Oh sweet and sinful bliss. If you’re tired of microwaves ruining your brownie, brownies in a mug are the answer! From now on, they’ll be all you make in your mug. Cosy up with a steaming cup of ramen, a good book, and your favourite show, then pop out the perfect single-serving dessert before bed time.
What’s a mug brownie you ask?
Mug brownies are like single-serving, microwave-free cocoa brownies made to fit in your mug. Instead of melting in the microwave like traditional cocoa brownies, the warm mug will keep them nice and moist.
These scrumptious treats are super easy to make. All you need is melted butter, eggs, and chocolate chips for more than one batch. You’ll love the simplicity of whipping up a batch of yummy brownies in a mug in the microwave, or oven, without the unwanted calories.
If you don’t have a microwave, don’t worry! You can make these in the oven too. Simply heat your mug in a pan of water on the stove until warm. Then simply mix all ingredients together, adding mix-ins such as nuts or fruit if desired.
Baking in the oven will take a while longer, and you’ll need an oven-safe mug. The batter can be mixed together the night before, stored, and baked when you’re ready to enjoy.
If you have a small microwave, try this recipe with just one egg. Leave out the second egg if your microwave is larger.
How to Make the Best Brownie in a Mug
Yields: 1 brownie
1 tablespoon butter
1 large egg
⅓ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon salt
¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 grams protein) (0 carbs, 4 grams sugar)
Directions: Add the butter to your mug and microwave for 10 seconds. Allow the butter to cool slightly, then mix in the egg. Then mix in the remaining ingredients until well-combined. The batter will be thick, but pourable. Microwave your mug for one minute until the batter is almost firm. Then immediately remove from the microwave to cool slightly. Enjoy!
Brownie Recipes Brownie Batter Mix Recipe
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounces (1 1/4 cups) unsweetened cocoa powder or 2 1/4 cups Dutch-processed cocoa (I used Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa)
6 ounces (3/4 cup) granulated sugar (55.5 grams)
4 large eggs
2 cups milk (475 ml) (I used 1% milk) (57 grams carbs, 15.5 grams sugar)
1 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
1/4 cup peanut butter or 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal plus 6 tablespoons warm water
Method : Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vegetable oil and peanut butter until smooth. Slowly mix the wet ingredients into dry ingredients until combined. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months. Use as you would typical brownie mix – just add butter, eggs and water. Recipe Notes I initially made this recipe with all whole wheat flour, but find it’s more palatable with at least some all-purpose flour added. You can make substitutions or omissions of ingredients as desired to create your own brownie batter recipe that best suits you and tastes.
How to Serve Your Microwave Brownie
Dessert is always better with a side of ice cream. If you don’t have any at home, make sure to grab some when you pick up your ingredients for your microwave brownie.
These chocolatey treats can be enjoyed on their own, but the gooey goodness of ice cream topped with brownie takes it to another level. Use the best chocolate chip ice cream you can find for the ultimate dessert experience.
Serve your mug brownies warm, but serve ice cream cold. This way you can enjoy both straight from the carton, or conversely, you can melt the ice cream into your chocolatey brownies in a mug to make a warm and gooey treat.
Cooking with a microwave – Microwaves can be tricky. Getting the perfect temperature can be tough and sometimes they just don’t cook things properly, or evenly. For this reason, you might want to try microwaving your brownies in a mug for less time than instructed.
If your brownie is too gooey, pop it back in the microwave for a few more minutes more until it’s to your desired level of doneness. If it’s crispy, you can warm it up again in the microwave if desired.
Chewy versus crunchy – Whether you like your brownie soft and chewy or crispy and hard, the microwave can do both. The key is to stop cooking them when they’re still a little underdone. Once they cool down a bit, they’ll continue cooking in the warmth of the mug.
If they’re becoming overcooked while microwaving, take your brownie out earlier than suggested.
Microwaving a brownie in a mug is just another way to enjoy this simple and delicious treat.
Give your brownies a twist with the option to use an oven or microwave for baking. We’ve included tips for those who choose one method over the other. The possibilities are endless, as you can change the ingredients to make a unique brownie each time.
Before you start baking, take a look at these microwave-friendly desserts:
Low Carb Chocolate Mug Cake – When we’re talking about mug desserts, it makes sense to include mug cakes. These no-bake oven treats are super easy to make and are always a crowd pleaser! Microwavable foods don’t get any easier than this low carb chocolate mug cake recipe.
Chocolate Fudge Mug Cake – These brownies are dense, moist and chocolatey. They’re sure to satisfy even the most discerning chocolate craving! You can make these in the oven or microwave or your favourite kitchen appliance. These brownies are great for making ahead of time, as well. You can freeze them completely and thaw them at room temperature to serve within a few days.
If you want to change up your brownie recipe, check out these variations:
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies – Bake this delicious brownie recipe in a mug or make it in a standard 9″ x 9″ baking dish. This recipe makes enough to serve 12, so invite your friends over for dessert!
I love making single-serving desserts and treats. It’s great for portion control, especially when you’re cooking for just one or two people. If you’re looking for other ideas, check out these single serving recipes:
Pumpkin Fudge in a Mug – Try this recipe in your microwave when you want to enjoy something dessert-like, but don’t have time to let it sit and cool off.
Microwave Paleo Brownies – This microwave brownie recipe tastes just like the ones you get from the bakery, but without the wait! You can skip the oven and make these exactly when you want them: warm and gooey with no waiting at all.
While the recipes in this post are good, I still have a few tips and tricks to pass on to improve your results. Below are a few tips you can use to make sure your mug brownie is perfectly smooth and perfectly tasty.
Don’t overcook it! Microwave brownies are supposed to be softer and gooey, so don’t push it over the ready line. For best results, take them out of the microwave when they’re only slightly underdone. If it’s showing any signs of being done (bursts of bubbles or cracks, for example), pop it back in for a few more seconds at a time until they’re to your desired level of doneness.
Don’t over stir! I have found that if I take the brownies out, turn the oven off and leave them in the oven while I finish up, they can end up getting kind of dry and separate. If you prefer a more solid brownie to munch on, stir them as little as possible. If you’re going for a gooey texture, however, try to stir as much as possible.
Cool it! Warm brownies are good, but let them sit in the oven with the oven turned off after they’ve finished cooking. This will keep the brownie from becoming too soft and allow you to enjoy them right away.
Stir it! Even though the brownies are already thick enough that they can stand alone, stir it up just before serving so that you get an even distribution of brownies across each bite.
Make a batch! Brownies are also great to make as a single serving. You can make up a batch in your microwave and enjoy them straight out of the mug! Or, you can even make extra large batches so that everyone in the family can get a bowl.
If you’re looking for more single-serving desserts , check out this collection:
I hope you like this post and find it useful. If you have other microwave mug desserts that you would like to share, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you! 🙂