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A Year of Slow Cooking

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Brownie In A Mug CrockPot Recipe














Day 248.

It's like it's hot chocolate... but it's a brownie! in a mug! baked in your crockpot!

Melba emailed me yesterday with a brownie-in-a-mug recipe, and I knew the second that I opened the email, I was going to have to make it. Right then and there.

But in the crockpot.

The Ingredients.

--mugs. I fit 4 mugs inside of a 6 quart crockpot. Don't pick fancy-schmancy mugs--use the ones that you don't think twice about throwing in the dishwasher or heating up in the microwave.
--your favorite brownie mix
--the stuff your favorite brownie mix tells you to use

The Directions.

Mix up the brownie mix according to the directions listed on the package. I used the new gluten-free brownie mix from Trader Joe's.

(psst. I did NOT spray the mugs first with cooking spray. You might want to. They're kind of a pain to clean.)

Spoon brownie mix into each mug, filling it about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way. The brownie mix I used only makes an 8 x 8 pan, so each of my mugs were 1/2 filled.

Put the mugs in the crockpot.

Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 to 3 hours.

Our brownies were finished at 2 hours, 15 minutes (see note down below). You will know they are fully cooked when they have risen, pulled away at the sides and you can insert a knife and pull it back out clean.

Unplug the crockpot, and let the mugs sit with the lid off. They will be TERRIBLY HOT. Don't get burnt. Leave them alone for a bit before removing.

When the mug is coolish to the touch, top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

The Verdict.

Perfect! A wonderful, fun dessert that we all enjoyed, and that will evoke fun memories for the kids. We had a ball sitting on a blanket in front of the TV eating our "hot chocolate."

This was a really fun idea, and something I will do quite often, now that Melba gave me the heads up!

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added 9/5/08 2:08 a.m because I totally have insomnia after eating so much chocolate...
GO see Amie's hysterical video about making brownies in a crockpot. It will complete you.
Life with the Boys CrockPot Brownie Video. Amie used Duncan Hines Brownie Mix---it is thinner and it makes more than the batter I made up with the TJ's GF mix; therefore the longer cooking time.

61 comments:

buy penny stock said...

its good to know about it? where did you get that information?

kelly said...

OMG, you rock!

Jodi said...

All I can say is.....YUM! This is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" Well, that's because I'm not the CROCKPOT GODDESS!! I am SO making this for me and hubby's date night! :-)

moniluvsya said...

All Hail the CrockPot Queen for posting something the chocoholics will swoon over!
I cant wait to try it.
thank you so much!

Zoe said...

What a cool idea!! I know the kids will love this.

kelly gibson said...

aagh! this is brilliant. wish i had had this yesterday... i made brownies in cupcake tins and they're all like "edge" pieces, and i'm more of a "middle" girl.

Gretchen Magruder said...

Oh.My.Goodness. If I didn't have to go to work I'd make them RIGHT NOW!!

Beth said...

Ack! Love it! It is so nice to try an "oldie" in a new way. Thanks CrockPot Diva!

Beth said...

Ack! Love it! It is so fun to try an "oldie" in a new way. Thanks CrockPot Diva!

Kris said...

What a great idea! I think I'm going to try this tonight!

I only have a big smart pot - should I put it on Hi or Low?

Thanks for great ideas every day!

Steph said...

What a great treat this would be on a winter afternoon! I can't wait to try.

SaraK said...

Yum!

Michelle said...

She Scores again with her loyal blog fans...thanks Steph and Melba!!!

Lizzybee said...

This will be so cool to make! Thanks for the idea!

Jessica said...

I agree, this looks awesome and perfect for the fall weather to come!

Blakely said...

Sounds like something fun to make on a weekend.

Leeser said...

Wow, how neat! I am going to try that!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Can't wait to be "Cool Mom" for making this tonight. THANK YOU!

Leann I Am said...

I MUST make this one! What a great thing to bribe the kids with in the winter!!!

THANK YOU!

KT said...

These look fabulous. I love how many desserts/candy you have been able to create in the crock pot. I'm impressed with how clever you've are with this little project.

I left you an award on my blog if you would like to check it out:
whatktreads.blogspot.com

Carol Beth said...

Oh, man. I am new to your website and have already tried three of the recipes, all successfully (as long as I followed directions, anyway). This one? Ugh, how can I NOT make this one?????

Jennie said...

That sounds delicious! I can't wait to try this.

I just found your site through Woulda Coulda Shoulda and I am hooked!

Anonymous said...

This is how I made your cheesecake recipe, since mugs were the only heat safe dishes I could find in my kitchen that fit in my 4 Qt crock. Even my ramekins were two big to fit more than one at a time! I made a 1/2 recipe of your cheesecake and divided between 2 mugs.

Sara said...

seriously! How did you know I was craving gooey chocolate today!

Molly said...

Oh my gosh...joyful food for PMS!!!

Robyn said...

Okay, thanks to Blondie for sending me to you through Works for Me Wednesday. I will be trying out your recipes, they look so good! Love this fun idea for brownies in a mug!

spartangogreengal said...

Would this work for cake? I dont' have brownie mix, but i do have cake mix! i'd love ooeey gooey something.

Connie said...

This sounds too awesome!!! Thanks to you and Melba!

Amie said...

Ok. You have redeemed yourself from the Haggis and the I-hate-tomato-soup posts. ;) Brownies are pretty much my favorite thing in the world next to my wedding ring and peanutbutter--no wait, nope, I think they top peanutbutter too. I'm sprinting to my kitchen to make this. Now. In the crockpot. =)

Anonymous said...

This blog is amazing! And I read a lot of blogs and just stumbled across this one. As soon as I hit publish your comment. This is being added to my favorites. Thanks so much and congrats on this endeavor

Crockpot Lady said...

thanks, you guys! this was a really fun dessert for the kids. They hugged me a lot---and then did a cartwheel show cuz they were all hopped up on sugar...

:-)

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I can't wait to try this one with my kids! My husband is a huge brownie fan so he will probably get a kick out of it too!

Marci Knecht said...

I love that idea! Now that the weather is getting colder here this will be a great recipe. Good call!

Pennies In My Pocket said...

OK, WOW and YUM! I cannot wait to try this!

I just posted our favorite crock pot recipe...SUPER easy, Cranberry Chipotle Turkey. It's beyond fabulous. I thought I'd let ya know since you're the queen of the crock pot...not that you need any more recipes! lol

:-)

Mommy, the Human Napkin said...

Genius! I have to try this one soon!

By the way, I made the recipe for Thai Curry and it is super yummy! I'm definitely making it again. After I try the Indian Curry, that is! :)

Anonymous said...

Yum, I love Trader Joe's GF Brownies I can't wait to try out this recipe!!!

Lisa said...

Great idea!

Hippie Mama Kelly said...

I'm making this right now!!! Thank you so much. This blog is the best!!

Hanna said...

If you love this and arent opposed to using something other than a crockpot Gloria Hander Lyons has a whole book she sells on bluesage press called desserts in a mug and it tells how to make brownies, blondies, cookies, muffins, cakes, pies and all kinds of goodies in a mug, in the microwave!! single serving desserts that are delicious and so fast to make!

The Momster said...

This reminds me of this recipe gift thingy my daughter gave the teachers at her school one year for Christmas - cake in a mug... now I need to dig around and find that recipe! How cool - brownies! All nice and warm after I finish cleaning ala the crockpot!

Clair said...

Yum-o!! Thanks!

Stephanie said...

That is such a fun idea! I think that is so awesome - no wonder you had to try it as soon as you opened the e-mail. Next time I buy brownie mix, this is how I'm making them!

Anonymous said...

I saw the posting today and lets just say my brownies have been in the crockpot for the last 45 minutes...can't wait to try it!

Michelle said...

If only we weren't in a major heat wave right now, the idea of warm gooey chocolate would sound amazing! Maybe I'll try this one when it is cold outside and we need some warming up from the inside-out.

Marita said...

Ohhh yum. I am so trying that out.

Amy said...

OMG!! These look FANTASTIC! I can't wait for the weather to cool down here!

Anonymous said...

I made this last night, because I had the truffle brownie mix from Trader Joes, and well...I could!

It took about 2.5 hours for mine to cook. At least 30 minutes to cool down to the point where we could eat it. My "smart pot" only held 4 mugs, and when I was eating my brownie goodness, all I could think of was that I was eating 1/4 of the whole brownie mix. Which in this case meant 1/4 of a stick of butter.
I too had insomnia from all the chocolate - maybe eating this at 10:30 pm wasn't such a great idea? So, there are my lessons learned, but I will definitely do it again, maybe with smaller cups. I have some custard cups that might work well.

CL

Sisters Savings said...

I love your website sooo much! This recipe really grabbed my attention.. My small children love anything in a mug, so this is a perfect surprise! Thanks so much!

mama of 4 said...

yay! awesome, I'm making this right now! And some "apple pie a la mode" ice cream...I can't wait till desert!
I loveeee your website!

Kathy said...

Tried these,they were awesome. Warm brownies and melty vanilla ice cream.........Thanks!
Now I want to make "coffee cup" cheesecakes and mini pies

erinsdaycare said...

made these the other night. Cooked a bit too long, once the sides peels away a bit the were a bit stuck on the bottom. Probably about 2 1/2 hours. Next time would take them out 15 minutes earlier. Kids loved them!!!

Our Family said...

Yum! After much success with the five layer brownie recipe, we had to try this one also. This will surely become another favorite around here. I posted about this recipe and your site on my blog. http://gilcherfamily.blogspot.com/2008/09/yum-brownies_18.html
Thanks again for all the great ideas!

Sarakate77 said...

SO the best treat ever!!!! We all loved this, and it was even good as "leftovers"... just heat the mug up in the microwave for a little bit!

Sara said...

We just made this tonight and they were amazing. Thanks so much, I think we have a new family favorite dessert.

Ashley said...

We had this last night after trick-or-treating. The kids thought it was really cool and they were quite good! Spraying the inside really eased clean up. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! My 22 mo daughter & I made these for a family Valentine treat yesterday. It was a huge hit. We (I) learned an important lesson: the mugs have to be in full contact with the bottom of the crockpot! I crammed 5 mugs and didn't realize that doing so elevated the mugs slightly. So only one cooked, once I took that mug out, the rest cooked relatively quickly. Yum.

Baby Gift Baskets said...

We are so trying these this weekend. I just traveled out of town where there is a Trader Joes and got this mix.... thanks for the idea.

Kari said...

I came across this recipe last year as my husband and I were expecting our first child and wanting to create new family Christmas traditions. We get the brownies cooking on Christmas Eve while we go to church and eat them afterward with peppermint ice cream as we open gifts. I'm especially looking forward to making them next year when our son is old enough to try them! Thanks for a tradition that will stand the test of time!

Katelyn B said...

Can anyone say portion control? For those of us following a diet, this was SO perfect for me!!!!!!!! I was able to have the whole cup of brownie, fat free vanilla ice cream and cool whip for a perfect 8 point dessert that I DIED over!

This is perfeect. Thanks!

Dana said...

I did this during a snow day this winter and the results were awesome. My husband was amazed he had the guys at work asking questions on how I did it.

Barb said...

Super idea I wonder if you could put foil around the base of the cups for easier no burn your hands removal? You'd be able to reuse the foil pieces since they wouldn't touch any food.

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