Small Batch Emergency Brownies (Air Fryer)

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 25, 2021

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Delicious, chocolaty Small Batch Emergency Brownies come to the rescue when you really need a brownie and you need it right now. They’re made quickly in the air fryer, too, for no fuss.

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by a sponsor company but as always opinions are 100% mine.

Small Batch Emergency Brownies on a white plate held by a hand

We’ve all had those days when we wanted something chocolate, and there was nothing in the house. Scratch that…we NEEDED something chocolate, we craved it, and were stopping at nothing until we had it. Luckily, there’s a very fast, easy and simple brownie that you can stir together quickly, that makes a small batch (just enough for you and maybe one other person), and you can make them in your air fryer so you don’t have to heat up the house.

How to make Small Batch Emergency Brownies in the Air Fryer

Ingredients for Small Batch Emergency Brownies laid out on a white marble counterFirst, gather your ingredients. This recipe calls for

  • olive oil
  • sugar  (I used sugar from our sponsor, Dixie Crystals, which produces high quality pure cane sugar)
  • light corn syrup (or maple syrup or golden syrup)
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • flour
  • cocoa
  • salt
  • nuts
  • mini chocolate chips

Small Batch Emergency Brownies 2 brownies on a white plate with a mini loaf pan behind with additional brownie in it

Reasons to make Small Batch Emergency Brownies

–Fast, easy, very few ingredients
–Makes 3-4 (depending on how you cut them), so eat them all yourself, or share with a pal
–Make them in a foil mini loaf pan
–Bake them in the air fryer so you don’t heat up the kitchen

Small Batch Emergency Brownies 2 pieces on a white plate with baking pan behind

Today begins Summer Dessert Week, and you’ll find recipes from my fellow food bloggers below the recipe card. Scroll down to have a sweet week ⇓

Small Batch Emergency Brownies in the Air Fryer

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3-4 brownies

Small Batch Emergency Brownies in the Air Fryer

Delicious, chocolaty Small Batch Emergency Brownies made in the air fryer for when you really need a brownie and you need it right now.


  • 2 tablespoons light-flavored olive oil (or other flavorless oil)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (or brown sugar, packed)
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup or maple or golden syrup
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. In a small mixing bowl, add oil, sugar, corn syrup, egg, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  2. Sprinkle in flour and cocoa and mix. Stir in nuts and chips just until combined.
  3. Spray a mini loaf foil baking pan with nonstick spray, scrape batter in, and place pan in air fryer. Set at 320F degrees and bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Stick a wooden pick into the center to check for doneness. If it is gooey, put it in for another 2 or so minutes. Remove pan from air fryer and set on heat-proof surface to cool. Cut when cool.
  5. Makes 4 brownies. Share if you must.


Recipe source: Adapted from Emergency Brownies by Nigella Lawson in "At My Table."

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2 brownies on a white plate and 3 brownies on a white plate with a hand holding the plate with type overlaid

Summer Dessert Week

Welcome to this year’s #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. You’re going to be in for a treat this year because we have 28 blogs/bloggers creating summer-themed dessert recipes all week! We’re sharing them with the hashtag #SummerDessertWeek on social media and you’ll find some of the links in this post as well. Plus, we also have some great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors!  

#SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!

Strawberry Banana Sorbet from Big Bear’s Wife
Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas from Semi Homemade Recipes
Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Cookies from Eat Move Make
Ursula Blackberry Yogurt Mousse Cake from Simply Inspired Meals
Strawberry Upside Down Cake from It’s Shanaka
Margarita Bundt Cake from Fake Ginger
Air Fryer Blackberry Hand Pies from Blogghetti
Grape Jello Pie from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
Lime Raspberry Hand Pies from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Summertime Blue Apple Pie from For the Love of Food
Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Strawberry Peach Poke Cake from Our Good Life
S’mores Mug Cake from Family Around the Table
White Chocolate Peach Crumb Bars from Sweet Beginnings
Strawberry Pizzelles from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Hocus Pocus Buns from Savory Experiments
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream from Devour Dinner
Small Batch Emergency Air Fryer Brownies from Shockingly Delicious  YOU ARE HERE…THIS IS ME!
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars from Books n’ Cooks
Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake from SugarYums
Crescent Roll Peach Dumplings from Cheese Curd In Paradise
Instant Pot Orange Dreamsicle Cheesecake from Baking up Memories
Rum Raisin Brownies from Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Shortbread from Pastry Chef Online
Drumstick Cheesecake Cups from Sweet ReciPEAs
Sheet Pan No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Comfortably Domestic
Baltimore Strawberry Pie from Cookaholic Wife


Want another brownie recipe?

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Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek, but all opinions are mine We would like to thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals and Circulon, who provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

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