The Perfect Mug Brownie

I’m sure you all know about mug recipes. I’ve been experimenting with them myself for a long time now, and some of them come out better than others. I mostly use the list of 30 recipes on No. 2 Pencil, and I try to avoid the cake ones because 1. cake isn’t a big weakness for me and 2. they usually come out spongy and unsatisfying.

So I spread out into other sites, simply Googling the recipe I’m craving, and I’ve found several. Some come out amazing, some less amazing.

I began looking for mug brownie recipes that use baking chocolate rather than cocoa powder because, in my experience, cocoa powder doesn’t have a strong enough chocolate flavor for me. My luck has been limited, but I have found a few recipes claiming to be “perfect” and I even found one that points out the flaws in other recipes.

I found two that I really wanted to try and decided to combine them. I used most of the ingredients from Claudia’s Perfect Mug Brownie and a recipe I found on Knuckle Salad had the helpful hints.

This article is old from when I first created this recipe. But I just made it again so I could take better pictures.

It’s rich in flavor, especially if you add extra chocolate chips like I did, but it melts in your mouth (especially with extra chips) and it’s delicious. I wouldn’t be blogging about it if it wasn’t incredible.

I usually use a small bowl because it’s easier to make sure you get everything off the bottom, but I had to go back to a mug this time because my favorite bowl is missing.

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Splash of vanilla
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • Extra chips (of other flavors if you want to add some caramel or peanut butter to the deliciousness)

Melt the chips and butter in the microwave (about 30 seconds, stir to melt them entirely).
Add the milk and vanilla and stir.
Stir in the brown sugar.
Add the flour and stir until just combined. Don’t over stir. According to the post on Knuckle Salad, that’s one of the big contributors to mug recipes being rubbery and gross.
(Side note: If you’re making a recipe that involves an egg, add the egg and mix before you add the flour)

Top with chips if you’re adding any, and microwave for 1 min. 30 sec.

I topped mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It melted almost instantly but it’s a nice flavor contrast. This brownie is super rich, especially if you add extra goodies, so vanilla ice cream or whipped cream helps to offset the richness.

Brownie 3

Depending on the wattage of your microwave, you may want to add an extra 30 seconds. I have a 900 watt microwave and I thought 1:30 was good. This brownie has come out different every time. The first time, it was great but the bottom was undercooked. The second time, it was too dense like I was trying to avoid. The last two times were perfect. If you’re looking for half-brownie, half-batter, then shave off a few seconds and enjoy. Otherwise, might wanna add some cooking time.


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