Monday, March 21, 2011

Microwave Brownie Mix: 5 Variations/1 Mix

As promised, I 'm sharing a recipe this week that I found in my box of old clippings. This sounds so practical for Spring and Summer baked treats without the fuss and extra heat in the house from using your oven. There is a master mix for the basic brownie and then the instructions for making the variations will follow :)

(***Please join me Friday for my Old Cookbook Review***)

Norma Schonwetter writes, "There's no need for buying packaged brownie mix with this short-cut technique to preparing brownies at a moment's notice." She's a food column writer (very old newspaper clipping-no idea which area of the country) who says she got this recipe while attending a food media conference. Here you go:

Microwave Brownie Mix

3 C sugar
2 C flour
2 C unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Combine all ingredients in a large reclosable plastic bag; seal. Shake until ingredients are thoroughly combined. Store mix in plastic bag or tightly-covered container. Shake or mix well before using. Makes 7 cups.

Microwave Brownies

2 C Microwave Brownie Mix (above)
2 eggs
1/2 C mayonnaise
Non-stick spray

In medium bowl combine mix, eggs and mayonnaise, stir until well-blended. Spray a microproof 10 x 6 inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread batter evenly in dish. Microwave on Medium (50 %) for 6 minutes, turning dish once. Turn dish; microwave on High 3 minutes or until surface is firm to touch. Cool. Cut in squares. Makes 18 brownies.

-Rocky Road Brownies:

Prepare brownie batter, adding 1/2 C chopped walnuts, spread in prepared dish.Microwave on Medium (50%) 6 minutes, rotating dish once. Remove from microwave. Sprinkle 1/2 C chocolate chips over top, then 1 C mini marshmallows. Microwave on High 4 minutes. With knife, swirl top to marbelize. Cool.

-Peanut Butter Streusel Brownies:

Prepare brownie batter; spread in prepared dish. In medium bowl mix 1/2 C quick oats, 1/2 C confectioners' sugar and 1/2 C chunky peanut butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Microwave at Medium (50 %) 6 minutes, rotating dish once. Turn dish; microwave on High 4 minutes. Cool.

-German Chocolate Brownies:

Prepare brownies as directed; cool. In microproof medium bowl or 1-qt. casserole, combine 20 caramels, 1 C flaked coconut, 1/2 C chopped pecans, 2 TBSP margarine and 2 TBSP milk. Microwave on High 2 minutes; stir. Microwave 2 minutes longer; stir to melt caramels. Spread over cooled brownies.

-Raspberry Liqueur Brownies:

Prepare brownies as directed; cool. In microproof medium bowl or 1 qt. casserole, microwave 1/4 C margarine 20 seconds on High or until softened. Mix in 1 3/4 C confectioners' sugar and 1
2 1/2 TBSP raspberry liqueur; beat until smooth and creamy. If desired, add a few drops of red food coloring. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate to set topping before cutting into squares.

~Recipes tested in 625-700 watt microwave; adjust times according to the wattage of your microwave~

***Book I'm Reading: Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig***


  1. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  2. mayo in brownies? Interesting....

  3. Looks delish...I have copied this into my ecipe file - thanks

  4. Thanks so much for linking to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS "CHOCOLATE", we are already enjoying over 100 recipes, so make sure to stop back by and see them all. It's gonna be one SWEET week!

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  5. They sound delicious, and easy enough for a nice treat! Love the variations!

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  7. I'm weaning myself off of my microwave, but I love the idea of having a brownie mix ready to go! Will this cook up like "regular brownies" in the oven? Any tips or tricks for that?

  8. Not sure about a conventional oven for this recipe, but it seems to me that it should work. Let me know how it turns out if you try it :)

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  10. I don't usually have mayo in the house, but I really want to keep this around... any suggestions for a sub for the mayo?

  11. An egg and oil (or applesauce!) would probably substitute nicely for mayo. I often experiment with recipes and the results are usually successful :) Good luck!

  12. You could probably substitute applesauce or Greek yogurt for the mayo as well. I really like all of the variations you have going on here. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing these on What's On the Menu Wednesday. I look forward to what you have to say next week.

  13. Thanks for linking up to the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange! Make sure you come back next Tuesday and link up another great recipe!

  14. Hi Marcia,
    This is such a great recipe. All those goodies to come from one recipe that's great. They all look so good. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  15. Thanks for sharing your frugality at my party, Marcia! In today's economy we certainly need it.

    Be sure to come back on Thursday for a feature of your blog. And I just joined you as a follower.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  16. Thanks a bunch, Liz. For years I have been at home rearing three boys (4 big appetites, counting their dad!) so frugality was important to me. I was reared by frugal parents, as well, so I had excellent teachers. I really appreciate the time you devote to hosting a swap where we can exchange ideas!

  17. This brownie is one of those desserts, you can't figure how it happened. How wonderful.

    Thanks for linking to My Meatless Mondays.

  18. Oh wow, what a great recipe! All of the convenience with none of the nasties you would get in boxed mixes. It sounds delicious and I love the variations too. Thank you for linking up to Let's Do Brunch. The linky is up again for this week, so I do hope you will come along and join in.

  19. These sound amazing! I can't wait to try them. I share a food column in a local newspaper and I think this recipe would be a real winner for everyone! So glad you shared!

  20. This is like a recipe I used to make years ago. One more variation: if you add some milk to the brownie recipe, it comes out as microwave chocolate cake.