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Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cool Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Brownies & Bars
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 brownies
Calories: 288kcal


  • 10 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder we like using Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp expresso powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup +2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/8 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped, optional


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8x8 square pan with foil, leaving an overhang on two sides (you will pull them out of the pan this way).
  • In a medium heatproof bowl, combine butter, sugar, cocoa, espresso powder and salt. Microwave on high for approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir with a spatula until mixture is smooth. It will look gritty but once it cools a bit and add the remaining ingredients, it smoothes out.
  • Stir in vanilla. Then add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. The batter will become smooth and shiny- this is what you want. Slowly add in flour, mix until it begins to disappear. Beat vigorously by hand for 45 seconds or so.
  • Add regular sized chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix well. Pour into foil-lined pan, spread evenly. Sprinkle mini morsels on top.
  • Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and place on top of a wire rack to cool completely (about 45 minutes or so). Lift up the long ends of the foil and remove from pan.


Serving: 12g | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg