Recipe: Quick and Easy Microwaveable Brownie for One

Sometimes you want a brownie, and you want it NOW. You want it chocolaty, hot, and hopefully topped with a scoop of ice cream or paired with an ice cold glass of milk. This desire for a brownie hit me not once, but twice, a few weeks ago (it had been a loooooong week), and I went on a mad online search for a decent recipe for microwave brownies (because waiting for a batch to bake in the oven was so not happening). I found one on Food.com that looked pretty good—I know that a brownie made in a cup and thrown in the microwave can’t possibly compare to a batch properly cooked in the oven, but it’s really nice to have the option to make a quick brownie when you want one. This recipe results in a fluffy yet gooey brownie rather than a dense and chewy brownie or cake brownie, and it just makes a single serving. You can make it in a mug, but I made mine in a small, microwaveable mixing bowl. I added a few drops each of peppermint and spearmint extract to make a minty brownie and topped mine with mint chocolate chip ice cream, but I’ve just listed the main, plain recipe here.

When I said I wanted it NOW, I meant it. There was no time to take a proper picture. NO TIME!

Serves: 1
Prep. time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 1-1&1/2 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 dash (approx. 1/8 to 1/4 tsp.) salt
  • 4 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (I just used Hershey’s, but the better quality you use, the better the flavor)
  • 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour
Directions
Melt the butter in a mug or small, deep bowl, in the microwave. Add the water and vanilla to the mug/bowl and whisk to blend. Add the sugar and salt and whisk to blend. Add the cocoa powder and flour and whisk to blend. The final mixture should be well blended, with no lumps (there may be some graininess because of the sugar). “Bake” in the microwave for 1-1&1/2 minutes, but no longer (too long and it’ll get burnt and dried out; a minute and 15 seconds is just about right). The brownie should be soft and slightly gooey in the middle (unless you cooked it a bit longer); it will also be very hot, so be careful. Let it sit for a minute or two before eating. Best served with a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or a glass of milk.
Simple and tasty—that about sums it up. It’s not a dense brownie square like you’d get from a proper batch of oven-baked brownies, but it’s chocolaty, gooey, ready in a minute, and you can eat it with a spoon, so it’s pretty damn delicious nonetheless.
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