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Brownies in a Mug and Tie-Dye!

Join us this week as we make Brownies in a Mug and Tie-dye!

Here are two different recipes to make a brownie in a mug from scratch! (Of course you can always buy the pre-mixed boxes)

Brownie in a Mug - from SimplyRecipes

Some mugs don't microwave well because there is metal in their ceramic glaze. They'll work but they may get very hot. Best to use a plain old everyday un-fancy mug. A regular 12 to 16 ounce mug will do fine.

  • Prep time: 3 minutes

  • Cook time: 2 minutes

  • Yield: Makes one serving


  • 1/4 cup flour (30 g)

  • 1/4 cup sugar (50 g)

  • 2 tablespoons (13 g) cocoa (natural, unsweetened)

  • Pinch of salt

  • Tiny pinch of cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup water (60 ml)

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) melted butter, or neutral oil

  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 small scoop of ice cream or 1 or 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream to serve


1. Add the dry ingredients to the mug and stir: Place flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in a microwave safe ceramic mug. Stir with a fork or spoon to mix well and break up any clumps.

2. Add the wet ingredients and stir: Add the butter or oil, water, and vanilla to the cup and stir until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.

3. Zap in microwave: Place in microwave and heat on high until the mixture is cooked through, about a 1 minute and 40 seconds for a 1000 watt microwave, or 1 minute 10 seconds on a 1650 watt microwave.

- You may have to experiment and adjust the time for less or more powerful microwaves. If you don't know the power level on your microwave, start with 60 seconds and increase until the brownie is done. It should still be moist when cooked through, not dry.

4. Top with ice cream! Let cool for a minute and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a teaspoon or two of whipping cream poured over.

Brownie in a Mug - from Like Mother Like Daughter

This microwave mug brownie is the perfect solution when that late night chocolate craving hits. It's a perfect quick and easy dessert that only takes a couple minutes to make!

Servings: 1 Calories: 650kcal


  • 4 TBS granulated white sugar

  • 4 TBS all purpose flour

  • 2 TBS cocoa powder

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 3 TBS milk

  • 2 TBS vegetable oil

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 TBS chocolate chips


  1. In a microwave safe mug, stir together your sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and salt.

  2. Add in the milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Stir till you have a thick paste.

  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.

  4. Microwave for 60 seconds to 120 seconds, (depending on the power of your microwave) checking after 60 seconds, then microwaving in 30 second increments, until just cooked through in the middle.

  5. Enjoy warm topped with ice cream, or whipped cream

Tie Dye Instructions

1. Decide on rubber-banding techniques (see options below)

2. Soak t-shirt in soda ash for 10 minutes.

Things to do while your shirt is soaking:

- Get out the tie-dyes and have them ready, start thinking about what colors you want and which colors mix well together. - Get out an apron and gloves and put them on!

- Get out a metal baking pan to set the shirt on while tie dying.

3. Take item from soda ash and wring out excess liquid back into the soda ash bucket.

4. Put item in metal baking pan. Try to always have the applicator tip touching the fabric so none of the dye is wasted.

5. After finished tie-dying, carefully place the shirt in a white bucket or plastic bag. Place it somewhere safe inside and let it sit overnight.

6. Clean up your mess!

7. The next day - take the rubber bands off your shirt, rinse it out (until it runs clear), wring out your shift, and then hang up to dry (preferably outside unless it’s raining.) DO NOT let it touch other t-shirts that are drying, or the colors will bleed together!

Mixing Soda Ash

It might stink or look weird, but it doesn’t go bad, so use it until you run out. (make sure that no one spills dye into it.) You want to have at least half of the two-gallon bucket ready for each day.


Dharma Dye Mixes (You could also by pre-made Tie-Dye packages)




Rubber Banding Techniques

How to Make Heart Tie-Dye

1. Fold shirt: Lay shirt onto prepared surface. Fold shirt in half lengthwise.

2. Draw heart design: Draw half of a heart on fold, using pencil.

3. Gather: Accordion fold fabric along heart outline, forcing it into a straight line.

4. Secure with rubber band: Secure with rubber band along area of gathers.

5. Apply second rubber band: Apply a second rubber band about an inch away from the first band (towards the body of the shirt). This is an optional step but allows for an additional color to be applied in the middle banded area.

6. Apply Dye: Squeeze Purple Dye onto center of heart. Squeeze a line of Red Dye around Purple Dye (between rubber bands). Squeeze Fuchsia Dye onto rest of shirt.

How To Make Spiral Tie Dye

1. Pinch and twist: Lay fabric flat on work surface. Decide the area on the fabric where you want the swirl to be. Pinch fabric at this point. Twist fabric around into a flat spiral.

2. Bind: Bind with rubber bands, creating 6 wedge shapes. Use more rubber bands as desired.

3. Apply Dye: Apply Dye on wedges using as many colors as desired, in the desired arrangement – alternating wedges, connecting wedges, etc. or use a single color.

How to Make Sunburst Tie Dye

1. Create circles: Lay fabric flat on work surface. Decide where you want the circles to be. Pinch fabric and bind with rubber band.

2. Add more circles: Continue placing circles on fabric, making as many as desired.

3. Apply dye on fabric: Be careful not to over saturate fabric. If dye is applied too close together, the colors may become muddy.

We hope you enjoy making tie-dye and brownies! Post your pictures up on Instagram or Facebook and make sure to tag @tapawingo_ny!

Miss Claire

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