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The Best Small Batch 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!

Two brownies on a small plate next to a bark of dark chocolate

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.

You might like to try our single serving Deep Dish Brownie.

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Why I Love This Recipe

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

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One brownie on a small plate.

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Sugar: These homemade brownies use 2/3 cup of granulated sugar.
  • Butter: Use 6 tablespoons of salted butter.
  • Water: To add moisture.
  • Vanilla: For flavor.
  • Egg: One egg adds so much to this brownie recipe. It binds, adds richness and provides structure to the brownies.
  • Flour: Use all purpose flour (plain flour).
  • Cocoa powder: For a moist brownie.
  • Baking powder: Helps the brownies rise.
  • Salt: For flavor.
  • Nuts (optional)

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this brownie recipe, you might consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Frequently Asked Questions

What Size Baking Dish Should I Use In This Small Batch Brownie Recipe?

Depending on the size of the pan you use, this easy brownie recipe will yield about six very small brownies or two large brownies. The pan I use often for a small batch of brownies is an 7 x 5 baking pan or a standard bread loaf pan. Examples of both can be found on our bakeware page.
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.

How Should I Store Brownies?

Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Expert Tips

  • For best results use a baking dish that is 7-inches by 5-inches or very similar in size.
  • 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.

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Small Batch Brownie Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cool: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: brownies
Servings: 6 brownies
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons salted 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 7 x 5-inch 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.


Expert Tips
  • For best results use a baking dish that is 7-inches by 5-inches or very similar in size.
  • 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.


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

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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64 thoughts on “The Best Small Batch Brownies”

  1. Followed recipe exactly and the batter was so dry the wet wouldn’t combine with the dry. I added more butter, it was still the consistency of cookie dough. I added oat milk until it was somewhat pourable (kinda like frosting?). Baked for 16 minutes in a 9×9 round pan (didn’t have a smaller one). Was still dry at the end (still sort of edible—-good chocolate flavour) after the adding of liquid. I wouldn’t make this again given the recipe doesn’t actually work alone.

    1. Elyse, the recipe works as written and has been made hundreds of times with success. As noted in the recipe, the size of the dish you use will affect the results. It sounds like the dish you used was too large. We recommend using the dish suggested for best results. Also, did you use melted butter or softened butter? Softened butter will lead to a cakier brownie.

  2. The Pyrex 3 cup rectangle food storage containers are the right size and about $5 at Walmart. They’re also a great size for single serve leftovers 😉

  3. 5 stars
    Finally! I can’t tell you how great these are! I have tried so many recipes for scratch brownies, full and small, but this one beats them all! I’m so grateful for your small serve recipes?

    1. The success of the dish really depends on the size of the baking dish used. I’ve tested this recipe using several different sized dishes and the size that works best is 5×7 as noted in the recipe. If a larger dish is used, the brownies will definitely be more cakey and not fudgy.

      1. Where do you buy the 5×7 pan? Your link to bakeware states they are unavailable and no idea when they will back. Or another size pan? Would really like to make these brownies.

      2. Laurie, Although the 5×7 pan that we link to on our bakeware page is currently not available from Amazon, I have seen them at home stores such as Target and WalMart in the US. Another option would be to use a standard loaf pan.

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