Craving a sweet treat but don't want to bake a whole cake? Mug recipes to the rescue! From cakes to brownies and even cookies—you'll be surprised what you can make with a mug and a microwave!

Brownie in a mug from Shelf Cooking.

If you're anything like us, then the last thing you want to do is wait for an entire pan of brownies to bake when your sweet tooth comes calling. Plus, then you have leftovers to contend with all week. Sure, we love a good leftover… but we all know we don't need that temptation all week, right?!

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Whether you want to sneak in a midnight snack without leaving evidence behind, or you want to spice things up for your kids, these easy mug recipes are exactly what you need in your life! Plus, they're a great way to get your kids involved in baking. Fun, easy, and super quick—these babies will become a family favorite for sure.


Common mug cake ingredients laid out on counter from Shelf Cooking.

Sweet mug treats typically use the same standard ingredients, no matter what you're making. Since all of these ingredients are pantry staples, these fast and easy mug recipes are perfect for shelf cooking! Here's what you'll need.

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • 1 egg (sometimes!)
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk

Don't you love how shelf cooking-friendly these are?! Whether you're making a last-minute birthday treat for your sweetie or a secret midnight snack, use what you have and make a sweet treat for pennies that will blow your mind!


No more busting the budget running out for a treat. Bake a tasty mug cake with ingredients you already have and save some serious dough!

These single-serving cake mug recipes will satisfy those cravings with seriously little effort and in just a few minutes. Win!

Pro Tip: If your recipe calls for an egg, use the smallest egg you have or use only half an egg so your mug cake doesn't become rubbery!


Chocolate chip cookie in a mug from Shelf Cooking.

A single cookie in a mug? YES! With just a few ingredients, you'll be enjoying your favorite cookie straight from the microwave. Yum!

Want to take things to the next level? Top your favorite mug recipe with some scrumptious homemade ice cream or blender whipped cream.


There's a brownie mug recipe for every craving. These are so easy you can even take one to the office and whip it up in the break room microwave for your boss' birthday! Can you say major brownie points… 😉

Mhmm. We are seriously drooling now!


While we are usually ALL about the substitutions, they aren't typically suggested for mug recipes. If you want to try some of these common baking swaps and see if they work—we say go for it! Just know that it may not be as successful here as it is in a full-sized cake, cookie, or brownie recipe.

Not only are these mug recipes super easy and fast to make, but they're also perfect for those days when nobody can seem to agree on a treat! Let each kid pick their own mug recipe and bake it themselves. Parenting win!

Have you tried any of these mug recipes? Tell us your favorite in the comments below!

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We hope these mug recipes bake your day!