5-Minute Brownie in a Mug
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 instructables.com 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)
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.
can't eat wheat?
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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Gift 'em this brownie recipe on a personalized mug
Your sweet-toothed gift recipient can make his/her own treat with a personalized gift mug with the mug brownie recipe printed on back. In girl- and guy-friendly designs.
Chew on This
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.
Where do you stand? Do you like your brownies...
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Cocoa By Mail
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.
This is an excellent brand for day to day use -- baking, hot chocolate, etc.
And this is my "secret weapon" for special guests and special recipes!
Kick it up
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?