The Best Brownies

This is truly the best brownie recipe! If you want a single serving of brownies, this easy recipe is for you. This small batch brownie recipe delivers rich, chewy, chocolatey brownies that are baked in a small baking dish. These homemade brownies taste so much better than any boxed mix can be ready in minutes!

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There are times when a craving for a single cookie, a slice of pie, or some other type of decadent treat will not go away. This is the time that I find this brownie recipe comes in handy. I often don’t want to make a large batch of a sweet treat, so this brownie recipe is the one I go for.

It requires a few pantry staples, a small baking dish, and a few minutes of time – my kind of recipe!


Here I’ve taken the best brownie recipe and scaled it down a bit. Instead of making a normal batch of brownies, I’ve made just enough for one or two people.

You don’t need any fancy equipment to make these chewy brownies – just a bowl and a spoon.

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These brownies are absolute brownie perfection. They’re chewy and slightly gooey with a lovely crackled crust. The rich center is fudge-like and pretty close to perfect.

You just can’t beat the taste of homemade brownies, they’re so much better than any boxed brownie mix and incredibly easy to make too. 

2 brownies on a plate

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How To Make Brownies

Ingredients in this brownie recipe:

  • sugar
  • butter
  • water
  • vanilla
  • egg
  • flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • nuts (optional)

Just mix the ingredients together and pour into a baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Best Pan Size To Use For Brownies For One

Depending on the size of the pan you use, this easy brownie recipe will yield about six very small brownies or two large brownies that just call for a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

The pan I use often for a small batch of brownies is an 7 x 5 baking pan or a standard bread loaf pan.

If you use a larger pan than the ones mentioned above and the brownie batter is thinner, bake for less time. If the pan you use is smaller and the batter is thicker, bake a little longer.

Always test to see if the brownies are done by inserting a toothpick or the tip of a sharp knife in the center and if it comes out slightly sticky, they’re done.

This fudge brownie recipe is the perfect dessert for date-night or when you want to curl up on the sofa with a great movie after a long day.

Other Single Serving Chocolate Recipes

Triple Chocolate Scones

Small Batch Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

2-Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Candy Clusters

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Brownie Recipe

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Small Batch Brownie Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cool: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: brownies
Servings: 6 brownies
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup nuts chopped (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Grease an 8 x 5 baking pan.
  • Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl.
  • Stir in water, vanilla and egg.
  • Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and stir into butter/sugar mixture.
  • Stir in nuts.
  • Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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Brownie Recipe For One – a quick and easy single serving brownie recipe for rich, chewy and pretty close to perfect brownies. This brownie recipe yields the perfect amount for one or two people. | One Dish Kitchen | #brownierecipe #smallbatch #desserts #singleserving #chocolate
Brownie Recipe For One – a quick and easy single serving brownie recipe for rich, chewy and pretty close to perfect brownies. This brownie recipe yields the perfect amount for one or two people. | One Dish Kitchen | #brownierecipe #smallbatch #desserts #singleserving #chocolate

35 thoughts on “The Best Brownies”

  1. I’d make a lot more brownies if I had this recipe! The kids eat their share and then I feel obligated to have the rest…this way they can eat the brownies and then it’s done!

  2. OMG – I love these recipe ideas for one! I am sharing with all my single gal friends as they complain that they hating cooking because they have leftovers! Perfection.

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