Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!

Emergency Hot Chocolate Brownies


The attack came late one evening when the house was dark and we were deeply engrossed in Band of Brothers. John paused the movie and looked at me urgently.

 “Do we have any cookies?”

 The attack of the Sweet Tooth! And alas! Not a cookie in the house.  Not even a stale biscotti.

 Help was on the way…sooner or later we’d have Girl Scout cookies. Earlier that day we had placed our pre-order for Thin Mints from our almost granddaughter, Angelina. (The cutest little Brownie in the World.) 

 But that was no help in this current emergency.

As I was thinking about Angelina and Brownies I remembered an old recipe in my word file.  I copied it from an e-mail someone sent me years ago.  For such a time as this.  Brownies you make in 3 minutes, baked in the microwave in a coffee mug. Hot Chocolate Brownies!

We went into the office and dug through the computer, found the recipe and took it to the Paladini test kitchen. Ten minutes later we were back with Winters, Malarkey and company — enjoying our slightly rubbery but very chocolaty late night snack. Mission accomplished.

Emergency Hot Chocolate Brownies

4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 mug (I used an 8oz size)

Powdered sugar (optional)

Stir the flour, cocoa and sugar together in the mug.

Add the egg, milk, vanilla and oil. Mix it very well.

Place it in the microwave for 3 minutes and watch it rise!

Let it cool for a couple of minutes and tip it out onto a plate.

Cut it in half and sprinkle each half with powdered sugar. Or eat it out of the mug with a spoon.


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

7 thoughts on “Emergency Hot Chocolate Brownies

  1. I know a certain mother of four, more commonly referred to as my eldest daughter Rebecca, who will profusely thank you for this! Brownies are her favorite thing in the whole world, and this recipe is great for a mom who has just tucked her last little muffin into bed… 😉

  2. no NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! it is not right (& not safe) for me to have access to this chocolately information!!!

  3. I loved your blogs, but the brownie recipe is being printed and filed for my late night “attacks!” Thanks for the link to your blog!

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