One cup, one spoon, brownie for one

I love Pinterest, but rarely have enough free time to try any of the awesome things I find on there. I found a brownie recipe that was okay, but it just dirtied too many items in the kitchen. So I decided to use my math skills and taste buds to tweak it.

What you need:

  • 1 coffee mug
  • 1 spoon
  • flour
  • sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • vegetable oil or olive oil
  • water or milk
  • microwave

Have you ever noticed when you put water in a spoon, there is that point when it won’t hold any more and it suddenly starts spilling over? That’s how much of everything you want to put in — the max that spoon can handle of water.

How to do it:

  • 4 spoonfuls of sugar
  • 4 spoonfuls of flour
  • 2 spoonfuls of cocoa powder

Stir the dry ingredients together with the spoon.



  • 3 spoonfuls of water or milk
  • 2 spoonfuls of oil

Stir the mixture together.


Microwave for less than 2 minutes (1:30-1:45 range depending on your microwave and how it smells).

I like the recipe because:

  • No unpronounceable ingredients – I know what’s going in there
  • Portion control – It curbs a craving for sweets without having an entire 13″ x 9″ pan of brownies in your home
  • Easy Clean up – There are only 2 items to wash
  • Fast – It takes less than 5 minutes to make if you know where all the ingredients are in your cupboard
  • Memorable – I can remember the ratios really easily (4 flour & sugar, 3 water, 2 oil & cocoa)

Published by Andrea Lee Bishop

Andrea (pronounced On-dree-ah) leads Automattic's Support Leads and works in hiring. She's a fixer, traveler, mom, math geek, aspiring-polyglot, musician, and coffee lover.

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