3 Surprisingly stonkin’ Mug Desserts!

by Barry Lewis


Rice krispies treats in a mug

Approx 40g Rice Krispies

80g Mini marshmallows, good to have a few more though

2tsp butter

‘Baked’ Cheesecake in a mug

5-6 digestive biscuits

2tsp Butter, plus a little extra for greasing.

1 Egg, beaten

4tbsp soft cheese

2tbsp Greek yoghurt

½ tsp vanilla extract

To serve

Icing sugar

1 strawberry, halved

Cinnamon Rolls in a mug

For the icing

4tbsp icing sugar

1tsp milk

For the roll dough and filling

Approx 10tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting

1tsp baking powder

4tbsp water

Pinch salt

1tsp cinnamon

1tbsp sugar

I do like a good mug recipe and I’ve been sent a good batch of them recently that I figured would be good put into a video. I’ve made these as more ‘surprising’ ones that I didn’t really link them together with a microwave mug recipe – a rice krispie treat in a mug, ok that seemed the easiest (see video), a cinnamon roll in a mug, then an actually baked style cheesecake in a mug… which was interesting! I hope you enjoy these and remember to adjust the times based on the wattage of your microwave and to do the cooking in short blasts if it rises up too high and looks to be spilling over.

How to make Rice krispies treats in a mug

This is the easiest of the bunch in terms of preparation, but is a bit fiddly to mix, so use a bigger bowl if you want for that step. First up stick the marshmallows and butter into a mug, place in the microwave and cook on 15 second blasts, stirring in between each time until the butter has melted and been mixed in with the smooth marshmallows (which should be lump free)… now simply add in the rice krispies in batches and stir through to coat, you may want to add more rice krispies as marshmallows can grip a lot of them! Let stand for a few minutes and eat away!

How to make a ‘Baked’ style Cheesecake in a mug

First up make the base for the cheesecake. Whizz up the biscuits in a food processor until fine crumbs are achieved (or bash them in a bag), meanwhile melt the butter in a bowl on ten second blasts. Add approx. 4tbsp of the crumbs to the butter, stir well to coat. You can do this step in the mug if you want but a bowl gives you more space. Lightly grease the mug with extra butter, then gently press the biscuit mixture down into the base of the mug and make it compact / level – the crust is done! Leave to one side.

In a separate bowl mix the egg, soft cheese, yoghurt and extract together, a whisk is best for this as you want it all lump free. Perhaps if going for a lemon vibe add some lemon zest and lemon extract! Anyhow with it all done, pour it on top of the crust you made and it should settle above it. You may not want to use it all. Microwave in 30 second blasts – it will rise up as it cooks, but should slide down. After about 4 blasts / 2 minutes, it should be ready, firmed a little. Allow to cool to room temperature, then place in the fridge for 30 minutes at least to chill.

When ready turn out from the mug (video shows this step well) and dust with icing sugar and top with a strawberry. This one was ok, not great, but more extract and flavouring could mask it and it could get you out of trouble if you have an emergency fix!

How to make Cinnamon Rolls in a mug

Lets get the icing out of the way first of all. In a bowl whisk together the icing sugar and milk until smooth and lump free, it’s best to add the milk in batches if you can as if you get it too thin you’ll need more icing sugar, try to get it slightly thin so not like a paste, but thick enough to drizzle / pour rather than a water like texture.

Now for the dough. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and water to a bowl, again add the water in small batches mixing with your hands until it comes together in one ball, you may need a little more but it is best to not overdo it. Sprinkle some flour on a board and knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth. Roll the dough into a sausage shape then using a rolling pin roll it out flat into a long rectangle, get it about ¼ inch thick and don’t worry if a bit messy as we tidy it up in a moment. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle all inside the rolled out dough, just leaving a small border. So this is where you need to look at the height of your mug as the width of your dough will be it’s height in the mug. Fold in the edges slightly on all 4 sides of the dough to give you flat edges then roll it up… don’t do this too tightly it’ll expand better if you roll it quite loosely, then seal the edge with a little drop of water. Stick in the mug, pour over a ½ tsp water on the dough to help steam it and microwave on 30 second blasts for about 1 min – 90 seconds. Do not overdo it, or it will be rock hard! Allow to stand then top with the icing and gobble up!