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Microwave Brownie Recipe: Great for Emergencies

The next time you have an emergency and need a quick dessert, try this Microwave Brownie Recipe baked in a microwave. In less time than it takes to run to the store and buy a mix, you can fill your kitchen with the chocolaty aroma of scratch, fudge brownies.

several fudge brownies on a plate

How to make fresh brownies really, really fast (without a mix)!

Mix the batter. Pop in the microwave. Start to finish in less than 15 minutes. 

This isn’t gourmet stuff (translated–not so rich that one bite puts you out of commission for the rest of the day). But I promise it will satisfy any sugar cravings.

1 square chocolate browning with nuts and chipped chocolate on top

The original recipe came with directions to “cut when cold”. Good luck with that one. Be careful not to burn your fingers because you’ll want to dig in immediately.

Cooking Timeline:

  1. Mixing time: 5-7 minutes
  2. Baking time: 6-7 minutes
  3. Clean-up: How long does it take to wash 2 bowls, beaters and measuring spoons?

Watch closely the first time you make these brownies as each microwave oven cooks slightly differently.  Once you figure out the perfect time for your oven, you can set the timer and walk away.

brownies in microwave-safe baking dish ready to bake in a microwave

Why this is a good recipe for emergencies:

Nothing low-calorie about this recipe.  However, I find that knowing I can make a sweet goodie this fast from ingredients I always keep in my pantry means I don’t have to keep cookies around the house for unexpected occasions.

No reason to buy those Oreos “just in case”.  Oreos are bad about calling out to me every time I walk past them in the kitchen.  Can you relate?

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brownies on a plate

Microwave Brownies: Great for Emergencies

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These brownies are so quick and easy to make in your microwave. You no longer need to keep tempting cookies in the pantry for unexpected company.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso (optional)


  • 1/4 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped, toasted nuts (peanuts, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
  • Pinch cinnamon


  1. Blend eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla with a mixer (hand mixer works fine) about 1 minute until light.
  2. Add melted butter and keep beating.
  3. Mix in flour and cocoa at low speed just until the flour disappears.
  4. Combine ingredients for topping in a small bowl. Either stir the topping into the batter now or sprinkle on top after the batter is put in baking dish. I like to sprinkle it on top. Looks fancy.
  5. Spread into 8" square, round, or oval glass oven-safe dish. Arrange the batter with the spatula to be somewhat thicker around the edges and corners than in the middle. This helps to even out the baking.
  6. Microwave on HIGH for 5 - 7 minutes. Watch carefully the first time because every microwave is a bit different. When done, the top looks dry and springs back when lightly touched. If brownie becomes tough and chewy as it cools, it's overcooked. Food cooked in a microwave continues to cook for a minute or two after removing from the oven.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g

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Wednesday 1st of August 2012

Ah yes, I can definitely relate to your skinny secret. My version of microwave brownies is freezing leftover desserts and just knowing that I can have a steaming cookie or brownie in literally seconds is enough to sometimes keep them in the freezer long past when they should have been eaten! :)


Wednesday 1st of August 2012

Hi Erika, Yes, freezing is a good idea. At least it gets them off the countertop so you can't see or hear them calling your name. :-)


Wednesday 14th of April 2010

Ok, so I'm out of cocoa, but will get some soon as I really want try these. Oh and I don't have a glass dish that size. I'll take care of that, too. ;)


Saturday 14th of November 2009

See, once I have some cookies in the pantry I don't necessarily eat them but knowing they are there keeps me from buying cookies or pastries. For the same reason, I keep cake mix boxes in my pantry as well. Though I haven't used one in 8 months or so, knowing they are there keeps me from buying a cake.

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Thursday 12th of November 2009

I never thought that something so tasty and beautiful could come from the microwave. Thanks for opening my mind to such a new concept!


Sunday 8th of November 2009

Great recipe for my college daughter, since a microwave is the only cooking appliance allowed in the dorms. Mimi