Mug Brownie

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  • A few years back, and still today, my edible cookie dough remains one of my most popular recipes. I put making a brownie in a mug on my to-do list and four years later I am just getting around to making it.

    overhead of mug brownie with whipped cream and caramel sauce

    I like a fudgy brownie (versus cake-like) so expect a little gooiness here. It is a cross between a cooked brownie and brownie batter. Pure deliciousness.

    Brownie in a Mug

    The challenge here is that the mixture is cooked and to get the right texture, but not too dry and not too fudgy, you still can’t really use an egg. One yolk or white and it is still too much.

    I really took one for the team recipe testing and tasting over 5 mug brownie recipes. Yes, 5.

    close up of brownie in a mug

    Some didn’t make enough, others left you wanting more, I didn’t like having to mix the dry ingredients, melt butter in another and then mix. I just wanted to basically have a dump cake in a coffee mug.

    The Mug

    Don’t use a standard coffee mug. You’ll want something oversized around 14 or 16 ounce should work.

    spoon of mug brownie with ice cream

    Also note that that they get super hot in the microwave. Be mindful that if it has metallics on it, it could spark or get even hotter. Stay away from those.

    Cooking Times

    Cooking times are going to vary. I know I’ll get a billion comments about how theirs didn’t cook right so I am going to talk about this issue here and also in the recipe notes.

    You can two variables (three if you count altitude): the wattage of your microwave and the shape of your mug. A higher wattage will cook faster. A squattier, wide mug will cook faster.

    brownie in a blue mug with whipped cream and chocolate chips

    I recommend testing the time in 15 second increments until you find your sweet spot.

    Add Ins

    You had no idea there were so many things to consider when making a mug brownie, did you? Now to the fun stuff…

    What to mix in! Here are some of my favorite toppings and mix ins. Keep in mind that some of the candies might also require a little longer cook time (only by 15 seconds or so), but they are still quick and easy.

    How to Make a Brownie in a Mug

    So here is my version (the BEST version) of a mug brownie.

    Gather your ingredients:

    • Flour
    • Sugar
    • Unsweetened cocoa powder
    • Coarse Kosher Salt
    • Unsalted butter– some people substitute this with coconut oil or vegetable oil
    • Milk
    • Vanilla

    ONE. Stir together dry ingredients, sugar, flour, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt.

    how to make a brownie in a mug- dry ingredients

    TWO. Add wet ingredients including milk, cubed butter and vanilla extract. Make sure the butter is in small cubes so it melts evenly.

    how to make a brownie in a mug- butter and vanilla

    THREE. Stir until all dry mixture is slightly damp. There will clumps of butter.

    how to make a brownie in a mug- wet ingredients

    FOUR. Microwave mug brownie for 20 seconds on high. Remove and stir well. The butter should be melted.

    FIVE. Heat for another 1 minute 15 seconds on high heat. Check and if center is still wet, heat for 15 second intervals until your brownie in a mug is fully cooked.

    toppings for brownie in a mug

    A few more recipes you might enjoy…

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    Mug Brownie Recipe

    A delicious, fudgy brownie in a mug made in just 5 minutes from start to finish. The perfect way to indulge.
    Prep Time4 mins
    Cook Time2 mins
    Total Time6 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: brownie in a mug, brownie mug cake, mug brownie, mug brownie recipe
    Servings: 1
    Calories: 785kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Stir together dry ingredients, sugar, flour, cocoa powder and salt.
      dry ingredients
    • Add milk, cubed butter and vanilla. Make sure the butter is in small cubes so it melts evenly.
      add butter
    • Stir until all dry mixture is slightly damp. There will clumps of butter.
      wet ingredients
    • Heat for 20 seconds on high. Remove and stir well. The butter should be melted.
    • Heat for another 1 minute 15 seconds on high heat. Check and if center is still wet, heat for 15 second intervals until it is fully cooked.
    • Finish with your favorite toppings.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments and ratings!

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    Nutrition

    Calories: 785kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 1148IU | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 4mg

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