Mug Brownie

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By now I'm sure everyone and their grandmother has seen the Dizzy Dee microwave chocolate cake in a mug. However, whenever I've made it, I've found it to be somewhat gelatinous and, quite frankly, not really chocolatey. In its stead, here's a brownie recipe that I've been using for a while and with which I've gotten MUCH better result. Note: This really is more for those of you who prefer "fudgey" brownies to "cakey" ones.

4 Tablespoons Flour
4 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder (Note: don't use cocoa mix or quik, it shouldn't have any sugar)
2 Tablepsoons Vegetable Oil (Don't use one with a strong flavor, eg olive, sesame, etc)
2 Tablespoons Water
Dash of salt
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Step 2: Microwaving

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Microwave on high for roughly a minute. You may have to microwave it longer or shorter, depending on your microwave, but the brownie should still be wet in the center when done.

Step 3: Nomming

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It's done! Let it cool, grab a spoon, and dig in straight from the mug.

I recommend adding a scoop of ice cream for maximum deliciousness.
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Deborahm312 days ago

can you do it in a oven

I'm a chocolate lover and I approve this

PhilM1231 month ago

This was really good! I guess I under-cook it a little so it's halfway between fudgy and batter-like. You can cook it for longer to have something fluffy and cake-like in texture, but remember that a microwave doesn't heat things evenly.

I see modifications on here, but they seem inconvenient(melting butter, more dishes to wash, pricier ingredients), which takes away from the appeal of a mug dessert a little bit, so here is my detailed method that has worked every time:
Add ingredients to mug in this order.

2 TBSP Water
- Microwave for 30 sec
1/2 to 1 TSP Instant coffee (Optional, but enhances flavor)
2 TBSP Vegetable oil
3 to 4 TBSP Sugar
Dash of salt
2 TBSP Cocoa powder
4 TBSP Flour
- Microwave for 1 min

Stir well after every addition with a fork. And for the cocoa and flour, stir after every tablespoon you add.
But I always cut the recipe in half because it's rich, and I'll microwave for 30 sec instead

Chocolate chips
Walnut pieces
Nutella spread
Scoop of vanilla ice cream

This was yum. Simple & gooey.

I did find this recipe a little sweet for my pallet, so in future I'm going to try reducing the sugar, or swapping it out for apple syrup (Appelstroop).

Just made this with my 10 yr old daughter. {Chocolate Attack} turned out awesome and so easy too. I used real butter instead of oil because I only had EVOO. One happy kiddo. Chocolate attack satisfied.

oswanson8 months ago

Hey guys I made this mug brownie recipe but it turned out like a spongy slimy mess, not sure why.

Here is how I tweaked it from using the comments and it turned out perfect, nice and flavorful with the best texture. These are all things you will find in your common household kitchen:

(Mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, add the liquids to the dries and stir thoroughly with a wisk then pour into an evenly portioned mug. Cook for 50 seconds in the microwave, then in 10 second intervals until its not super gooey looking.)


-4 tbs. all purpose flour
-3 tbs. cane sugar
-1 tbs. brown sugar
-1 tbs. cocoa powder
-1 tbs. hot cocoa mix
-small pinch of salt
-small pinch of baking powder


-1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
-2 tbs. milk (I used 2%)
-2 tbs. hot melted butter

I really wish I had found your comment a long time ago! So much better than the org. recipe! But try some instant coffee in there. Omg! Takes it to the next level...

yours was amazing!!!!!!!!!

haleyxerin1 month ago
Oh my god! I just made this but because I was desperate and out of cocoa so I used some double chocolate hot cocoa mix and cut the sugar a bit. I didn't realize that I used a half tablespoon instead of a full one so I had half as much but that's probably for the better lol.
cmclean51 month ago

I found it on a different website, but it was pretty good... I also found it tasted like flour, until i realized that in my rush to eat, I forgot vanilla and salt. It is also much easier to whisk it, especially if you are making larger amounts.

Thanks for the great recipe! =)

MarshyMellow2 months ago

I tried it, used the same ingredients, but added mini marshmallows, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and hershey's chocolate sauce. It. was. delicious.

Jakonator2 months ago
Just tried it and it's amazing! I probably should have waited and let it cool, though...
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VanessaL12 months ago

yumm! it tastes really good but i do have to advise that you should read the whole thing first instead of just putting in everything at once like what i did since i dont have a flair in baking (microwaving for this) i put the wet and dry ingredients in at the same time and i put it in for 2 minutes oh my it was disgusting because the sides got so burnt that it felt like peanuts! i tried it again the next day and this time properly and wow it tastes so good and so different i advise putting chocolate syrup ontop if you are craving that choclatety taste :)

kittykai862 months ago

I have tried mug brownies in the past and have not been able to eat more than a few bites because they were so bad, but after a late night hunger pang I decided to try this one and it was delicious! I ate the whole thing drizzled with salted caramel syrup and whipped cream. Thanks!

Lakitna2 months ago

I like to make a batch in a plastic container so I can make this very often without having to do the annoying stirring all the time and it's always stirred to perfection. To do this I measure in cups instead of tablespoons. My recipe is:

2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of cacao
1 cup of melted butter
1 cup of water
a splash of vanilla extract
some salt

I tend to microwave it for about 1:20 but it really depends on how much batter you put in your mug.

Protip: Add the dry ingredients first and mix those before adding the liquids. To do this easily close the lid of the plastic container and shake instead of stirring, its a lot easier :)

Protip 2: Use a (semi-) clear container so you can locate any area's that haven't been mixed properly.

pregnant lady craving chocolate brownies here. I had to try this. I was plesantly surprised. I wouldnt say its as good as taking the time to make one in the oven properly, but this will definately do in a pinch.

HannahB14 months ago

Tastes like chocolate cake! It was awesome, thank you!

Nehaj4 months ago

so im not sure about my microwave so do you'll think that i should put it for 2 minutes first and then if it is not wet in the middle then put it for one more minute and like that.. this is my first time can someone help!

this is an awesome idea!

i love it!

ccarragher5 months ago

try melted butter instead of oil

nuu7 months ago

This is one of the best mug brownies I've ever had. Thank-you. ^_^

It was delicious.

As for the posts about it being or tasting "floury", the batter needs to be REALLY well mixed. It's a pretty thick batter, but mixing it really well is the trick to making this really spectacular.

CafeBusy11 months ago
Has anyone ever experimented with substituting plain Greek yogurt for the fat (oil and/or butter)?
Yes i just did this with melted butter instead of oil. I also put 1/4 tsp of vanilla in with the water. Quite delicious. I wish I had ice cream to put on top!
ogerber10 months ago

It tasted like FLOUR!! but in some cases it was good just maybe 2 tbsp. of flour?

Gabi Girl ogerber9 months ago

were you using corn flour :P?

cnielsen31 year ago
this was so good i made an account to comment. i did change a few things, like 1 of the tablespoons i did hot cocoa mix instead of cocoa powder, instead of the oil i used melted butter, and i used milk instead of water. i also put some chocolate chips on top until they melted and spread them around till it was like frosting. MMMMMM!!!!!!coudnt have been better(but i would to 1/8 tsp of salt instead of a dash because the 1st time i did to much because it wasnt clear but other than that it was the most delicious thing ive ever had!!!)definently will satisfy your brownie craving. :D

I also made an account :P

Gabi Girl9 months ago

THE MOST AMAZING EVER! i chop and change it a little every now and again after 7days of a repetitive taste!! like i substitute the water for milk and some vanilla essence and some cocoa for coffee! pretty much anything works here. Again: AMAZING

I love it and my family loved it. It's fantabulous!!!!!!

It tastes and looks SOOOOO good!

kawaiilover10 months ago
Just tried it , my oil made it taste nasty. I think it was expired. :( but besides that it was pretty good. I loved the amount of chocolate and I loved the texture. Mmmmmmm,...... Love it,
kawaiilover10 months ago
I do this all the time when I'm too lazy to make real brownies. :)
Minecraft Freak made it!10 months ago

I loved the recipe! ave it to my dad, mom, and grandma. We all enjoyed it very much. Thanks!

horsegal111 months ago
mix reeeeeeeeeeeely well
I had high hopes from this recipe but it gave me a ducking stomach ache. Smells and tastes floury. I followed the instructions to the T but sadly, it came out horrible. The texture was not bad but the taste was. Imma try it with some variations and see if it works.
thats 2 bad.. :(
killamichi1 year ago
Best brownie in a mug that I've ever made. I drizzled chocolate syrup on top and it made it even better.
thanks 4 helping!! :)
horsegal11 year ago
Try using milk instead of water!
Add me to the list of people who signed up to comment on this. I bake a lot, especially brownies, so I think I know my stuff well enough. Just made it with the following adjustments:
-Melted butter
-Milk instead of water
-1/8 tsp of salt instead of a dash
-Added 1/4 tsp of instant coffee powder... I do this for all my chocolate baked goods, it adds a lot to the chocolate flavour and won't taste like coffee if you don't add too much.
-Scaled back the sugar to about 3 tbsp
-Added maybe 1/2 tbsp more of cocoa because I like my chocolate chocolatey
-Also added about 1/2 tsp vanilla... I thought it actually said to do that in the recipe, but got it mixed up with one I saw before, oops
-Finally, I threw some chocolate chips on top.
Anyway, it turned out fantastic, probably the best microwave brownie/cake recipe I've tried with regards to texture, possibly the best-tasting too. I would definitely not add the amount of sugar as written in the recipe, though the chocolate chips I added did of course add some sweetness. You'll have to experiment to find the level of sugar you like. Guess that just means you'll be making lots of brownies ;)
My suggestions to people who have had a hard time with it:
Add the liquid ingredients first. It will make it much easier to stir dry ingredients into wet than the other way around.
Add the dry ingredients a bit at a time, mixing between each addition. I added about 1-2 tbsp at a time.
If you're not an experienced baker enough to make adjustments, follow the recipe exactly. Since you're making such a small quantity, even adding the slightest bit more flour can throw the whole thing off. I had to increase the amount of milk I used by a little bit to compensate for the extra cocoa powder.
Mix with a fork, not a spoon! It's a lot better at getting things properly mixed and breaking up clumps.
This makes a THICK batter. Be prepared to work a little. It will take some time for all the ingredients to incorporate, but they will, promise.
Mix until it's kind of shiny and all the dry lumps are gone. Then mix some more. This instructable should really include a picture of the finished batter so people can see what it looks like. And no matter which order you put the liquid/dry in, some dry stuff WILL stick to the bottom, so make sure you churn it up good! MIX MIX MIX.
Make it in the biggest mug you have!
I suggest microwaving for 50 seconds, then 10 second intervals if it's not done. Everyone's microwave is different. Mine took about 1:20 because I have a terrible microwave.
Hope this helps someone out there!
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