It's the fall season, and right now nothing sounds better than a warm, gooey cookie to share with your best friends (or keep to yourself, we won't judge). Unfortunately, as a student who lives in a dorm, my kitchen supplies are very limited. All I have is a pot and pan for everyday cooking needs, because frankly, that's about all I have space for. Many students share this same struggle, and by looking at the equipment I have at my disposal, you would think that making cookies would be near impossible. Well, after craving cookies for weeks, my roommate came up with a foolproof plan to have a delicious cookie: the "pan cookie."

Here is how you make a batch of 12 decadent pan cookies in under thirty minutes:

1. Grab your ingredients

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The good thing about this recipe is the only ingredients you need are cookie dough and cooking spray. We used pre-made cookie dough, because since we are students proudly living in dorm life, we don't have a mixing bowl or a rubber spatula. We used Nestle White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough, but you can use any cookie dough you want for this how-to. Anything from classic chocolate chip to creamy peanut butter, this cookie hack will work regardless! 

2. Pull out your pan

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In order to make mouthwatering pan cookies, you need a pan! Make sure your pan is non-stick, because the last thing you want is to spend your whole night trying to scrub burnt cookie bits off your pan. Also, make sure you bring a spatula and lid to cover the cookies while they're cooking, so they retain heat and cook evenly.

3. Start assembling your cookies

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The cool thing about getting pre-made cookie dough is that they come in divided into perfectly-sized chunks. You can just tear a piece off, roll it up into a ball, and flatten it into whatever size you like. For reference, the pan cookies we made were about 2 inches across, and we fit about 4-6 cookies in a pan at a time. However, depending on the size of your pan, you may be able to fit more or less in. Also around this time, turn your stove onto low-medium heat (on 3 or 4 on the knob). 

4. Cook!

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Make sure to spray the bottom of the pan with your cooking spray, and place your cookies on the pan carefully. Once you've arranged the cookies on the pan, place a lid over them and leave them for 5 minutes. Once 5 minutes has passed, flip them over with your spatula and cover them for another 5 minutes. They should be golden brown once they're done, and you can place them on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any grease while they cool. In the meantime, you can make batches of four cookies every 10 minutes.

5. Time to Eat!

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After letting your pan cookies cool, you can start to dig in! Your cookie should be crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, and all-around delicious. After trying these pan cookies, you might as well forget about your oven, because my roommate and I sure have!