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Small Batch Brownies

This small batch of brownies is assembled in one bowl and baked in a loaf pan. This easy recipe produces four fudgy and moist brownies in 30 minutes! 
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 - 6
Calories 252kcal


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • ½ cup chocolate chips* divided
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 large egg
  • cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with foil or parchment paper leaving a couple inches overhang. Spray the foil or parchment with non stick spray.
  • Place the butter and ¼ cup of chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl. Microwave in 20 seconds increments, stirring well in between, until melted and smooth (this should happen fairly quickly). Allow the mixture to cool down for a couple minutes.
  • Add the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, water, and egg to the melted chocolate and whisk for 30-45 seconds. Tap all of the excess batter off the whisk and remove it from the bowl.
  • Add the flour**, salt, and remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips to the batter. Stir with a rubber spatula until combined.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread into an even layer.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops of the brownies appear dry and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out fairly clean (there might be some melted chocolate clinging to it, that's fine, just no raw batter). Place the pan on a wire rack to cool. We like these best served warm. They will firm up as they cool.


*Use semisweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate chips. Note that the sweetness of the brownies will vary based on how sweet your chocolate chips are.
**To properly measure flour: fluff the flour with your measuring cup, scoop a heaping portion and level it off with the back of a knife. 


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg