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2 Ingredient Mug Brownies

Satisfy that sweet tooth with these decadent 2 Ingredient Mug Brownies. All you need is a large mug, brownie mix, and water!

2 Ingredient Mug Brownies

Can we talk brownies for a second?

I have a deep love for those sweet chocolaty 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!

Recipe Features:

  • 2 Ingredients: The base for this recipe is literally TWO ingredients.
  • 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).
50 Fixes for Brownie Mixes

I was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of recipes included in this book. There is everything from brownie pancakes, brownie ice cream, brownie milk shakes, and MUG BROWNIES.

Basically what I’m saying is that you need to head into Costco or some other bulk warehouse and buy a bunch of brownie mixes so you can be prepared to make at least a dozen of these treats.

What You’ll Need:

This mug brownie with brownie mix is every chocolate lovers dream. Easy to make and minimal ingredients. Below is a quick breakdown. For measurements see the recipe card below.

  • Brownie Mix: Pick your favorite. This is where 99.9% of the flavor is going to come from so I suggest picking one that is super rich.
  • Water: Regular ol’ H2O.
Microwave Mug Cake

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.

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Combine the brownie mix and water in a mug. Mix to combine.
  2. Microwave 90 seconds.
  3. 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

Mug Brownies Tips and FAQ’s:

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 has. 

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


What is the best brownie mix to use with mug brownies?

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.

Mug brownie recipe mix-in ideas:

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

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

2 Ingredient Mug Brownies on One Sweet Appetite

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2 Ingredient Mug Brownies

2 Ingredient Mug Brownies

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

Satisfy that sweet tooth with these decadent 2 Ingredient Mug Brownies. All you need is a large mug, brownie mix, and water!


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


1. Spray a large mug, or two small mugs, with cooking spray.
2. Combine the brownie mix and water into the mug. Mix to combine.
3. Microwave 90 seconds.
4. Top with whipped cream, ice cream, or chocolate chips.


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

  • Substitute the water for coffee.
  • 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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Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Not sure where I went wrong. I did the directions...sprayed the cup, mixed dry brownie mix with...I did the tsp of Nutella and 2 TB of water. I put it in for 60 seconds and it was still raw. I put it in for a little longer (30 sec max) and it still wasn't the way it should be. I gave it a try anyway and topped it will a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It ended up being really chewing and got hard...too hard to eat. It seems that it may be over cooked, but yet wasn't cooked enough. It still tasted good, as I'm not real picky with chocolate. I will definitely be trying again, but I might need some tips on what to do diffrrently. My microwave is 1100


Thursday 21st of January 2021

We've found that some box mixes don't work well with the nutella mixed directly into the cake. We have started heating the nutella in the microwave and drizzling it over the top and then adding ice cream. It also will have a slightly different texture, but it shouldn't be hard and chewy. I'll test this version again today and see what I can figure out for you.

Barbara Orth

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

My brownie turned out like tar. It was not burned; just nearly inedible with the consistency of tar. What did I do wrong? I followed the directions of water + mix.


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Hi Barbara. I would love to help troubleshot this. Can I ask what brand of mixed you used? I'd like to try it myself so I can better understand what happened.


Sunday 25th of October 2020

Almost too easy! It really is foolproof! I used cold coffee on place of the water and topped with a scoop of ice cream! Oh the possibilities are endless!


Monday 26th of October 2020

YES. I love the idea of using coffee in place of the water!

Harmony Williams

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Adding 2 T dark Cherry pie filling made this already great brownie very special! Thank you so much for this recipe 💖


Thursday 30th of July 2020

YUM! We can't wait to try this. Sounds delicious!


Friday 10th of July 2020

Hi! any idea about calorie count?


Friday 10th of July 2020

Sorry. I couldn't be sure. It will depend on the mix used. I'd check the back of the box and calculate it out that way.