Happy Mother’s Day with Cocoa Brownies

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Easy Cocoa Brownies that are loaded with chocolate, rich, and chewy. Perfect for the chocolate lover in your life to enjoy as a treat.

First things first…

I poppa freaks all the honeys…sorry…I got a little distracted there.

Focus LaKita!

First things first I would like to wish all of you wonderful moms a Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you have a wonderful day today and your family appreciates you and the role that you play in your family dynamic. You are so very important not only to your little family but the world and what you have to offer…because let’s face it no one can be the you…that you are…and I want you to know that you deserve so much more than a day of celebration.


I will share with you that I stumbled upon a brownie recipe that I decided to give a try and share with you on the blog. I was actually spending some time on Pinterest and was so taken in by the picture of these brownies that it led me to the website, and thus I read the post and recipe.

Pinterest is so addictive and a good looking picture gets me each and every time, especially if it involves food. Please tell me that I am not the only one that has fallen into the rabbit hole of Pinterest and lost hours of time.


These brownies seemed easy enough that I decided to give them a try and I also had all of the ingredients on hand because they are fairly staples in my pantry. So, I mixed up the ingredients and was very careful not to over-mix…quick tip…if you ever find yourself with tough brownies, then it is probably due to over mixing.

The only problem that I did have was the 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder and this is due to the fact that I have no idea where my 1/8 measuring teaspoon is at all. So I guesstimated/eye-balled half of my 1/4 measuring teaspoon instead.

The problem with this is that if I have too much or too little baking soda, this could impact the outcome of my brownies. I continued and the end result (which I am not entirely sure is due to the baking soda) was brownies that were super moist and fudgy on the inside and a crispy crunchy layer on the top of the brownies. Not the most beautiful brownies, but they are super delicious!

I realize that I could have re-made these brownies or even another recipe and shared that with you instead, but I decided to share them with you anyway for two reasons.

  1. Ugly food can still be delicious
  2. This is not a perfect food blog!

I am human, I still at times get crafty with my baking, and I still make messes and ruin recipes in my kitchen. My hope is that you understand and know that I am not the kind of food blogger that will try a recipe multiple times and perfect it before I will share it with you, but that I will, however, try a recipe once and if it is ruined…I will still share it with you because at the end of the day I am real…a real Mother…with Pinterest fails and all.


Cocoa Brownies

Easy Cocoa Brownies that are loaded with chocolate, rich, and chewy. Perfect for the chocolate lover in your life to enjoy as a treat.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocoa brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 360kcal


  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (or canola oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or a pinch of vanilla powder)
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly spray an 8×8-inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray, then line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Lightly spray again and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together vegetable oil, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until well blended. Using a spoon, gradually stir in dry ingredients, until completely combined.
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into squares.


Note: If you are using a metal baking pan, increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.
*Original recipe adapted from Culinary Couture


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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Now it is your turn…

Have you ever tried something from Pinterest and it turned out nothing like the picture…please share in the comments below.


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    May 11, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    ha, yes. Ugly food can still be delicious but I don’t think this is ugly at all! Quite delicious looking.

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      May 11, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      Thank you! They were delicious, but looked nothing like the brownies in the original Pinterest recipe picture, which of course looked beautiful and perfect 🙂

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    May 11, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    I agree Pinterest is very addictive, but I love it. Yummy food often doesn’t look perfect, but it’s all about how it tastes. Your brownies do look delicious though.

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      May 11, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      It really is!! Thank you so much…they were delicious!

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    May 12, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    Oh man, I feel like I could fill out an entire blog with pinterest fails haha

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      May 12, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      Yes I agree…Pinterest fails are very common…Haha.

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    May 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    I love brownies, and those look delicious! Perfect is overrated anyways 🙂

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      May 14, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      Thank you so much! It really is 🙂

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