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!

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.

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.

More Ways to Use Cocoa

Chocolate bacon bark is one of the easiest candy recipes to make. Chocolate bark with bacon is smoky, salty, sweet and makes the perfect party treat. This bacon candy recipe also makes an excellent brunch dessert.


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