Small Batch Brownies (Makes 3 Brownies)

April 20, 2020  ·  Published April 21, 2015

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Small Batch Brownies – the easiest recipe that makes just 3 perfect brownies in a bread pan. Check out the step-by-step guide to see just how simple they truly are!

Looking for more small batch desserts? Try my microwave Chocolate Mug Cake or my recipe for 1 Chocolate Chip Cookie!

Stack of 3 brownies with ice cream and hot fudge sauce on top.

One of My Favorite Recipes!

These simple brownies are amazingly chocolatey, deliciously rich, perfectly sweetened and they have the best fudgy texture.

I don’t really care to admit how much I make this recipe.

It truly is one of my favorite recipes on this blog and one of the those that I make most often! It’s a weekend go-to (or mid-week pick me up) around here.

It’s just pantry staples coming together to make one of the best desserts ever, and it only takes minutes to prepare!

It’s nice that it doesn’t make a big batch so we finish them off in what seems like the blink of an eye, so there aren’t any left to tempt me for breakfast the next day.

You just can’t go wrong with a brownie recipe as easy as this! And who can resist that explosion of chocolate flavor in every bite?

And if you are looking to make the most decadent brownies – add the optional chocolate chips!

Ingredients for small batch brownies displayed. Includes flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, egg, cocoa powder and optional chocolate chips.

Ingredients Needed

Only 6 Ingredients needed to make small batch brownies!

  • Salted butter: 1/4 cup.
  • Granulated sugar: 1/2 cup.
  • Egg: Just 1 large.
  • Vanilla extract: 1/2 tsp.
  • All-purpose flour: 1/4 cup (I like to use unbleached but bleached is fine too).
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: 3 Tbsp.
  • Chocolate chips (optional): 1/4 cup regular size or 3 Tbsp minis.

Scroll below for full printable recipe.

Can I Use Unsalted Butter?

Yes unsalted butter works great too (I just went with salted to keep that ingredients list at a minimum). Just add 1/8 tsp salt along with the sugar if using unsalted.

Butter and sugar in a glass mixing bowl.Egg being added to butter sugar mixture in mixing bowl, then flour and cocoa powder added to mixture.

How to Make a Small Batch of Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a 8 by 4-inch bread pan (don’t use a 9 by 5 or they’ll be too thin) with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Place butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave until melted, about 30+ seconds. Let cool slightly while you measure out other ingredients.
  3. Mix in sugar, then mix in egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Add flour and cocoa powder and mix just until combined, if using chocolate chips mix in once flour and cocoa are almost blended in.
  5. Pour into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until set, about 19 – 23 minutes.

Chocolate chips added to brownie batter on left side and finished brownie batter on right side.Brownie batter being spread into a bread pan.

Looking to make a Larger Batch?

If you need more like 12 servings then make my standard brownie recipe.

Possible Variations

  • Add chocolate chips or peanut butter chips.
  • Try it with chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • Make it extra chocolatey, go with the extra amount of cocoa listed in the recipe.
  • Add coconut.
  • Finish with marshmallows (let cool about 20 minutes then top with marshmallows and toast just quickly under the broiler).
  • Serve with caramel sauce or powdered sugar.
  • Finish with ice cream and hot fudge sauce for an over the top celebration dessert.

More Decadent Chocolate Desserts to Try

Small Batch Brownies

4.89 from 27 votes

This is my go-to brownie recipe! It only makes a few so I'm not tempted by an entire batch of brownies sitting around for days. They're so easy to make, perfectly rich, deliciously fudgy and they're sure to satisfy those chocolate cravings.

Servings: 3
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (56g) salted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (36g) all-purpose flour* (scoop and level to measure)
  • 3 Tbsp (18g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (42g) chocolate chip or 3 Tbsp mini chocolate chips**

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a 8 by 4-inch bread pan*** with non-stick cooking spray (or grease with some butter).

  2. Place butter in a microwave safe bowl, cover and heat in microwave until melted, about 30+ seconds. Let cool slightly while measuring out remaining ingredients.

  3. Mix in sugar, then mix in egg and vanilla extract.

  4. Add flour and cocoa powder and mix just until combined, if adding chocolate chips then add them once dry ingredients are almost blended in.

  5. Pour into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven until set, about 19 - 23 minutes.

  6. Let cool about 15 - 20 minutes before cutting and serving.

Recipe Notes

  • *For an intensely chocolatey brownie, use 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 3 Tbsp flour.
  • **Semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips can be used depending on flavor preference. These are not included in nutrition estimate as they are optional.
  • ***Don't use a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan or brownies will be too thin.
  • Be careful not to over-mix batter or brownies might be cakey.
Nutrition Facts
Small Batch Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 552IU11%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies, Small Batch Brownies
Author: Jaclyn

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161 Comments

  • Vinita Gorti

    delicious recipe with a cracky top and a fudgey center! my oven is old, so i needed abt 35-40 mins, but i see im not the only one, and the recipe is truly delicious!

  • Brittany Fearnley

    These were okay, they worked for the purpose they were needed, although they looked nothing like the shown photos. I also followed the recipe step by step and they took 45 minutes to bake. I used correct size pan and oven temperature but at 20 minutes they were still very liquidy so they took quite a bit longer than expected. All in all an okay recipe in a pinch but I might allow more time for baking

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry to hear that! Are you sure your oven is properly calibrated? I’ve made this recipe countless times and 20 minutes always works for me in the two different brands of ovens I own.

  • Bri

    Dear Jaclyn, I never rate recipes. I usually consider each success or failure a learning experience or a science experiment. However, these brownies were so scrumptious, rich, and wonderful…they deserve
    proper recognition. In these pandemic times, they are a source of comfort and joy. Thank you!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review Bri! So happy to know you liked them!

  • Shana

    Made these weeks ago and can’t stop thinking about how good they were! Not bitter or cakey, and it even had the crackly top. Will make again but using the 8×8 pan recipe.

  • shirley

    i read the reviews before baking and knew if i mixed too much it could be cakey, so i didn’t. It still came out cakey!!:( still yummy though.