Brownie Recipe for One or Two People

Chocolate Brownie with Milk
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Ratings (58)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 brownies (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
237 Calories
11g Fat
29g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 brownies (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 237
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 272mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 6g
Calcium 60mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Brownies are delicious, but they come with one problem: it's hard to stop eating them. Whether or not you're a chocolate fanatic, there is something irresistible about a pan full of brownies. Let's fix that issue and downsize the regular batch of brownies to make just enough for one or two people.

Everything you love about brownies can be found in this easy recipe. They are delicious, filled with chocolate, crisp on the edges, and soft on the inside. It's the perfect treat for those times when chocolate cravings hit but you just can't commit to a week filled with brownies.

This recipe uses a 6x6-inch baking pan. If you don't have one, a 4x8-inch loaf pan or almost any small baking dish will work.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Grease and flour a 6 x 6-inch baking dish or pan (or a 4 x 8-inch loaf pan).

  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.

  5. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, cool, then whisk in egg and vanilla.

  6. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry mixture.

  7. Scrape into your prepared baking dish.

  8. Bake for 25 minutes.

  9. Allow to cool on a baking rack.

  10. Serve and enjoy!

When Are Your Brownies Done?

The key to a great brownie is to achieve a balance between fudge-like and cake-like textures. Some recipes tend to be naturally fudgy and others are more like a cake. This one is right in the middle though you can adjust the baking time to get your ideal brownie.

In general, you want the center to be slightly moist but the edges to not be too dry. Insert a toothpick in the center of the brownies.

  • If it comes out covered with raw batter, it's undercooked (fudge-like). Continue baking if you like.

  • If it is clean and dry, it's overcooked (cake-like). If they're too dry, add frosting and adjust your baking time on the next batch (remember, every oven is slightly different).

  • If the toothpick is slightly brown but has no raw batter on it, they're perfect.

Tips for Cutting Your Brownies

It can be hard to resist cutting into a fresh pan of brownies as soon as they come out of the oven. Do your best to hold out until they have cooled.

  • Cut cool brownies to get clean, bake sale-worthy edges.

  • Run a table knife or plastic knife around the outer edges of the pan to loosen the brownies up.