Writing the Kitchen Witch series has me researching potions, teas, and spells from history but I’ve always thought that creating food and memories in the kitchen was the true magic that we can all bring to our lives. If we have the time.

The magic in the kitchen for me is always baking. There’s nothing like a kitchen, especially in the winter, with a batch of cookies baking in the oven. Or maybe on the counter cooling while a roasted chicken fills the home with memories of past Sunday dinners. 

I love recipes that take that feel and turns it into a quick substitute for today’s modern world. Kind of like magic. I’m bringing you three to your kitchen today one bowl chocolate shortbread, brownies in a cup, and fruit dump cakes.

Brownies were my to go recipe when I was a kid as my mom always had a jar of cocoa, flour, salt, sugar and eggs in the fridge. I might not be able to make something with a lot of ingredients, but I could always make brownies.

Now that I live with a man who rarely eats sweets, making a full batch of brownies means I’m eating most of the batch.  This quick microwaved dessert gives you the yummy goodness in one serving.

Brownies in a mug

  1. Use a 12-16 oz plain mug for your cooking and serving dish.
  2. Add to mug -1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, pinch of salt, pinch of cinnamon. Mix together.
  3. Then add 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix well until there are no lumps.
  4. Cook in your microwave for 1 minute/40 seconds. You might have to adjust this based on the power of your microwave, but the fun’s in the surprise, right?