If you find yourself craving brownies on a regular basis, but don’t want to make a huge batch, then keep these small-batch brownie mixes on hand. These brownies are chewy, fudge-y, and uber-delicious. Press a small handful of milk and/or semi-sweet chocolate chips into the top of the batter before baking for an extra chocolate-y treat.
Hey, my name is Amanda! This is my first post ever here at Small Batch Treats. I’ve had a food blog before, but recently I decided to take the leap into the niche of dessert blogging. When I was in the third grade, I really wanted an Easy Bake Oven. Unfortunately, when I went to the toy store I was a few dollars short of buying that little oven and my parents, being the awesome people that they are, told me I’d have to wait. I threw a massive tantrum; according to my parents it was the only tantrum I’ve ever thrown.
Side note, I find that hard to believe since I have a three-year-old now and it’s tantrum central around here some days. I was three once too. That tantrum over the easy bake oven can’t have been the only meltdown I’ve ever had.
My mom finally got me to leave Toys-R-Us when she told me that I could learn to use the real oven instead. I’ve honestly never looked back. I’m super glad my mom was wise enough to present that as the solution to my allowance shortage. I remember the first thing I ever baked, an oatmeal cake, and I’ve been addicted to baking ever since.
As an avid baker I was always a little heavier than I should’ve been throughout my growing up years. After getting married and having my first baby, I decided to get healthy for my family. To reach this goal I started eating a more balanced diet and I became much more active. Eating less sugar was definitely part of the losing weight process for me, however I just couldn’t (and still can’t) shake my love for baking. It was a real struggle for me while losing weight; I wanted so badly to bake but if I did we’d end up with stacks of leftover goodies. They were hard to resist. My self control goes out the window when there’s a plate of treats nearby.
Long story short, I started adapting recipes to make smaller batches of treats. I have found that this is a perfect way for me to enjoy baking as much as I want to while still getting to live the healthy, balanced lifestyle I’ve come to enjoy so much.
If you’re super curious to know more about me and why I started this blog, you’re welcome to read about me here. Though, there were some things I forgot to include on that page, like how I love all things licorice (red or black). Or that someday I want a cock-a-poo. Or that eight times out of ten, if I’m craving a sweet bite what I want is a brownie.. a chewy, fudge-y, mess of a brownie.
These small batch brownies are awesome. They are the perfect mix of chewy and fudge-y. You start by mixing a large bowl of homemade mix up, and then you divide it into three smaller mixes. Then when the urge to devour a brownie strikes, you whisk one small mix up with a few additional ingredients and pour the batter into an 8×4″ loaf pan. Sometimes I press some chocolate chips into the top before baking, and that makes these brownies over-the-top delicious. I always dust with powdered sugar after cutting. If you want to be extra decadent, serve with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle with hot fudge.
The actual brownie mix portion of this recipe comes from Amanda at afewshortcuts.com, however the remaining recipe development (such as the weight of each brownie mix and the amounts of ingredients used to make the mix into batter, as well as how long to bake the brownies) were all experimented with and developed by yours truly.
- 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Whisk together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until completely and thoroughly mixed. Divide mix into three plastic sandwich size zip top bags of 1 cup+ 3 tbsp each or 215g each (I weigh mine for more precise measuring).
- To make brownies, preheat oven to 350˚F. Line an 8×4-inch bread pan with aluminum foil. Grease well with non-stick cooking spray.
- Mix 1 small-batch brownie mix (the contents of one sandwich bag) with 1 egg, 1/3 cup oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 tbsp water. You can beat the ingredients until combined by hand or with an electric hand mixer.
- The batter will be pretty thick. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean. The brownies are fudgy, so you may get a few sticky crumbs on the toothpick, but not raw batter.
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