This Fudgy Mug Brownie is perfect for when you want a little something sweet at night but don’t want to be haunted by a big tray of brownies on the counter in the morning. With just a handful of pantry ingredients, it’s hard to not make this mug brownie!
I think I can certifiably say that I am a chocoholic. (Hi, I’m Jess and I’m a chocoholic.) But life is better with good chocolate, and who would want to mess with someone’s good life? I’m just saying. Thankfully, I can get my chocolate fix and have a warm mug brownie in 60 seconds or less. I’m all for real cooking and making things the old fashioned way, but sometimes instant brownie satisfaction is where it’s at.
Yes, I do realize that I’m like 6 years late to the mug cake, mug brownie, mug dessert craze. But I’ll have you know that when I first made a Pinterest account (back in 2011 when it was INVITE ONLY), one of the first magical creations I was introduced to was the mug cake. Or more specifically, the mug brownie. I shopped around for a few mug brownie recipes before I settled on the perfect one. Some were too cakey, others too dry, and others blew up in my microwave. #nailedit
Now, I feel terrible by not being able to properly link to the original source. As a blogger, we always appreciate the link love. But somewhere between when I created my Pinterest (6+ years ago – how is it that long already?!?!) and 2014 when I launched this blog, I memorized the recipe. That’s right, I don’t even need to open my phone to look at an ingredient list and then mix together stuff and microwave it for 60 seconds. It’s a dangerous life I lead.
The original recipe I followed called for brown sugar, but I continually found the brownie to be way too sweet and something just tasted a little off, so I switched to granulated white sugar and the rest was history. I also usually cut this recipe in half, because although I would love to enjoy a big ol’ brownie in a mug, after a few spoonfuls I realize that my chocolate craving has been quenched.
Another recipe substitution for people who enjoy adding a little more protein powder in their lives: I swapped the all purpose flour here with Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder and I don’t think I can tell the difference in taste at all.
That being said, if you anticipate needing more brownie, keep the recipe as is and chow down on it yourself. If you’re planning a date night in, double the recipe and split it up between 2 mugs (or ramekins, which is what I sometimes use.) If you’re feeling especially lazy (read: my life, every day after I come home from work), you don’t need to mix it up in a separate bowl and spray the mug or ramekins. Mix it up in the individual mug and be 60 seconds away from pure chocolate bliss. The mug is messy, but that’s real life and real fast brownies for you!
I like to throw a little scoop of vanilla ice cream on top or enjoy this brownie with an itty bitty glass of milk. If we’re fresh out of ice cream, a little whirl of whipped cream does the trick in a pinch.
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Fudgy Mug Brownie
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips
- 1 pinch salt
- Grease a mug or ramekin with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, add flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt and mix to combine.
- Add milk, oil, vanilla extract (if using) and chocolate chips. Stir wet and dry ingredients until combined.
- On high power, microwave for 1 min 10 seconds. If mug brownie appears to be underdone, heat for an additional 15 seconds.
- Top with a scoop of your favorite ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite dessert?