Make a Decadent Brownie With Cocoa Powder and Oil
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.
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Step 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!
Step 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.
Step 3. Add the Dry to the Wet
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir to incorporate.
Step 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.
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 of tablespoons out anyway. It's my own personal preference, but the full amount of sugar is included in this recipe.
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!