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how to make brownies with cocoa powder
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How to Make Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Brownie made with just cocoa powder can be rich and fudgy. This post will teach you how to make brownies with cocoa powder. They're quick, easy and only one-bowl.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Additional Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 brownies
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Mallory


  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup cocoa powder* see note
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9x13-inch pan** with butter or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar. Make sure the butter mixture is almost room temperature and then add the eggs and vanilla.
  • Beat until well incorporated. Beating in the eggs well is what forms that signa mture brownie crust on top.
  • Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Whisk until incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350° F for 28-32 minutes or until center is set. Let cool at least slightly before cutting into bars.


*I like to use dutch process cocoa powder in my brownies. It has a richer, deeper chocolate flavor is is much darker. I use regular cocoa powder all the time too and they turn out great. So use whichever you feel like.
** A half batch of this recipe will fill an 8x8-inch pan. Bake for 24 minutes or until set.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g