Brownie in a Mug

One mug, one brownie

Sometimes nothing hits the spot like chocolate. A warm, freshly-baked brownie right out of the oven is hard to resist. But having a whole pan of brownies in the kitchen can be too much of a good thing (and really tempting). I’d seen several links for “Brownie in a Mug” but hadn’t tried one until last week. It was a cold night and the idea of a warm, chocolaty brownie was just the comfort food that I wanted.

I looked at several recipes and liked this one I saw on Chow I didn’t change the recipe much, but I did simplify the instructions, switch out one tablespoon of vegetable oil for a tablespoon of egg white and reduce the sugar to lighten it up a bit. It isn’t exactly health food, but making just one brownie means I don’t have the whole pan left to eat and it really satisfies that desire for chocolate.

This also makes a nice treat for your Valentine and it’s ready in no time at all. Mine thought it was yummy, especially topped with ice cream.

Brownie in a Mug

Adapted from “Adirao” on Chow


For each serving:

2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tbs sugar

2 Tbs all purpose flour

A dash salt

2 Tbs water

1 Tbs vegetable oil

1Tbs egg white

Few drops vanilla extract


  1. In a large coffee mug, stir together dry ingredients with a fork.
  2. Add water, oil, egg white and vanilla and stir until well combined.
  3. Microwave for 60-75 seconds: 60 seconds for a more moist brownie, 75 for more uniformly done.
  4. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoon.



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9 responses to “Brownie in a Mug

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  2. Just saw this recipe on Food Press. It looks so good and great for one person. I must try it. Thanks, Judy

  3. j.

    Love the after picture! Don’t normally keep egg white on hand so I wonder if this would work with a store bought mix…

    • The original recipe didn’t have egg whites, so you can skip that and increase the vegetable oil to 2 Tbs. I don’t like most mixes because they have longs lists of ingredients that I can’t pronounce. One I do like is called “No Pudge Fudge” and is sold at Trader Joe’s. You add yogurt to the dry mix. They have a single serving recipe on the package too. I’ve made a batch with cherry or berry yogurt, a half teaspoon of almond extract and some dried cherries and it was lovely!
      I have a carton of egg whites on hand (for healthy breakfast scrambles with veggies) otherwise I wouldn’t have tried to substitute them for part of the oil.

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