Best Brownie Recipe for One (Microwave Edition)

Make this easy best brownie recipe for one as a snack or dessert. Satisfies your chocolate cravings, make it in the microwave, and perfect portion control!

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Did you ever have one of those days when everything is going wrong and the only thing that will make the day better is chocolate? 

If the answer to that question is “yes,” you are in the right place. I get myself into trouble when I have days like this, because most of the time I end up making a big batch of cookies…or a whole chocolate cake. These are the days when we need portion control more than ever, and this Best Brownie Recipe for One is exactly that. It’s the perfect portion of gooey chocolate for just one person. That means no leftovers!

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Best Brownie Recipe for One (Microwave Edition)

Make this easy best brownie recipe for one as a snack or dessert. Satisfies your chocolate cravings, make it in the microwave, and perfect portion control!
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4.73 from 11 votes
Servings: 1 serving
Prep Time 3 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon oil vegetable or canola
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips


  • Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Stir with a spoon until smooth.
  • Spray a small ramekin or other microwave-safe bowl with non-stick spray and add the brownie batter.
  • Top with chocolate chips.
  • Cook in microwave, uncovered, for 50 seconds.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy while warm.
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Best Brownie Recipe Tips

  • This is not a huge brownie, but it’s very rich, so it is more than enough. I have never doubled the recipe, but I think you could as long as the cooking time is adjusted.
  • I use a four ounce ramekin that measures 3.5 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches tall. 
  • You can mix and then cook the batter in the same bowl, but it tends to stick. I have found that clean-up is easier if I mix in one bowl, and cook in a second bowl that’s been prepared with non-stick spray.
  • Don’t overcook. There is no egg in the batter, so a little gooey goodness won’t hurt you a bit. 

Best Brownie Recipe for One Make-Ahead Version

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup cocoa.
  • Store in an air tight container. 

When you are ready to make a brownie, substitute 1/3 cup of the brownie mix (level) for the flour, sugar, and cocoa. Follow the rest of the recipe as is. 

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This brownie recipe for one is for emergencies only…clearly it’s not something to make every day. But it’s nice to have something like this in your arsenal for days when the only thing that will make it better is chocolate!

Until next time…

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  1. Really yummy! We make these often enough that it’s memorized. The recipe as is perfect but an extra tablespoon of water makes them extra moist.

  2. Hello Ann! I absolutely love OSP!
    Do you mix the chocolate chips in with the batter, or do you use the chocolate chips as a topping?

  3. 5 stars
    So easy and yet satisfies the chocolate craving
    Love this…Thank you Ann

  4. So yummy! We make these all the time.

  5. Marie Braun says:

    I tried this recipe tonight, and it was delicious! My son and daughter loved it, too! It was really quick and easy to make (I cooked it for 50 seconds on High). Thank you for posting it!

    I’m a new subscriber to your blog and I have been enjoying it very much.

    Wishing you a blessed 2020.

  6. Rebecca M. Culbertson says:

    I haven’t made the recipe yet; when you say “flour” do you mean self-rising flour? Also, please adjust your cook time and prep time. I think you mean 50 seconds and 5 to 8 minutes?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      I use regular flour…and the cook time has been fixed. Thank you!

  7. Gloria Pletzer says:

    Was wondering if cook time is 50 minutes as stated in recipe or should it read 50 seconds?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      My new recipe card template doesn’t convert to seconds…and I did not know that! The cook time is 50 seconds. Thank you!

  8. this is going to come in handy and looks so yummy! Thank you!

  9. I Love chocolate in most any form. I will try this for something quick and easy. {50 seconds, right?} Thank you!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Wendy…yes, 50 seconds!

  10. Christine Heinrich says:

    I see that at the top of the recipe it says cook time is 50 minutes! As I read down I see you microwave for 50 seconds. I’ll be trying this soon on a day when chocolate is needed. Thank you.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Christine…my new recipe card template does not convert to seconds, and I didn’t know that! I’ve corrected it now and it’s 50 seconds. Thank you!

      1. Christine Heinrich says:

        Great. I plan to try this soon. Have a wonderful day.

  11. NoeleRene says:

    Thanks so very much for this Yummy recipes.
    Every time I have tried your recipes they turn out perfectly. My favorite is your bundt cakes. I have made them all. Thanks Ann.

  12. Hi Ann,

    I love the recipe for the individual brownie! However, the instructions in the print version have the prep time and cook time in minutes, not seconds. 😊 Thought you would like to know.
    Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Kathy…I fixed it! My new recipe card template doesn’t convert to seconds and I didn’t know that. Happy New Year!

  13. Jean McGee says:

    I just printed your Best Brownie Recipe even knowing you need to correct the cook/total time. Fifty seconds not minutes. Looking forward to making/enjoying this.
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Jean McGee

    1. Laurel Hopper says:

      Hmmm. I wonder what would happen if I substituted peanut butter for the oil? I might have to try it. Just sayin’….

  14. Ann, this recipe is nice and easy, and very yummy looking!
    Can’t wait to try it, thank you!

  15. I made the pioneer woman’s chocolate cake in a mug last night, it was good. It was also super rich and I couldn’t even finish it.

    This one is so much better! I added chopped Andes mints to mine. Yum!!

    Thank you for sharing this!

  16. Wendy Williamson says:

    Thank you, Ann for this great idea!

  17. Shelia P. says:

    Hi Ann! Thanks for this easy emergency recipe. I’ve never had a sweet tooth and very rarely ate anything sweet in my life until I hit 50! Then POW, some kind of switch turned on and I just couldn’t get enough chocolate! I’m 57 now and I’ve been on this roller coaster with chocolate cravings now for 7 long years, YIKES! Needless to say I’ve packed on the Pounds and I’ve got to break what has now become an addiction! Your recipe gives me “just enough” without the leftovers to deal with trying not to eat, lol! I’ve lost some of the weight I put on and am trying to find more healthy things to snack on. But every now and then, a girls just got to have a little chocolate! Thanks for the recipe!
    Enjoy the rest of your week! P.S. the only thing I’m going to do differently is add a few chopped pecans! 😊

  18. Sorry if I missed this somewhere but is the flour all purpose or self rising? Looks and sounds delicious! I want to make one!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Jennie…I used regular all purpose flour. Enjoy!

  19. Oh. My. Goodness. Today was that day for me and this did the trick. Thanks so much.

  20. Betty Lou says:

    Wonder Woman Ann to the rescue, there are times I am desperate and would do anything for a little chocolate, thanks for sharing.

  21. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Ann, I’m making this for my hubby tonight! He loves chocolate and this recipe sounds wonderful! Thanks!

  22. Naomi Shelton says:

    I do not routinely use the microwave to cook in but this dessert looks SO good AND so easy that I might have to reconsider!

  23. I love everything you send us. The herb garden I will have and a handy easy brownie. Pictures I frame. You have shown us curtains and furniture. Your favorite clothes some of which have become my favorites. I have a boy and girl grandchildren born 6 weeks ago. Jack is hefty, Lucy is a doll size. Many changes of clothes occur. LucyBell spits up a lot. But to see these two bundles joy seeking each out while sleeping is a beautiful sight to see.

  24. I’ll have to try this! I made the pioneer woman’s chocolate cake in a mug last night, it was good. It was also super rich and I couldn’t even finish it.

  25. Shirley Graham says:

    Thanks much for answering me – I appreciate ! Hopefully I can get my printer working!!

  26. This brownie looks great! :) Do you have any idea of the amount of calories in this sweet indulgence? I’m sorry in advance…if I overlooked it somewhere!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Melissa…I did some figuring and the brownie has approximately 360 calories. If you left the chocolate chips out, it would be under 300 calories. I usually eat this when I’m desperate and calories aren’t usually a consideration!

  27. Thank you for this pick me up treat. My toddler twins have had fevers yesterday and now today and I’m going to need this!

  28. Pat Stoughton says:

    Love this. Needed comfort food last week. Made tapioca. Ate every bit of it. (sigh)

  29. Oh my! I will be enjoying this! Thanks. Like you once I bake a whole batch of anything chocolate I find myself “nibbling” away. I was gifted one of those mugs for a single serving of cake mix (with an envelope of the mix). I didn’t care much for the mix – artificial tasting but the mug is a good, basic white one so it has been sitting on the shelf. Now it has a purpose again, I think.

  30. This brownie sounds perfect for those days when only chocolate helps. Thank-you for all of your wonderful ideas! Have a blessed day.

  31. Oh, my! You must have been reading my mind!

    I’m a die hard chocolate fan and needed a chocolate fix after the last few days I’ve had. With a few tweaks to make this a bit more diabetic friendly, this will be the perfect fix for me! Thank you so VERY much!!!!

  32. TIMELY! laura (formerly not a trophy wife)…