Think about this — a microwave dessert. The microwave is our go-to appliance to get things done fast, so why not make quick microwave desserts in it? While some dishes taste different when cooked in this nifty appliance, you could never go wrong with some microwaveable desserts.
So if you’re looking for easy microwave desserts, here are four recipes we recommend.
Microwavable Caramel Popcorn
Although not everyone likes popcorn any other way except smothered in butter, caramel popcorn is still a delicious treat that you can make right at home.
Obviously, you already know how to make plain popcorn using a microwave, so adding this sweet topping is the logical next step. Here’s what you do:
- 1/2 cup of un-popped popcorn
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt (plus extra)
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
Start by popping about half a cup of corn kernels and putting them in a paper bag.
After that, put your brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a safe microwaveable container—if you have something you can pour out of afterward, those containers are ideal. Microwave it on high for a minute before stirring it.
Microwave it for another minute until the caramel is boiling before adding baking soda and vanilla. Mix it all up and pour it over the popcorn in the bag.
Shake it up, seal the bag, and microwave it for another minute. Take it out and shake the bag vigorously before cooking it for one more minute, then shake it again.
Finally, pour the popcorn onto a rimmed cookie sheet and sprinkle it with kosher salt. Break it up if it’s clumped together, and enjoy!
Rice Krispie Treats
We bet you didn’t know that you could make Rice Krispie treats in microwave, did you? As it turns out, it’s very easy to make them!
This recipe is the perfect dessert to round out this list and couldn’t be simpler to put together. If you ever wanted a quick dessert that will take you back to childhood, this is the one to make. So let’s get started.
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- 1 bag of mini-marshmallows
- 6 cups of Rice Krispies
- 2 cups of Kix cereal
- 12 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Start by spraying down a baking tray and cutting your peanut butter cups into roughly six pieces. Mix your cereal and chopped peanut butter cups in a big bowl.
Next, combine your butter and marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds.
Stir it all up with a spoon until it forms a gooey creme mixture, microwaving again for 10 seconds if necessary as it firms up. Finally, pour the marshmallow mix over your cereal and stir until it’s all evenly coated.
Move the mixture into your baking dish and press it down into a layer. Cover it, put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes and cut it into squares when it’s set!
Nutella Hot Fudge Microwave Dessert
The popular hazelnut spread has become one of the favorite easy microwave desserts, a cultural mainstay many can’t get enough of.
If you can’t get enough of this sweet and savory spread, this hot fudge recipe is sure to be right up your alley. So let’s get started.
- 1/4 cup of Nutella
- 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
Of all the desserts on this list, this one has to be the easiest.
All you have to do is combine your Nutella and vanilla ice cream in a microwaveable mug or safe container.
Microwave it for about 30 seconds before taking it out and stirring it up. Microwave it for another 30 seconds, pour it over whatever you want to eat, and enjoy!
Indian Milk Fudge
Although you may not have heard of this recipe before, Indian milk fudge is a delicious and traditional dessert that tastes so good.
Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to make—as always, all you have to do is throw everything together, microwave it, and you’ll be good to go. Once you try it, you’ll be sure to make it again and again. Here’s how you do it.
- 14-ounce can of condensed milk
- 1 3/4 cups of milk powder
- 2 tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter)
- 2 teaspoons of cardamom powder
Begin by melting butter in a microwaveable bowl for about 20 to 30 seconds. Add your condensed milk and milk powder to the melted butter and stir everything up.
Microwave it for another minute before taking it out and stirring it up. Microwave it again for another minute, stirring again.
Repeat this three times and cool the mix off until you can touch it with your hands. Roll the resulting mixture into little balls, or you can pour it into a pan and cut them up into bite-sized squares.
Learning how to make desserts in a microwave is a good trick to have up your sleeve — especially if you have surprise guests dropping by or want to satisfy late-night cravings. Whipping up a microwave dessert is easy and delicious. Enjoy!
Sources: Cosmopolitan, Babble