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Fudgy Brownies

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These Fudgy Brownies are perfect for those times when you need something sweet but in a small batch. They are rich, chewy, and delicious. Loaded with the fudgy flavor and tasty enough for the whole family. Try it today!

overhead view fudgy brownies cut into 8 squares next to white plates, glass of milk, and cloth napkin.

I love brownies!

Well I actually love chocolate and brownies are a version of chocolate, so brownies are chocolate…therefore I love brownies. Brownies especially hold a special place in my dessert heart because they were one of the very first things that I learned to bake on my own.

My mom, being the awesome cook that she is, always kept an endless supply of flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and some form of chocolate chips on hand and all of those ingredients are exactly what you need to make up a batch of delicious brownies. Now today I find myself always having a pantry full of the ingredients required to make brownies and so it is very easy for me to whip them up in a pinch.

To me, brownies are best when they come fresh out of the oven. That is the time when they are warm, moist, chewy, and the chocolate just melts. It is also the perfect time to add a scoop of ice cream on top so that it melts just enough to mesh with the warm gooey brownie into the perfect sundae. But you may not always want a large square pan of brownies and so this recipe is perfect to make just 8 individual servings.

What ingredients are needed to make small batch brownies?

ingredients for brownies in small bowls on marble

  1. Chocolate 
  2. Butter 
  3. Cocoa Powder 
  4. Sugar 
  5. Eggs 
  6. Vanilla extract 
  7. Salt 
  8. All-purpose flour 

How to make this fudgy brownie recipe:

Begin the brownie recipe by adjusting your oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8.5 by 4.5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or aluminium foil. If using foil be sure to spray with non-stick cooking spray as well to ensure the release of your brownies.

In a small bowl combine the chocolate chips, butter, and cocoa powder and place in the microwave and by setting on 30-second intervals at a time until the chocolate chips begin to melt, then remove and stir until the mixture is smooth. Set aside and allow to cool.

white bowl with melted chocolate, butter, and cocoa powder mixed with spoon.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and salt until combined.

egg mixture for brownies in glass bowl with spoon

Then whisk in the chocolate mixture until combined. Stir the flour in with a rubber spatula until just combined.

flour added to brown mixture in glass mixing bowl

Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.

fudgy brownie mixture added into parchment lined loaf pan

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean and you may need to rotate the pan halfway through baking. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely before removing. Then lifting the brownies out using the paper or foil, cut the brownies into 2-inch squares. The brownies can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

small white plate with three brownies stacked on it.

small white plate with two brownies on it, glass of milk in background.

Fudgy Brownies

This Fudgy Brownies Recipe is a small batch of brownies for those times when you are in the need something sweet. Rich, chewy, and delicious.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fudgy brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 211kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Adjust your oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line an 8.5 by 4.5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or aluminium foil. If using foil be sure to spray with non-stick cooking spray as well to ensure the release of your brownies.
  • In a small bowl combine the 3 1/2 ounces chocolate chips, 4 tablespoons butter, and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and place in the microwave and by setting on 30-second intervals at a time until the chocolate chips begin to melt, then remove and stir until the mixture is smooth. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon salt until combined.
  • Then whisk in the chocolate mixture until combined. Stir the 1/2 cup all-purpose flour in with a rubber spatula until just combined. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean and you may need to rotate the pan halfway through baking.
  • Allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely before removing. Then lifting the brownies out using the paper or foil, cut the brownies into 2-inch squares.
  • The brownies can be stored in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes

  • For Vegan Brownies– Use vegan semisweet chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life), substitute the butter for Earth Balance (vegan butter), and use 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce for the egg and egg yolk replacement.
  • Recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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hand holding brownies with bite in it.

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Sonya
    November 19, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Yum….I made some brownies using coconut flour around Valentines and they were yummy. I agree brownies taste so good right out the oven.

    • Reply
      admin
      November 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM

      They really do! I have only used coconut flour a few times, but I bet they were yummy.

  • Reply
    Tamara
    November 19, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    I do love fudgy brownies. I’m not really a brownies person. They’re so rich and I love other things more. BUT. I make exceptions for great ones and these look great.

    • Reply
      admin
      November 20, 2015 at 9:06 AM

      Thank you! I love fudgy brownies best.

  • Reply
    Akaleistar
    November 21, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    I love brownies, too, and warm brownies are the best!

    • Reply
      admin
      November 22, 2015 at 11:36 AM

      Yes they really are the best!

  • Reply
    Jennifer Parker
    March 16, 2020 at 10:13 PM

    5 stars
    Ok so I used almond flour and instead of butter used 4 Tbsp vegetable oil. Kept everything else the same but also added 1/2 cup of extra crunchy peanut butter . Baked at 350 for 18min. I also decided to frost them with creamy peanut butter buttercream frosting. They turned out AH-MA-ZING! I too am a self taught baker and love using base recipes to spin off of which is what I did with yours . Thank you so much for the smaller batch recipe cuz that’s exactly what I’d been looking for !!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 21, 2020 at 2:28 PM

      Thank you Jennifer! I love the modifications that you made to this recipe and will definitely be giving it a try soon!! Especially the crunchy peanut butter, yum!

  • Reply
    Heidy
    August 6, 2020 at 3:03 PM

    5 stars
    These Fudgy Brownies turned out perfect! I am thinking they should be renamed award-winning Fudgy Brownies!! My kids and family loved them so much my husband made another batch while I was at work! He said your instructions where great and made life a lot easier! So your getting the husband approved award!!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:50 PM

      Thank you Heidy! Glad to hear they were a hit!

  • Reply
    Mikayla
    August 6, 2020 at 5:51 PM

    5 stars
    These are my kind of brownies, fudgy, easy, and a small batch so I’m not feeling horrible having eaten a whole pan of brownies! They’re really yummy and full of chocolate flavor, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:51 PM

      That is exactly how I feel Mikayla! Small batch desserts are the best!

  • Reply
    Paula Montenegro
    August 8, 2020 at 5:12 AM

    5 stars
    There can never be too many brownie recipes in my list, and this sounds fantastic! I love that is small batch, but I might eat the whole thing on my own, haha, just saying.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:51 PM

      Thank you so much Paula!

  • Reply
    Marisa F. Stewart
    August 8, 2020 at 8:01 AM

    5 stars
    I am drooling just looking how dense and moist the brownies are. A perfect amount to make for the smaller family. And you are so right, they are best fresh while they are still a bit warm. These brownies will be our dessert to night.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:52 PM

      Thank you Marisa! Perfect for a small family!

  • Reply
    Ramona
    August 8, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    5 stars
    Im not such a big fan of brownies, but i wanted to try these out and i did! They were amazing. I loved the texture of the brownie and the crispiness on top of them. My family loved them. I will definitely make these again with no hesitation! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:52 PM

      Thank you so much Ramona! Happy to hear!!

  • Reply
    Leslie
    August 8, 2020 at 1:39 PM

    5 stars
    I love this chocolate brownie recipe! Trying new brownie recipes is something I love to do. Excited to give this a try!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:52 PM

      Thank you so much Leslie!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    August 8, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    5 stars
    Loved these! Very quick to make and super delicious! Not sure what happened, but mine took about 35 min to bake. Thank you for this recipe!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:53 PM

      Thank you Natalie! I’m not sure either but I will make a note of that.

  • Reply
    Jenny
    August 9, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    5 stars
    These brownies were so good!! I made the vegan version due to staying of dairy for now and they were delicious! Perfectly moist and so satisfying. Thank you!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:54 PM

      Thank you Jenny! Glad you were able to enjoy the vegan version!

  • Reply
    Eden
    August 10, 2020 at 12:56 AM

    5 stars
    These brownies blew my mind! They’re SO FLIPPING FUDGY! My new favorite fudgy brownie recipe for sure. Making them again tomorrow!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:55 PM

      Thank you so much Eden!

  • Reply
    Sam
    August 10, 2020 at 2:12 AM

    Wow look at how fudgy these brownies are and that crinkly top! These look perfect. Can’t wait to try them.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:55 PM

      Thank you Sam! Hope you can give them a try soon!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    August 10, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    5 stars
    Brownies are my weakness. And this recipe sounds ultra delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my family. I bet they will love it.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      August 14, 2020 at 1:55 PM

      Thank you Natalie, brownies are my favorite as well!

  • Reply
    Michaele Alpenglow
    August 31, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    What if you do not have vanilla?

    • Reply
      LaKita
      September 1, 2020 at 9:21 AM

      You can omit the vanilla if you don’t have any. It shouldn’t be a problem.

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