Brownie Recipe for One or Two People

Small Batch Brownie Recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
137 Calories
7g Fat
18g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 137
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 15mg 0%
*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 6 x 6-inch baking pan. If you don't have one, a 4 x 8-inch loaf pan or almost any small baking dish will work.

Top them off, with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge syrup, for the ultimate decadent treat.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 6 x 6-inch baking dish or pan (or a 4 x 8-inch loaf pan).

    Grease and Flour pan
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  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.

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

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  5. Stir the liquid mixture into the dry mixture.

    Brownie mix in a bowl
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  6. Scrape into your prepared baking dish.

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  7. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

    Brownies fresh out of the oven
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  8. Allow to cool on a baking rack.

    Brownies cooling on a rack
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  9. Cut into 8 pieces—or whatever size you desire—and serve and enjoy!


  • The key to a great brownie is to achieve a balance between fudge-like and cake-like textures. 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).
  • 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. Run a table knife or plastic knife around the outer edges of the pan to loosen the brownies up.