Single Serving S’mores Peanut Butter Cup Brownie

A deep dish brownie for one with a hidden peanut butter cup and toasted marshmallows on top


Single Serving Smores Peanut Butter Cup Brownie

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).


Single Serving Smores Peanut Butter Cup Brownie

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.


Single Serving Smores Peanut Butter Cup Brownie

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.


Single Serving Smores Peanut Butter Cup Brownie

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.


Single Serving Smores Peanut Butter Cup Brownie

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.
Single Serving S'mores Peanut Butter Cup Brownie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Have a one 6-ounce ceramic ramekin ready.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
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  1. Love this!! I would totally eat it while still warm and gooey as well.

  2. Embrace your singleness! Don’t let anyone make you feel like its a bad thing. Do what YOU like to do when you want to do it. This brownie looks amazing and I believe I’ll be treating myself to one tomorrow because I love myself that much.

  3. MIND = BLOWN. OMG the CHOCOLATE!!!

  4. Ok:
    1. You know I (and a million other people) love you!!! It’s so insane how different small town and city living are: here I’m constantly criticized for being engaged at such a “young” age and people glorify being single, so it’s so weird to think that people give you a hard time about it! You keep strong and just keep being the amazing woman you are!
    2.OH MY SWEET BABY JESUS! Those photos….I’m drooling. So good. peanut butter, chocolate, s’mores….alll things I love so much *getting choked up* *sob* *hiccup*

  5. Um, yum!! This looks absolutely incredible. As for being criticized, people are gonna say stupid stuff no matter what your situation. The internet can be really cruel. You just keep doin’ you! :)

    • Thanks Marisa. Although most of the people I see every day at work, so it’s a little harder to ignore ;) But I agree. They will talk no matter what.

  6. OMG, Carla, now I have to take my gluten free version of your little deep dish brownies and add Reese’s and marshmallows. It must be done and eaten immediately. Also, do you see the hidden chocolate heart that formed as you took out your spoonful in that one photo. Foodie love!!!

  7. Amen sistah! It seems like every single one of my friends is in a long term relationship/getting married/having kids and I don’t know if they think I’m getting left behind or what, but I had one sign me up for a dating site because she thought I was lonely, and two others that tried to force me go to speed dating. With my social anxiety, that would have been a painful and humiliating experience. People in relationships don’t seem to understand there is nothing wrong with being single. Period. End of story.

    And being single means I don’t have to share this brownie and OH MY GAH THIS BROWNIE. I’m in love. Chocolate, peanut butter, and toasted marshmallows on top? GET IN MAH BELLY NOW PLZ

    • Or your friends end a relationship and a week later are dating someone else. Like they are avoiding being single because they are just soooo bored and lonely. Dude, it’s barely been a week haha That’s ok – we have more freedom than they do ;)

  8. This brownie! I need it! I love all things s’more! oh and there is NOTHING wrong with being single! I’m not single but we don’t have kids so I totally understand the judgmental questions (from a different angle) like we can’t be busy because we have kids… please… lol. hugs!

  9. Jesus Christ, I want to punch these people in the face. Who the heck do they think they are to be so harsh and judgy? Only you and I are allowed to be harsh and judgy! You should ask them back-handed questions like “how in the world are you still married?” Ugh. Gimme one or a dozen of these incredible s’mores peanut butter cup brownies! I wouldn’t wait for it to cool down later. It’ll simultaneously taste like the best thing in the world and fire on my tongue from the hotness, lol. And I agree with Angie’s comment. I’m married but don’t intend on ever having kids. You should hear all the comments I get. People just love to criticize how other people choose to live their lives. Happy Galentine’s Day and happy Singles Awareness Day, girl.

    • I seriously need to remember that comeback next time. It’s amazing how many snide comments I get because I must be “soooo bored.” Don’t even get me started on everyone thinking I drive home to my parents every weekend like I’m in college. Oh yes, I love to waste 5 hours and gas each weekend. We need to start our harsh and judgy emails again ;)

  10. Oh, man, these look outrageously delicious!

  11. Good for you! There’s nothing wrong with being single or not single or any other state that’s correct for your life right now. Make yourself happy first and always. Of course, if you were to make two of these brownie treats and bring one over to me, we could be each others Valentines. :) By the way, ‘single awareness day’ is funny but not being single doesn’t always mean you get stuff on Valentine’s Day because men can be…..men!

    • Or in my case, being single may mean having two packages show up with a third one on the way without saying anything to anyone about Valentine’s Day. I bet I’m luckier than most couples this week!

  12. S’mores, peanut butter cup, and brownie all in one! OMG. I’m glad I’m single so I won’t have to share this with anybody!

  13. I think you should have punched your coworker in the nose. Gooey brownies are the best!

  14. It sounds like you are at such a great place of happiness and still openness…I’ve known too many single people who are bitter and fail to enjoy the beauty of it – beauty like no-share desserts! This is so fantastic!

    • I used to be bitter and miserable about it, but then I realized I wasn’t pleasant to be around at all. Plus the negative thoughts were getting a bit too negative in my head, so I needed a change. Embracing the freedom and “extra time” as a single really changed my life around. Plus no sharing desserts ;)

  15. Booo for sharing. Boo for letting this cool. I’m with you, there is no way I’d let this melt. Also if we come home for dinner tonight and Braden wants some dessert, I absolutely know what I’m going to whip up! Forget our tradition of ice cream sundaes. Hot s’more pb cup brownies it is! Also you are doing the right thing ignoring everyone. It’s none of their business, they don’t know what goes on behind the scenes and they don’t need to know.

  16. I am all about singe serving desserts. I have only made one once, but it was great! This looks fantastic!

  17. I need.

  18. I am also single.. and that is all I hear about: my family is constantly telling me that I need to do online-dating, that a man and relationship will solve all my problems… and that especially since I am domestic, work a job, and workout, that I ‘should’ be a with a man who can appreciate my domesticity…

    I don’t know about you, but I kind of like not sharing my desserts some days. And i kind of like having breakfast for dinner some days.

    • Ugh you poor girl. Fortunately my parents don’t say anything about it and support me in whatever I do (even though they don’t “get” blogging but are happy to eat the leftovers). I’m not a huge breakfast person, but I do eat eggs and bacon for dinner sometimes ;)

  19. Why are people so dang mean? I mean, mind your business, folks. I’m married and don’t celebrate. Being married doesn’t mean you can’t have your own life and hobbies. I keep myself busy with my site, and I love it. I’m forever craving sweet chocolate goodies, and, even better, a treat that can be whipped up in no time.

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