Brownie in a Mug

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Oh my. We’re doomed. My young friends Reilly and Alden just showed me how they make single serving brownies, in a mug, in a microwave. Takes 5 minutes.

We did experiment a bit. Turns out that you really should not use extra virgin olive oil for this recipe, it’s too strongly flavored. Corn oil or canola oil work best. A pinch of salt helps make the chocolate more chocolate-y. I’ve added some vanilla and a tiny bit of cinnamon; you could also add a speck of instant coffee to take it up a notch.

Mug Brownie

The brownie lacks for structure (no egg) but that’s okay because it’s contained by the mug. When it’s done, it’s HOT. Perfect for topping with a little vanilla ice cream or whipping cream. The trick is getting the cooking time right for your microwave. Every microwave oven model is different.

Our 1000 watt microwave cooked these brownies in a mug perfectly at a minute 40 seconds. If you have a stronger microwave it will likely take less time. Enjoy!

 

Brownie in a Mug Recipe

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  • Prep time: 3 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one serving

Some mugs don't microwave well because there is metal in their ceramic glaze. They'll work but they may get very hot. Best to use a plain old everyday un-fancy mug.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup flour (50 g)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (70 g)
  • 2 Tbsp (13 g) cocoa (natural, unsweetened)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tiny pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water (60 ml)
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil (NOT extra virgin olive oil, it's too strongly flavored)
  • 1 to 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 small scoop of ice cream or 1 or 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream to serve

Method

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1 Place flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in a microwave safe ceramic mug. Stir with a fork or spoon to mix well and break up any clumps.

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2 Add the oil, water, and vanilla to the cup and stir until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.

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3 Place in microwave and heat on high until the mixture is cooked through, about a 1 minute and 40 seconds for a 1000 watt microwave. You may have to experiment and adjust the time for less or more powerful microwaves. If you don't know the power level on your microwave, start with 60 seconds and increase until the brownie is done. It should still be moist when cooked through, not dry.

4 Let cool for a minute and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a teaspoon or two of whipping cream poured over.

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  • Lily

    Extra virgin worked fine for me. I recommend adding more cinnamon and using ground cloves aswell. great with triple choc ice cream and Hersheys fudge sauce

  • Lily

    Great recipe I could eat it every day! No flaws just perfection I love it (=

  • Sarah

    ……I followed everything and this was the grossest thing….do you guys have tastebuds?

  • Lafayette

    Just made one and this is beyond what I was expecting.
    Well still I can’t believe this worked, but it did. Sorry for doubting you!

    Minus the lack of crunchy edges and slight difference in flavour (which I’m guessing is from the lack of egg?), I can’t find a reason to be disappointed.

  • Vicky Lynn

    I’ve eyeballed this recipe for several months, always skeptical that a mug cake can deliver an actual brownie. But when you want a browine *now* you do whatcha gotta do. And I have to say, this more than delivered. I added a few chocolate chips and chopped pecans but otherwise followed the recipe closely. This one is a keeper.

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