i have to start out by giving my husband credit for the idea of making mug brownie mix. one night as he was putting together a mug brownie for himself (a process which takes all of 5 minutes, start to eating brownie), he bemoaned that he wished it wasn’t so haaaard to make a mug brownie. after i finished laughing at consoling him, it occurred to me that others might also enjoy the opportunity to cut down the time that elapses between thinking “a brownie sure would be tasty right now” and sinking their spoon into a warm mug brownie.
a few simple tweaks were all it took to turn his standard mug brownie recipe into a ready to use mug brownie mix. since all of the dry ingredients are premixed and combined, all you need to do is melt a little bit of butter, then stir in the mix along with some water and a little bit of vanilla, if you’re feeling fancy. even my husband agreed that this was sufficiently simple.
while this recipe is equally delicious any day of the year (perhaps especially in the summer since it saves you from turning the oven on), since the holidays are here, i couldn’t help but think that mug brownie mix would make a great little holiday gift. you could either put single servings in little bags, tie them with ribbons, and present them in cute holiday mugs or you could make a bigger batch and put it in a cute jar, tied with ribbon or whatever it is that crafty people do.
i got carried away with myself and it wasn’t until i was trying to make some darling little holiday gift tags with the recipe instructions on the back and it wasn’t working that i remembered that i am not terribly crafty and this is why. i quickly abandoned any delusions of posting adorable little printable gift tags* for you and stuck to one of my strengths: taste testing. and i am happy to report much better outcomes in that area.
*people on pinterest who are not me have made some lovely gift tags and i saved a bunch of them to my “resources” board, if you’d like to pick up where i left off, you crafty person you.
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