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Quick Microwave Brownies in a Mug Recipe
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Picture this: You arrive home after an exhausting day at work, hankering for a sweet quick-fix. You don't have the time or energy to make much ado of it, but you want something now and you need it to be quick and easy.
Or another scenario: a friend pops in for a surprise visit. You'd love to offer her a snack, but the cupboards are bare...well, almost. You usually have a few kitchen staples and chocolates around the house. So why not whip up a 3 minute batch of microwave mug brownies??
Mug cakes and brownies were invented for just these scenarios. And who doesn't have a few stray Hershey's chocolate or chocolate chips on hand? Or maybe you have leftover candy from a party or the holidays. Why not convert them into this delicious and easy brownie?
Another benefit of mug cakes: they yield just 1-2 servings which makes it hard to over-indulge and break your diet. Be warned, though: these brownies are sinfully rich!
Now all you need is a 12 ounce coffee mug or two and a microwave oven. Your sweet tooth will thank you!
High quality chocolate for delectable brownies
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- Try dark chocolate for the richest brownies. Store a bag of dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses or miniatures in the kitchen pantry so you can whip up these brownies at short notice.
- If you don't have chocolate, substitute 2 Tablespoons of cocoa and 1 Tablespoon of water for the chocolate. Brownies made with cocoa will have a cake-like texture.
- For less sweet brownies, reduce sugar by one-third.
- For gluten-free brownies, substitute white rice flour for the unbleached flour in the recipe. Or try equal parts corn flour, garbanzo flour and rice flour. And don't forget to use a gluten-free chocolate such as Scharffen Berger.
- Brownies made with butter are richer than brownies made with oil.
- Brown sugar adds rich, caramel flavor to your brownies. Try a combination of white and brown sugar if you'd like.
- If you're using salted butter, omit additional salt.
- Break an egg into a bowl and beat it with a fork or whisk. Use half of the eggshell to scoop out about half of the raw egg. You don't have to be very precise on this step.
- One-and-a-half tablespoons of egg is about half of a large egg.
- Refrigerate leftover beaten egg to add to your morning scramble or omelette.
- Mix up ingredients right in the mug for a quick brownie. When making two mug brownies, mix them up in a bowl and spoon batter into two mugs.
- A 1400 watt microwave oven was used for baking these mug brownies.
- Bake brownies one mug at a time for even cooking.
- Bake 50 seconds for fudgy brownies; bake 60 seconds for chewy brownies. Be careful not to over-bake the brownies.
- Cool brownies at least 20 minutes before eating.
- Microwave brownies in fancy ramekins, such as those seen at right. You'll have a dessert fit for guests and they'll think you spent hours slaving in the kitchen.
- Serve mug brownies topped with a scoop of ice cream for a special treat.
- Pour Kahlua, Amaretto liqueur or hot fudge over brownie sundae for a dessert that will make you popular with your friends!
- Stick around after the recipe for recommended brownie variations.
- Prep time: 3 min
- Cook time: 2 min
- Ready in: 5 min
- Yields: 2 Servings
Brownies in a Mug For 2
- 28 grams dark chocolate
- 30 mL melted butter or vegetable oil
- 50 grams sugar
- 20 mL beaten egg
- 22 grams plain flour
- 2 pinches baking powder
- a dash of vanilla extract
- 1 ounce chocolate*, preferably dark
- 2 Tablespoons butter or oil, melted
- 1/4 cup white or brown sugar
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons egg, beaten
- 2 pinches salt
- 3 Tablespoons all-purpose or unbleached flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- * 1 ounce of chocolate is equal to approximately 4 Hershey's special dark miniatures, 7 Hershey's Kisses or about 3 Tablespoons of chocolate chips.
While the brownies cool...
Brownies need at least twenty minutes to cool. While you're waiting, why not wash the dishes and take out the trash? That will give you something to do as the aroma of cooling brownies fills the kitchen, tempting you to dig in too soon!
- Break or cut chocolates in half. Place in a small bowl with butter and microwave on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir until smooth and melted.
- In a separate bowl, beat sugar, vanilla and egg very well. Add melted chocolate mixture and beat thoroughly.
- Last of all, add dry ingredients (flour, optional salt and baking powder) and stir well.
- Evenly spoon brownie batter into two 12-ounce coffee mugs.
- Microwave on high for 50-60 seconds. Don't overbake.
- Allow brownies to cool at least 20 minutes so you don't burn your tongue.
- Serve with hot coffee or a tall glass of cold milk. Enjoy
Variations & Add-ins
- Swirl a little peanut butter or caramel ice cream topping into brownie batter before microwaving.
- Serve your brownie ala mode with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge or Kahlua.
- Mix a few chocolate chips, Reese's pieces, M&M's, toffee bits or butterscotch chips into brownie batter before baking.
- If you like nuts try adding roasted peanuts, walnuts, pecans, chopped macadamias or a combination.
Brownies in a Mug For 1
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons unbleached or all-purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 ounce chocolate, preferably dark*
- 1 Tablespoon butter or oil, melted
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon beaten egg (or egg beaters)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 ounce of chocolate equals 2 Hershey's miniatures, 4 Hershey's Kisses or about 2 Tablespoons of chocolate chips.
- Place butter or oil and chocolate in a mug.
- Microwave on medium for a minute, stir and repeat until chocolate is almost melted. Continue stirring until smooth.
- Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add egg and beat well.
- Last of all, add flour, salt and baking powder.
- Microwave on high for 50-60 seconds, being careful not to overbake.
- Cool and serve.