I saw a recipe for the "Mug Brownie" a while back and really wanted to try it out.  Since then, I have seen variations of recipes all over the web for the "Mug Brownie" (along with other cakes I was interested in trying) and decided I just had to try this.  It seemed simple enough.  Recipes said it took about five minutes to prepare and one minute to cook.

This also looked like a fun, easy recipe to do with my girls.  So, Tuesday night after dinner, we nuked up a few.

Again, there are all kinds of Mug Brownie recipes out there--even gluten free ones!  Here is the recipe we followed.
Mug Brownie for One
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Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey's), 2 Tablespoons sugar. 2 Tablespoons flour, pinch of salt (I omitted this), 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp canola oil (you can use different oils, but do not use a strong flavor oil such as sesame.  I used vegetable oil), 2-3 Tablespoons of water

Supplies Needed:  Microwave safe mug, measuring spoons, fork

**Oven wattages vary, so cooking times vary as well.  If you use a mug with a shiny interior, you don't need to spray it with non-stick spray.

**The brownie will be HOT and the mug may be warm.  Make sure the brownie is cool before giving the mug to your child.  You could also transfer the brownie to a different dish, but eating a brownie out of a mug is part of the fun!

Love Bug mixing the dry ingredients.
What to do:
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a mug and blend with a fork. 
  2. Add wet ingredients and blend well. (The mixture will be quite thick. Add additional 1 Tbsp of water for a brownie that is less dense.)
  3. You could stir in chocolate chips, marshmallows or chopped nuts at this time.
  4. Microwave the mug and ingredients on high power for approximately 1 minute or until desired doneness is reached. (Ideally, you are looking for a partially soft center.  The brownie will cook a bit after the time is up!)
  5. Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

The Verdict:  I really had high expectations based on most of the reviews I saw online.  However, we thought they were just okay.  I made ours as indicated above and served them with ReddiWhip.  Sweet Girl said she likes the brownies I cook in the oven better, but ate all of her Mug Brownie.  Love Bug ate her brownie, but seemed to enjoy the whipped cream better.  My husband thought it tasted sort of like uncooked flour and was not really impressed, but said adding the whipped cream helped with the flavor.  I wasn't quite sure how to describe it until I saw someone else's review describing the consistency as one of those brownies that come in microwaveable TV dinners.  That's describes our Mug Brownies perfectly!  Maybe this could be changed by adjusting the cooking time.  Also, the flavor wasn't as sweet as some sites led on.

In conclusion,  I would be willing to try it again, but would mix in something like coconut and nuts and maybe adjust the cooking time.  I don't have any pictures of the ones we made because my phone battery died, but they looked very similar to the one at the top of this post. :)

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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