Easy One Bowl Cocoa Brownies
If you’re craving brownies but don’t want the hassle and mess that many recipes require, you’ve come to the right place! This recipe for easy One Bowl Brownies is super delicious and simple to make. Because everyone needs a quick and tasty brownie recipe to rely on.
Easy One Bowl Brownies
As you probably already know, I’m a big chocolate-lover. Some of my favourite recipes here on the blog involve some form of chocolate. Like my fan-favourite Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars and my Double Chocolate Baked Oats recipe.
Funny story – this recipe was actually inspired by a brownie recipe I found in a magazine years ago. The recipe was included in an article about break-ups and broken hearts and I was so amused at how it was written.
I saved the recipe and made it a couple times. I was impressed at how simple and easy it was to follow, however the brownies themselves weren’t fudgy enough for my liking. So I made some changes.
The result – these classic and easy one-bowl cocoa brownies.
I say classic because there’s not necessarily any “healthier” swaps or added nutrition in this recipe. Just good old sugar, butter and flour. Even as a Registered Dietitian, I recognize that opting for the classic option when you really want it can be the healthy choice in itself.
Ingredients for This Recipe:
- Unsalted butter
- Vanilla extract
- Large eggs
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Cocoa powder
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Walnuts (optional)
How to Make One Bowl Brownies with Cocoa:
As you probably know, there are many different ways to make brownies. Some use melted baker’s chocolate, some use cocoa powder. Some are more fudgy, and some are more cakey. This brownie recipe uses cocoa powder (although we will toss in some chocolate chips), and the brownies are honestly the perfect mix between both fudgy and cakey.
To make the brownies, we’ll start by melting butter in a large microwave-safe mixing bowl. Then we will whisk in the white sugar and vanilla extract. Next up is the eggs, which we’ll whisk right into the butter-sugar-vanilla mixture.
To the same bowl (remember, this is a one-bowl recipe!), we will add the flour, baking powder and sifted cocoa powder and stir just until combined. We want to be careful not to over-mix.
Lastly, we will fold in some semi-sweet chocolate chips and chopped walnuts if you’re feeling adventurous. But because walnuts in brownies are a bit of a controversial topic, these are optional.
Finally, we will transfer the brownie batter to a parchment-lined 8×8 baking pan, and bake in the oven at 350F for approximately 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Tips for Baking The Best One Bowl Brownies:
- Opt for a good-quality cocoa powder. No-name brands will work, but you will get darker, fudgier results with better quality cocoa.
- Don’t over-mix the brownie batter! I know it’s tempting to mix until your 110% sure everything is combined, but over-mixing can result in a tougher baked good, and we don’t want that. A good rule of thumb is to mix just until there are no streaks of flour left in the batter.
- Remove the brownies from the oven right when they’re done. I know you might want to put them back in for “just another minute” but refrain from doing so unless you want them to be dry (which I know you don’t). As soon as the toothpick comes out clean, remove!
How to Store the Brownies:
Once the brownies are finished baking, let them cool completely before cutting and serving. If you have leftovers, which you probably will (I know it’s tempting not to eat the whole pan, though!), you can store them cut in an airtight container in a cool, dry place up to 5 days.
Alternatively, you can freeze the brownies in a sealed container up to 2 months.
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Easy One-Bowl Cocoa Brownies
- Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract together. Add the eggs and mix until well-combnined.
- Add the all-purpose flour, baking powder and cocoa powder then mix until just combined.
- Fold in semi-sweet chocolate chips and chopped walnuts (optional).
- Transfer the the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and cut into squares, then serve.