Make a Decadent Brownie With Cocoa Powder and Oil

Updated on March 20, 2018
Cocoa Powder. Oil. Brownies. Yum.
Cocoa Powder. Oil. Brownies. Yum.

Do these brownies taste good?

If you ask me, brownies taste even better when they're made with cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips and oil instead of butter. I make these brownies at least once a week. As horrible as that sounds, I simply can't help it. I am addicted, I tell you! Try these out—it's an easy recipe, and the ingredients are probably the cheapest you'll need for a knock-out dessert.

Rate my Brownies?

3.2 stars from 183 ratings of Cocoa and Oil Brownies

Cook Time for Brownies

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Yields 6 to 9 slices.

Ingredients for Cocoa and Oil Brownies

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Assemble all of the ingredients prior to measuring and mixing. You don't want to discover you're out of eggs halfway through this.
Assemble all of the ingredients prior to measuring and mixing. You don't want to discover you're out of eggs halfway through this.

1. Assemble the Ingredients

Assemble all of the ingredients prior to measuring and mixing. You don't want to discover you're out of eggs halfway through this recipe!

Wet bowl beaten and dry bowl mixed.
Wet bowl beaten and dry bowl mixed.

2. Combine the Ingredients

Add oil, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs in one bowl. Beat until it's pale yellow.

In a second bowl, measure out the following items: flour, cocoa powder (plus a little extra), baking powder, and salt. Combine them until everything is evenly distributed.

Adding the dry ingredients to the wet bowl of ingredients.
Adding the dry ingredients to the wet bowl of ingredients.

3. Add the Dry to the Wet

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir to incorporate.

Mmmm, brownie pouring action.
Mmmm, brownie pouring action.

4. Bake the Brownie

Pour the batter into a lightly oiled baking dish, a 9"x9" pie plate, or a square dish. Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes.

Our finished pan of chocolatey goodness.
Our finished pan of chocolatey goodness.
Cocoa powder is the winner!
Cocoa powder is the winner! | Source

Chocolate Versus Cocoa Costs

Now, I always knew in my little heart that cocoa powder was cheaper than chocolate chips, but I never took the time to do the math. Then I found this blog where the author broke down the prices of baker's chocolate, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder. As it turns out, my delicious cocoa powder wins.

She explained how cocoa powder and chocolate chips are basically tied because when you use chips (semi-sweet or bittersweet), the sugar is cut down a bit because the chips have added sugar that cocoa powder doesn't have. While that could be significant in some recipes, it isn't as much in these brownies because I usually cut a couple tablespoons out anyway. It's my own personal preference, but the full amount of sugar is included in this recipe.

Oil beats out butter in cost!
Oil beats out butter in cost! | Source

Butter Versus Oil Costs

Real butter is probably one of the most expensive ingredients you'll ever have to buy when baking.

I live in Maryland, and butter costs about 1.00 USD per stick. In other words, for 1/2 a cup of butter, you spend $1.00. This brownie recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil, but you could use melted butter in place of the oil, which I've seen done because it supposedly makes the end result richer in flavor—I don't believe that. Now, here's a price comparison:

  • 1 stick/ 1/2 cup of butter costs about 1.00 USD
  • A 48 oz bottle of canola oil averages around 3.00 USD. this means that 1/2 cup (4 oz) of canola oil costs about .25 cents.

Here's the math: 48 oz divided by 4 oz = 12 4 oz servings. Each serving then costs .25 because 3.00/12 = .25.

This comparison was done using store brand ingredients.

So the cocoa and oil combo for brownies is cheaper than the chocolate and butter combo. Plus it just tastes good!

Questions & Answers


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      • Thewhiterabbitstimepiece profile image


        2 months ago

        Total money saver and wow so tasty.... Addictive and i added coconut dessicated and some chopped nuts n chocchips kids are in love! A grade recipie... Its 2 thumbs up from us!

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        3 months ago

        I recently made a FB post about teaching your children to cook from scratch rather than a box. Finding a recipe that doesn't say "melt chips" is hard. You have to incorporate "cocoa powder" in your search!

        Thank you for having a real recipe to use!

        We made this gluten-free with King Arthur Measure for Measure flour.

      • Debra E Slaughter profile image

        Debra E Slaughter 

        4 months ago

        So easy to assemble and tastes delicious! Great recipe if you keep staples on hand, like cocoa and oil.

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        4 months ago

        So easy and tastes wonderful.

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        9 months ago

        mine hasnt worked at ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

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        9 months ago

        perfect! tasted like restaurant desert!

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        10 months ago

        Amazing! These Brownies are SO delicious. There was a power shortage he today and we were going tp have company. This recipe saved my day. Thank you!

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        15 months ago

        Love this recipe. I always have the ingredients in my pantry. Super simple and tasty.

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        15 months ago

        the batter was super oily and would not mix in. the batter also formed like a dough.

        Not very good

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        Jennifer Mugrage 

        4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

        OK. It's a calm Sunday afternoon, my kids are out with their Dad, so I tried your recipe, and WOW! I am eating them right now! They are every bit as good as brownies from a mix, just as quick to make, and I don't know why I would ever go back! Planning to rate this recipe 5 stars.

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        Jennifer Mugrage 

        4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

        Thanks for this. I usually use a mix, but will have to try it your way.

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        5 years ago

        Tried this out and I have a pan of warm, soft, moist and extremely satisfying chocolate treat! Thanks!

      • FullOfLoveSites profile image


        6 years ago from United States

        Wow... then I can save a lot from using oil instead of butter. Plus, oil will have more uses in the kitchen.

        Might try your cocoa powder and oil recipe. It looks like it's less fussy to make too. Thanks for sharing. Up and useful. :)


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