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Small Batch Brownies

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These small batch brownies are made in a loaf pan and are simple to make (the perfect amount for 1 or 2). They are chocolatey, nutty, chewy and moist, you're going to love them!

Baked by Alie Romano

Professional Baker and Recipe Developer

* Make sure to read the entire blog post. Every step matters, and I’ll provide helpful tips along the way!

Small Batch Chocolate Brownies

Want to make a special treat but only want a small amount? Than this is the recipe for you! This small batch brownie recipe is the perfect little treat to curb your sweet tooth without the sugar overdose to go with it! They are chocolatey, nutty, chewy and moist, what else can you ask for in a brownie?!!

Small batch baking has picked up speed with the amount of people staying at home these days. We all crave a little something sweet to go with our mid-day coffee or to finish off a nice meal. But since we aren’t passing by those coffee shops or restaurants as much, we aren’t getting that sweet fix either. Sometimes the problem with baking is the amounts! Most recipes make a lot, which is great when we are baking for friends, birthdays, and dinner parties. But what about just for one or two of us?!

That’s exactly where small batch baking is great, just for one or two!

Small Batch Chocolate Brownies

How to make the perfect small batch brownies

  1. Use good quality chocolate (stay clear of Chipits for this recipe). I always use Lindt Chocolate for all my baking! Tip: buy chocolate on sale, place in a bag and label baking.  Keep in the freezer and only pull out for your baking projects.  
  2. Toast nuts before to enhance the flavours. 
  3. Always underbake your chocolate brownies! You want your brownies to be set in the middle, but still be super moist!
  4. Do not double this recipe if you want more brownies. Instead, use my chocolate and ginger brownie recipe (omit the ginger and add nuts if you like) that’s made in an 8 x 8 pan.
Small Batch Chocolate Brownies
Small Batch Chocolate Brownie


For a richer more bitter brownie use dark 70% chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Using the same recipe as below follow the ingredients and directions but swap the milk chocolate for dark chocolate and the dark chocolate for the milk chocolate. Also add 2 extra tablespoons of sugar to sweeten the bitterness from the dark chocolate. Enjoy with vanilla ice cream and crushed walnuts.

Small Batch Chocolate Brownies
Small Batch Brownie with Nuts and Ice Cream

Small Batch Brownies

These small batch brownies are made in a loaf pan and are simple to make (the perfect amount for 1 or 2). They are chocolatey, nutty, chewy and moist!

  • Author: Alie Romano
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 18 mins
  • Total Time: 28 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) Lindt milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sifted cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup (37 g) Lindt dark chocolate, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F.
  2. Grease a loaf pan or cover in parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a heatproof bowl slowly melt milk chocolate and butter together. Let cool slightly.
  4. In a separate bowl mix sifted flour, cocoa and salt together. Set aside.
  5. In another bowl whisk egg, sugar and vanilla together until pale and creamy. Slowly add chocolate mixture and whisk to combine. Add flour mixture, walnuts and chopped dark chocolate, fold ingredients together until combined.
  6. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  7. Place in the middle of an oven and bake for 15 – 18 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (don’t overbake them, you want them to be soft and a little gooey). Cool on a cooling rack.
  8. Enjoy.


For a special treat add ice cream and crushed walnuts on top of a brownie.

Store in an airtight container for 3 days.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 2101
  • Sugar: 13.5g
  • Sodium: 132mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.9g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 17.8g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg

Keywords: Small Batch, Brownies, Chocolate, Dessert, Squares

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2 years ago
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I love this recipe..perfect size and perfect brownie! Light, very chocolatey and excellent texture!
No one turned these down..no leftovers either!

2 years ago

I did use semi sweet and dark chocolate! Perfect for my tastes

Alexandra Steplock
Alexandra Steplock
2 years ago
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This recipe is the perfect guilt free size! I’ve made it a couple times sometimes using dark choc chips and sometimes just the recipe without choc chips. I have noticed my oven needs longer time to bake, like 10-15mins longer!! I don’t know if my oven is just slower or something but I always have to cook them for like 35mins… they still end up being gooey and soft but like anything less than 30mins the toothpick comes out dripping chocolate. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Alie was great answering any questions I had in baking and really has been a huge support for me being a beginner“baker”.

I’m going to share my questions in case anyone else was wondering the same.

Question 1:
what’s the difference between convection and forced options on the oven… would that be affecting my cooking times

Alie’s answer:

1. Convection oven circulates the air around the entire oven, typically it’s faster and more even in baking. It will also bake the top and bottom. Whereas regular oven is where the heat only comes from he bottom and bakes from the bottom first.

Question 2.
Does it really matter that much if you pour dry into wet or wet into dry?

Alie’s answer:
2. Yes it matters. Everything matters in baking. Haha. Basically it will cause you to overmix if you put wet to dry. Just try and follow the instructions as best as possible on the recipes. It’s not always the same on which to add. Each recipe is written for the best results possible. Baking is like that, compared to cooking where there’s more freedom for errors. A recipe should tell you a large bowl, etc.

Thanks so much for this blog, it’s my go to for any time I want to try and make something nice for myself or friends, doesn’t always look as great as yours but… hopefully tastes as good.

1 year ago
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The perfect amount for me and my boyfriend and super moist and chocolatey. Loved them!

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I'm a professional baker, recipe developer & photographer behind Baking For Friends. I specialize in classic & comforting baking. I hope you enjoy the recipes & find inspiration of your own to bring your family & friends together over home-cooked food!

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