Small Batch Skillet Brownie for two

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Small Batch Skillet Brownie – this easy one bowl brownie recipe is the perfect dessert for two. It’s so rich and chocolatey and is the best brownie recipe!

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Small Batch Skillet Brownie for two - this easy one bowl brownie recipe makes a small batch for two! It's gooey and rich and my FAVORITE brownie recipe!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Somehow it’s snuck up on me this year and I feel totally unprepared. I don’t think we’re going to do much, but I know there will be heart shaped pancakes. Jordan has dance that night so maybe Mel and I will be able to sneak in an hour-long date…but who knows. Such is the life as a parent, right?

There is pretty much only one thing I’m sure of when it comes to Valentine’s Day: Mel won’t eat a lick of dessert. I may get a box of chocolates…and I’ll eat them all myself. If I go to the trouble of making brownies or a pie it will just all end up on my hips…because I’ll be the only one eating it. That’s why I love making desserts for two…because really they’re for one because I can get away with eating the whole thing myself because it’s a small batch.

I think this ooey gooey small batch skillet brownie is the BEST dessert for two I’ve made – ever.

It’s SUPER chocolatey, which makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day! And who knows…maybe I can talk Mel into grabbing that other spoon for just a bite…or two.

Small Batch Skillet Brownie for two - this easy one bowl brownie recipe makes a small batch for two! It's gooey and rich and my FAVORITE brownie recipe!

It’s not hard to take your favorite brownie or cookie recipe and turn them into a small batch dessert….if you’re good at math, that is. Did you know that I was a math major in college? And that I taught Algebra and Geometry to high school students for about 5 years? I don’t miss teaching (not one little bitty bit) but I do miss doing math. Proofs were my favorite, but give me a good old quadratic formula to solve and I’ll still dig right in.

The hardest part about dividing recipes into smaller portions is dealing with the eggs. It’s hard to divide an egg in half, so I especially like it when a recipe works out well enough that the small batch just uses a whole egg, like this one. The rest of it is just turning cups into tablespoons (1 cup = 16 tablespoons) and cups into ounces (1 cup = 8 ounces) and then doing some fractions and conversions, which I’ve gotten pretty good at over my blogging career.

This skillet brownie recipe turns out PERFECTLY and is the best dessert for two (or one…or even three), especially when you add ice cream on top.

Small Batch Skillet Brownie for two - this easy one bowl brownie recipe makes a small batch for two! It's gooey and rich and my FAVORITE brownie recipe!

A few recipe notes for making the small batch skillet brownie:

  • You can make this in a small skillet (mine is 6″), as shown. But if you don’t have a small skillet, you can also do this in a small 5-6″ round cake pan, 2 mini loaf pans, or even about 4 muffin cups. Just be aware the baking time will be affected if you use the loaf pans or muffin cups.
  • I under-baked this by a few minutes because it tasted better that way. I like my brownies super gooey! But just add a few more minutes for more done brownies.
  • Feel free to slice and serve, but this is just as good (and more romantic) straight from the pan with two spoons.

Watch this video and you’ll see just how easy the small batch skillet brownie recipe is to make!

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Small Batch Skillet Brownie for two

Small Batch Skillet Brownie – this easy one bowl brownie recipe is the perfect dessert for two. It’s so rich and chocolatey and is the best brownie recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips, plus more to sprinkle on top

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 6″ cast iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray. You can also use a 5-6″ round cake pan or similar volume mini loaf pan.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium size bowl. Add egg and oil and stir until thick and moist. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in prepared pan, sprinkle with more chocolate chips if desired.
  3. Bake for 17-22 minutes depending on desired doneness. For gooier underdone brownies cook them about 17 minutes. For more done, bake 20-22 minutes. A toothpick will come out with just a few crumbs 1″ from the side for more done brownies.
  4. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream and two spoons or let cool and slice.

 

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14 comments

  1. Cute idea for Valentine’s Day! No one can say no to brownies!

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  2. I’d definitely rename this to brownies for ONE. Because there would not be any sharing of this brownie at my house! 🙂

  3. I’m a gooey brownie lover too!! I’m still up in the air on what desert to make for Valentine’s Day, but I think now it’s between this yummy looking brownie, creme brulee or molten chocolate lava cakes. Too many options!!

  4. The center is so perfect! Underdone perfection! Want! And the great thing about brownies is that, in general, they have quite a few eggs and I never thought about it this way, but yes, it’s a perfect recipe to do as a small batch because you can just use the whole egg and be done, unlike cookies where it’s not quite so easy always 🙂 You’re so smart!

  5. Yup! This is definitely happening! Yum! This looks absolutely amazing.

  6. I really need to make more skillet desserts. Like…I’m really missing out by not.

  7. I’ll have to keep this recipe handy. Something small for just me is great! 🙂

  8. OMGosh. These look amazing.

  9. hey girl- this looks amazing! I just printed it out and maybe I’ll make it today!

  10. This is so cute! I need to get better at small batch desserts. We both love chocolate around these parts, but neither of us has very good self control.

  11. I need one of those cute skillets! Can’t wait to try this!

  12. Thanks so much for this recipe! (And all the other skillet cookie recipes I am seeing here, too!) I am like you–I only split a recipe if I don’t have to split an egg! I also taught school and I don’t miss it one little bit, either. But I do have a small skillet that is woefully under-used. Now I know the perfect way to help it fulfill its intended purpose! Pinning this for sure!

  13. Found your blog and this recipe while searching for desserts for two..

    We are older and love our sweets.. We get frustrated with full size cakes, pies, etc., so this size brownie is perfect for us.. So simple with ingredients always on hand.. I used my 6″ cake pan and the end result is delicious… Hardest thing was to allow it to cool so we wouldn’t burn our fingers and roof of mouth..
    Great recipe… Thank you…. :O)

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