Mom's Cocoa Powder Brownies

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

Oooey, Gooey, Rich and Chewy. If you are a fan of cake-like brownies, these are NOT for you. This makes a small pan of brownies that are moist and dense and need no icing. They form a crust that cracks and is a wonderful contrast to the fudgy texture of the brownie. Like all other basic brownie recipes, these are a great base for adding in chunks of chocolate, nuts, or whatever. As an adult, I like them with a 1/2 tsp of espresso powder added. For the brownie purist, the nuts are strictly optional. When I'm having one of those "must have chocolate" days, these are the perfect fix. After 1 brownie, I'm cured.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan.
  3. Allow to cool before cutting.


Most Helpful

Perfect Brownies. I like a fudgy chewy brownie and these were exactly that. I followed the recipe exactly including bake time. I omitted the nuts because I like a plain chocolate brownie. I cooked them for 25 minutes. I let them cool completely on a wire rack in the pan. I don't know how these could be cakey with no leavening agent.
Anyhow they are perfect

roccopico March 01, 2013

After reading all the previous reviews I wondered how these brownies would be. I followed your directions to a T. I made a double batch and baked them for 35 minutes in a metal baking pan.

They turned out perfect!! They were chewy, not the least bit "cake like", and enjoyed by all. I will add this to my recipe box. Oh, my family is already asking for a rerun. Thanks so much for this wonderful, easy to make recipe.

theblond July 06, 2011

These are fudgy and kind of chewy around the edges which is the way that I like my brownies. I made these yesterday and when I woke up this morning someone in the family had eaten nearly the whole pan, all except for 2 brownies. I think my son and his friend are to blame. Next time I make these I'm going to hide them in my room! I've made these tons of times now and I sometimes double this recipe and put it in a 13x9 pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. These brownies are total chocolate heaven. I think that this would be a great recipe to make a mix from too. I'm going to double this recipe and put the dry ingredients in a canning jar. This mix would store well because it doesn't have baking soda or baking powder in it. I think that it would fit in a quart jar.

The Daycare Lady April 14, 2010

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