Well, it’s another weekend at home. I know I’m starting to get a little stir crazy, but definitely trying to take advantage of all the home time I’ve got. And today I’m sharing a recipe for Small-Batch High-Altitude Brownies that just makes 6 brownies, or 3 if you’re going hard, I’m not judging.

You guys have been sending tons of emails and messages and comments about what kinds of recipes you’d like to see right now, and I’ve heard from many of you that small-batch is super helpful right now since we can’t share our baking with people like normal. I’ll admit that I can definitely benefit from small-batch bakes myself haha.

So today I’m sharing a variation on one of my many brownie recipes that is cut down to bake up in a loaf pan. It makes 6 normal size brownies, or 3 large ones that you could top with ice cream to make something reeeaaallly tasty, just sayin’.

How to Make Small-Batch Brownies

Alright, so you start off by prepping your pan. I used greased mine and lined it with parchment paper, but foil works as well. Be sure to give it a light spray on top of the paper or foil as well as below. This helps to make sure you can remove the brownies. Next up, we’re heating up the oil and chocolate in a small saucepan until the chocolate is just melted. This should only take a couple of minutes.

You can also use butter in place of the oil, but I wanted an option that uses as little fresh ingredients as possible since everything is so tough to get right now. Anyways, add the sugar and stir together. Give it about five minutes to cool before you add in the egg and vanilla extract.

Finally, we’re stirring in our dry ingredients. Flour, cocoa powder, salt, and a handful of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate. You want to stir everything together until combined, which should just take a minute or two.

Pour it into your prepared baking pan and bake it for about 25-30 minutes, or until it looks set, with a papery top. These are fudgey brownies, so a toothpick test doesn’t work very well here. But the brownies should not wobble when you shake the pan, and they should have settled just slightly in the middle.

You want to cool these completely before slicing to serve. I know that’s a long time guys, sorry about that. But we’re talking about super fudgey brownies that are fudgey even when completely cooled. I actually like them best cooled. So just slice them up and enjoy!

5 from 2 votes

Small-Batch High-Altitude Brownies

Servings 6 brownies


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 oz. chopped dark chocolate (or unsweetened baking chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbs. dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8 inch metal loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray to coat. Set aside. 

  2. In a small saucepan, stir together the oil and 1 oz chopped chocolate over medium heat until the chocolate is melted- this should just take a couple of minutes. 

  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the sugar. Let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes. Then, stir in the egg and vanilla extract until combined. 

  4. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and additional chocolate or chocolate chips. Stir until there are no dry pockets of flour remaining in the mixture. Spread it evenly into your prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the brownies look set and papery on top. 

Recipe Notes

*Note: If you use a glass loaf pan, your bake time may be a bit longer. Bake until the brownies no longer jiggle in the middle, and they look set! 


  1. Miriam Moller

    April 15, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Nicole! Thanks for posting this, I'm craving brownies right now! If one were to use butter instead of oil (I bought a Costco sized pack of butter before this shelter in place started 🙂 ), should it be substituted one for one? So a 1/4 cup of butter? Thanks!

    • Dough-Eyed

      April 15, 2020 at 10:04 pm

      Hi there! Yes, sub for 1/4 cup butter and melt with the chocolate!

  2. Kristin Udvari

    April 18, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    To bake this in an 8×8 pan would you need to double the recipe, or does the volume work for that pan as well?

    • Dough-Eyed

      April 18, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      Hi there! You will want to double the recipe for an 8×8 pan, correct!

  3. Madysen

    April 29, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    5 stars
    Freaking yum! My husband and I devoured these.

    • Dough-Eyed

      April 30, 2020 at 2:48 am

      So glad you liked them!!

  4. Paz

    July 24, 2020 at 1:55 am

    I just made these and they are AMAZING!!!! We are going to the beach soon and I'm thinking of making them over there. Any adjustments for sea level? Thanks!!

  5. Cammie Kenne

    October 22, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    5 stars
    Just pulled these out of the oven after making a non high altitude recipe from Bon Appetit that involved browned butter. While the other ones are tasty…there's no crinkle top. Yours have a crinkle and we can't wait to eat them! Did sub out oil for butter as I had it on hand. Will post a report on taste and texture shortly…

    • Dough-Eyed

      October 26, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Oh I'm glad to hear it, I hope you loved the taste too! I love these ones!!

  6. Ashley

    March 21, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Hello! I was wondering what your altitude is? I'm at about 9000 ft so I was wondering if I would need to make any adjustments?

    • Dough-Eyed

      March 22, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Ashley- I am at about 5,000 ft above sea level, and I find that most people who live between 3,000-7,000 feet don't need to make any adjustments. If you're at 9,000 ft, you may need to make slight changes! For this recipe, I would suggest that you add another tablespoon of flour, and don't stress if these take a little longer to bake for you.


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