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These are the best small batch brownies ever! They’re gooey, fudgy, and have a gorgeous crinkle top. They’re made in one bowl, with no mixer, using just 8 ingredients and no melted chocolate. This recipe makes 8 perfect brownies!
Small batch recipes are so great, whether you’re running low on ingredients or just don’t want to have a ton of leftovers, this recipe makes just the right amount of brownies.
Got a sudden craving for brownies? All you need to make these is a bowl, a whisk, and a few simple ingredients.
Usually when I’m craving sweets but don’t feel like making a full batch of something, I love to whip up these small batch chocolate chip cookies.
But if I’m in the mood for something super chocolatey, my go-to recipes are edible brownie batter or these small batch brownies!
Why You'll Love These Small Batch Brownies
- Short on ingredients? Or maybe you only have one egg left? Then these small batch brownies are the perfect recipe for you! Just a few pantry staples and no melted chocolate - just cocoa powder!
- This recipe has been tested using regular butter and dairy free butter and is delicious both ways.
- These brownies are freezer friendly, so if you are looking for an even smaller portion, you can easily freeze any leftovers.
- No mixer or fancy equipment required for these small batch brownies!
- Cocoa Powder: for best results, use unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder. If you only have natural cocoa powder, that will work fine.
- Flour: This recipe calls for all-purpose flour. I haven’t tested the recipe gluten free so I can’t say for sure how it will turn out. Readers have reported great results when using gluten free 1-1 baking flour in my classic fudgy brownie recipe, so that's what I would recommend trying if you'd like to make these gluten free.
- Butter: regular butter or dairy free/vegan butter will work in this recipe. It has been tested both ways!
- Chocolate Chips: chocolate chips are optional. I like to use semisweet (regular or vegan), but you can also use milk or dark chocolate chips. You can also chop up a chocolate bar and use chocolate chunks instead.
Step By Step Instructions
Note: Full ingredient measurements and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.
Step One: Prepare an 8x4 loaf pan or 9x5 loaf baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some over the sides to make it easy to remove the brownies from the pan. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Step Two: In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Add in both sugars and whisk until the mixture pulls away easily from the sides of the bowl as you mix, with a paste-like consistency.
Step Three: Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract.
Step Four: Add flour, cocoa powder, and salt, then whisk until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Step Five: Pour the batter into the parchment-lined pan, spreading it around in an even layer and bake for 20-36 minutes.
Let the small batch brownies cool completely before slicing!
FAQs and Expert Tips
For a full batch of brownies, use this fudgy brownie recipe.
If you use a glass pan instead of a metal pan to bake the brownies, the baking time will change. I recommend metal baking pans for brownies.
The inside of the brownies should be fudgy-looking, not dry! The brownies are ready when the top is crinkled and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownies comes out with a few wet crumbs - it shouldn’t be completely clean or completely covered in batter either.
Small batch brownies can be made in an 8x4 inch loaf pan, or in a 9x5 inch loaf pan. They will be slightly thinner if made in a 9x5 because there is more surface area.
- Properly measure your flour and cocoa powder - If you over-measure your flour or cocoa powder, the small batch brownies won't be as fudgy, and will be drier and more cakey. I recommend weighing both ingredients with a kitchen scale or using the scoop and level method.
- Don’t over-mix the batter: over-mixing can change the texture of your brownies and even cause them to sink. You should whisk in the dry ingredients only until the last specks of dry ingredients have disappeared.
- Don’t over-bake the brownies! It can be tricky to know when to take brownies out of the oven. The first thing to look for is whether the brownie batter jiggles if you shake the pan. If it does, they need more time, and if it doesn’t, you can do the toothpick test. If a toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownies comes out covered in batter, they need more time. The toothpick should not be completely clean but should have just a few wet crumbs on it.
- Let the brownies cool completely before slicing: The brownies will continue to set as they cool, so resist the urge to cut into them right away to avoid a gooey mess. They will be much easier to slice once they’ve cooled as well.
Storage and Freezing Instructions
These small batch brownies can be stored at room temperature covered and un-sliced in the pan or sliced in an airtight container for up to 4 days. After that they can start to dry out.
To freeze, slice the brownies and place them in a ziplock freezer bag. Let them thaw at room temperature when ready to enjoy.
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If you make this recipe, let me know how it went in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you! You can also tag me on Instagram or Facebook so I can check it out!
Small Batch Brownies
- 1 8x4 loaf pan (or a 8x5 loaf pan)
- 6 Tablespoons butter, melted (regular or dairy free)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 6 Tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 5 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup semisweet chocolate chips (regular or dairy free)
- Prepare an 8x4 or 9x5 loaf baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some over the sides to make it easy to remove the brownies from the pan. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until melted (or melt butter over the stove). Add in both sugars and whisk until the mixture pulls away easily from the sides of the bowl as you mix, with a paste-like consistency.
- Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, and salt, then whisk until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the parchment-lined pan, spreading it around in an even layer and bake for 26-36 minutes. The top should be crackly and a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out with just a few wet crumbs on it, but not covered in batter or completely clean. The batter should also not be jiggly in the pan.Let the brownies cool completely in the pan before slicing.
The calorie information provided for this recipe is an estimate. The accuracy of the calories listed is not guaranteed.
These brownies were just what I was looking for on a weeknight! They only took about 5 minutes to mix up, and were absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe!
Hi Allison! So glad to hear that you loved them! Thanks for the review!
it was too good and yummy..this is the first time i made a perfect brownie.. Thnks a lot❤️
Apart from that it was too much sweeter for me, I don’t know if it’s because i used dark compound. So next time i am planning to reduce sugar. Just thought to point out if it help not-too-sugary ones while baking. But again, the recipe is too good that everyone can give it a try ☺️
Hi Merin! I am so happy to hear that you loved the brownies!
Mary Della Rossa
Made these Brownies today. DELICIOUS ?. I used a muffin tin sprayed with Baker's Joy & got 9 Brownies. I baked them for 20, minutes, rotating once. Next time I'll cut the time to 18minutes for a fudgeier center. Thanks for an easy-to-use recipe. Mary
Hi Mary! I am so happy to hear that you loved the brownies and that they worked out well in a muffin tin! Thanks for the review 🙂
Made these this weekend- best brownie recipe ever! They’re so fudgy and rich, and easy to make which is a plus!
Hi Kelly! I am so happy to hear that you loved the brownies! Thank you for the review! 🙂
I tried this recipe today. I ended up baking it 35 minutes. It was very good! I will make it again!
Hi Rosetta! I'm so happy you loved the brownies! Thanks so much for the review 🙂
Hands down the best brownie ever ??? moist, Fudgy ,chewy,perfectly balanced sweetness and that crackling on top ?? can’t believe I manage to achieve all that with this recipe ! Please give it a try and I promise you this will not disappoint! I have made three batches of these brownies cause there are literally so good!! My family can’t stop eating them ! Literally no one could !
Hi Chia Yee! I am so happy to hear that you all loved the brownies! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review 🙂
Hi! Can you provide the weights for the dry ingredients, specifically flour and cocoa powder since you recommend weighing. Thanks!
Hi Staci, all weight measurements are listed in the recipe card - just click the Metric tab!
Best brownies yet! Fudgy brownies are my absolute favorite. I also love the “small batch” aspect of this because it’s currently just my hubby and I, and everything never gets eaten fast enough in this house lol. So it’s nice that these make a smaller, most perfect batch! I am a dark / semi sweet chocolate lover, so if you are too- swapping regular cocoa powder for dark chocolate cocoa powder truly makes them a dark chocolate lover’s dream! Hats off to Gabby for my new favorite brownie recipe!
Hi Adrienne! What a compliment, thank you and I'm so happy you loved them! I appreciate you coming back to leave a review 🙂
This recipe is a winner! I adore brownies, but my husband is more of a spice cake kind of guy. I always feel guilty about making a huge pan of brownies & then I end up throwing most of them away. This small batch recipe was the perfect size. It is super chocolatey and with a crackly top. Perfect with a glass of ice cold milk! I was able to prep the batter in less than ten minutes. I will be making these again for sure. Thank you!
Hi Wendie! I am so happy that you loved the brownies so much! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! 😀
My teenager has made these small batch brownies multiple times now and gotten me hooked. I make the regular batch size that you bake in a square pan. They are a hit every time and and then perfect brownies, in my opinion!
Hi Jessica! What an amazing compliment, I am so happy to hear that! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and leave a review 😀
Absolutely delicious! Super fudgy and chocolately without being too heavy or dense. I used an 8x6 pan, 20 minutes was perfect. Great size since I’m only baking for 2 of us. 100% making again!
Hi Alexandra! Woohoo! I am so happy that you loved the brownies! Thanks so much for the review! 😀
my name is Janice, I try your brownies and it was delicious I also share it with friends and family and they love it , I give your brownies 5 stars
Hi Janice! I'm so glad that the brownies were a hit! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review 🙂
These brownies are fantastic, wow! I love that I can cook them in my little convection toaster oven, being that they are a small batch. Thanks again for the recipe!
Hi Sandra! Yay! I'm so glad to hear that you loved them, thanks for taking the time to leave a review 😀
So good! My new favourite recipe, and so quick to make!
Hi Lauren! I'm so pleased to hear that you loved the brownies! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review 🙂
I made these on a whim for the first time yesterday and I’m so happy I did! I’m not a super-frequent baker, but everything in this recipe I already had on hand, including the loaf pan. I’ve been hoping to find a good small batch brownie recipe, and this one definitely is a keeper for me! So yummy! ?
Hi Bridget! Yay I'm so happy you loved the brownies! Thanks so much for the review 😀
Made these on a random night. I haven’t baked in a long time. I was blown away how easy the recipe was. My husband couldn’t stop eating them. My college daughter and her friends loved them as well. Can’t wait to make this again!!
Hi Jen! This comment made my day! I'm so happy you all loved them and thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a review! 😀
I wanted brownies but not an entire pan, so glad I found this recipe! My new go-to!
Hi Erin! I'm so happy that you loved the brownies! Thanks so much for the review 🙂
I wanted to try making a small batch and came upon your recipe for brownies. Everything went together wonderfully and I'm excited for the results. They are in the oven right now. I was concerned that there was no raising agent. I checked a couple of other brownie recipes that I have made and both called for baking powder. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that these come out for me as good as everyone says.
Hi Terry! Brownies that have a rising agent are typically cake-like in texture, whereas this recipe are is dense and fudgy, so all that's required is to whisk the egg and sugars well. Enjoy!
A great small batch brownies recipe that i could whip up at the last minute for dessert!
Hi! Woohoo! So glad to hear that you loved the recipe, thanks for your review!!