How to Substitute Chocolate Pieces for Unsweetened Cocoa Powder in Brownies

It's possible to substitute chocolate pieces for unsweetened cocoa powder; but you'll have to make some adjustments!

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If you use 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder plus 2 teaspoons sugar and 2 teaspoons shortening, it is equivalent to 1 ounce semisweet chocolate. Or, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon oil or shortening is equivalent to 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate.

It may be easier to use unsweetened chocolate in place of the cocoa, leaving out some of the oil; this reduces the need to adjust sugar.

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Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Prep: 20 minutes Cool: 15 minutes Bake: 30 minutes Oven:  350 degrees F

Makes: 16 brownies

1/2 cup butter

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 cup sugar

2  eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1 recipe Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting (optional)

1. In a medium saucepan heat and stir butter and unsweetened chocolate over low heat until smooth; set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, leaving about 1 inch of the foil extending over the ends of pan. Grease foil; set pan aside.

2. Stir the sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating with a wooden spoon just until combined. Stir in vanilla. In a small bowl stir together the flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. If desired, stir in nuts. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. If desired, spread Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting over cooled brownies. Remove brownies from pan, using the overlapping foil to lift brownies. Place on cutting board; cut into brownies.

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