Introduction: 2 Minute Brownie

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Do you ever have that sudden chocolate craving? And you have to have it? Right at the moment? Because, same!

This is the simplest brownie recipe you will come across. The lesser the prep time, the better.

I hope you enjoy it!

Let's start!

Step 1: You Will Need

For a single serving, you will need:


• 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
• 4 tbsp powdered sugar
• 2 tbsp cocoa powder
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• less than a pinch of baking soda


• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 tbsp water

Step 2: Put Together the Dry Ingredients

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Simply grab a microwave-safe cup and put in all the dry ingredients and mix.

Step 3: Add the Wet Ingredients

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Step 4: Mix and Microwave

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Mix with a fork; make sure you reach that gooey state and no powder is left.

And microwave it for a minute. It depends on the power. So keep an eye. If it is still gooey after a minute, give a further round for 15 seconds or so. Basically, you want to microwave till when you touch the surface, nothing comes off. And again be careful not to overcook

Step 5: Done

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Enjoy the moist goodness!


scoobs123 (author)2017-02-22

The greatest way to make brownies when you are running a bit late.

P.S. I eat these for breakfast

Hafsah Aamer (author)scoobs1232017-02-26


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Hafsah Aamer (author)scoobs1232017-01-29

I am glad you liked it. Thanks.

pachytrance (author)2017-01-18


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JenjaP (author)2016-12-22

Great, cool.

Hafsah Aamer (author)JenjaP2017-01-29

Thank you.

Austin2003 (author)2017-01-25

This is very good I would recommend 1 1/2 cocoa powder though

Hafsah Aamer (author)Austin20032017-01-29

Definitely. Thanks.

megg (author)2017-01-29

Wow, this was great the first time, thanks for sharing! I tweaked the following:

- reduced sugar to only 3 tbsp

- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence to make up for less sugar

- pinch of salt

Hafsah Aamer (author)megg2017-01-29

Thank you for your comment!

2937214 (author)2017-01-12

I love it just like I love you

Tatumreader (author)2016-12-15

This worked really well! My only suggestion is that it's a little dry, but otherwise it was great! All microwaves are different so I only had it in for 30 seconds. Thank you for this recipe it's delicious!

Hafsah Aamer (author)Tatumreader2016-12-15

It's always a pleasure!

Unfinished freedom (author)2016-12-15

did a trial run today..brown sugar, vanilla, added.

30-30-15 seconds. delicious.

I am glad you liked it!

Tatumreader (author)2016-12-15

This is delicious thank you!!!!!!!!

Hafsah Aamer (author)Tatumreader2016-12-15

Pleasure! :)

cmptrgy (author)2016-12-13

What power level is to be used in the baking process??

Hafsah Aamer (author)cmptrgy2016-12-14

Any power level can be used. More the power, lesser the cooking time. So start with 30 seconds and keep a check on it every 15 seconds. If it is still gooey, give another round maintaining a check that it doesn't overcook.

tahreem jatoi (author)2016-12-13

Hafsah ! Iam used to make it usually but the problem is that my cake is not that much soft !!!

Is it overcooked? A longer time in the microwave causes the brownie to overcook and come out hard. As someone mentioned below, that my power might be lesser than the other's, their cooking time is lesser. So when you try it again, you should keep an eye on it and check after every 15 or 30 seconds.

Is it otherwise? The ingredients and the procedure always produces a moist piece for me. Make sure you have followed everything to the fullest and not altered or left out anything.

Thanks for your reply Hafsah ,i will try above mentioned suggestion !!!

billie.nenninger (author)2016-12-13

Will try this when our grandchildren come to visit, sounds perfect for them to experiment with! Thanks

It's a pleasure! :)

kiwipommiegirl. (author)2016-12-13

Must try this,thanks for the recipe Hafsar,and Merry Christmas!


Carol Wagner (author)2016-12-13

For a low fat version, you can sub apple sauce for the oil. (you can do this in any recipe actually!)

struno (author)2016-12-13

This looks like a great gift idea for bus drivers and/or teachers... provide the mug and a baggie of dry ingredients, and tie a ribbon on the handle with instructions and a list of wet ingredients needed. Thanks for this!!!

Hafsah Aamer (author)struno2016-12-13

Yeah totally! :) And yeah, it's a pleasure.

emmer (author)2016-12-13

I have also made cake-in-a-cup for sale and as gifts. I have found that at microwave speeds, the leavening--baking powder or soda--doesn't have time to work. so I don't bother with it. I add nuts, if using, about 1/2 of the way thru "baking" so that they stay at/near the top.

one possible cause of dryness, other than accuracy in measuring, is the flour itself. there is a variation in moisture level in various flours, depending on age and storage conditions, etc. for example, if you use soft white (whole) wheat, you need to allow a few minutes for the flour to absorb the liquid or the product will seem dry.

I agree with the suggestions for using milk or cream to make a richer product. of course the original version could be considered "diet" brownies. perhaps that would be a plus after the holidays. :-)

happy chocolating! emmer

Hafsah Aamer (author)emmer2016-12-13

Best! Thank you for the comment.

EthenC made it! (author)2016-12-10

That was pretty good! It came out a little dry for me, though I microwaved it in 15 second intervals. Other than that though, great tutorial and brownies!

dotmom61 (author)EthenC2016-12-13

It seems like it could use just a tad more fat. Some cream or milk would probably do the trick instead of water. I was also thinking that if you made two of them, you could beat an egg and divide it between them.

I haven't tried any of those suggestions yet, myself, but it's something to experiment with if you like your brownies ooier and gooier! :-)

Hafsah Aamer (author)EthenC2016-12-10

Thank you for your comment. To be honest, I am not really sure what happened that caused that dryness. I have worked on this exact recipe several times, and each time it comes out moist. So you may go back and double check whether you didn't miss out anything. Thanks, again. :)

gardenwife (author)Hafsah Aamer2016-12-13

Microwave oven wattage can vary from model to model, so it could be Ethen's microwave is more powerful than yours and doesn't require as long as cook time as yours did. How densely the flour and cocoa were packed during measuring would make a difference, too.

bmayhew (author)2016-12-13

I've never used the baking powder or baking soda. I may have to try that! Your 'ible is great!

Try these variants:

- Add a splash of vanilla

- Use butter instead of oil and/or milk instead of water.

- Add a pinch of sea salt, either in the batter or just after cooking.

- Add a pinch (or more, to taste) of cayenne pepper

- Add a bit of instant coffee, or use prepared coffee in place of water

- Some folks may like cinnamon in their chocolate, I do not, but I don't judge

- add nuts

Some things I learned the hard way: gluten-free AP flour does not work, and any attempts at adding marshmallows to make a "rocky road" brownie come out a gooey, inedible mess.

Hafsah Aamer (author)bmayhew2016-12-13

Thank you for your comment! No wonder, a great difference can be made by slight variations. Thank you for those too.

TheUselessGamer (author)2016-12-11

This is a great recipe! It was delicious. :)
But instead of water, I used milk.

Thank you. I am glad you liked it.

nanaverm (author)2016-12-11

I've been making "cake-in-a-mug kits" for sale and gifting, using commercial cake mixes + homemade pudding mix + dried egg white. This is very similar, and I'm glad to have your DIY recipe for brownies.

To make it easier, 4 Tablespoons = 1/4 cup. Also, I found that it's easier to mix if the liquids go in the cup first. And pre-greasing the cup may result in easier cleaning of it afterwards.

Thanks for your recipe!

Hafsah Aamer (author)nanaverm2016-12-11

Thank you for your tips. And definitely your comment! :)

metaliste (author)2016-12-11

Tried it today, in the end i had to make a whole bunch for the family. Awesome recipe, thanks Author!

Hafsah Aamer (author)metaliste2016-12-11

Honestly, this made my day. Thank you for your comment.

zposner (author)2016-12-10

looks tasty

Hafsah Aamer (author)zposner2016-12-10


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