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5-Minute Brownie in a Mug

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Surprise your sweetie with this amazing chocolate treat.

I didn't get breakfast in bed last Mother's Day. Instead, my husband and kids surprised me with this super-indulgent mug brownie. You actually mix it in the mug, cook it in the microwave, and serve it right in a mug. The whole process takes about five minutes, maybe less. Try it--you won't believe how much mmmm you get for so little effort and expense.

Here's the recipe, adapted from via the Chicago Tribune.

(photo: rheasdesigns via Zazzle)

4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

dash of salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons water

1/3 teaspoon vanilla

small handful of chocolate chips (optional)

That's it!

Whisk together dry ingredients in a coffee mug, standard size (11 oz.) or larger. Add oil, water, and vanilla and mix thoroughly -- making sure to scrape the bottom and sides so that it's all incorporated. If you'd like, mix in chocolate chips.

Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. The finished product will be soft-ish and chewy.

Cool for a minute. Eat right out of the mug :) Don't wait long, as the brownie will harden with time.

Note: This serving size is pretty generous. For kids or for adults with modest appetites, I recommend cutting all the quantities in half (and decreasing the cooking time -- in my microwave, the half-recipe takes about 45 seconds on high) for a smaller brownie in a mug.

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If you're looking for a gluten free mug brownie, try this recipe. I just did, and it was really pretty tasty. I followed the blogger's guidelines on proportions, used regular milk, added a dash of vanilla extract, and used Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour. Have to say, when I tasted the batter before microwaving it, the aftertaste was pretty bad. (I hadn't worked with gluten-free flour before, so maybe I just wasn't used to it.) In my microwave, the brownie set in about 40 seconds and tasted fine, though not as scrumptious as the gluten-ous kind. Well worth a try, if you're on a GF diet.


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Brownie fans tend to fall into 2 main camps: Those who like dense, chewy versions and those who prefer them a bit softer & more cakelike.

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Any unsweetened cocoa works for this recipe, but the better the cocoa, the better your mug brownie will taste. I've found the Ghirardelli and occasionally the Droste in local supermarkets, but when I want fancier stuff I order online.

I like my mug brownie with ice cream on top. A small scoop of vanilla, or I've eaten it with a little brown-sugar ice cream from the Haagen Dazs "Five" line (just five ingredients--love that concept). Sugar overload, but who's complaining?

What would you put on your brownie in a mug? Or would you eat it plain? How did the recipe work for you?


EmmaGraceEllis LM on September 26, 2013:

I have done this many times, I am possibly a choc-a-holic, but, Ive come to accept it ;-)

I admit, chocolate is my Achilles heel ;-)

i cannot wait to try your recipe ;-)

ghoststorylover on September 12, 2013:

This sounds so good, I'd like to try it someday!

Mary (author) from Chicago area on August 04, 2013:

@anonymous: love it! hope she shared with you......

anonymous on August 03, 2013:

My 9-yr old niece just made this for a snack - with whipped cream on top. Easy and Yummy and she is oh so proud that she did it herself!

marktplaatsshop on June 21, 2013:

This is easy, I cannot try because of an allergy, thanks for sharing

anonymous on May 23, 2013:

@verymary: Always a possibility to try running the microwave on a lower power setting and cooking for a bit longer...

Takkhis on May 15, 2013:

I have to try this since it is very easy :)

anonymous on April 09, 2013:

Brownie in a mug sounds like a fun surprise to spring on my wife. Thanks!

RetireAt57 on March 13, 2013:

I love easy! Thanks for sharing.

TommysPal on March 07, 2013:

I like to inject pudding into the center as soon as it comes out of the microwave. A little pudding on the top doesn't hurt either.

anonymous on February 26, 2013:

@anonymous: Agree. all I got was a cup full of hot batter. very disappointing.

tekaha on February 02, 2013:

my 10 yr old and i just made this. so easy and quick! yummy!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 30, 2013:

This sounds easy enough and I definitely love brownies, ummmm I definitely love chocolate! Looking forward to trying your brownie in a mug myself. Thanks

Mary (author) from Chicago area on January 17, 2013:

@anonymous: hey, you got the healthier version past your son -- nice!

Mary (author) from Chicago area on January 17, 2013:

@anonymous: I guess you could eat it .... no egg!

anonymous on January 13, 2013:

@verymary: I used half olive oil and half yogurt (from another recipe) for the oil part and only had hot choc mix, so put less sugar. Still worked, but i like the butter idea better :)

My son thinks it is great.

anonymous on January 12, 2013:

Made this for my daughter who was having a midnight chocolTe craving. So easy and yummy. I could have eaten just the batter. Thanks!

Mary (author) from Chicago area on January 07, 2013:

@anonymous: lol - will have to tell my kids (who successfully made this for me, the first time I had it) that you called me a cruel bastard. they'll get a kick of that.

anonymous on January 01, 2013:

Wow, this didn't work at all. I'm actually convinced that this some cruel bastards prank on unsuspecting brownie lovers.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on December 16, 2012:

@anonymous: I don't think butter is ever a bad idea :) -- but olive oil, yeah, probably that would clash. glad it worked for ya!

anonymous on December 16, 2012:

I just made this and it came out AMAZING! I had to melt butter and measure it out since I realized that I only had olive oil AFTER I whisked the dry ingredients, so I also omitted the dash of salt. I will definitely be making this more often. yummy

AnnounceItFavors on December 08, 2012:

Love it but wish it had a printable version.

anonymous on November 29, 2012:

oh no! i tried this but accidentally used teaspoons and not tablespooons!im so annoyed with that. But im sure if i got it correct it would b yummy

anonymous on November 19, 2012:


dealnation on November 15, 2012:

Got to try this!

anonymous on November 11, 2012:

if you, don't like the vegetable oil use a mix of liquid butter and oil!

anonymous on October 18, 2012:

that was disgusting. What am I eating o.O

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on October 02, 2012:

whip cream it, gotta try this one, yummy brownies. Great lens!

Deadicated LM on September 28, 2012:

Yum, it's all good!

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

i put on hershys chocoloate syrup

anonymous on September 17, 2012:

Thanks for your visit and comment to my lens.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on September 16, 2012:

@anonymous: it's going to change the taste and possibly the consistency -- more the taste than consistency. I wouldn't do it, but who knows, maybe it will still be tasty.

anonymous on September 16, 2012:

I do not have any Vanilla. Is that fine?

anonymous on September 16, 2012:

I return visit and recommend for other articles

Mary (author) from Chicago area on September 14, 2012:

@anonymous: sorry it didn't work for you!

anonymous on September 12, 2012:

@Ahdilarum: THIS IS AWFUL!!!!! It was a failure.

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on September 08, 2012:

hmm I'm making my own version soon.. I'm thinking of chopped peanuts and vanilla ice cream as toppings ^_^

Ahdilarum on September 05, 2012:

Useful recipe and will be tasty..

olmpal on September 02, 2012:

Quick, easy and convinient recipe! Sounds delicious too!

aylsbillones1 on August 31, 2012:

wow, I enjoyed reading your special mother days treat from your loving family, so lovely..:)

Mary (author) from Chicago area on August 30, 2012:

@anonymous: whoa! you really ran with it :)

Jogalog on August 27, 2012:

I've made one of these in the past and love how easy it is. This lens has reminded me tp make it again.

Escapes2 on August 26, 2012:

What a great idea! Brownie topped with a little whipped cream ... Yum

anonymous on August 26, 2012:

AMped it up a little bit. Added Spanish peanuts, melted nutella and drizzled caramel sauce when it was hot.... mmmmmmmm

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on August 24, 2012:

Uh, oh! I may be in trouble now! This might be too easy :) Sounds wonderful!!!

Michelle Lacroix Toro from United States on August 24, 2012:

OMG, eating my personal sized brownie in a mug as I type this, it's AWESOME!!!!! Thanks for the share!

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on August 23, 2012:

I may have to get a microwave just so I can make this. Recipe looks so good. But hey, if brownies were this easy, I'd have to buy a whole new wardrobe every few months!

JessieLee on August 23, 2012:

That's awesome!! Thank you soo much! I am a choco-holic and I love all these new recipes :) Thanks for sharing :)

anonymous on August 09, 2012:

Awesome. Brownies are rare in my part of the world. This will be a new favorite thing!

anonymous on August 03, 2012:

@anonymous: I wish I had read your suggestion before I made this. I made the brownie and then sat down to eat while reading the comments, lol. It's delicious without the peanut butter, I bet it will be better with it.

smaraymond on August 03, 2012:

Brownies in a mug? Is this heaven?

CristianStan on July 27, 2012:

Wow a brownie in a glass. God that sounds delicious! Thanks for the lens!

Mary (author) from Chicago area on July 27, 2012:

@anonymous: how could I not have thought of this? 2 of my kids are choc +PB fanatics. great idea!

anonymous on July 27, 2012:

Add a tablespoon of peanut butter.its fantastic!

Mamabyrd from West Texas on July 25, 2012:

I really Should not have looked ať this lens! I know what Im doing tomorrow and I love these for a stocking stuffer

anonymous on July 25, 2012:

@anonymous: Yes, it does. No one said it didn't. Don't like to, don't try it. Just keep your comments to yourself.

Diva2Mom on July 23, 2012:

I gotta try this. Would love to add whipped topping on mine instead of Ice cream on top like most other people do. God bless.

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on July 17, 2012:

Hi this sound good, will have to give it a try.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on July 14, 2012:

@SheilaSchnauzies: let me know if you pull that off! sounds tricky -- but promising!

Mary (author) from Chicago area on July 14, 2012:

@anonymous: hmm. it should come out VERY sweet, even bordering too sweet for some tastes! I use good quality unsweetened cocoa -- which is very bitter -- and the finished product still comes out quite sweet. What kind of flour did you use? Maybe if you used a more intense flour like whole wheat or a non-wheat flour, that would impart more bitterness? sorry it didn't come out for you!

anonymous on July 12, 2012:

I'm not really sure what happened but it kinda had a weird taste to it? Not sure how to it wasn't bitter but it definitely wasn't sweet. Maybe I did something wrong? what do you think?

intermarks on July 12, 2012:

This is a great idea! I like the idea of using ice cream as the topping. I will definitely give it a try.

Sheila from Omaha, NE on July 09, 2012:

This is one of the most brilliant ideas I've ever heard of! I'll have to suss out a sugar free version for myself! Blessed.

Blackspaniel1 on May 23, 2012:

Nice lens

PocketfulofParis on May 20, 2012:

As soon as i read this Lens i rushed of to make it....delish!

KateHonebrink on May 16, 2012:

Ice cream sounds like a really good idea! Congrats on being featured on the chocolate monsterboard!

marsha32 on May 14, 2012:

I bought a lot of mugs after Christmas on clearance last year. Trying to decide what I want to put in them. This would be a great choice!

Mary (author) from Chicago area on May 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Bet the brown sugar makes it even richer, more caramel-y tasting. Will have to try your version!

anonymous on May 06, 2012:

I adjusted the recipe a little, much improved (in my opinion):

3 tablespoons flour

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1.5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

dash of salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoons water

1/3 teaspoon vanilla

small handful of chocolate chips (optional)

anonymous on May 03, 2012:

I love things you can make in a cup because it is fast, easy, and tastes good. Also, i don't need to bake a whole pan of brownies to enjoy one:)

angelsigh on April 24, 2012:

I would put the richest whipped cream I can get and chocolate shavings on top. I love this and I can't wait to try it.... <3

anonymous on April 13, 2012:

absltly delicious wonderful for a cheeky treat

Mary (author) from Chicago area on April 05, 2012:

@anonymous: it's not a diet recipe, no. not health food. and the portion is very big -- can really serve 2-3 average ppl. still much lower in calories & fat than a small movie popcorn.

anonymous on April 05, 2012:

430 calories in one sitting. Gross. This recipe has an entire day's worth of fat in it.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on April 03, 2012:

@anonymous: sorry to hear that! not sure what went wrong. I've never had it come out liquid before; if anything, I worry more about it hardening too much if the microwave is running hot.

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

This turned out terrible. I was really disappointed. It came out completely liquid and after microwaving it again it came out hard. Even the non-hard parts didn't taste very goo.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on April 02, 2012:

@ozylizzy: so glad he is enjoying!!

ozylizzy on March 24, 2012:

Thankyou for this fabulous recipe, my teenage son loves making it - it is a great introduction to cooking. he makes half the recipe without the salt or chocolate chips just for himself in a small mug and eats in plain for dessert.

sstock93 lm on March 11, 2012:

I can't wait to surprise my wife with this

anonymous on March 09, 2012:

coooooooooollllll recipesssssssssssss...........

anonymous on March 08, 2012:

be trying this one.

anonymous on February 21, 2012:

I think you have one ingredient missing: an egg!

queenofduvetcover on February 15, 2012:

I am going to try it, thanks for sharing! =)

queenofduvetcover on February 15, 2012:

I am going to try it, thanks for sharing! =)

anonymous on January 28, 2012:

Great looking article! I think I'll have this for a snack today, chocolate puddin'!

GreenMind Guides from USA on January 26, 2012:

When I get home tonight I am doing this. Period. Nice lens.

meanmothercooker on January 25, 2012:

Yummy!!!! I'm gonna run to the kitchen now!! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!

marsha32 on January 19, 2012:

I would take one any old way! Sounds really yummy!

Mary (author) from Chicago area on January 13, 2012:

@anonymous: "more chocolate chips" will never get an argument from me :)

anonymous on January 10, 2012:

I made this and as soon as it came out of the microwave i sprinkled more chocolate chips on top and let it melt to make a easy topping :)

PapaKork on January 04, 2012:

This made my day!

Mary (author) from Chicago area on January 03, 2012:

@anonymous: whoa, you iced it! hats off for sheer decadence.

anonymous on January 02, 2012:

I was skeptical, as I've had a minute ready brownie before(that waas just awful!) This was soo yummy, I couldn't wait till it was cooled down! I put a spoonful of my homemade chocolate icing on top, was to die for! Thank you for my new chocolate cure!

Mary (author) from Chicago area on December 21, 2011:

@Ges LM: banana - new one! my son's best friend is a banana nut & would love that! thx.

Ges LM on December 21, 2011:

This was delicious. We served in dessert bowels and topped with banana :)

Mary (author) from Chicago area on December 06, 2011:

@anonymous: sorry -- you can't make this one ahead & refrigerate, or it will turn into a rock! have the friends over & make it on the spot ... takes less than 5 mins. :)

anonymous on December 06, 2011:

How many days will it last inside the refrigerator if I make this ahead of time? I want to give this as a treat for some of my friends.

Mary (author) from Chicago area on November 30, 2011:

@anonymous: wow, really? I worry it might be too sweet for some ppl. taste is subjective, of course.

anonymous on November 30, 2011:

just tried it...pretty bitter. i would recommend more sugar

Mary (author) from Chicago area on November 20, 2011:

@anonymous: hmm, another vote for cinnamon. nice warming flavor for the cold months!

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