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Brownie-in-a-Mug Recipe

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by Ren (subscribe)
I'm a London-based freelancer who writes about costume design, performance art, pop culture deconstructions, literary evaluations, reviews and bucket lists on my blog Diary of a Self-Confessed Nerd
Published November 8th 2012
A super quick, novelty dessert recipe
This was a recipe that a friend shared with me, I tried it out when I had a spare five minutes between cooking meals and found that it really is a quick and very simple recipe that is great in the winter and for novelty party/gatherings. I thought it was fitting and now a possibility for the Christmas dessert menu because of how easy and quick it is.

As a bonus, it is also very filling and can definitely be enjoyed with a spoonful of ice cream or double cream on top.


30g butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
50g granulated sugar
15g unsweetened cocoa powder
50g all-purpose flour


1. Firstly ready a 12oz mug; melt the butter in the microwave (should take about 15-20 seconds), add the water, vanilla and the pinch of salt. Once in the mug whisk well with a fork.

2. Sieve the cocoa powder into the mug and whisk until one fine mixture. Add sugar then whisk once more. Finally add the flour and mix until a thick paste.

3. Place the mug into the microwave for 60-70 seconds (my microwave was 1000watt, so adjust accordingly. The very middle should be molten and have the general consistently of a normal brownie. Be very careful not to overcook.

4. Add any extras that you want (ice cream, double cream etc.) and enjoy your mug of brownie with a spoon or fork, but be very careful as it will be very hot.

As always, if you have enjoyed the recipe or have any questions, please comment and tell me what you think!

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Your Comment
Sounds brilliant, I can't wait to try this.
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1779) 1955 days ago
Oh my god, great idea! However, since I don't have a microwave at home, just wondering if this still works if you steam it?
by Chrissy (score: 1|32) 1937 days ago
Can you tell me where the butter should go in ?
by Barry (score: 0|2) 1960 days ago
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