Saucepan Brownies

Saucepan brownies with walnuts on a piece of parchment.

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This super easy recipe for saucepan brownies uses just one pot and one pan for a perfect version of everyone’s favorite chocolate dessert!


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped into small bits
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional but so good!)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper or nonstick foil.Let some of the paper or foil extend over two sides of the pan (this will make it easier to get the brownies out when they are done!)
  2. Put the butter in a medium sized saucepan and melt it over medium heat. When the butter is melted, take the pan off the burner, add the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla to the saucepan and stir. Now stir in the eggs, then the flour, then the nuts.
  4. Transfer the batter from the saucepan to the baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  5. Cool completely (I know! So hard!) and then use the edges of the parchment or foil to lift out of the pan. Cut into squares and enjoy!


  • Unsweetened Chocolate: This is exactly what you think it is – a bar of chocolate in its natural, unsweetened state. Chocolate is actually a little bitter before it gets mixed with sugar, so anyone who swipes this is in for a surprise! But there’s sugar in this recipe, and the melted chocolate is key to the rich flavor of these one pot brownies. You can find it in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips.
  • Walnuts: You can leave these out, or swap in chopped pecans or even macadamia nuts. You can find chopped walnuts in the baking aisle (and if you have any left over, make this amazing Walnut Pasta for supper!).