Classic Brownies that are rich and chewy with a crackly crust are an easy pantry recipe (no chocolate chips even needed!) made from melted butter and cocoa powder in just 30 minutes!

If you’ve tried my recipes for Peanut Butter Brownies, S’Mores Brownies, and Cookie Dough Brownies and loved them, but want something a little more classic to serve at your next get together, try this classic, delicious Brownie recipe.


They’re fudgy, chewy, gooey, chocolatey, cakey, moist, and pretty much any other word you can think of to describe the best Brownie ever.

The next time you have a craving for rich, delicious Brownies with a crackly top and gooey center, you should definitely try this recipe. The great thing about homemade Brownies versus the kind you pick up from the grocery store is that you can control exactly what goes in them and can customize them to fit the occasion. They also have a conveniently short cook time, which makes them easy to bake on a busy night.

Once you’ve mixed together everything for your batch of Brownies and they’ve developed that perfect crackly top, you should still test the middle to make sure that they’re cooked through. All you need to do this is an ordinary toothpick. Insert the toothpick into the center of the pan of Brownies and pull it back out again. If the toothpick is clean, then the inside of the Brownies is solid, and if the toothpick has batter stuck to it then you need to put it back into the oven for a few more minutes. Another handy trick to make your Brownies have a smooth top is to pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan.
  • Mix melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Whisk in cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Spread batter into the baking pan evenly.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes.


  • Toppings and Add Ins: Try adding in some semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even peanut butter chocolate chips. You can also try some sliced nuts, like cashews or pecans. Try drizzling some chunks of fudge, melted chocolate, caramel sauce, brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, or even espresso powder over the top of the Brownies to give them a whole new flavor palate.
  • Serve with: Try serving up the Brownies with a scoop of Homemade Ice Cream or a dollop of Homemade Whipped Cream.

How Long are Brownies good?

  • Serve: Brownies are good at room temperature for up to 2 days before they get stale. You can increase the shelf life by keeping them in plastic wrap or an airtight container.
  • Store: Brownies will stay fresher in the fridge. Keep them wrapped up and they will last up to 3 days. They will also stay more moist and you can serve them chilled, straight out of the fridge.
  • Freeze: Always let your Brownies cool down to room temperature before you store them. The Brownies will be good in the freezer for up to 3 months, and you can put layers of parchment paper in between them to keep the Brownies from fusing together.

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  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Classic Brownies that are rich and chewy with a crackly crust are an easy pantry recipe (no chocolate chips even needed!) made from melted butter and cocoa powder in just 30 minutes!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Spray an 8×8 inch baking pan with baking spray.

  3. Whisk together melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.

  4. Whisk in the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.

  5. Spread batter evenly into greased baking pan.

  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

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12 Healthy Cacao Recipes That Will Knock Your Socks Off

It’s Jeremy here and I don’t mean to go all Sonny the Cuckoo Bird on you, but I am TOTALLY cuckoo for cacao (puffs).

Want to make a smoothie? Add cacao. Want to make a dessert? Start with cacao. Want to make a savory pasta dish? Sprinkle cacao on top.

There must be no way cacao (click here for pronunciation) is good for you if it tastes so amazing, right? Wrong. While the word may sound like the cocoa powder for baking you buy at the store, the two are quite different both in processing and in nutrition. They both come from the cacao plant but cacao is closest to the raw state after harvesting the seed while cocoa has been processed with high heat. Now the cocoa powder you know and love still contains great nutrients, just not nearly as many as raw cacao does.

Cacao contains a high concentration of phytochemicals, the potent anti-cancer compounds found in plants. The most abundant antioxidants in our diet today come from a group of phytochemicals called flavonoids. Lucky for you and me, these anti-inflammatory gems help combat damage by free radicals and improve cardiovascular health, thus preventing chronic disease. THANK YOU CACAO FOR PROTECTING ME!

Eat more plants. Decrease inflammation. Reduce risk of disease. Easy! Moving on from all that science stuff… I always buy this cacoa powder because it’s organic, affordable, and because Terra Soul is a family run company that I love. Now go crazy for cacao with me and make some yummy noms!












Happy eating! Until next time, folks!

Fluffy and creamy my easy Homemade Chocolate Mousse with Cocoa Powder and Whipping Cream is simple to make and delicious! It’s delicate, rich, and luscious.

When you want a cool refreshing dessert, this is the dessert for you.

A mousse can be sweet or savory. It is a soft food that incorporates air into the mixture so that the texture if light and cream. Mousse can range from light and fluffy to thick and creamy.

In this recipe simply add more whipped cream to make it airier and light.

If you don’t want to heat the house up by cooking a dessert in the oven, this recipe cooks in 5 to 7 minutes on the stovetop.

Furthermore, mousse is great for entertaining. It can be made a day ahead of time. It makes a beautiful and individual serving. And my version is economical since it uses cocoa instead of more expensive real chocolate.

Homemade Chocolate Mousse with Cocoa Powder and Whipping Cream

  1. It’s smooth, light, and creamy.
  2. This mouse is lightly chocolate flavored. If you prefer a stronger chocolate flavor, you may choose to add more cocoa powder. A well, you can add less whipped cream for richer chocolate.
  3. I drizzled over store-bought chocolate syrup and more whipped cream. Additionally, you may want to add toasted nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, chocolate-coated candies, or sprinkles to your mousse.
  4. To serve, try a pretty clear glass, martini glass, or small canning jar. Top with your favorite candies and serve.

While you’re here, check out some of my other delicious recipes

  1. Caramel Chocolate Mud Hen Bars
  2. Mexican style Pecan Chocolate Squares
  3. Chocolate Mousse Filled Strawberries

5 from 1 vote This mousse is light and creamy with a nice chocolate flavor. Easy to make and refreshing, this makes a great hot-weather dessert. Prep Time5 mins Cook Time8 mins Total Time13 mins Course: Dessert Cuisine: American Servings: 8 servings Author: Paula

  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon real butter
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoon confectioners sugar
  • In a large saucepan at medium temperature, stir together sugar and egg yolks
  • Stir in flour and cocoa powder
  • Add milk and stir gently to combine
  • Stir continually on medium-low heat until pudding becomes thick.
  • Take off heat and stir in butter and vanilla.
  • Stir until butter melts.
  • Place lid on the pan and allow to cool completely.
  • Make whipped cream. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add whipped cream.
  • With the whisk attachment, beat until cream begins to get thick. Carefully add confectioners sugar.
  • Beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold whipped cream into cooled chocolate pudding.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour to chill.


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Raise your hand if you have an old container of cocoa powder in your pantry right now.

Odds are good you purchased some cocoa powder for a recipe some time ago, but the recipe only called for a few teaspoons. Now what do you do with it? (Besides letting it sit on your shelf for months). The obvious answer is to make more delicious treats.The following six recipes will have you so jazzed about cooking with cocoa powder, you’re probably going to use up the whole container (and you just might find yourself wanting to go buy some more).

Chocolate Milk for One

Four ingredients and a microwave is all it takes to whip up a glass of chocolate milk that will rival anything from your childhood. Those ingredients are milk (with a fat percentage or milk alternative of your choosing), sifted cocoa powder, sugar, and a touch of water. It takes only a few minutes to transform these ingredients into eight ounces of rich, creamy chocolate milk. Enjoy it as a post-workout recovery drink or a simple, tasty (and totally grown up) snack.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

A hefty ¾ cup of cocoa powder sets the stage for chocolatey goodness in this sugar cookie recipe. The other ingredients (which include butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, all-purpose flour, and baking soda) are pantry staples, so you may not even have to run to the grocery store before whipping up a batch of these wholesome treats.

Classic Fudgy Brownies

These brownies may taste classic, but they have a few qualities that make them surprisingly unique. For starters, they only require five basic ingredients: namely white or brown sugar, melted butter, eggs, flour, and (of course) cocoa powder. The recipe is designed to be easily converted to a vegan one; simply use vegetable oil instead of butter and an egg replacer, applesauce, or a flax or chia egg in place of the egg. Once you realize how simple it is to make your own chocolatey brownies, you’ll never buy a boxed mix again.

Five-Minute Microwave Fudge

As its name suggests, this recipe is shockingly simple to make. It’s a go-to for anytime you need a quick housewarming gift or potluck contribution. All you have to do is dump the ingredients (which include cocoa powder, butter, and powdered sugar) into a bowl, microwave them until they’ve melted, and then quickly stir the melted ingredients together. It may take you a few more than five minutes from start to finish, but this recipe still takes the cake (or, rather, the fudge) as one of the easiest fudge recipes on the internet.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This cake recipe may ditch the gluten, but it retains plenty of chocolatey flavor thanks to the use of both cocoa powder and six ounces of dark chocolate. The rest of the ingredients list can be customized to suit additional dietary restrictions; for example, the recipe provides instructions for making the cake dairy-free or completely vegan. Don’t be alarmed if the cake falls after you remove it from the oven; that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do. (And the change in appearance won’t alter the cake’s rich flavor one bit.)

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Recipe

One of the great things about this recipe is that you probably already have all the ingredients you need to make it sitting in your fridge and pantry. The simple ingredients list includes cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, milk, eggs, and plenty of butter. Even if you have to make a trip to the grocery store, the effort will be well worth it—who could say no to an old-fashioned bowl of chocolate pudding?

The cornstarch on your pantry shelf may sit there for years, but it would be a travesty if you didn’t put that container of cocoa powder to good use. When it comes to cooking with cocoa powder, these recipes are just the tip of the iceberg. So keep experimenting until it’s time to restock your pantry shelves.

You Can Make These Desserts Using Cocoa Powder

Chocolate desserts are irresistible! Chocolate anything can be classified as instant crowd favorites because let’s admit it: people love chocolate.

What better way to fall in love with chocolate more than you already do now than by baking with chocolate? You might be thinking that you need to spend more than you can since you’ll need to buy high-quality chocolate bars that is at least 55% cacao.

Don’t worry! Not all chocolate recipes require chocolate bars because there is another ingredient that can easily make your desserts taste instantly chocolate-y without using expensive chocolate. The ingredient is cocoa powder.

Cocoa powder is the powdered form of chocolate and it’s actually more available than those high-quality chocolate bars. This doesn’t mean that it’s any less delicious. In fact, it delivers a more intense chocolate flavor than the bars can! Think of cocoa powder as a more concentrated form of chocolate and because it’s in powder form, it’s much easier to use. There’s no danger of accidentally burning your chocolate as you melt it.


There is, however, the danger of making your baked desserts tougher. This is because cocoa powder is considered a starch and can absorb the moisture you worked hard to add to your baked cake or cupcake recipe. That’s why many cocoa powder recipes have more butter or oil than normal to make up for this characteristic of cocoa powder.

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There are two kinds of cocoa powder in the market: natural and alkalized or Dutch-processed cocoa powder. You’ll need to read the recipe to find out which you should be using because these two kinds act differently in recipes. Natural cocoa powder is considered an acidic ingredient while the alkalized cocoa powder is neutral. Using the wrong kind can lead to your dessert not rising.

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Now that you know more about cocoa powder, here are recipes you can use with it:

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1 Dark Chocolate Crinkles Recipe


This recipe uses a kind of cocoa powder that’s been processed beyond the norm so it’s darker, richer, and almost black in color than your usual chocolate. That’s what makes these crinkles so dark and delicious!

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2 No-Bake Cocoa-Nutty Bites Recipe

Not all chocolate desserts are baked or even steamed. Here, these little balls of chocolate treats are made delicious when cocoa powder is melted with some butter, milk, sugar, peanuts, peanut butter, and oatmeal. You can even make a cookie version of these!

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3 No-Bake Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

No-bake recipes have to be some of the easiest recipes to make, and this is no different. Start up the steamer and make this easy chocolate cupcake batter so you can make these cupcakes in minutes! Plus, that awesome chocolate ganache on top that’s used as the simple 2-ingredient frosting is perfect for making those chocolate bars you’ve been saving to eat.

ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW See AlsoMay 30, 2019 Sep 7, 2017 This cake is so good, you’ll want to make this cake for every party. Photo by Bianca Laxamana

4 Moist Chocolate Fudge Loaf Cake Recipe

You just can’t beat a super moist and fudgy chocolate cake! What makes it so delicious? There’s an entire cup of cocoa powder in these chocolate cake loaves!

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5 Dark Chocolate-Yogurt Mousse Recipe

Get fancy with this mousse recipe that uses egg white to create the fluffy and light texture of a real mousse. To amp up the flavor, coconut sugar and cocoa powder tame the sourness of the yogurt to give you a mousse that’s still sweet but with more depth of flavor than any other like it.

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6 Chocolate Yogurt Cake Recipe

If you love moist cakes, then you have to know that yogurt is part of the reason why it’s so tender and soft. Add to the cake batter cocoa powder for its intense flavor and you get a recipe that’s guaranteed to be super delicious.


7 Fudge Brownies Recipe

Fudgy brownies are classicly made with cocoa powder so you can bet these classic brownies are sure to be just chewy and chocolate-y enough to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

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You just can’t go wrong when it comes to chocolate and when you use cocoa powder, you can bet it’s going to be extra chocolate-y in flavor.



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Oh hey

It’s that time of year — the temps are dipping and sometimes a little piece of dark chocolate or cup of herbal tea after dinner doesn’t quite satisfy the craving for something chocolaty and warm!

While some people complain that the commercial packets of instant hot cocoa aren’t vegan, I love the excuse to make hot cocoa on the stove (just like stove-popped popcorn!). It really isn’t difficult at all and you get to control the ingredients!

Once I started using dark cocoa, I never went back to regular cocoa — the richness of the flavor is amazing and since I am a serious chocolate lover, I am ALL about it. Note that dark cocoa is different (no added sugar but more processed) than cacao. I personally don’t think cacao tastes like chocolate so I mainly use that in baked goods (I may do half cocoa, half cacao for a chocolaty dessert), chia pudding and smoothies. For hot chocolate, I use (gasp!) Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa, which you can find at any major grocer.

I use organic cane sugar in my cocoa but feel free to use whatever sweetener you like… maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugar, stevia, etc.

I find that light vanilla soy milk is perfect for hot cocoa — I loathe almond milk in hot beverages and coconut milk just tastes like coconuts. Feel free to use whichever milk you prefer. If you’re not using a vanilla-flavored milk, add a drop of vanilla extract to the cocoa and stir well just before serving.

Get creative and jazz up your cocoa with some fun additions like a drop of peppermint extract, some marshmallows or even toss some chocolate chips into the pan to make it extra decadent!

I hope you enjoy this chocolaty treat!Dark Hot Cocoa

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This recipe makes the perfect single cup of hot cocoa!

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1 cup

Cook Time

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This recipe makes the perfect single cup of hot cocoa!

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1 cup

Cook Time

5 minutes

Dark Hot Cocoa Print Recipe


1 cup

Cook Time

5 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk

Servings: cup Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan over low heat, combine cocoa, sugar and water and whisk together until combined. Heat about 1 minute until hot but not scalding.
  2. Pour milk into chocolate mixture and whisk to combine. Increase heat to medium and stir often until heated through. Do not boil.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition in 1 serving:

Calories: 125 Protein: 8 g Fat: 2 g Carbohydrate: 25 g Fiber: 3 g

The BEST Vegan Brownies I’ve ever had! They’re fudgy, full of chocolate and completely dairy free, egg-free and vegan. Made without any weird ingredients, you’d never believe Vegan Brownies could taste this good! Sponsored by Almond Breeze Australia.

These homemade Vegan Brownies defy every brownie rule.

They’re rich without butter. Fudgy without eggs. And they even have that crisp, shiny brownie crackle that everyone loves ❤️

Welcome to the wonderful world of Vegan Brownies.

This past week I’ve been running a brownie marathon – is that a thing?! I had a big task. To make a delicious chocolate brownie WITHOUT using butter, eggs or milk. I won’t lie, it took a while to get there.

But after eating brownies morning to night, I can safely say, it is possible. And the results are EPIC!

These Vegan Brownies are AMAZING and seriously rival a regular brownie. I KNOW. Can you believe it?! They have chewy edges, a fudgy choc centre and even a crackly top that makes you want to dive face first into the pan.

You’ll see above that it took 6 tries to get these Vegan Brownies just right. Sometimes the hardest recipes to crack yield the most delicious results. You just need a little gumption – and a really good dishwasher.

So like my Dairy Free Brownies, these Vegan Brownies use oil as their main fat rather than butter. But what to do about the eggs? I knew I wanted to create brownies that didn’t use any sort of weird egg replacement, so it would easy for people right across the globe to make them.

So I first tried an oil-based brownie recipe just without eggs to see what happens. They tasted good, but fell apart. Next, I tried adding apple puree. These brownies held their shape but surprisingly went a little rubbery. Next, I tried adding a little melted chocolate and reduced the amount of almond milk. They were the worst of all – flat and oily!

Then I tried adding almond butter but they were meh! I started to get a little desperate at this stage and my fridge was overflowing with below-average brownies.

Version 5, I switched from a cocoa-based brownie to using real chocolate, while also reducing the oil and increasing the almond milk. The flavour and texture were much better but they were almost cake-like. Not cakey but actual cake. Finally, I tweaked the measurements and version 6 was pure perfection. 👌🏻

These Vegan Brownies are soft and cakey if you enjoy them straight from the oven. But if you want them uber-fudgy like pictured, then leave them in the fridge for a few hours. It helps them to ‘set’, hold their shape and get stick-to-your-teeth kinda fudgy. I like them both ways.


  • You’ll love how quick and easy these Vegan Brownies are to make! The video below shows that you just need a bowl and spoon – no electric mixer required.
  • These chocolate brownies use real chocolate for better flavour and texture. If you simply want these to be egg-free, you can use regular dark chocolate, but for Vegan Brownies, you’ll need to hunt down dairy-free dark chocolate.
  • Stir together the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients – it’s as simple as that! Just try not to over mix. Only mix until there are no more pockets of flour.
  • The chocolate chips are optional – I’ve tried with and without – both are delish.
  • Try not to over bake these brownies as they will turn very cakey. Bake just until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. For a fudgier brownie, place them in the fridge for a few hours – they’ll turn SUPER fudgy.


  • These brownie are best kept in the fridge. If you would like to enjoy them warm, microwave for 10-15 seconds before serving. You can also freeze any leftovers!

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Deliciously thick and fudgy Vegan Brownies made without butter, milk or eggs.

  • 140 grams (1 cup) plain flour
  • 20 grams (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 200 grams (1 cup) caster sugar
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200 grams (1/2 cup) dairy free (vegan) dark chocolate, melted
  • 240 ml (1 cup) Almond Breeze Original Almond Milk
  • 75 grams (1/2 cup) dairy free (vegan) chocolate chips, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 160 C (320 F). Line an 8-inch square baking tin with baking or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, cocoa powder and sugar and gently whisk to mix.
  3. Add oil, vanilla, melted chocolate and almond milk. Mix with a wooden spoon until smooth and combined. Add chocolate chips and mix gently.
  4. Tranfer brownie batter to prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Try not to over bake or brownies will turn cakey*.

*I recommend putting the brownies in the fridge for a few hours to firm up – they’ll also turn super fudgy.

**Some reader feedback has been that these brownies take slightly longer to cook. I use a fan-forced oven and mine are always perfect at the 25-30 minute mark. If you are not using a fan-forced oven, you can turn the temperature up to 180C / 360 F. Please note that every oven is different, and if they need a little extra time in the oven, they’ll still be delicious.


  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 222

Keywords: Vegan brownies, Dairy free brownies, Chocolate brownies, Egg free brownies

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5 Ways to Put that HERSHEY’S Cocoa Powder to Use

The holidays are a joyous time: friends and family visiting from near and far to share in the spirit of giving. And if you’re anything like us, you want them to feel how important they are to you. But you also want to make the most out of your existing ingredients.

At HERSHEY’S Kitchens, we’ve created these recipes that put your HERSHEY’S Cocoa to good use so you can spend the rest of your time with what’s most important: your family.

From truffles and tortes to cakes and brownies, there’s a huge variety of delicious things you can make with cocoa powder. The following five dessert recipes give you a range of cocoa uses for making sure you enjoy a sweet holiday with those who matter most.

1. Rich ‘n Good Chocolate Truffles

Truffles are little balls of love. Mighty flavor packed into bite-size pieces. We created this rich cocoa flavored recipe so you can share the love one piece at a time.

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2. Hot Cocoa For One

There’s no better way to share laughter and memories than over a perfect cup of hot cocoa. Share the love with this beautifully swirled chocolate treat.

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3. HERSHEY’S Best Brownies

Trust us. These are our best brownies. And that’s saying a mouthful.

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4. “Especially Dark” Chocolate Cake Recipe

This one is for the dark chocolate lovers. These “Especially Dark” cupcakes use HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa powder for an extra boost of dark chocolate flavoring. As if the cupcake recipe wasn’t enough, we also topped these with a Special Dark frosting.

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5. Triple Chocolate Torte Recipe

What’s better than chocolate? How about double chocolate? Not satisfied with double chocolate? Well, have we got a treat for you. This triple chocolate torte recipe is all about chocolate: HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa powder, chocolate cream filling and chocolate fudge glaze on top.

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These five recipes are just the tip of the iceberg. Find more delicious cocoa powder recipes here. Then grab the cocoa and get baking. These desserts are a great way to tap into that favorite pantry staple!

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10 Creative Ways to Use Cocoa Powder

Melissa Neiman December 8, 2016 Food & Nutrition Email Print Twitter Pinterest Facebook

Winter is synonymous with steaming hot mugs of cocoa, often enhanced by mini marshmallows and crowned with whipped cream, consumed in front of a roaring fire, of course. But hot cocoa, delightful as it may be, is just one way of enjoying the prized powder of the wonderful cacao tree (aka, the tree from which chocolatey goodness is derived).

Following are 10 delicious and creative ways to add cocoa – which is heralded for its numerous and wide-ranging health benefits – to your daily life this winter and beyond:

1. Cocoa-fy your coffee

Want to give your cup of joe a boost of beneficial antioxidants? Add one tablespoon of cocoa powder to a mug of hot brewed coffee and sweeten as normal. Warning: Your morning java just became even more addictive.

2. Sprinkle over fruit

Chocolate and fresh fruit are a perfect pairing. They not only complement each other flavor-wise, they’re both rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Simply sprinkle a tablespoon of cocoa powder over a bowl of nature’s candy and prepare to indulge in an even sweeter treat!

3. Boost your salads

Can’t handle the idea of another boring salad? We don’t blame you! End the monotony by adding some partially ground cocoa beans, known as nibs, to a mixture of lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, carrots and any other veg you have in your repertoire.

4. Enhance trail mix

Those same cocoa nibs that took your salad to the next level also make an excellent addition to homemade (or store-bought) trail mix. Simply combine them with nuts, dried fruit and other tasty ingredients such as yogurt-covered raisins for a smart and satisfying snack.

5. Amp up cereal

Move over berries and banana slices. There’s a new topping in town! It’s cocoa powder, and it could be coming to a cereal bowl near you. A few tablespoons can make any morning better – and healthier, to boot!

6. Elevate your yogurt

If you’re yogurt fan (and really, who isn’t?), cocoa powder is a wonderful way to top off the tasty treat. And if you want to get creative, consider layering cocoa powder, fruit and yogurt to create a delicious, nutritious parfait.

7. Improve smoothie recipes

Gather your favorite smoothie ingredients, a few tablespoons of cocoa powder (or some nibs) and your blender. You know what comes next… a creamy, chocolatey smoothie that will leave you wanting more.

8. Make peanut butter better

Most of us would like to personally thank the culinary genius who first realized that peanut butter (or any nut butter) and chocolate are a delicious, decadent flavor combination. Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to your creamy (or crunchy) spread and prepare to enjoy the ultimate peanut butter sandwich. And it’s okay to throw in some banana slices for good measure!

9. Make your own exfoliating scrub

Mix a tablespoon of cocoa powder with equal parts coconut oil, honey and sugar until a paste forms. Apply the blend to your face, and allow it to set for approximately 20 minutes. Gently massage your skin while you rinse off this delicious DIY mask, and kiss those dead skin cells goodbye!

10. Smell it

Trying to stave off your sweet tooth? According to, taking a quick whiff of cocoa powder may help you combat cravings for sweet treats. That’s because the scent of the stuff activates the same neurotransmitters that are stimulated during chocolate consumption.

Melissa Neiman

Melissa Neiman is a seasoned wordsmith who traded in the beautiful beaches of South Florida for the majestic mountains of Colorado. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and on websites, including,,, and Yahoo! Finance.

Melissa Neiman is a seasoned wordsmith who traded in the beautiful beaches of South Florida for the majestic mountains of Colorado. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and on websites, including,,, and Yahoo! Finance.

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