Easy Cocoa Powder Brownies

The best homemade brownies with cocoa powder! These cocoa brownies bake up perfectly fudgy, chewy and chocolatey. Ready in 40 minutes!

Melt unsalted butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat (do not brown).

Step 1

Add granulated sugar to the saucepan with the hot melted butter.

Step 2

Whisk well for 30 seconds or until incorporated. This helps the brownies bake up with a thin shiny crust!

Step 3

Add cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt to the saucepan.

Step 4

Whisk mixture well to combine – the texture will appear granular. Remove pan from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Step 5

Off the heat, whisk in egg and egg yolk one at a time, until the brownie batter is thick and shiny.

Step 6

Whisk in vanilla extract.

Step 7

Fold in flour with a rubber spatula just until combined and no streaks remain.

Step 8

Add semisweet chocolate chips to the brownie batter.

Step 9

Fold in chocolate chips until combined.

Step 10

Spread brownie batter evenly in parchment-lined baking pan.

Step 11

Bake brownies for 30 minutes, until the top is set and a tester inserted in the center comes out with a few moist, fudgy crumbs.

Step 9

You'll love these cocoa powder brownies!