Quick, easy dorm room recipes for beginners

Scrumptious: These brownies are sure to make an impression at any party you take them to. And they barely cost you a penny.

Shi'erra Lolar

Being a college student can sometimes be very stressful and financially unstable. Our schedules, limited budgets and on-campus living situations don’t always allow for ideal cooking conditions. However, I have found three recipes made up of items most college students already have in their dorms. Each recipe takes very little effort and serves one. 

Hot Cocoa Mocha

For those mornings when we can’t make it to the Corner Store or Starbucks for our morning mocha, here is a quick way to dress up your standard cup of brewed coffee.


1/4 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of Hershey’s cocoa

2 tablespoons of water

1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream or half and half

1/2 cup hot coffee


Brew a single cup of coffee.

Stir together sugar and cocoa in a microwave-safe mug.

Add water to dry ingredients and stir until completely blended

Microwave for 30 seconds or until mixture boils.

Stir in heavy whipping cream.

Microwave again for 60 seconds.

Combine mixture with brewed coffee.

Eggs In A Nest

This one is a quick and healthy breakfast that anyone can make in less than a minute. The best part is that you can eat it plain as described here if you want to keep it healthy, or you can add seasonings, cheese, bacon bits or chopped vegetables to dress it up like you would with your favorite omelet. 


A cookie cutter


2 slices of bread

1 egg


Butter one side of each piece of bread and stack them on a microwave-safe plate.

Using the cookie cutter, make a hole in the middle of the bread and throw the middles away. 

Crack the egg into the hole.

Microwave for 30 seconds or until egg is completely cooked.

Iron Grilled Cheese

Dorm life and its limited access to stovetops doesn’t mean that your grilled cheese cravings have to take a hit. All you really need is an item you thought your mom was crazy for making you pack for college: a clothes iron. 


Aluminum foil


2 slices of bread

2 slices of cheese

Clothes iron


Allow the iron to heat up to the highest setting.

Butter both sides of each piece of bread and place the cheese between the slices.

Wrap the sandwich in the foil and place on an ironing board or another safe, flat surface.

Press the hot iron onto the top of the wrapped sandwich and allow it to cook for 30 seconds.

Repeat with other side of the sandwich and allow time for the foil to cool on a plate before unwrapping.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Triple Fudge Brownies 

These mouthwatering, chocolate, brownies are made to be eaten with ice cream, or with milk. Anyway you’d like to have them. 


1/4 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

Brownie mix

Fudge mix


Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare your pan by lightly greasing it with oil and going over it with a tad bit of flour.

Place water, oil and the egg in a medium bowl and stir until fully mixed.

Add brownie mix & fudge pouch, stir until blended and then spread in prepared pan.

Bake as directed for about 40-44 mind, let it cool and eat your brownies.