Mug brownie: how to make a mug brownie in a microwave

A mug brownie is just the ticket if you're looking to make a gooey, chocolatey pudding in minutes

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Mug brownies are all the rage, and you know it. If you haven't seen someone making a mug brownie somewhere on the internet, we're not quite sure where you've been. But, it's okay, there's always time to learn!

This simple and deliciously gooey mug brownie requires minimal ingredients and can be prepared in the microwave, in under five minutes. It's the perfect desert for a night in, plus, when you're done, serve it with cream, ice cream, fresh fruit, salted caramel sauce or whatever else you haver to hand and you're in heaven.

Follow the steps below, then find more recipe ideas and inspiration over on our food hub page.

How to make a mug brownie

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  • Plain flour, five tablespoons
  • Sugar, three tablespoons
  • Cocoa powder, two tablespoons
  • Melted butter, two tablespoons
  • Milk, two tablespoons


1. Place all of your ingredients in your mug and combine thoroughly. Yep, that means getting right to the bottom to ensure everything is combined properly.

2. Place your mug in the microwave and cook for approximately a minute and a half.

3. Remove from the microwave and leave to stand for a couple of minutes.

4. Top with cream, ice cream, fresh fruit, salted caramel, or whatever you have to hand.

Peanut butter and chocolate mug cake

The perfect after dinner – or afternoon – snack, these peanut butter and chocolate chip mug cake requires only a handful of ingredients and will be ready in under five minutes. We're likening it to a super gooey cookie and we're confident it's going to be a hit.


  • Plain flour, 4 tablespoons
  • Sugar, 1 tablespoon
  • Baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Milk, 60 millilitres
  • Peanut butter, 3 tablespoons
  • Chocolate chips or chunks, 3 tablespoons


1. Add all of your ingredients, apart from the chocolate chips or chunks, to your mug. Use a fork to thoroughly combined, ensuring there are no lumps.

2. Add your chocolate chips, or chopped up chunks of chocolate to the mix, thoroughly combining.

3. Place in the microwave for a minute. Allow to cool for a few seconds before tucking in. 

Optional: serve with a scoop of ice cream.

Top tips to make a mug brownie from Waitrose

Waitrose employ the help of chef Rich Harris to take on mug brownies. Here's his suggested method:

1. He begins by adding a small amount of butter to a mug and placing it in the microwave for ten second to melt it.

2. Once that's done he adds two tablespoons of caster sugar, some cocoa powder and some light brown sugar to the mug. Rich Harris then mixes them together to achieve a smooth mixture.

3. For a little flavour, Rich Harris then adds some vanilla extract to his mug, along with an egg yolk and mixes with a fork.

4. Finally Rich Harris adds a small amount of self raising flour to his mug, along with a pinch of salt and some chocolate chips.

5. Place in the oven for a couple of minutes, or until you've achieved a mug brownie that looks gooey an delicious. Add a few more chocolate chips to the top and cook for a couple more minutes.

6. Leave to cool before adding toppings and enjoying – Waitrose advise whipped cream, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, marshmallows, dried fruit, or whatever else you may have to hand. We personally love the idea of vanilla ice cream.

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