10 Holiday Treats You Can Make in a Mug in the Microwave

updated Jun 8, 2019
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Between now and the end of the year, there are a lot of holiday treats to be made and consumed. Where do you even start? If you, like me, want to try and eat everything right now, these mug cakes are what you need. These single-serving treats are so easy to make! All you need are the ingredients, a mug, and a microwave.

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1. Pumpkin Pie in a Mug from The Kitchn

Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be consuming more pumpkin pie in the next couple weeks. Don’t feel like making a whole pie? That’s where this mug comes in – it’s just one serving!

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2. Gingerbread Mug Cake from from Just Putzing

If making homemade gingerbread cookies doesn’t satisfy your need for gingerbread, then maybe this mug cake can help. It’s filled with ginger, cinnamon, molasses, and dark brown sugar.

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3. Hot Chocolate Mug Cake from Kirbie’s Cravings

Liquid hot chocolate in a mug is great, but hot chocolate in cake form in a mug is even better. Grab your favorite hot cocoa mix and some mini marshmallows and get to work.

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4. Single-Serving Apple Crisp from Pinch of Yum

Bubbling cinnamon apples rest cozy beneath a hot, crumbly topping. What’s not to love? This will take you all of five minutes to make after you’ve prepped your ingredients. Happy holidays, indeed.

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5. White Chocolate Cranberry Mug Cake from The Hungry Hedgehog

When you’re wrapped up in a cozy blanket, looking out the window and watching the snow fall, make sure to remember this recipe. Grab a bar of white chocolate, some cranberries, a lemon, and some flour. Make merry in your microwave.

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6. Toffee Mug Cake via The Vegan8

Craving toffee right now? This vegan and gluten-free cake has you covered. There’s a long list of ingredients for this cake, but it doesn’t take long to come together (five minutes!) once you have everything prepped.

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7. Snickerdoodle Mug Cake from Five Heart Home

Instead of chowing down on a not-so-delicious cookie that your aunt made, why not go for this super-easy snickerdoodle mug cake? You know you can’t resist that cinnamon-sugar smell in the house.

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8. Pumpkin Gingerbread Mug Cake from Healthy Aperture

This totally delicious cake is supposed to be eaten for breakfast. Yeah, you heard that right! Mug cakes aren’t limited to dessert, you know. This pumpkin-gingerbread number is a good reason to wake up before noon during the holidays.

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9. Peppermint Swirl Mug Cake from Kirbie’s Cravings

Move over, candy canes. This peppermint swirl cake is the new single-serve treat in town. Top the whole thing with whipped cream or a decadent chocolate drizzle. Maybe both.

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10. Nutty Little Mug Cake from This Little Street

Dress up your chocolate mug cake with Nutella and a couple chocolate candies from Ferrero Rocher this holiday season. Top the whole thing with homemade whipped cream.