I somehow ended up with 3 open containers of cocoa in my pantry and I was looking for a recipe to use up some of it. I found a brownie recipe at Epecurious.com that looked interesting and I did a little fiddling. (I’ll bet you’re not surprised.) The result is rich decadent cocoa brownies that will satisfy anyone’s chocolate craving.
Rich Decadent Cocoa Brownies
10 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a bowl, stir together the melted butter, the white and brown sugars, and the cocoa. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition until eggs are well incorporated. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
- Add flour and stir just until the flour is incorporated. Do not over beat. Stir in walnuts. Batter will thick.
- Spread batter evenly in prepared 8 inch square baking pan and bake for approximately 30 to 35 minutes.
As you can see in the pictures, I’ve drizzled my rich decadent cocoa brownies with store bought caramel sauce, but these brownies would also be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (They’re also delicious all on their own. Just ask my husband, who got up in the middle of the night for several more rich decadent cocoa brownies.)
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