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Cheap & Easy College Recipes: Toaster Oven Desserts

July 24th, 2008 admin

The cafeteria has something lacking in the dessert department, so every once in a while it’s fun to try a warm dessert on your own. (I’ve even baked up cookies in my toaster oven-just FYI, the baking time is different, so watch those things closely!)

Here are a couple of fun and easy dessert recipes you can whip up in a toaster oven.


These may possibly be my favorite part of summer, so I’m pretty happy that there’s no fire pit required to make them!


Graham crackers
Chocolate bars


Preheat toaster oven to 350° F. On your toaster oven pan or a piece of aluminum foil, place two graham crackers. Put your chocolate squares on one, and a marshmallow on the other. (You should be able to fit 2-3 of these in your toaster. Toast until marshmallow gets golden brown (make sure it doesn’t catch on fire!) Smush the two parts together and eat!

(You can also do this in the microwave-on high for 10-15 seconds-but be careful because marshmallows tend to explode!)


  • Try with different styles of chocolate like toffee/caramel filled, mint flavored, almond, etc.
  • Spread crackers with peanut butter for a PB cup style Smore
  • Add sliced fruit after toasting (strawberries, peaches, or other sweet summer fruits)

Baked Apples

These toasty warm apples remind me of homemade applesauce-but better. (Adapted from this recipe and this one.)


4 apples (I prefer green ones for the tart flavor)
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp Butter
¼ cup chopped almonds/pecans (if desired)
Boiling water/apple cider/apple juice


Preheat toaster oven to 350° F. Wash apples, and remove almost all of the core-leave about1/2 inch of apple at the bottom (to keep the good stuff in!) Dig all remaining seeds out. Place apples in your toaster oven pan (you may have to do only 2 at a time depending on how big your toaster is).

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and nuts in a small bowl, and spoon into the holes in the apples. Top with a small dollop of butter.

Pour water/cider/juice over apples so it fills the lower part of the pan (careful of sloshing, especially when you take it out!) and cover with aluminum foil (unless your toaster oven directions prohibit aluminum foil). Bake for about 30 mins (apples should be tender but not mushy). Let cool & eat! (These are yummy with vanilla ice cream!)

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photo: Smores3 by jimrubio

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ?  |  July 25th, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Its easy recipe for persons like me residing far away from home.

  • 2. Paul  |  August 3rd, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Oh man, baked apples are the best. It’s one of those foods you completely forget about, yet are so good.

  • 3. Jamie  |  August 4th, 2008 at 8:19 am

    @ Paul: I forgot about them too until I found this toaster oven recipe. My mom used to make them when we were younger. Mmmmmmm.

  • 4. Michelle  |  August 15th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I live with my parents and I make smores all the time. It’s a great sugar pick me up when you’re working on a very long paper.

  • 5. Toaster Recipes  |  March 4th, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Can easily believe now that I’ve been using my toaster oven – its the simplest recipes that work out best – especially when you have to catch up up with your class work. Its awesome for mid-night binges.

  • 6. Surviving College Life &r&hellip  |  July 20th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    […] Snack Pack. What is a movie without snacks? Hit up the dollar store for goodies like candy, popcorn, and soda, or make it a cookout and grill some hotdogs and hamburgers. Or just make s’mores (remember, you can even make s’mores in a toaster oven.) […]

  • 7. Jennifer Powell  |  July 25th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    i like to fry marshmallow in an open fire, they taste really great.~,`

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