Small Batch Brownies Recipe
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Small Batch Brownies Recipe

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If the dessert just has to be chocolate, these rich fudgy brownies are a perfect solution for your family. And you can pretty them up with a dusting of powdered sugar. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie: 179 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk egg and vanilla; gradually whisk in sugar. Stir in chocolate mixture. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture.
  3. Transfer to a 9x5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Small Batch Brownies in Healthy Cooking February/March 2012, p54

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Catarina777 User ID: 7304427 184866
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Very blah. Not chocolatey enough nor sweet enough & very dry. Will not make again."

Carolyn Williamson User ID: 5357414 184865
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"I made it according to the recipe, and the bottom was gooey and hard to get off the foil lining I put in my meatloaf pan, but it tasted good. I made it using two tablespoon sugar and the rest Splenda. It was dry and didn't taste good."

kcordes User ID: 1345193 122321
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"Moist & rich! Perfect quick dessert for two. I used a 6 inch ceramic tart dish . Cooking time was just right."

MarGavMc User ID: 1083409 122312
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"1/2 ounce chocolate??"

shonnalee User ID: 7457546 137572
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"Delicious! As common sense should dictate, all ovens are a little bit different, some are hotter than others DO check these so they are not overbaked. In my oven they were done perfectly in 16 minutes."

KWhitehead User ID: 956468 194334
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"So delicious. A perfect size batch for my family of three (two days worth for each of us). We all loved these! I did have to bake them a little bit on the longer side...about 16-17 minutes."

ajs283 User ID: 442697 122310
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"Bake 30-35 minutes. After 15 minutes a toothpick came out with batter still on it. I left them in for 33 minutes and the toothpick came out clean and the brownies were just right."

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