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easy fudge cocoa brownies

Easy Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

This is one of the easiest recipes for the very best and fudgiest cocoa brownies out there! Each piece is gloriously-gooey and speckled with pools of melted chocolate running through.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 large brownies


  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) neutral-flavoured cooking/ refined oil
  • ½ cup (115 gm) caster sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2tbsp (75gm) dark brown sugar (alternatively, use 82 gm soft brown sugar if you prefer)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (62 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (50 gm) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 100 gm milk or dark chocolate, chopped (alternatively use chocolate chips)
  • hefty pinch of sea salt (if using salted butter, omit)


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • Grease and line an 8x8 inch baking tin with parchment paper. You can use a 9x5 inch loaf pan instead, but please note that baking times will vary.
  • Add the melted butter to a large mixing bowl. Whisk in a tbsp of oil.
  • Next, whisk in both the sugars until evenly combined.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract, beating them in vigorously until the mixture is paler in colour and frothy. Use a hand-mixer for this if possible.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients (cocoa powder, all-purpose flour and salt) and gently fold until just combined. Don't over-mix!
  • Fold in the chocolate chunks/ chips, reserving a few for the step below.
  • Pour the batter into your baking pan. Use an offset spatula/ the back of a spoon to smoothen out the surface and press the remaining chocolate chunks/ chips on top.
  • Bake the brownies at 180°C for 15- 18 minutes until the edges have set/ started to pull away from the tin but the centre is still very soft and hasn't fully set. As explained above, it's crucial that you don't over-bake these brownies. If you insert a toothpick in the centre, note that it will come out dirty with moist and fudgy crumbs.
  • Let the brownies cool down completely before slicing and serving with a sprinkling of sea salt. Enjoy!
    easy fudgy cocoa brownies


This recipe is inspired by but adapted from Cafe Delites.
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