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Small Batch Brownies

February 22, 2022

Real talk. If there’s an entire pan of brownies in my kitchen, I’m going to eat an entire pan of […]

Real talk. If there’s an entire pan of brownies in my kitchen, I’m going to eat an entire pan of brownies. You too? I get it and you’ll be happy to know I’ve solved the problem for the both of us. I present to you the very best small batch brownies complete with deliciously fudgy centers, chewy edges those crispy, crackly tops we all know and love. These brownies are PERFECT!

squares of small batch brownies cooling on wire rack

It’s no surprise that I love brownies. {because chocolate, duh.} So much so that I devoted an entire week to brownies over on Instagram this month. Hopefully you didn’t miss out on my easy and delicious M&M’s Brownies or these decadent Frosted Shortbread Brownies. If you love your brownies in cake form {and who doesn’t??}, you’ll definitely want to add this Chocolate Cloud Cake to your baking list.

But at the current moment these ooey, gooey, perfectly chocolatey small batch brownies are all I can think about. They are life-changing I tell you!

close up of small batch fudge brownies

Why are these small batch brownies so good?

Your sweet tooth is calling and it wants brownies! These brownies are made in a loaf pan and take about the same amount of time to make as a box mix – but they’re 1000 times better!

  • Easy to make. These brownies come together in minutes with just one bowl and one egg. No need to break out the mixer. They’re super easy – and super delicious!
  • Made with simple ingredients. Just 7 ingredients and a loaf pan stand between you and a batch of these rich, fudgy brownies!
  • The perfect dessert for two. This no fuss recipe bakes up 8 small squares or 6 larger squares. Perfect for sharing!
sliced brownies topped with sea salt

Ingredients you need

We made this small batch brownie recipe with the same ingredients you’ll find in your favorite brownie recipe. Remember, a good brownie is only as good as the ingredients you put in them – so reach for the highest quality chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla you can find. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla
ingredients for small batch brownie on marble countertop

How to make small batch brownies

Brownies are one of the easiest desserts to whip up at home and you don’t need any fancy equipment. Just follow the step-by-step guide below and you’ll be enjoying a warm batch of fudge brownies in no time!

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9 x 5″ loaf pan with non-stick baking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter together over a double boiler or in the microwave at 50% power. The mixture should be smooth and shiny.
  3. Once melted stir in the granulated sugar and brown sugar, mixing until well combined. Set aside to cool slightly. About 5 to 8 minutes.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
  5. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder (and salt if using unsalted butter). Fold the batter with a spatula, being careful not to over mix. Stop stirring when a few streaks of flour and cocoa remain.
  6. If adding chocolate chips, fold them in now.
step by step instructions for making brownies with bowl and whisk
  1. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula.
  2. Bake for 18 -20 minutes or until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted and inch or two from the side of the pan comes out with just a few crumbs remaining.
  3. Cool the brownies on a wire rack before slicing into squares. Or eat them warm straight from the pan!
small batch brownie batter in loaf pan before and after baking

Variations

The best part about these brownies is you can customize them any way you like. If you love a really decadent brownie, follow your sweet tooth and try one of these variations.

  • Add 1/4 cup semi-sweet or mini chocolate chips
  • Mix in 1/4 cup chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts
  • Swirl the top with 1/3 cup Nutella
  • Sprinkle the top with M&M’s candies or mini peanut butter cups
  • Dust with sifted confectioner’s sugar just before serving
  • Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and hot fudge!
stack of fudge brownies on wire cooling rack

How to store brownies

The whole point of this recipe is that there are no leftovers. If you do happen to have a few morsels left over, store the brownies tightly covered at room temperature for maximum freshness. For a fudgier texture, store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

You can also freeze the brownies tightly wrapped for up to 3 months. Enjoy them cold (yuummm!) or defrost at room temperature before serving.

small batch brownies in 9 x 5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper

FAQ’s

Can I double the batch?

Yes! You can double the ingredients and bake the brownies in an 8 x 8 inch pan. You’ll need to increase the baking time to about 25-28 minutes. Keep an eye on your oven and remove the brownies when the edges are set but the center is still slightly under baked. For cakey brownies, bake a couple of extra minutes.

I only have an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. Will that work?

Absolutely! The brownies will be slightly thicker and will take an extra 2-3 minutes to bake.

Can I use regular unsweetened cocoa powder?

Yes. There is no leavener in this recipe so both regular and Dutch-process cocoa powder will work.

How many servings does the recipe make?

Think of this small batch recipe as your own personal size pan of brownies. Cut them in half or in 4, 6 or 8 squares. Or slice them in tiny bite size pieces for a fun ice cream sundae topping.

8 squares of fudge brownies on cooling rack

I hope you love these small batch fudge brownies just as much as we do! If you make them, don’t forget to leave some love in the comments below!

Happy baking brownie lovers!

If you love small batch recipes, try my Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two!

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Small Batch Brownies Recipe

  • Author: Heather Mubarak
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 squares 1x
  • Category: Brownies & Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Rich, fudgy small batch brownies made in a loaf pan with just 7 simple ingredients. This foolproof recipe is the perfect dessert for two!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate bar)
  • 1/4 cup (57 g) salted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup (92 g), minus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (24 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 tablespoons (10 g) Dutch process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional
  • flakey sea salt, for sprinkling on top

Note: If using unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the batter when you add the flour and cocoa powder.


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with non-stick baking spray and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper. Allow the edges of the parchment to hang an inch or two over the edges of the pan for easy removal of the brownies once baked.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler on low heat. Stir frequently until smooth and shiny. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave in 30 second increments at 50% power.
  3. Once melted, add the sugars and whisk until well combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk to combine well. The batter will be smooth and shiny.
  5. Add the flour, cocoa powder (and salt if using unsalted butter). Use a large spatula to fold the batter together, being careful not to over mix. Stir only until a few streaks of flour and cocoa remain.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips if using.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted an inch or two from the edge of the pan comes out clean or with a few crumbs remaining.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before slicing into squares.
  10. Sprinkle with flakey sea salt before serving if desired.

Notes

If using unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the batter with flour and cocoa powder.

Store brownies tightly covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

May be frozen for up to three months.

Keywords: small batch brownies, brownies for two, loaf pan brownies

  • Reply
    Shelby
    January 1, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    Why does it show a recipe triple the proportions of this one when I hit print? Not that I am complaining about extra chocolate in my life 😉

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    Allison
    December 2, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    These brownies are incredible! I loved how this recipe included a bit of melted chocolate too, instead of just cocoa powder – I’m all for a richer brownie! These are delicious and so easy to make. It was the perfect dessert for two!

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    Lena
    October 6, 2022 at 10:09 am

    Perfect brownies! So soft and its just the right texture. I have tried multiple recipes and this is the BEST! I reduced brown sugar to 20g and granulated sugar to 65g to suit my asian taste bud 😛 This will definitely be my go to brownies recipe from now on. Thank you!!!

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    Geetika Reddy
    March 30, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    The recipe is amazing….loved it…very addictive. The only issue I didn’t get the height i wishes…used the same size loaf pan as suggested

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    Steph
    March 20, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    These are the best brownies I’ve ever made ! I added some Trader Joe’s chopped espresso chocolate and they stayed good for several days ! Yum

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    Kat
    March 6, 2022 at 2:32 am

    So, so delicious!! Next time I will make them in my smaller loaf pan so they are thicker (user error; the recipe is PERFECTION). You can see them on my grid at @kat_omeara on Instagram. Thanks so much for these detailed and accurate directions!

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    Kelly
    February 26, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Heather!! These are decadent!! I think small batch baking is the new way to go. Love that it’s one bowl and super easy to make. Didn’t change a thing-

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    Nancy P.
    February 23, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I made these last night and they might be our new favorite!! So easy and delicious!

  • Reply
    Kristina
    February 23, 2022 at 12:20 am

    These will not disappoint you! Easy and taste just lovely!

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