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Cocoa Brownies

September 18, 2014


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Ever have one of those weeks where you need a big plate of brownies?

Brownies are one of my “everything is okay no matter what” foods.  This week, “no matter what” took the form of “I’m crazy busy!” But when I looked in my pantry disaster, — no semisweet chocolate!

I carefully looked under every peppercorn and stray cilantro leaf in the cupboard, but I found no semisweet chocolate.

I typed the sad keywords in my search engine. “how to make brownies without chocolate”.

Cocoa Brownies - 2Teaspoons

I spent several long minutes sifting through the results, mostly just wishing I had semisweet chocolate. It may have been faster to just go out and buy some chocolate. Or brownies. But if I had any time to run out to the store, I probably wouldn’t want brownies anyway.

Sad and dejected I headed back to my kitchen. As if there could be a plan b for brownies.

Out of the corner of my eye, hiding out of the way in the spice bin, I spotted something chocolate colored, yet powdery. Cocoa powder!

Cocoa Brownies - 2Teaspoons

With surprising quickness, I dashed back to my browser. Some wise, online sage (i.e. food blogger) must have been in similar dire straits, I thought. It must be possible to make brownies from cocoa powder! I willed the oracle of google to bring me the answer (with mouthwatering pictures, of course!)

After what must have been the most agonizing 0.42 seconds ever, google returned my search results and cocoa brownies were found!

Cocoa Brownies - 2Teaspoons

These brownies are super rich and fudgy. I made some modifications to get that irresistible chewy brownie texture.

Mmmmmm. heaven. Everything really is okay now. No matter what. Enjoy! 🙂

Cocoa Brownies - 2Teaspoons

Cocoa Brownies

Rich, chewy, decadent fudge brownies made with cocoa powder!
Course Dessert
Servings 8 -16
Author 2Teaspoons


  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • cup sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, and cocoa powder in a large microwave safe bowl. Melt in microwave on 50% power for about 3 minutes, stirring every 60 seconds. Mixture should be hot to touch, but not scorching. Let cool slightly until warm, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in vanilla then stir in 1 egg at a time until completely incorporated. Add flour and salt, and stir until you can’t see any flour. Stir vigorously for 1 additional minute. Spread evenly in parchment paper lined 8x8 baking pan.
  4. Bake until a toothpick comes out almost clean, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Lift up parchment paper and cut into delicious brownie pieces. Enjoy!




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  1. Avatar for Michelle @ Flour and Aprons

    Michelle @ Flour and Aprons

    They look delish! Will have to try:)

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks Michelle! These brownies really came out rich, dark and delicious 🙂 I’d love to hear what you think of them if you give the recipe a try!

  2. Avatar for Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong

    Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong

    Gorgeous brownies!! brownies with cocoa powder is a fab fab idea.. Love these.. 🙂

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks Arpita! The cocoa powder really worked well…they were really rich and chocolatey 🙂

  3. Avatar for Judy @ I

    Judy @ I'm Bored, Let's Go

    ‘I typed the sad keywords in my search engine. “how to make brownies without chocolate”.’ This cracked me up! It wouldn’t be brownies without chocolate…although I think there’s blonde brownies, wonder what’s in them??? I always make the boxed brownies but this sounds easy and I do have cocoa powder!

    • Avatar for Karen


      I’m glad you enjoyed it Judy! I don’t think blondies would have satisfied my brownie craving anyway 🙂 I grew up making boxed brownies but switched when I realized how easy from scratch ones are (both the chocolate and the cocoa powder version), assuming you have chocolate or cocoa powder of course 🙂

  4. Avatar for Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron

    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron

    That’s funny…I’ve never made brownies with chocolate before, only cocoa powder! These look delicious!

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks Denise! That’s great to hear. I’ve always used semi-sweet chocolate before, but these came out incredibly delicious! Cocoa powder definitely won the day 🙂

  5. Avatar for Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Brownies certainly do make everything better!

    • Avatar for Karen


      I totally think brownies may have some magical healing powers Liz! My stress levels start to drop as I start to smell them baking in the oven 🙂

      • Avatar for Tay


        U forgot to say what to do with the salt

        • Avatar for Karen


          Thanks for catching that Tay! I’ve updated the recipe — the salt gets added with the flour.

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