Semisweet Chocolate Brownies

brownies on plate
Photo: Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
176 Calories
11g Fat
16g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 176
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 3g
Calcium 25mg 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.)

These semisweet chocolate brownies are a double-chocolate treat made with melted semisweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips. I didn't add nuts to these brownies, but you could add about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter.

The brownies are a quick and easy treat, perfect for any occasion. Bake them for a weekend family treat or take them along to a party or potluck.

See the tips and variations for a few more flavor ideas and an easy brownie icing.


  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 to 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan.

  3. Melt the 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate with butter in a double boiler or in a stainless steel bowl over simmering water until smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool.

  4. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the sugar with eggs and salt until thick. Stir in vanilla and flour.

  5. Stir in the melted chocolate and butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

  6. Spread in prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with just a small amount clinging.

Tips and Variations

Add about 1/2 cup of peanut butter pieces or butterscotch chips to the brownie batter along with about 1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips.

Add 1/2 cup of bits o brickle chips to the brownie batter along with the semisweet chocolate chips.

Brownie Icing: In a saucepan, combine 1/3 cup of milk with 6 tablespoons of butter, and 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring. Boil for 30 seconds. Remove the saucepan from the heat and quickly stir in 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Pour the icing mixture over warm brownies. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired.