Single Serving Mexican Brownie

It’s always hard to return to the work week after a jam packed weekend of fun activities, but at least you know you made the most of it, right? Alex and I stayed busy hanging out with friends, enjoying the summer weather on our balcony, semi-watching the World Cup, and celebrating the 26th birthday of our friend Kate:

kate's birthday.jpgNothing says “birthday” like Jenga at a brewery. I would also like to point out that I was rocking Bananagrams. All of it was quite marvelous so I thought I’d link up with Katie’s Marvelous Monday!

Anyways, I think I achieved the impossible. I searched for something on Pinterest that turned up ZERO results. It was kind of specific, but still. I searched for “Single Serving Mexican Brownie” for our little fiesta-date night last week and I wanted to make dessert but I didn’t want to end up with leftovers. If I make a tray of brownies, I will eventually eat a tray of brownies. (It’s more like picking at it with a fork every time I enter the kitchen until it has mysteriously disappeared, but you get the idea.)

Clearly, this void needed to be filled, so I decided to make my own recipe for a single serving Mexican brownie*

*To be honest, I don’t even know if Mexican brownies are a thing. But I figured it was like Mexican hot chocolate. It’s chocolate with some spice to it. Make sense?

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Single Serving Mexican Brownie
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A chocolate-lovers dessert with just a bit of spice.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 1-2
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 & ½ tbsp Melted Butter
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • Dash of chili powder
  • Dash of sea salt on top
  1. Start by melting the butter in a ramekin in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Then I mixed up the rest of the ingredients, including the butter, in a small bowl.
  3. Add all of the ingredients back into the ramekin (which is now greased, thanks to the butter) and microwave for 1 minute or until just set.
  4. Microwave times can vary, so I'd start with 30 seconds and check it. Then keep on going in 15 second increments until it's cooked!

It was a little crumbly (so you might make a bit of a mess white eating it) but Alex and I both really liked it. It was the perfect dessert to share on the couch- no leftovers to pick at the next day! Of course, the next day I wished I had something sweet to snack on… but Alex and I made banana bread over the weekend, so at least I’ve got that to keep my sweet tooth occupied.

Have you ever made single serving desserts?


  1. I definitely need to try this recipe! I am so guilty of picking at sweets in the kitchen too!

  2. I do the same thing with picking at sweets and it drives my husband nuts. Love that this has a little kick to it!

  3. Single serving recipes are ideal for me. In fact the majority of things I make are single serving!

  4. Totally agree about a jam-packed weekend- when the weather is this gorgeous, you have to make the most of it! I love Jenga, too 🙂 We went down to Brooklyn for an overnight and got sunburned and exhausted but had so much fun.
    I’ve never made a single-serve brownie (no microwave), but I’m sure yours is delicious! 🙂

  5. I’m not sure if I could share that 😉 Looks really good. I love single serving desserts! I much prefer to not have a huge pan of brownies laying around to nibble on all week (or, in my case, a couple of days!)

  6. Adding egg would probably help the crumbly-ness since it is a binding agent… but I would have no clue how much. Certainly a whole egg would be overkill…

  7. I love spicy chocolate and Mexican style chocolate. I could eat a lot more of it! Thanks for sharing this and I know for a fact I will be trying it.

  8. I can’t decide whether I hate you right now or love you.
    This will either be the best thing ever for my chocolate cravings or the worst thing ever for my waistline.
    I’ll let you know in a week 😉

  9. Love this idea! I tried to make a single-serving cake once and it did not taste good. Too spongey, or something? But this sounds delicious and I trust your sweet tooth 🙂

    • I know what you mean! I’ve made some “healthy” ones that were a little spongey. Maybe it was egg whites?

  10. Love it!! But I have a question, is there any substitution for the butter? Now I want a single serving chocolate cake!!

    • If you want to make it vegan, I’m sure Earth Balance would work well, and you could probably try coconut oil!

  11. I’m glad you filled this void in the Pinterest universe! Single serving desserts are a favorite of mine since I occasionally cannot control myself around sweets.

  12. I need to make more desserts that guarantee no leftovers! Vishnu and I are known to polish off entire trays of baked goods in 24-48 hours!

  13. Single serving desserts make me feel better for being single 😉 . So yes, I’ve made quite a few before – including your apple crumble but you knew that already. I’m a fan of Lindt’s Chili bar so – Mexican or not – a spicy chocolate brownie sounds really good to me.

  14. I totally know what you mean when you say you eat the entire tray of brownies if they are there. I tend to be the same way and sometimes add the excuse that I don’t want it to go to waste. The brownie recipe comes in handy and definitely sounds yummy. I will try it for my next get together, I love the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Thank you for sharing!

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