BB Mondays: Cocoa Brownies

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Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Did you enjoy the first days of fall? We certainly did. Beautiful weather and such chilly mornings, I had to beg the kiddos to get out of their comfy beds! Usually, they are up and ready to start the day without any nagging. Not this weekend.

My Hubby and I, on the other hand, enjoyed our morning coffee on the patio trying to catch the warmth of the rising sun. I love those moments.

Anyways, another Monday rolled in and it’s time for a brownie recipe. This week I decided to feature a recipe I tried for the first time last year. I remember very clearly that it was a hit. I was looking forward to making these brownies again. I am talking about cocoa brownies from Smitten Kitchen, adapted from “Bittersweet” by Alice Medrich.


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 The cocoa flavor really comes through. The better cocoa you use, the better these will be. In my opinion, they do not need any frosting or even dusting with powdered sugar. Plain cocoa that’s truly satisfying. Cut them in triangles instead of usual squares.

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These brownies are fudgy and soft. They melt in your mouth! But they do not have the crackly top I like. The cocoa flavor is very noticeable and it didn’t make me miss the actual chocolate in them. You really need to let them cool completely, or even refrigerate to cold, to get clean cuts. I had to actually wipe my knife before cuts.

Cocoa Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 2"x2" bars

Cocoa brownies that melt in your mouth! Original recipe from Smitten Kitchen.


  1. 10 Tbsp unsalted butter
  2. 1 1/4 c granulated sugar
  3. 3/4 c + 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1/2 c all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line a 8"x8" baking pan with foil. Set aside.
  3. In a double boiler, melt together butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Whisk together.
  4. When all the butter has melted and everything is mixed together, remove the bowl from the heat and set aside to cool. It should be warm but not hot or it will scramble the eggs.
  5. At this point, I poured the cocoa mixture into my stand mixer bowl and turned it on 2. Mix for 2 minutes. You can use whisk or wooden spoon.
  6. Add vanilla and stir.
  7. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  8. When your batter looks shiny, it's time to add flour. Add it all at once and beat until it disappears in the batter.
  9. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and spread evenly.
  10. Bake 25 - 30 minutes.
  11. Cool completely before cutting.
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 BB Mondays: Cocoa Brownies

Other posts in BB Mondays series:

Robert’s Absolute Best Brownies

Have a fabulous start to your week!



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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    These brownies look luscious!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Thanks, Laura!

  • Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    You did not disappoint with these, they look so yummy and the triangular shape is quite appealing.

    At the end of the series I imagine it may be quite hard to pick your favorite one :)

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Yes, I expect it will :) Thank you, Rachel!

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    Mmm, fudgy brownies! I could use a couple of those with a nice cold glass of milk right about now!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      A perfect treat – wouldn’t you say? :) Thanks, Jessica!

  • Ramona

    Wow… another great brownie!! I love how simple and accessible this recipe is…. I have all the ingredients right in my pantry. Well done my friend. :)

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      I hope you will give them a try, Ramona! They do not disappoint :) Thank you!

  • Minnie@thelady8home

    Those brownies look so beautiful, and love the shapes. Mnnnnn….just the right thing for a cup of coffee and a tiny little piece of that brownie…wish all these goodies didn’t go south as soon as they hit the body…….hahaha!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Aww, thank you so much, Minnie :)

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    I´ve been wanting to bake these brownies for a long time now. They do look and sound worth it!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Oh yes they are! Thank you, Paula!

  • Monet

    Hi Anna. These brownies look amazing. I love how you photographed them too. The triangle is a brilliant idea. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me. I just found your blog today. What a sweet treat! I hope you have a great day!

    • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

      Hi Monet! Welcome to CCS:) Thank you for such a nice comment and for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

  • Julia

    Beautiful looking brownies. The recipe from Smitten Kitchen? I always trust that source! :)