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When you don’t want a full pan of blondies, this is the perfect recipe: a Small Batch Skillet Blondie perfect for two!
If you follow me on instagram you may have seen my trip to Sacramento a few weekends ago, where I attended IFBC (a food blogging conference). I say “trip to Sacramento” even though I technically live 30 minutes away because I stayed at the conference hotel and pretended I was a tourist.
(Let’s be honest: I actually WAS a tourist. I’ve lived here 9 years and only been downtown about 5 times. What can I say? I don’t travel outside my bubble very much.)
The weekend started when Holly came into town a day early and we had a food blogger sleepover at my house. It was so much fun – I love that girl! Jordan is completely in love with her too, and Mel immediately looked up her blog, which is FULL of gorgeous savory recipes (and some sweets too!) and started drooling over them. I think he’s been on her site over the past week more than he’s ever been on mine! 😉
During the conference I did a LOT of eating and I realized something: Sacramento has some darn good food. One morning it was even pleasant enough to walk around (dude, it was over 100° the entire weekend) and I found some fun pastry and candy shops I just have to try. I was almost embarrassed when people were asking me for advice on where to go “since I lived there” and I was all, um, I’m just as much of a tourist as you! If nothing else, the weekend made me want to explore the city more….even though I’ll always call San Francisco “my city”.
On the second night I planned a dinner at Cafeteria 15L, the only restaurant I’d actually eaten at downtown. The food is good, the ambience is even better, and the desserts are OFF THE HOOK. I really wanted to order one of each but after an entire weekend of indulgence I just couldn’t stomach it, literally. I settled for one of my favorite things: a skillet blondie.
That was a very, very good choice.
In a virtual war between brownies vs. blondies I don’t think I could pick sides. I love them both for very different reasons, but sometimes I just don’t feel like chocolate. On those days I crave a thick and rich and gooey blondie, and the one I had that night fit that bill. In fact, I was craving it again as soon as I got home so I had to immediately recreate it.
And I did. Oh, man, did I recreate it.
I took my favorite blondie recipe and cut it down in size to fit my small skillet. After all, I’m doing WW and do not need a full pan of blondies staring me in the face! By cutting the recipe down using my favorite thing – MATH! – I was able to make the perfect small batch skillet blondie that’s perfect for two! (Or one…if you’re me.)
This recipe is full of brown sugar – granulated need not apply – and produces a gooey chewy blondie recipe. You can fill this with ANY kind of mix-ins: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter candy, M&Ms, coconut….anything you love or have on hand. I made them butterscotch blondies because that’s what I had at the restaurant and sometimes I can’t get enough butterscotch. I added some coconut for good measure because, well, coconut.
If you’re looking for an easy blondie recipe made for two, stop looking. You found it!
I can’t wait to explore more downtown and then copycat more things. Once the weather cools off, of course!
Skillet Blondie for 2
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened (I use Challenge)
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup mix-ins butterscotch or chocolate chips, coconut, chopped candy, nuts, etc
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a small cast iron skillet or 4-6” cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Mix the butter and brown sugar with a hand mixer in a large bowl until crumbly, then mix in the egg yolk, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Mix in flour, then stir in add-ins. I used butterscotch chips and shredded coconut.
- Bake for about 18-24 minutes or until the outer edges and center are golden brown, but the center is still a big jiggly. Err on the side of under done, it will continue cooking as it cools and taste better a bit gooey.
- Serve with ice cream and caramel sauce.
Small Batch Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Sweets from friends:
Single Serving Size Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies by Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Mocha Irish Cream Cupcake for two by Beyond Frosting
Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Food Charlatan
Last Updated on March 4, 2023
We thought it was great! Came out perfectly! Thank you for sharing!
This was an epic fail for me. It rose so high that it completely overflowed my small skillet that I normally use for a similar brownie recipe and has made a complete mess of my oven. And it never cooked all the way through. I started with a hot skillet so it wouldn’t take forever to cook, and after 25 minutes, it was still liquid. I’m so disappointed.
Next time put a cookie sheet below it
Mine totally overflowed too, definitely make sure your skillet has higher sides. Still delicious but wish I’d read the comments first, since others had the problem too.
Absolutely LOVE this recipe! I think i’ve made it about a half dozen times! I added in a few shakes of cinnamon and put in some pecans! It is so wonderfully good! And perfect fix for a sweet tooth craving!
Hello! I’ve made this recipe so many times now, it’s dangerously easy! The first time I made it in ramekins, and while delicious they looked horrible. Definitely not the right container for this recipe. The next time I used a small non-stick pan and it turned out perfect. I add a bunch of different chocolates to mine and eat it almost immediately after it comes out of the oven. Thanks for sharing!
I think this has a typo. We made this with 1/2 cup brown sugar and it was way way too sweet. We even used chopped apples as a mix-in (that’s really good btw!) and the acidity of the apples cut the sugar enough to make it edible!
Made it the second night with 1/4 cup brown sugar and it became a more manageable sweet, more in line with what I’m used to for blondies. With that tweak, this will enter our regular rotation of desserts-for-two!
I think for me, this is more like skillet blondie for one! 🙂
I like the way you think!
it can be so fun to look at your town through the eyes of an outsider! Plus I mean…I live 1 hour from Cleveland and have been there yeah like a handful of times. So I get it!
and girl-these blondies look AMAZING. I love that it doesn’t make too much and that it’s in a skillet!
This is so yummy that’s I’d eat the whole thing! No sharing involved!
I hope to make it to IFBC at some point! Nothing like a blog conference to connect “in real life” with friends and get inspired. I am so glad you had an inspirational skillet blondie that you recreated for the rest of us! Blondie and butterscotch should always be used in the same sentence! 😉
This skillet blondie looks amazing! So gooey & brown-sugary!