Easy Chocolate Saucepan Brownies

Saucepan brownies with walnuts.
The Spruce / Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
179 Calories
10g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 179
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 3g
Calcium 32mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you have 10 minutes and a saucepan, you can whip up these yummy treats! Chocolate saucepan brownies are a quick, super-easy and delicious preparation. Just melt the butter and chocolate, beat in the sugar, eggs, and dry ingredients, and then bake. That's all there is to it!

Everything is mixed in a medium saucepan, so there are very few dirty dishes to clean.

Feel free to add some chocolate or white chocolate chips or nuts, or add some brickle bits to the batter. They're great frosted, too!


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (or bittersweet)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (3 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Heat oven to 325 F; grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper, if desired.

    Ingredients for saucepan brownies.
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  2. Put the butter and chocolate in a saucepan and place it over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly until the butter and chocolate are melted. Turn the heat off and let the mixture cool slightly. Whisk the sugar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture.

    Whisking saucepan brownies.
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  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; stir to blend.

    Making brownies in a saucepan.
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  4. Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate batter mixture. Stir in the chopped nuts, if using, blending well.

    Walnuts in brownie batter.
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  5. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.

    Pan of chocolate brownie batter.
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  6. Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes.

    Pan of baked brownies.
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  • Make an extra pan and freeze the individual brownies to enjoy later.
  • Crumble a few chilled brownies and add the crumbs to homemade vanilla or chocolate ice cream or gelato.
  • Cut a brownie into small squares and make a brownie sundae or make them part of an ice cream sundae bar.

Recipe Variations

  • Add chocolate chips or white chocolate chips to the batter along with the chopped nuts.
  • Frost the brownies with a chocolate glaze or ganache.
  • Sprinkle semisweet chocolate chips over the hot baked brownies and let stand for a minute or two; spread the melted chocolate over the brownies.