How to make Brownies with one egg

by Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
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Can brownies be made with one egg? Absolutely! This is an easy one-bowl recipe for homemade cocoa powder brownies made with brown sugar and only one egg.

How to make Brownies with one egg - Easy one-bowl recipe for homemade cocoa powder brownies made with brown sugar and only one egg. | Beat Bake Eat




One Egg Brownies

Can brownies be made with one egg? Absolutely! As you can tell from the title of this post this brownie recipe only calls for one egg.

What happens when you use one egg instead of two? It results in brownies that are a little thicker, chewier, more fudgy, and less cake-y.

The first time I made these brownies the recipe was different. It called for 2 eggs at that time. Something was off and I immediately knew what it was. There were too many eggs. The brownies had risen too much and they had a weird taste and texture. I thought for sure that I would get it on the first try, however I did come close. I made the recipe again with 1 less egg and it was perfect.

I also decided to add some chocolate chips to make them decadent chocolate chip brownies. The chocolate chips are optional but I find that brownies with chocolate chips are better than those without.

How to make Brownies with one egg - Easy one-bowl recipe for homemade cocoa powder brownies made with brown sugar and only one egg. | Beat Bake Eat

Easy Homemade Brownies

This is a one-bowl brownie recipe with simple ingredients that can be made without a mixer and comes together in minutes.

You don’t need to mix for hours either, there’s no special ingredient, and they take about 20 minutes to bake. So this is not only an easy recipe but a quick and convenient one too.

Many people don’t know just how easy making brownies from scratch can be. When it comes to baking, making brownies is one of the easiest things you can make (and one of the cheapest too). Once you master how to make brownies from scratch you’ll never go back to buying a box mix.




Brown Sugar Brownies

Some brownie recipes call for only white sugar while others call for both white and brown. This recipe calls for only brown.

Using solely brown sugar made these brownies soft, moist, and rich in flavor. They’re also darker in color than their white-sugar counterparts and if you didn’t know this already, baked goods with chocolate and brown sugar always turn out flavorful and moist. Always.

How to make Brownies with one egg - Easy one-bowl recipe for homemade cocoa powder brownies made with brown sugar and only one egg. | Beat Bake Eat

Brownie Recipe with Cocoa Powder

Using real chocolate to make brownies is always good however, using cocoa powder is great too. Cocoa powder is actually packed with more chocolate flavor because it isn’t diluted with milk, water, or sugar which yields brownies that are rich. Making brownies without chocolate is also more convenient. I almost never have baking chocolate on hand but I always have a big tin of cocoa up in my cupboard.

Measuring Cocoa Powder

How do you measure cocoa powder? Cocoa powder is often times clumped together so to make sure that you measure it correctly, fluff it with a spoon prior to measuring (remove as many lumps as possible) then spoon it into the measuring cup and level off the excess. This will ensure that the cocoa powder is not packed into the measuring cup, preventing the possible outcome of a drier baked good. If you want to take it a step further, you can sift the cocoa powder to remove any and all lumps.




To me these brownies are like “traditional” brownies. They’re not just one thing. The edges and top layer is chewy and fudgy, the center is a little cake-y, super moist, and melts in your mouth. And depending on how long you bake them they can be gooey too. They’re especially good warm. Actually they taste great both warm and cool. These brownies are just everything. Decadently delicious.

If you prefer fudge brownies check out this recipe. It’s also made with brown sugar, cocoa powder and only one egg.

How to make Brownies with one egg - Easy one-bowl recipe for homemade cocoa powder brownies made with brown sugar and only one egg. | Beat Bake Eat

How to make Brownies with one egg

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil and set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl combine butter, brown sugar, and salt.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Add flour and cocoa powder and stir until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into the baking pan in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with an equal amount of batter and moist crumbs. Do not over bake.
  7. Cool in pan for at least 15 – 20 minutes before slicing.

Substituting unsalted butter for salted butter:
If using unsalted butter double the amount of salt in the recipe.

The batter for this recipe is so dreamy. Make sure to scrape the bowl. Get as much batter into the pan as possible. We’re not letting any of that chocolate goodness go to waste. And don’t forget to like the spoon!

Although this is an easy brownie recipe, there is some waiting required. After baking you have to wait for them to cool in the pan for at least 15 – 20 minutes before slicing.




How to tell when Brownies are done baking

These brownies are done when the edges and the majority of the center are set. The top layer will be baked but it will still be soft (or even a little mushy) and under baked underneath. The best way to check for doneness is to use a toothpick (or a butter knife). When inserted, there should be an equal amount of batter and moist crumbs sticking to the toothpick. If there’s only or mostly raw batter, the brownies need to be baked longer. If the toothpick comes out completely clean or with only a few dry crumbs on it, the brownies have been over baked.

It’s very important that you do not over bake the brownies.

Taking the brownies out of the oven while they are still under baked will ensure that the end product is not dry and hard. You want to keep as much moisture as you can so that when the residual heat from the pan continues to “bake” the brownies they’ll still be soft and moist on the inside and

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How to store Brownies

Store sliced brownies at room temperature in an airtight container or cover tightly with foil. I find that they start to get stale after two days so it’s best to eat them while they’re fresh.




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How to make Brownies with one egg - Easy one-bowl recipe for homemade cocoa powder brownies made with brown sugar and only one egg. | Beat Bake Eat
How to make Brownies with one egg
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Can brownies be made with one egg? Absolutely! This is an easy one-bowl recipe for homemade cocoa powder brownies made with brown sugar and only one egg.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: brown sugar brownies with cocoa powder, easy brownies recipe with cocoa powder, easy homemade brownies
Servings: 12 Brownies
Calories: 202 kcal
Author: Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil and set aside. 

    *Note that if using foil the edges may crisp quicker.

  2. In a large bowl combine butter, brown sugar, and salt.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Add flour and cocoa powder and stir until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into the baking pan in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with an equal amount of batter and moist crumbs. Do not over bake.
  7. Cool in pan for at least 15 – 20 minutes before slicing.
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11 comments

Pam Cooper June 21, 2019 - 1:30 am

This is a very quick, easy recipe with a great result. I’ve tried a few Brownie recipes now and this is by far the best. Cuts well and tastes great.

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Crystal June 21, 2019 - 5:42 pm

I’m so happy to hear that, Pam!😊 Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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Jackie MacArthur August 17, 2019 - 4:31 am

I tried this recipe because I only had one egg left, and now I love this recipe and it has become my go to brownie recipe. Thank you

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Crystal August 17, 2019 - 1:34 pm

I’m so happy to hear that, Jackie! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and rating the recipe.

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Jackie MacArthur August 17, 2019 - 4:36 am

Oh I forgot to rate 👍😊

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Anne-Marie August 19, 2019 - 5:08 pm

Hello I am from the EU. I love your site but it would be rly helpful if you would put in kg/ml measurements also on your recipes. it is confusing and time consuming to google for every ingredient. Thank you very much and keep up the good work i would love to revisit this site again <3

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Crystal August 20, 2019 - 7:46 pm

Hi, Anne-Marie! You’re so kind. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I apologize for the inconvenience. I’ll get the measurement conversions up as soon as possible!

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Easyladys March 8, 2020 - 6:21 pm

Definitely the best from scratch cocoa brownies ever! I also like adding mini chocolate chip cookies to the batter and sprinkling the top with powdered sugar! Nomnom I recently found out I have both a wheat and milk allergy, so I’m trying tonight with an almond oil butter and almond baking flour. TBD

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 9, 2020 - 12:51 pm

Thank you so much! I’ve never thought of doing that before. That sounds amazing! Do you add fully baked cookies or just the dough?
Oh, no. I wish I could help but I’ve never baked with almond oil butter or flour before. I really hope those substitutions work out for you.

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Antonia March 31, 2020 - 3:22 pm

So easy and tasty – perfect for when you only have one egg left. We will definitely make these adain
Gab and Georgie xxx

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 31, 2020 - 5:22 pm

😄 Glad you’ll be making them again. Thanks so much for the 5-star rating and review!

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