Peppermint Brownie Mug Cakes for Two

Mug Brownies Final 2TGIF!!

So happy it’s the weekend…except my husband is heading out to his monthly drill for the National Guard so no break for Mommy. It’s a good thing my daughter is cute, or else her mischievous acts would have driven me crazy by now. Seriously.

Need a treat to keep your sanity? I do and I think you do too!

How about one that requires no thought that is finished in 3 minutes flat? One that is fudgy, pepperminty and decadent that you can share with your hunny once the little munchkin is in bed while you watch Modern Family and Friends re-runs off the dvr. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect evening?

We thought so yesterday…

I initially came up with this idea when I found half a used brownie mix in my cupboard {leftover from this recipe}. It wasn’t enough to dirty a mixer for or turn on my oven. So, I whipped up a smidgen of brownie batter, added some peppermint extract and baked these in the microwave. Top the whole thing with a dollop of cool whip {cause we had it leftover from Thanksgiving} and some miscellaneous candy cane shards to complete this late night treat.

This turned out great considering it was baked in the microwave. Not exactly the same texture you’d get from baking it in the oven, but pretty darn close. And, it will fill that chocolate craving in a pinch.

Here’s how I made it:

IngredientsOk, so the ingredients you need are pretty commonplace…at least they are in my kitchen. Ok, everything is common except for that Cool Whip. My sister-in-law forgot one of her tubs here for Thanksgiving and I was in a pinch for something cool and creamy to top my warm brownie. Feel free to use ice cream, real whipped cream or eat it plain.

So pour out 10 tablespoons of brownie mix into a small bowl.

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Add in some oil, egg and water…mug brownies

…and peppermint extract.
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Stir the brownie batter all together until combined and then take a big whiff. Chocolate + peppermint = happy Lauren.Mug Brownies 3

Now, grab some mugs…preferably Christmas-related…and spray the suckers with some non-stick cooking spray. The cakes will taste better if you use holiday-related mugs. I promise! 🙂Mug Brownies 4

Spoon the batter evenly into your mugs and then lick out the bowl. YUM!Mug Brownies 5

A minute in the microwave will give you these beauties! They’re still moist, but completely cooked. Let them cool a minute and then flip them upside down to remove. Mine plopped right out. You might want to loose the edges with a butter knife just to be safe.Mug Brownies 7

Top with a big fat spoonful of cool whip and some crushed candy cane pieces. A late night snack in a snap! Mug Brownies FinalThat’s it! Super easy…even for those of you who think you can’t bake! Have a great weekend!

Some other recipes you might like:

Negative Calorie Chocolate Cake from Steamy Kitchen
Microwave Cake in Minutes from Make and Takes
Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes from Love Veggies and Yoga
Chocolate Monster Cakes from Lauren’s Latest

Peppermint Brownie Mug Cakes for Two
yield: 2 cakes
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10 Tablespoons Of A Boxed Brownie Mix
3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
2 Tablespoons Beaten Egg
1 Tablespoon Water
½ teaspoons Peppermint Extract
Cool Whip And Crushed Candy Canes, For Garnish (optional)

In a small bowl, mix brownie mix together with oil, egg, water and peppermint extract until well combined. Divide evenly between two greased mugs.
Microwave on high for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes or until cake starts to pull away from the sides of the mug and is puffed. (The cake should look moist still, but not like there’s any batter left.)
Cool 1 minute and remove from mug. Top warm cakes with Cool Whip and crushed candy canes. Serve immediately while still warm.


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  1. Love your Christmas mugs! This is such a great quite treat when the need for a brownie comes upon you. Which is pretty often if you’re me 😉

  2. These are going to be SO dangerous in my apartment this holiday season. You, madam, are one devious baker. I’m sold.

  3. Oh no…these look waaaaaaay too easy to make…which means I will probably make a lot of them…good-bye skinny jeans…

  4. wow, so awesome how easy this is! i love peppermint & candy canes..mmm, delish, Lauren!

  5. What a fabulous combination and oh so easy! Definitely need to whip one of these up. Delicious! 🙂

  6. This sounds fantastic! I love recipes “for two”. So tasty!

  7. Mug cakes are always so moist and soft … Its in a mug too! Perfect to cuddle up in a blanket to nom at!

  8. This looks so yummy! I cannot wait to try it. I love your blog, I am a fairly new reader but it is quickly becoming my favorite. Thank you!!

  9. I love this! I am always looking for a way to make a dessert with only one serving – then we don’t end up eating the whole pan of brownies ourselves. Awesome!

  10. How cute! What a great little thing for a cozy in-house date by the fire!

  11. These look crazzzzzy good!

    And I love things that can be made in the microwave. HUGE fan of the time savings 🙂

    And huge fan of chocolate…and cool whip.

  12. This is so clever and it looks delicious! A perfect Christmas treat for evenings in front of the fire! 🙂

  13. I made these tonight- without peppermint (didn’t have any). I ate mine right out of the mug, with whipped cream. It was part brownie and part hot chocolate, two of my favorite things! And so fast! Thanks. After a day of making gingerbread houses, and homeschool, it was perfect.

  14. HI Lauren,
    I’m so excited I just found your website and am excited to start making these amazing sounding recipe! Also, my husband is in the National Guard (I feel like we have a tiny connection :-)) Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

    • Woo-hoo! Glad you found me! And, *high five* for our husbands being in the National Guard!!

  15. I’ve been looking for a good mug brownie recipe, in which I could use some premade mix with, and I am SO glad i found this one! Wasn’t in a peppermint mood today, do I subbed the peppermint extract for some good vanilla, threw in a nice spoonful of peanut butter and chocolate chips and…omg. SO good! I was feeling extra bad (calorie wise) today so I also topped off with a scoop of coffee ice cream. This can DEFINITELY not be an every day thing, but sooooo good for the cheat day I get!

    • THAT sounds amazing right about now! Mmmmm…



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