looking a little past its best. All it takes is a small assortment of other wet and dry ingredients (flour, sugar, egg and oil - the usual suspects) and 2-3 minutes in the microwave.

Get the recipe from Tip Hero

Rocky road clusters

These tasty clusters require just five ingredients - and you’ll probably find most of them in your kitchen cupboards. To make the clusters, all you do is melt everything together in the microwave then chill in the fridge for only 15 minutes. Ridiculously easy.

Get the recipe from Mom On Timeout

Peanut brittle

This peanut brittle couldn’t be easier to make, but it does require that you keep a close eye on the microwave while it’s cooking, to prevent it all turning into a sticky mess. You’ll also need to give the finished brittle a bit of cooling time - but it will be worth the wait, we promise.

Get the recipe from Noshing With The Nolands


At this point we’re now thoroughly convinced that you can make almost any dessert in a microwave, so it’s no surprise that microwave brownies are a thing. These are a bit more time intensive as they require multiple cooking stages and a microwaveable tray with room for eight servings, so this one is probably best as a team effort.

Get the recipe from Taming Twins

Apple crumble

Finally, a microwaveable mug dessert that counts as one of your five-a-day! This crumble contains a whole apple and some pecan nuts (along with some sugar and a big chunk of butter, but shhh) so it’s almost good for you. 

Get the recipe from Love Food

Gluten free mug cake

This recipe is great for those with dietary restrictions as it is gluten, dairy, nut, soy and refined sugar free. It contains a secret half a banana, and can be sweetened with maple syrup or honey - so it’s a good option for anyone who is feeling health-conscious but would still like rather like a mug cake. And isn’t that all of us?

Get the recipe from The Loopy Whisk

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