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Small Batch Skillet Brownie – this easy one bowl brownie recipe makes the perfect dessert for two. It’s so rich and chocolaty and is the best brownie recipe to share on Valentine’s Day!

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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.

Small Batch Skillet Brownie for Two

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!

Small Batch Skillet Brownie Recipe Notes

  • 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 bake it 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 tastes 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!

Small Batch Skillet Brownie for Two with ice cream on top

Small Batch Skillet Brownie for two

4.42 from 31 votes
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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 -4 servings
Serving Size 1 /2 recipe


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream and two spoons or let cool and slice.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 recipe | Calories: 644kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 2518mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 62g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Click here for my complete list of Valentine’s Day Recipes!

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  1. I made these skillet brownies and they were actually really good and didn’t take too long to make. It was super easy and you don’t need a lot to make them, thanks for the recipe 🙂🙂

  2. Hello! I’m looking forward making this recipe.. It looks delicious. Just one question, do you it can be done in a 8 inch skillet? Thanks in advance

  3. I will say it’s great the original way, but I swapped out the oil for butter instead (same measurements) and I think think it tastes better and has a better texture with the butter rather than the oil. I’m not sure which one’s healthier though, assuming it’s the oil version but for that more decadent brownie flavor I would suggest the butter route. I also added a dash of vanilla to bring out the chocolate flavor more.

  4. Very easy and tasty! I might reduce the sugar a bit…or show a little restraint and only eat a quarter of the pan in a serving!

  5. Hi:
    These were great. I microwaved them for 2 min 15 secs and let sit for another 2 minutes. I also used whole wheat pastry flour instead of white, and reduced sugar to 5 T which was plenty sweet for us. And didn’t forget the nuts. Even with all these changes they came out terrific. Thanks.

    Your small batch recipes are just the guidelines I need. Did you know you can bake most of these in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes depending wattage of micro?  They all come out great and are baked in a very few minutes. The caveat? cook in micro-safe container. I like ceramic or porcelain bakeware. Not corning ware, though.  Works great. The best are Temp-tations found on QVC.

  6. Great recipe, made it three times now!  On the nutrition information, I think the sodium might be high, but perhaps just the ingredients I had here.  My cocoa powder and chocolate chips have no sodium.  Flour and sugar are low to zero.  The salt is reasonable (~300mg) and eggs just have a bit (~70mg).  I’m thinking the 2518mg number is high, but depends on actual ingredients I suppose.  I’m a salt-watcher.  Awesome recipe!

  7. LOVE this recipe. I am a single mom of 2 little girls and we all love brownies. Making a whole box is just too much. I make these & it’s perfect after dinner dessert for the 3 of us.

  8. 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)

  9. 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!