The 5-Minute Drugstore Dessert You Need in Your Life

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You’re craving … something. You could reach for a pint of ice cream in the freezer (like you always seem to do), or you could reach for a mug and have a scrumptious treat in your hands in five minutes made from simple ingredients you can grab at the drugstore, gas station or, likely, your pantry. You don’t need this, but you want it and it can be yours in less time than it takes to put on your PJs and queue up a movie. Get it.

The best part: You can mix in whatever you’re craving. Peanut butter and jelly? Chocolate and banana? Apples and cinnamon? It’s all at your fingertips.

(Image credit: Taryn Williford)
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5-Minute Bread Pudding in a Mug



  • 1

    slice of bread (sandwich bread or something fancier)

  • 1


  • 1 generous tablespoon

    butter (salted or unsalted)

  • 1/3 cup


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons


  • Mix-ins of your choice


  1. Spread the butter on your bread and cut into small cubes (about 12). Place the bread pieces into a mug. Crack your egg into a small bowl, add the sugar, and beat well with a fork or small whisk. Add milk to the egg mixture and stir until combined. Pour the wet mixture over the bread pieces. Distribute your mix-in ingredients evenly with the bread pieces. Microwave for 2 minutes. If it still looks runny, microwave again in 30-second increments (microwaves vary). Let cool for about 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Suggested mix-ins:

  • Chocolate and banana
  • Applesauce and raisins (cinnamon, if you have it)
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Your most favorite treat!

This is a handy recipe to have up your sleeve for a quick weeknight dessert, an afternoon pick-me-up for you and your officemates, an after-school treat for kids on a cold day, answer a late-night craving, or impress a date. Enjoy!

(Image credit: Taryn Williford)

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