Welcome to week three of my summer of recipes! As you can see from the schedule, this was not a planned week! I was busy Monday and Wednesday night with dance, and Tuesday night I just crashed. But last night I had a teeny bit more energy when I got home, and a craving for chocolate. I considered making a full pan of brownies, but I didn’t have the energy to go quite that far, henceforth: brownie in a mug! I knew that cookie in a mug and cake in a mug existed, but I wasn’t sure of brownie in a mug. Turns out, there are numerous recipes!
I went with the first recipe posted, Brownie in a Mug from Simply Recipes– I was intrigued by the cinnamon, and it seemed fairly easy and basic.
-1/4 cup flour
-1/4 cup sugar
-2 Tbsp cocoa (natural, unsweetened)
-Pinch of salt
-Tiny pinch of cinnamon
-1/4 cup water
-2 Tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil (NOT extra virgin olive oil, it’s too strongly flavored)
-1 to 2 drops vanilla extract
-1 small scoop of ice cream
-**Use a microwave safe mug**
1 Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in your mug. Use a fork to mix the ingredients and .
2 Add the oil, water, and vanilla to the cup and stir until the mixture is smooth and there are no remaining lumps.
3 Put the mug in the microwave and cook on high until the mix is cooked through, roughly 1 minute and 40 seconds for a 1000 watt microwave. Start with one minute to account for different power microwaves, and then slowly cook for an additional 20 seconds at a time until it is finished. The brownie will be moist still!
4 Let cool for a minute and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Changes That I Would Make
-I made no changes to the recipe (might be a first), but the next time I make this, I would leave out the cinnamon. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon and chocolate together, and the cinnamon just felt off to me. I might enjoy it more in the fall when cinnamon is the more predominant taste.
-Also, it’s not really a change, but I would personally heap vanilla ice cream on. I found that the vanilla ice cream nicely brought out the taste of vanilla in the brownie itself.
Overall, I would give this 3/5 stars! It’s quick and easy and oh-so-chocolatey. It is quite a bit fluffier than a regular brownie (I prefer my brownies dense). This would be a great starting point for someone who wants to get into baking but is afraid to take a bigger step, or for a baker wanting to try something different. Next time I might try to throw in some M&Ms or chocolate chips to lighten up the slightly bitter cocoa taste. For my first mug recipe, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!
Have you tried making any mug recipes? Any fantastic mug recipes to recommend?