A deep dish brownie for one with a hidden peanut butter cup and toasted marshmallows on top
Because everybody knows I love to bake, I get asked all the time how I’m not fat. Portion control, really. I eat one or two (and maybe another) then give the rest away, usually to coworkers. It also helps that I scale down recipes to one or even half a dozen. But then there are times I want a sweet treat right now and don’t want to fuss with the mess or even just have the extra goodies over the weekend. Or maybe I get in one of those moods because tomorrow is Valentine’s Day aka Singles Awareness Day aka Why Are We Celebrating This Holiday Again (love should be celebrated all year round). Anyway, on occasion I make single serving desserts, like this S’mores Peanut Butter Cup Brownie. Because living alone means putting yourself first, including a break from social expectations (and for you Park and Rec fans – Treat Yo Self).
A few months ago, I read Ali’s Single series and felt inspired. Inspired enough to write this – there’s nothing wrong with being single. I’m tired of coworkers, friends, TV shows, movies telling me otherwise. I’m not a damsel in distress nor am I broken. I’m just a young woman trying to figure out what to do with my life. Yes, I get lonely and question if I’ll ever fall in love, but you know what? That’s ok. I keep myself busy with this blog and I love it.
As a single young woman living in a small town where everyone is older and married, I’m often criticized about my lifestyle. Comments here and there about how I do nothing with my life, spending my nights and weekends sitting on the couch watching tv. That I need to find a man and sign up for online dating accounts. I actually had someone call me over to his desk to tell me how this radio ad for a singles dating website reminded him of me and that I should sign up immediately for it (not once did I ever complain to him about being single). Then there’s the comment where I said I was busy that evening and immediately one person went, “What are YOU doing that you’re ‘so busy’?” As if I’m forbidden to occupy my time because I’m not a parent (for the record, I had cookies to make for a friend).
So how does a lonely ol’ soul like me survive in a world of loving relationships? I’m blogging, which is growing beyond what I could imagine. Whether it’s cooking, baking, shooting, writing, editing photos, catching up on social media or all of the above, I’m not just “sitting on the couch.” On the weekends I’m either grocery shopping, traveling, or playing in the kitchen. Bottom line is I keep myself busy. It’s the only way to survive when loneliness starts creeping up. Plus blogging has brought me the best friends ever, so even though I’m physically alone here in PA, the out pour of love and care online is enormous.
I bet you want to know more about this single serving brownie, which combines three of my favorite things – chocolate, peanut butter, and toasted marshmallows. As you can see in the photo, I didn’t wait for it to cool down, so it’s one hot gooey mess. However, if you want a brownie texture, cool it completely before diving in.
With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I used to care about being alone. Maybe it’s because I’m older or maybe because I realized there’s nothing wrong with being single, but I don’t care anymore. So instead of pouting about it, I decided to be my own Valentine with my don’t-have-to-share-brownie. Except my parents invited themselves up to my place this weekend, so technically I won’t be alone. And now I have to share my food.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- Splash of vanilla
- 1 peanut butter cup
- 2 tablespoons mini marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 350F. Have a one 6-ounce ceramic ramekin ready.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt together the butter and chocolate chips. Whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder. Beat in the egg yolk then whisk in the flour, salt, and vanilla.
- Spoon half of the batter into the ramekin. Add the peanut butter cup then cover with the rest of the batter. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Turn on the broiler. Add the mini marshmallows on top then broil until toasted. Cool 10 minutes then eat for a gooey texture or cool completely for a brownie texture.
Source: Adapted from Heather’s Dish
If you liked this recipe, you may also like these recipes from me:
- Single Serving Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie
- One Serving Cherry Pie Ice Cream Sundae
- Pistachio Pudding For Two (From Scratch)