Microwave Mug Brownie


Sometimes I feel like my blog posts really don’t need any words. Can’t a picture just say enough =)? But really, how can I tell you more than what a photo can show you? I’ve never really been one that has a whole lot to say. I’m more of a creative thinker who likes to sit back and read a food magazine or something – BUT when it comes to talking about food I really do have plenty to say. So, even though sometimes photos don’t need words I still like to add them because I can’t stop thinking and talking about food. I also can’t stop thinking about chocolate. Ever. No matter how much chocolate I have, I could never be completely satisfied with that amount. Why? It’s in my nature, I’m a female and I just always want what I don’t have =). Okay I’m mostly kidding, but really I could never have too much chocolate. I crave it everyday. It’s like my daily vitamin, antioxidants right? I don’t really eat it every day, but most days. Hmmm I think I’m on to something though, maybe those non-chocolate days are the culprit of those “bad days”. I really love chocolate (if you can’t tell) and every form it comes in. Days like today it will be 6:30 pm, just a few minutes after dinner and those dessert cravings kick in, but I’m totally feeling like I just really can’t wait an hour for brownies. What’s a woman to do? Three words. Microwave. Mug. Brownie. Yes that’s right. A brownie made in the microwave, in a mug, ready to indulge in, in just 5 minutes. It is a dangerous thing I tell you! This is what dreams are made of.

microwave mug brownie

In my opinion this MUST be served warm, and preferably covered with ice cream – which will melt all along the top surface of the brownie and flow through the gaps down the sides of this decadent delicious dessert. It tastes just like a skillet brownie warm out of the oven. Yes, it’s love. True love. Enjoy! Try your best not to make one everyday =).

Yes, this could really use some more chocolate love. Bring on the chocolate sauce!


mug brownie
microwave mug brownie


Microwave Mug Brownie

Yield: 1 Mug Brownie

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 Tbsp chocolate chips (I used half milk chocolate & half semi-sweet)
  • For Microwave Brownie Sundaes:
  • Serve with ice cream (cookies and cream, vanilla bean, chocolate or caramel)
  • Drizzle with chocolate sauce or caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt , if desired


  1. Add butter and brown sugar to a 12 oz (or larger mug). Heat in microwave on HIGH power 45 seconds, then remove from microwave and stir mixture with a fork. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Stir in cocoa powder. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until well combine. Mix in chocolate chips. Set microwave on 50% power and cook mixture 1 minute 50 seconds - 2 minutes 30 seconds (time will vary based on varying microwaves wattage, don't overcook or it may result in a tough brownie). Serve warm topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce or caramel sauce and sea salt, if desired.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Maria: Gotta try this one! March 4, 2013 at 9:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you do Maria =). March 5, 2013 at 1:34pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Your mug cake is gorgeous! I included a recipe for one in my book and now that I’m seeing your glass mug, wish I had used glass for the photos! I use glass for everything else – b/c you’re right, who needs words with the right pics :) March 4, 2013 at 11:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Averie – that is awesome! I just saw that you have a cookbook coming out – I didn’t know. Jealous =). It looks amazing, great job!! March 6, 2013 at 10:18am Reply

  • Kimberley: Wowza, my mouth is watering! It’s ok to have mug brownies for breakfast right?

    PS. Your blog is ah-ma-zing!! March 5, 2013 at 7:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Kimberley! March 5, 2013 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): Ohhh sweet heaven this looks MARVELOUS! March 5, 2013 at 7:58am Reply

  • Kelsey: These pictures are just gorgeous! March 5, 2013 at 9:27am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kelsey =)! March 5, 2013 at 9:34am Reply

  • Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such: I love that you didn’t stop at just a brownie in a mug…you took it over the top with ice cream & chocolate sauce – oozing down the mug. TDF. March 5, 2013 at 9:29am Reply

  • Angela @ Another Bite Please: who wouldn’t want a mug of that!!!!!! i can just imagine the beautiful mess my boys would make “drinking” that…fun yummy idea. March 5, 2013 at 4:16pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: Those pictures…heaven. Chocoholic’s dream! March 5, 2013 at 5:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Rachel =)! March 5, 2013 at 6:35pm Reply

  • Sandy: Just made this and it was amazing. So chocolatey I needed a glass a milk after it.
    My husband who doesn’t like desserts said it was delicious. I noticed that you did not mention where to add the chocolate chips. I assume it was just stirred into the batter and that what I did. Thanks again for another wonderful recipe. Yummy! March 5, 2013 at 5:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sandy – I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed this mug brownie! Sorry I didn’t add that in, you were right though I just mix them into the batter at the end =). Thanks so much for your comment! March 5, 2013 at 6:25pm Reply

  • Christie: I’m getting off the couch to make this right NOW! Nothing tops warm brownies w/ icecream and hot fudge. I might be in big trouble! March 5, 2013 at 9:27pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Oh man I’m going to have to have at least one of these a day! March 6, 2013 at 1:19am Reply

  • Charul @ Tadka Masala: OMG!!! That looks soooo delicious that I am sooo seriously craving for it now. And, that ice-cream with the oozing sauce on the top. Wow!!! :) March 6, 2013 at 10:32am Reply

  • Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More: I have no patience when it comes to a dessert craving after dinner either! I love this!! March 6, 2013 at 7:16pm Reply

  • anne gratton: wow! this could be trouble!! ;) March 7, 2013 at 10:53am Reply

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  • Sandy: Just wanted to let you know that I passed this recipe to about 6 people I work with who all love brownies. Jen bailed on the Angel Food Cake she was going to make for her husband for his birthday and with help from her kids made him this instead. She raved at how much everyone loved this and how easy it was to make. She is definately going to make this again. Thanks for all your dedication in sharing wonderful recipes. March 9, 2013 at 7:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sandy – that is so great to hear =)! I’m so glad it was enjoyed and even for a birthday! Thanks for sharing the recipe and for your nice comment! March 9, 2013 at 11:25pm Reply

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  • Katie: We are doing a project in chemistry where we have to instruct the class on how to make a food that’s not normal and this is what im going to do! Looks super yummy! (: April 29, 2013 at 8:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Katie and good luck :)! April 30, 2013 at 7:50pm Reply

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  • Mckenna: How do you make it in the jar without it exploding cause I wanna make them for my teachers June 2, 2013 at 8:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Use a microwave safe mug and don’t cover it. June 2, 2013 at 11:02pm Reply

  • xandra: Best mug brownie I’ve ever made. Thank you :) June 10, 2013 at 4:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you thought so :), thanks for your comment xandra! June 10, 2013 at 8:06pm Reply

  • Jaime: I had no cocoa powder, so I compromised and aimed for a blondie instead. After taking it out of the microwave, it looked right, and I was delighted. But it was deceiving, the consistency was totally odd! Imagine cutting into a super ball in the shape/size of a hockey puck. I was disappointed. :( But I will absolutely try this recipe again when I have all the ingredients. June 12, 2013 at 9:51pm Reply

  • Allison: I am just making these tonight for our pre-father’s day dinner and they are turning out deliciously!
    I love your site. Wonderful. June 15, 2013 at 5:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Allison :)! I’m happy to hear you liked this mug brownie! June 16, 2013 at 10:26am Reply

  • Carla: Woww chocolate heaven!! I just made this for my husband (it’s his birthday today!) and he loved it and I did too :) Really liked the yummy and gooey texture as well as the super rich chocolate flavor, he ate it with chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup (yes that’s how much he loves chocolate) and i had it with mint ice cream, absolutely delicious! I had to cook it for a little over 3 mins, though, but I was really careful cause I didn’t want to over cook it ;) June 16, 2013 at 5:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Happy Birthday to your husband! I’m so glad you both enjoyed this mug brownie! Thanks for your comment Carla! June 27, 2013 at 6:49pm Reply

  • Debra: Delish. Tried these when kids were out. Loved them. Thank you for sharing. July 6, 2013 at 2:58am Reply

  • Janie: Just made these and they were D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!! Thanks for the awesome recipe :) July 21, 2013 at 6:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Janie! Thanks for leaving a comment! July 22, 2013 at 11:34am Reply

  • Herra: Sounds really delish!!! I was wondering if I could put in pieces of a reese’s cup? July 26, 2013 at 1:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I think that would be delicious! July 31, 2013 at 6:40pm Reply

  • luara: did not work and was a sponge cake instead December 4, 2013 at 3:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It was most likely microwaved too long. December 7, 2013 at 10:26pm Reply

  • Evelyn Hansson: I can’t wait to try this, looks delicious! December 29, 2013 at 1:36pm Reply

  • kim: I just made this and it’s pretty good. Next time I might try to make it a little more chocolaty and I need to figure out the power settings on my microwave a little better, but the brownie tastes really good. I made a quick chocolate sauce out of chocolate chips and half and half to go on mine! January 16, 2014 at 5:09pm Reply

  • Briana W: I used your wonderful recipe and made it into a two layer chocolate cake! Thanks so much! I put it on my blog and linked this page. http://homemadehomelife.blogspot.com/2014/01/microwave-2-layer-chocolate-cake.html#more January 17, 2014 at 11:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Looks so cute! That’s so cool you made it into a little cake! January 18, 2014 at 12:15pm Reply

  • Sandra: Sometimes a girl just needs a real, true brownie, you know? When the craving strikes on me, I need one ASAP. Usually I’d go to Starbucks and get an overpriced, cakey brownie. This time, I just made one in the microwave! Genius! And it tasted just like the ones you get at Starbucks! I used all semi-sweet choco and margerine instead of butter. March 18, 2014 at 3:22pm Reply

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  • Meg: Thank you so much for this recipe!! I am pregnant with my first child and craving sweets! Every day it’s something different so it’s nice to have a quick fix without having to make a large quantity of something. Thanks for this! My unborn child and I are very happy :) July 20, 2014 at 4:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome :)! Thanks for your comment Meg! Congrats on the pregnancy! August 9, 2014 at 11:58pm Reply

  • Ellen: This looks delicious, but what if I want to halve the recipe? I don’t trust myself with the entire serving, because it will be gone STAT! Should I lower the cooking time or power? September 10, 2014 at 10:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d leave the power the same but it should cook faster since there will only be half as much so I’d reduce the time. I hope you love it Ellen! September 10, 2014 at 11:18pm Reply

  • Celeste: Is there any way to substitute the cocoa powder? I don’t have any right now but I really wanna try November 5, 2014 at 5:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The only next thing I could think of is sweetened cocoa powder and omitting/reducing the sugar. Other than that maybe more chocolate chips or something would work but the recipe would have to be altered a bit and tested. November 5, 2014 at 9:53pm Reply

  • Jun: Can you tell me your microwave specs? Like how many watts is it? So I can gauge my time accordingly. November 18, 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I got a new microwave so I don’t remember the wattage of my old one but I just start out with a shorter amount of time and add more if needed. November 18, 2014 at 10:22pm Reply

  • Anna: Looks delicious, but yikes its a lot of calories for a single serving. Maybe my husband and I can split it. January 7, 2015 at 12:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have that info but you can usually find it on sites like caloriecount.about.com. Not sure how accurate it is though. January 7, 2015 at 5:19pm Reply

  • JustMi Rutherford: May I bake this in the oven? If so, what degree? December 7, 2015 at 6:19pm Reply

  • Mae: This recipe turned out dry and not very sweet for me. What did I do wrong? I checked and I put the right amount of ingredients. February 23, 2016 at 3:05pm Reply

  • Aparna saraf: Hi..can’t I omit egg July 3, 2016 at 12:28am Reply

  • Marium: Hi. Can this be baked in the oven? If yes, then at what degree and for what duration? October 18, 2016 at 1:59am Reply

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