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2-Ingredient Mug Brownies

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This easy Mug Brownie Recipe comes together in minutes which makes it the perfect dessert to help satisfy your craving. Fudgy, delicious, and easy to customize! Made with only 2-ingredients and ready in 5 minutes.

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2 Ingredient Mug Brownies

RECIPE FEATURES

  • 2 Ingredients: The base for this recipe is literally TWO ingredients. It does not get any easier than that.
  • Single Serving: It makes a hefty single serving or two smaller servings.
  • Easy to Customize: You can add so many mix-in items to make this more customized to your tastes (see below).

Can we talk brownies for a second? I have a deep love for those sweet chocolatey bars and they will always have a special place in my belly.

I dig homemade but am definitely not one to snub my nose at a box mix. So when I saw this cleverly titled book 50 Fixes for Brownie Mixes (affiliate), from my friend Aimee at Like Mother Like Daughter, I knew I needed to add it to my collection. The first recipe I knew I needed to make? This brownie in a mug!

50 Fixes for Brownie Mixes

MICROWAVE BROWNIE INGREDIENTS

This muI am absolutely in love with this simple small batch dessert. It is the go-to fix for when you are craving something sweet, but aren’t looking to make a mess in the kitchen. Rich, fudgy, and comforting in minutes. You just cannot beat it. Every brownie lover’s’ dream. Here is what you will need to get started:

  • Brownie Mix: You’ve got two ingredients in this recipe, and this is the one that matters most. Pick a brownie mix you know you love. And since the recipe won’t use the entire mix, keep the leftover stored in a quality airtight container (affiliate) for future brownie fixes.
  • Water: Whisking water into the brownie mix will give you that beautiful glossy batter. You can also opt to use milk in place of the water if you desire, but we find that it doesn’t make too much of a difference with this recipe.

WHAT IS THE BEST BROWNIE MIX?

You really cannot go wrong with any quality brownie mix. Our personal favorite is Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix . I mean, it is so full of chocolate flavor that you just cannot beat it. However, Betty Crocker Triple Chunk Brownie Mix and  Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix come in a close second.

Microwave Mug Cake showing in a recipe book

HOW TO MAKE A BROWNIE IN A MUG

Since the mug brownie is made without cocoa powder, AND took less than 2 ingredients and 90 seconds, I knew they it was THE recipe for me.

  1. Spray a large mug with baking spray.
  2. Combine the brownie mix and water in the mug and stir to combine , about 30 seconds with a fork.
  3. Microwave 60 to 90 seconds.
  4. Top with whipped cream, ice cream, or chocolate chips.

Hard to believe you can have a dessert ready in under five minutes, am I right? We topped ours with a little ice cream and chocolate syrup. We agreed that it gets two thumbs up.

It did turn out a little more cake like but that works for me since I prefer my brownies less fudge textured. 

Brownie Mix in a glass bowl with a measuring cup

HELPFUL RECIPE TIPS

NOTE BEFORE YOU START: This is a mug recipe that only uses two ingredients. It won’t have the same oven baked taste that the classic recipe you know and love, but comes in a very close second place. Try adding a handful of chocolate chips, spoonful of Nutella or nut butter, or topping with whipped cream.

HOWEVER, they are still amazing and perfect for a quick treat! 

Last tip, use a BIG mug or two smaller mugs.

 

What size mug do I need to use?

This makes a rather large brownie. I recommend using at least a 16 oz mug or a medium sized bowl.

My brownie came out chewy?

Microwave cooking times will vary based on wattage. To avoid a chewy brownie, start by microwaving for 60 seconds, adding additional 15-30 seconds as needed.

What can you add to a microwave brownie?

This recipe has a love/hate relationship with my readers. Some people love it, some hate it. We’ve made it our mission to try ALL of the suggestions left below and here are a few of our FAVORITE mix in ideas:
Mini Chocolate Chips
A spoonful of Nutella
Vanilla Extract
Mayonnaise – Seems weird but a heaping teaspoon gives the brownies a fudgier finish.
Chopped pieces of your favorite candy bar.
Chopped nuts.
Mini marshmallows.
Crumbled cookies (hello OREO’s!)
Top with frosting or ice cream

How do you keep the brownie from sticking to the mug?

Be sure to mist the inside of your mug with baking spray, or brush with butter. This brownie will stick to the inside of the mug if you don’t prepare in advance.

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2 Ingredient Mug Brownies

2 Ingredient Mug Brownies

Yield: 1-2
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

This easy Mug Brownie Recipe comes together in minutes which makes it the perfect dessert to help satisfy your craving. Fudgy, delicious, and easy to customize! Made with only 2-ingredients and ready in 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unprepared brownie mix
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 spoonful chocolate chips, optional
  • Ice cream or whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Spray a large mug with baking spray.
  2. Combine the brownie mix and water in the mug and stir to combine , about 30 seconds with a fork.
  3. Microwave 60 to 90 seconds.
  4. Top with whipped cream, ice cream, or chocolate chips.

Notes

See comments for great suggestions from my readers! Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Substitute the water for coffee.
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon of Nutella and 2 tablespoons water
  • Add a heaping teaspoon of mayonnaise

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 259mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 6g

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Eli

Tuesday 28th of June 2022

Why isn't there a specific amount of mix and water put in¿ Makes it much harder to do this without measurements

Jesseca

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Not really sure what you are referring to. There are specific measurements in the recipe card.

Twila

Friday 25th of February 2022

I like to put a spoon of marshmallow fluff in top. Or a spoon of Carmel (Carmel apple dip).

Jesseca

Friday 25th of February 2022

What a great idea, Twila!

Shelley

Friday 4th of February 2022

This hit the spot! I used a cheap browning mix and put in the 3 tbsp of water, about a tsp and half of mayo and about half tsp of vanilla and chopped walnuts. Cooked for 90 seconds and it was delicious! Next time I'm gonna throw in a little cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Thanks for this recipe. It's perfect for when you're having a craving!

Jesseca

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Ok, I LOVE the idea of adding cinnamon or cayenne! Thanks for the suggestion, Shelly!

Steph

Sunday 14th of November 2021

Brownie mix has vegetable oil. While I'm not a fan of using vegetable oil, nothing about this is good for us. Lol. I mixed the ingredients as written and added a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Made all the difference. Then topped it with mini chocolate chips after the 90 seconds. Perfect fix for a sweet tooth moment.

Jesseca

Monday 15th of November 2021

Thanks for the tip, Steph!

Kenneth

Sunday 18th of July 2021

ATTENTION! Cook for 90 seconds! Watch as it cooks. When it starts to bubble less, take it out! You can stop a mug cake then put it back in. Will not work!

Nutella will usually only work with the fudgy high end brands!

Mayo added is the trick! The fat and egg give it a little extra fudgy consistency.

Jesseca

Monday 19th of July 2021

Thanks for the tips, Kenneth.

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