Some people have a weakness for salty, crunchy foods. When the time comes for a midnight snack, they grab their favorite flavor of chips to crunch on while they study. Personally, I’ve never felt that desire. When I feel like a snack, there is nothing better than something hot, sweet, and fresh out of the oven. I mean, can’t everyone appreciate a warm, gooey batch of cookies ready to be dunked in ice cold milk? Sadly, fresh homemade baked goods are hard to come by in college, and the stale, store bought substitutes just don’t do it for me. I could try the difficult recipes my mom has mastered, but between being too poor for endless ingredients and short on time, I have had to adapt. Here are some college simplified ways to make some of my favorite sweets.
Moms always made the best cookies from scratch, but I have found that the best way to replicated this gooey treat, is to buy a roll of Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough. The cookie dough is available in all the flavors of your favorite cookies. Best of all, the dough is inexpensive and keeps well in the fridge for freshly baked cookies in a matter of minutes. Making your own cookies this way is also much cheaper than alternatives such as stopping by InsomniaCookies.
Cake recipes can be very complicated with lots of ingredients, so instead, grab a box of premade cake mix, I usually use Dunkin Hines. They have endless flavors so you can be sure that whatever craving you have will be satisfied. When I make them, I like to add a box of pudding mix into the flour. The added moistness can fool even the most serious foodies into thinking your cake is homemade!
Cake in a Mug
If you live in a dorm, the oven required to make some of these sweet treats is hard to come by. In that case, you can simply bake in your microwave. There are many different foods that you can master in the microwave, but cake is one of the best. A few ingredients in a mug and 2 minutes on high can leave you with a delicious treat that you can enjoy without all the work.
If those options are not decadent enough for you, then slutty brownies will surely fulfill your craving. While several variations of the recipe exist, typically, it includes a bottom layer of cookies dough, a layer of Oreos, and brownie batter poured over the top. Then it is baked and you end up with three classics rolled into one, the king of all desserts. Guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest sweets lovers.
These are just a few options for the many treats you can easily replicate in the kitchen to get your sugar fix! It does not take a master chef to impress your friends or even just make yourself a study snack. For more information on the yummy foods I discussed, follow the links or click on the pictures. Feel free to share how you make your favorite sweet treats in the comments!