Cocoa Brownies



Nothing is more comforting than fresh from the oven brownies.  I use to make them only from a box mix, and tried many different recipes before adapting this one to my taste.  This recipe is adapted from Alton Brown cocoa brownies. If you do not prefer nuts in your brownies, they can easily be omitted.  I love freshly roasted nuts in brownies, especially walnuts. These brownies are very moist and rich. If you are looking for a super rich and moist brownie recipe, this is the one to keep handy. For a variation, you can also drizzle caramel on top before baking,  frost them with cream cheese icing after they cool, or simply dust them with powdered sugar after baking.

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Yield: Serves 12

Cocoa Brownies

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3/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup roasted nuts, I used walnuts
Butter for greasing pan
Cocoa for dusting pan


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan with softened butter. Dust with cocoa powder.

Combine butter, sugars, salt, and eggs in a large bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined.

Sift flour and cocoa powder into mixture. Whisk until combined, then add roasted nuts and incorporate.

Pour into the 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until brownies pass the toothpick test.

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  28 Responses to “Cocoa Brownies”

  1. Cookin' Canuck — September 5, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

    You’re right – there’s just something about brownies that is so comforting. These look deliciously fudgy.
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  2. reiko — September 5, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

    These look absolutely delicious!!
    I love my brownies rich, moist, and super chocolaty, so I should definitely try this.

  3. [email protected]'s Recipes — September 6, 2009 @ 12:09 am

    It’s Sunday, and it’s cooooooooold here….so time for some good brownies.

    Angie’s Recipes
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  4. Daydreamer Desserts — September 6, 2009 @ 12:43 am

    Can’t go wrong with brownies… yum!
    .-= Daydreamer Desserts´s last blog, Espresso Black and White Tan Cookies =-.

  5. Mary — September 6, 2009 @ 2:14 am

    I just love him! Those look gooey, chocolaty, moist and perfect!
    .-= Mary´s last blog, Mary’s Mint Infused Southern Sweet Iced Tea =-.

  6. The Chocolate Priestess — September 6, 2009 @ 7:37 am

    This looks like a really good variation on the traditional brownie recipe. I like the idea of using the cocoa to coat the pan.
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  7. Heavenly Housewife — September 6, 2009 @ 10:18 am

    These look absolutely gorgeous!
    .-= Heavenly Housewife´s last blog, Wonderous Watermelon =-.

  8. AmyRuth — September 6, 2009 @ 11:50 am

    Those looks and sound like they are “right with the world” brownies. Thanks for sharing and I wish I had one to munch on now. hehe
    .-= AmyRuth´s last blog, Espresso Cheesecake Brownies ~ TWD =-.

  9. southern hostess — September 6, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

    These look just perfect! Yum. Nothing better than chewy, moist brownie.
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  10. Lana — September 6, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

    Oh, yum! These look just wonderful. Not much better than a warm brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Thanks for sharing!
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  11. [email protected] — September 6, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

    There is nothing better than rich, moist brownies with nuts! It’s sad, but I usually make brownies out of a box… But this recipe will go on my “must make” list! 🙂
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog, Appreciating The Little Things =-.

  12. Jessica — September 6, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

    These look delicious! I used to make all my desserts from the box, but I’m trying to bake more from scratch! This recipe looks simple, yet delicious!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog, Eggplant in Oyster Sauce =-.

  13. Marillyn @ just-making-noise — September 6, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    There is nothing better than a good ole gooey brownie! Looks great!

    Also, my blog is fixed if you would like to enter for the giveaway :o)
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  14. Short and Bald — September 6, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

    i like super rich and moist brownies, too ^^ this is a great recipe and i’m looking forward to trying it soon.
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  15. [email protected] — September 6, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

    Those look yummy! I’ve been looking for a new brownie recipe. Thanks!
    BTW – How much cocoa powder? 1 and 1/4 cup?
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  16. Elin — September 7, 2009 @ 12:12 am

    Hi SGG,
    Congrats…your fresh from the oven cocoa brownies got the top of Top9 today….Good one!
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  17. Winnie — September 7, 2009 @ 7:09 am

    Simple and yummy- the best!

    I’ve never roasted nuts before adding them to browies- thanks for the tip.

    Very pretty blog by the way!

  18. Guy Siverson — September 7, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    Hey, it is not yet 8AM here and you have me hungry for chocolate. How could you? LOL

    Turn about is fair play, and it will work well with your delicious brownies.

  19. Vanilla and Thyme — September 7, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    I just love your blog! Thanks for sharing these recipes (especially the brownies) – I’m on my way to choosing and posting healthier meals myself. 🙂
    .-= Vanilla and Thyme´s last blog, Time Saver Recipe #2: Broccoli-Cheese Calzones =-.

  20. Susan — September 7, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

    Count me as another cook trying to move away from boxed mixes. Recipes like this remind me why! Great photo too.
    .-= Susan´s last blog, Review: Death of a Lit Chick =-.

  21. Kelly at Crock Tease — September 8, 2009 @ 7:24 am

    The last brownies I made involved chopping up dozens of Dove miniatures. I vowed that the next ones I made would be off-the-shelf classics. This looks like the perfect basic recipe.
    .-= Kelly at Crock Tease´s last blog, Bean There, Done That: Slow Cooker Refried Black Beans Recipe =-.

  22. sizzlechef — September 8, 2009 @ 7:53 am

    Nice. Yummy ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !
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  23. Jessie — September 8, 2009 @ 8:26 am

    oh gosh! those brownies look so mouth watering, I can smell them from here
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  24. Tina Marie — September 8, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

    Gooey and moist – the way a brownie was meant to be. I have most of those things in my pantry…just waiting to become a dessert. Hmmmmmmmm

  25. Juliana — September 8, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

    Yummie, I haven’t made brownies for a while, looking at yours made me want to bake…
    .-= Juliana´s last blog, SHRIMP TACOS WITH LAVASH BREAD =-.

  26. Jackie — September 20, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    OMG, those look delicious :0)
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  27. Judy Donnelly — November 22, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    When you count your blessings… you can always count on chocolate. Thanks for the great post!

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