Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies

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Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies makes just enough for a romantic dessert for two. Rich, fudgy brownies for the win!

Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies makes just enough for a romantic dessert for two. Rich, fudgy brownies for the win!

Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies

I’m so excited about this recipe! Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies are going to change your life. Maybe we should change the title of this post to The Life Changing Magic of Small Batch Brownies, and then I can write a book all about it. It can be a companion guide to that Tidying Up book. When you are done cleaning, or just done reading the book and feeling overwhelmed, you can make some brownies and feel better. Brownies are magic like that.

Did you know that I love small batch treats as well as ginormous feed-a-crowd ones? I love small batch double chocolate brownies because they take about 25 minutes from start to finish (including baking time), which is just how long I need to load the dishwasher. After a crazy day with the kids, I can come upstairs, get some small batch double chocolate brownies in the oven, clean up the kitchen, and then eat my treat. Sometimes I just need a little bit of warm chocolatey goodness in my life that I don’t have to share with the little people.  If Thomas is lucky, I’ll share half the batch with him, and if he’s out of town, I get a treat two days in a row. The small batch is a treat that won’t totally derail my efforts for healthy eating the rest of the week.

I made these small batch double chocolate brownies a total of 10 times this month in order to get them perfect (don’t worry, I shared with lots with my neighbors!). I was inspired by my friend Christina at Dessert for Two, who had a great small batch brownie recipe. She put cute holiday M&M’s on top of hers, but I wanted to melt some extra chocolate into mine. When it comes to brownies, I like them extra rich, full of chocolate flavor, a little gooey in the middle, and super moist. These brownies are just that. If you are a cake-like brownie fan, this is not the recipe for you. Rich chocolatey brownies for the win.

You should make this brownie recipe if any of these apply to you:

  • You are prone to eating a whole big pan of brownies, but want to avoid that.
  • You have a small household (empty nesters, young families, single peeps).
  • You adore all things chocolate but can’t be trusted with a whole pan of brownies.
  • You enjoy a treat that is just for you and doesn’t include sharing with your kids.
  • You hate cleaning up the mess that little people make with brownies. Smaller pan = less crumbs on the floor.
  • Chocolate is your love language.

Let’s be honest. This recipe is for everyone! I can’t wait for you to make them!

Does the type of chocolate chip make a difference in these brownies?

Use a good quality chocolate chip here since it plays such a big part in the flavor. You can use extra dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate chips depending on what you like.

How can you tell when brownies are done?

The most popular technique is to stick a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, it’s done.

How long do you let brownies cool before cutting them?

Cool brownies in pan for at least 10 minutes if you want to serve them warm or wait 30 minutes to serve at room temperature.This Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies recipe makes just enough for a romantic dessert for two.

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Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies makes just enough for a romantic dessert for two. Rich, fudgy brownies for the win!

Small Batch Brownies


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 brownies 1x

Description

Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies makes just enough for a romantic dessert for two. Rich, fudgy brownies for the win!


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter (4 tablespoons of 1/2 a stick), unsalted
  • 1/4 cup good quality chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate both work)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl add the butter and chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir well until smoothed (about a minute).
  3. Add the sugar and stir well.
  4. Add the egg and stir to combine.
  5. Add the vanilla and salt and stir to combine.
  6. Add the cocoa powder and flour and stir to combine well.
  7. Line a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan with parchment or spray with cooking spray.
  8. Add the brownie batter and smooth out the top with a spoon.
  9. Bake for 24-26 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • This recipe is great because you can make it all in one bowl. I used a glass 4-cup measuring cup to melt my chocolate and butter together and then I just used it as my mixing bowl to finish up the recipe.
  • The size of the pan will determine how thick the brownies are and that will alter the time they need to cook. I tested mine in a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan. If you don’t have that, you might need to play around with the baking time to make sure they are cooked through without being overdone.
  • Use a good quality chocolate chip here since it plays such a big part in the flavor. You can use extra dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate chips depending on what you like.
  • dutch-process cocoa powder is preferred for this recipe.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Brownie
  • Calories: 366
  • Sodium: 166.2mg
  • Fat: 17.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.2g
  • Protein: 5.1g
  • Cholesterol: 77mg

Keywords: Dessert, Chocolate, Brownies, Small Batch

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Rich, fudgy brownies for the win! Enjoy this little treat of Small Batch Double Chocolate Brownies from me to you! It’s one I can’t wait for you to make in your own kitchen.

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8 Responses
  1. KimS

    This recipe was perfect! My husband has lost 34 lbs., and I haven’t been making any desserts. Last minute, realizing that everyone might expect/appreciate a dessert for Father’s Day dinner, I googled small batch brownies and this recipe came up. It was perfect! Perfect amount and perfect taste. So easy to make, and I had all the ingredients on hand! Thank you!

    1. Melissa

      I love that! Congrats to him for his success and congrats to you on supporting him in it! I’m so glad you liked them.

  2. Kate

    Swirled Nutella in these yummy brownies and made the hubby drool! Thanks for the great story and scaled down recipe. ?

  3. Teresa

    I love this post. So funny and so delicious looking. In the recipe for the butter, I assume you mean 4 T. OR 1/2 a stick (not 4 T. OF 1/2 a stick). I can’t wait to make these. Have a wonderful holiday.

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