World’s Best, Easiest, 5-Ingredient Mug Brownie

Okay, I know it’s been done to death, but this mug brownie is worth it. It’s fudgy and moist, and we share realistic tips on how to not get lumps. Only 5 ingredients! Perfect for a last minute Valentine’s treat!

World's Best, Easiest, 5-Ingredient Mug Brownie


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 ½ Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • 2 Tbsp 2% milk

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl measure out sugar, flour, and cocoa powder.
  2. Add milk and butter to your mug and microwave 30 seconds. The butter should be almost completely melted.
  3. While the mug is in the microwave whisk the dry ingredients together. This will help break up lumps.
  4. Pour the milk and butter into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Whisk until combined, 30-60 seconds.
  5. Pour the mixture back into the mug, making sure to scrape the bowl.

  6. Microwave for 60 seconds. Center should look a bit molten, but when you tip the mug the brownie should not slide around. 

  7. If your brownie slides, microwave it in 5 second bursts until it stays still when tilted. Let it cool for about 2 minutes before eating.

Recipe Notes

  •  It may seem like a hassle to use a bowl for mixing, but you will get a much smoother brownie with no lumps. Trust me, you will spend more time trying to mix it in your tiny mug and you will end up frustrated and still have lumps. 
  • You do not need to sift your ingredients. Whisking them is enough to get a smooth batter.

I have tried a lot of mug brownies out there, and I decided there’s room for improvement. There has been way too much flour in every brownie recipe I tried; we’re not making a mug cake here, folks. Also, people use too many ingredients. You don’t need a pinch of salt when you use salted butter. You can’t taste a drop of vanilla so just leave it out. I don’t care for using part of an egg because I’m never going to remember to use up that partial egg in my fridge. The good news is leaving out the egg makes these even fudgier. We’ve broken it down to the basics. You’re welcome.

My husband is a brownie addict, so this recipe is dedicated to him. It’s such a fun treat and so easy to make. I just have to exercise self control to not make it too often.

The batter fills up about half of an 8 oz mug. It is the perfect size for one person with just enough room for ice cream or whipped cream if that’s your thing.

I had to double it up because I’m a food blogger and it looks pretty intense dripping down the sides like that. Not super realistic but definitely drool worthy.

And obviously you have to top it off with some ice cream, chocolate sauce, and a cherry. I would go for some caramel and nuts instead of that chocolate sauce. Just dreaming out loud.

We don’t normally keep ice cream in the house because then we eat ice cream every day. My husband told my daughter, “Thank mommy’s blog that we have ice cream.” To which she dutifully responded, “Thank you mommy’s blog.” My whole family loves you awesome readers! Thanks guys!

Enjoy!

World's Best, Easiest, 5 Ingredient Mug Brownie – Get Hooked on Cooking – Okay, I know it's been done to death, but this mug brownie is worth it. It's fudgy and moist, and we share realistic tips on how to not get lumps. Only 5 ingredients! Perfect for a last minute Valentine's treat!

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Yum! These are no joke. They are rich beyond belief. The texture is so chewy and caramelly. You won’t believe how delicious these blondies are. The chocolate chips and ganache topping make these a chocolate lovers dream.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients

Blondies

  • 12 unwrapped soft caramels
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¾ cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Ganache

  • 6 Tbsp chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Microwave caramels and butter together in a large microwavable bowl for 2 minutes until melted. Stir until smooth. 

  2. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. The batter should be warm, but not hot. If it is still too hot you can wait for it to cool or stir in the flour to cool it down. I’ve done both and had success with either method. 

  3. Once the batter is warm, stir in the eggs. Stir in the flour if you haven’t added it yet. Stir in the chocolate chips. They may melt a bit but that just adds to the deliciousness. 

  4. Pour batter into a parchment paper lined 8x8 baking dish. 

  5. Bake at 350 degrees 25 - 30 minutes until the top no longer appears wet. The blondies shouldn’t jiggle when shaken. 

  6. To make the ganache, pour the heavy cream into a microwavable bowl. Microwave about 30 seconds, until boiling. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Spread over blondies.

Okay almond haters. Here’s the chocolate chip version for you. If don’t like chocolate or almonds, I bet these would be fantastic as a plain blondie. I love almonds too much to try them plain, and I made this version for my chocoholic husband who hates nuts. So, no plain blondies in this house.

Caramel and chocolate are a match made in heaven. The rich ganache adds the perfect amount of decadence to these. Mixing the caramel into the batter really takes these to the next level. It makes the flavor so much richer and the texture dense and chewy.

I cut these into 16 squares and I ended up cutting them in half again to serve. I’m glad I did because they are so rich they are amazing as small bites. Then I get to eat twice as many! These are a fantastic treat for a party—they are a crowd-pleaser and more unique than your typical brownie or cookie.

Chocolate Chip Blondies - Get Hooked on Cooking - Yum! These are no joke. They are rich beyond belief. The texture is so chewy and caramely. You won't believe how delicious these blondies are. The chocolate chips and ganache topping make these a chocolate lovers dream.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Blondies – Get Hooked on Cooking – Yum! These are no joke. They are rich beyond belief. The texture is so chewy and caramelly. You won't believe how delicious these blondies are. The chocolate chips and ganache topping make these a chocolate lovers dream.