5 Easy Dessert Recipes for Students

Student life can be hectic but that does not mean they are unable to make delicious desserts. Here are five easy dessert recipes for students.

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This sweet spread only needs two extra ingredients

Are you a student looking for the best, easy dessert recipes that deliver a sweet sensation to your tastebuds? DESIblitz have you covered.

Whilst desserts are typically enjoyed after the main course, a sweet treat craving can hit you at any time of the day.

From warm cakes to chewy cookies and fresh fruit trifles, there are countless ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Being a student, your time is preoccupied with exams, lectures, and coursework.

Allowing yourself a sweet treat means it must be ready in no time at all.

DESIblitz presents five easy dessert recipes that students can recreate in university halls of residence or at home.

Follow these easy dessert recipes to ensure a dessert that will leave you wanting more.

Nutella Cookies

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Nutella is a rich, chocolatey hazelnut spread that can be used to create a variety of desserts.

This sweet spread only needs two extra ingredients and this allows you to recreate these soft and chewy cookies in no time at all.

Follow this easy dessert recipe to have cookies from the oven to the table in no time.


  • 130g plain flour
  • 130g Nutella
  • 1 Large egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add the Nutella, flour, and egg. Mix until well combined. The mixture will form a thick dough but should be moist enough to roll into balls.
  3. Using your hands, roll two tablespoons of the dough into balls. Place the cookies on your baking sheet and flatten them slightly with your fingertips or the bottom of a glass. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until they are firm around the edges and still slightly soft in the middle.
  5. Once done, remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for five minutes. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

This recipe was inspired by Bigger Bolder Baking.

Chocolate Mug Cake

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A student kitchen does not usually include enough utensils for a successful bake.

However, this easy dessert recipe only calls for a large mug and spoon.

This mug cake satisfies a quick sweet craving, with minimal washing up. You’ll be able to get back to your essays feeling full and satisfied.


  • 50g flour
  • 15g sugar
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • 7½g baking powder
  • 50ml milk
  • 15ml vegetable oil
  • 15ml vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread, plus more for topping
  • Powdered sugar (optional)


  1. In a mug, mix all the ingredients, except the chocolate hazelnut spread, together until just combined.
  2. Once combined, spoon the chocolate hazelnut spread on top of the batter.
  3. Place into a microwave on a high setting for 90 seconds to two minutes.
  4. Once done, remove from the microwave and allow to cool for one minute. Top with more chocolate hazelnut spread and optionally, powdered sugar.

This recipe was inspired by Tasty.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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This easy dessert recipe allows you to create a showstopping cake which will impress your family and friends.

Follow this easy dessert recipe and you’ll enjoy a rich and decadent chocolate cake.


  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 250g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 Eggs
  • 125g icing sugar
  • Raspberries (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C and line the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides of the pan. Wrap the outside of the pan with two sheets of foil and set it in a large roasting pan. Bring a kettle to the boil.
  2. Use a whisk to beat the eggs in a bowl until they double in volume.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and butter together, then fold a third of the beaten eggs into the chocolate mixture using a large rubber spatula until only a few streaks of egg are visible. Fold in half of the remaining eggs and then the last half.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared springform pan and smooth down the surface with the spatula.
  5. Place the roasting pan into the oven and pour in enough boiling water to come about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  6. Bake until the cake has risen slightly, the edges are just beginning to set, and a thin-glazed crust (like a brownie) has formed on the surface.
  7. Remove the springform pan from the water bath and set on a wire rack. Allow it to cool completely then dust with flour and garnish with raspberries.

This recipe was adapted from Gimme Some Oven.

Peach Cobbler

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A fresh and fruity peach cobbler is the perfect dish to lift your spirits after a day of coursework and essays.

This easy dessert recipe uses minimal ingredients and delivers maximum flavour.


  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 175ml milk
  • 2 (415g) tins of peach slices in fruit juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the butter into a 20x20cm baking dish and place into the oven until melted. Meanwhile, stir the sugar, nutmeg and self-raising flour together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour in the milk and stir until no lumps remain. Pour the batter over the melted butter in the baking dish but do not stir.
  4. Spoon the sliced peaches over the top and gently pour in the juice.
  5. Return to the oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until the batter has firmed up and the cobbler has slightly risen.

This recipe was inspired by All Recipes.


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A fresh fruit trifle is an iconic British dessert that can be enjoyed at any time.

However, baking your own sponge, jelly, and custard can be too time-consuming for a student with a packed schedule.

Using this easy dessert recipe means a delicious trifle can be enjoyed in no time at all.


  • 1 Packet of strawberry jelly
  • 1 Packet of raspberry jelly
  • 750g custard
  • 2 Jam swiss rolls
  • 600ml double cream (whipped).
  • Sprinkles/fresh berries (optional)


  1. Place both packets of jelly into two separate jugs filled with 250 millilitres of boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved.
  2. Once dissolved, pour in enough cold water until both measure one pint.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the two swiss rolls into small pieces and add them to the bottom of a trifle dish.
  4. Pour one jelly mixture on top and place in the fridge for two hours. Remove from the fridge and add the second jelly mixture before returning to the fridge for another two hours.
  5. Add the custard and chill again for 30 minutes. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles or berries and serve.

This recipe was inspired by All Recipes.

These five recipes are just a selection of the countless easy dessert recipes that are suitable for students to make.

Give yourself a chance to brush up on your baking skills and invite your flatmates to have a taste of your culinary victory.

With these five recipes, what will you make first?

Kasim is a Journalism student with a passion for entertainment writing, food, and photography. When he isn't reviewing the newest restaurant, he's at home cooking and baking. He goes by the motto 'Beyonce wasn't built in a day".

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