Small batch brownies for two.


Small Batch Brownies for two

Are you familiar with my concept of brownies for two? I bake a small batch of brownies in a loaf pan (<–link to the exact one that I use).

If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you’ll know that my loaf pan is my favorite way to scale things down. I use it for small batches of  blondies, marshmallows, and even lasagna!

My brownie recipe made in a loaf pan has been oh-so-perfected over the 6 years I’ve been scaling down desserts. Yes, 6. I’ve eaten a lot of brownies in 6 years. Let me tell ya. (Let my hips tell ya).

As if cutting the brownies in half into two giant bakery-sized pieces isn’t fun enough, my all-time favorite best-brownie-recipe ever is made in the microwave.

Yes, really these brownies for two are made in the microwave! Since this recipe is easy, simple, and cute, you just have to make your sweetie brownies from scratch for Valentine’s Day.

Homemade brownies recipe for two @dessertfortwo

Small batch brownies, step by step:

Start by combining butter, sugar and cocoa powder in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for two 30-second pulses, stirring in between. Stir in an egg, vanilla, and salt. Stir for 50 strokes! Scrape into pan to bake. Easy!

Small batch brownies recipe

For today’s Valentine’s day dessert for two, I stirred in pretty pretty M&Ms. Other fun things to stir in or press into the surface: mini chocolate chips, your favorite chopped chocolate bar, chopped pieces of crystallized ginger (oh yes), chopped candy bars (especially the ones with caramel!) and even sprinkles!

There’s hardly a brownie topping that I don’t love.

Scratch Brownies

They easily lift out of the pan if you line it with parchment paper.

Easy M&M brownies recipe small batch

When you’re baking small batch brownies, all you have to do is cut them in half and serve!

Valentine's Dessert: M&M brownies for two.

Variations on brownies for two:

If you love brownies and lack self-control around them (like me), I have a ton of other brownies for two recipes for you. Vegan brownies for two, peppermint brownies for two, blackberry cheesecake brownies, beer brownies, and caramel brownies. But let’s not forget strawberry swirl brownies and pumpkin swirl brownies, because who doesn’t love swirls on top of brownies?

There’s clearly a lot of territory to cover in brownies, and after blogging for over 8 years, I still haven’t even scratched the surface. I have my eye on a smores brownies recipe that I really want to scale down for you, and I might be convinced of a red velvet brownie situation, too.

If brownies aren’t real brownies to you unless they have frosting, then my first cookbook, Dessert for Two, has the perfect frosted brownie recipe for you.

I also just want to encourage you guys to read through the comments below to see how people made these small batch brownies for two in a loaf pan their own. Some added extra flour to make cake-y brownies, some baked them in ramekins to get a fudgier brownie. This recipe is yours to play around with! Enjoy!

If you love brownies, try my blondies recipe!

Yield: 2

Small-Batch Brownies

Small-Batch Brownies

Small batch brownies for two, made in a bread loaf pan.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup M&M candies


  1. Preheat the oven to 325, and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, sugar and cocoa powder.
  3. Microwave for 30 seconds on HIGH.
  4. Stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds on HIGH.
  5. Stir the mixture very well, and then add the salt and vanilla. Stir for 1 minute to cool the mixture.
  6. Next, add in the egg, and stir until its incorporated.
  7. Finally, add the flour, and stir for 50 strokes!
  8. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle the M&Ms on top.
  9. Bake for 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with fudge crumbs clinging to it. The surface of the brownies is shiny when done and starting to crack.
  10. Let cool completely in the pan, and then lift out using the parchment paper.
  11. Slice in half and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 600Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 591mgCarbohydrates: 43gSugar: 13gProtein: 6g

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