Cocoa Brownies with Chocolate Chips

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I’ve posted recipes on this blog for more than three years, most of which are baked goods, yet I’ve never shared a recipe for homemade brownies.  And that’s because I’d never made them before!  Until yesterday.

I always thought the box mix was the best way to go… the easiest way to go… obviously, I thought wrong. 😉



Don’t get me wrong, you can’t beat the simplicity of a boxed brownie mix.  But honestly, this from-scratch version doesn’t involve too much extra labor.  In keeping with my baking/cooking motto of keeping things simple, these brownies come together in minutes, all in one bowl.

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Because cocoa powder is used as the primary chocolatifying (new word) ingredient, that means you don’t need to mess around melting bars of chocolate.  Again, simplicity… and convenience, in my opinion — I always seem to have cocoa on hand, but seldom have bars of unsweetened chocolate.

The result?  Well, I think the pictures speak for themselves, but, dense, rich, fudge-like brownies.  I took these to a family party and they seemed to be a pretty big hit among the crowd — definitely chocolate overload, but in a good way. 😉 I suspect I’ll be making several variations of this recipe in the future!

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[print_this]Cocoa Brownies with Chocolate Chips

Dense, fudge-like deep chocolate brownies with semisweet chocolate chips.

Makes about 24 brownies (depending on size)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

  • 1 1/4 cups (20 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose or white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 325 degrees.  Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil (enough that it hangs over the edges for easy removal).

In a large, microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugars, cocoa, and salt.  Microwave on high about 1 minute, or until the butter is melted.  Stir until smooth.  Add the vanilla and eggs; stir until the batter is shiny and smooth.  Stir in the flour, mixing until the flour is completely blended and the batter is smooth.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out with a small amount of batter (this is key for fudge-like brownies; do not overbake!).  Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting.

Adapted from this recipe.[/print_this]


6 thoughts on “Cocoa Brownies with Chocolate Chips”

    1. It’s crazy to think you’ve never made brownies from a boxed mix – there are so many kinds to buy here! You’re probably better off with the from-scratch versions anyway. 🙂

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