Alice Medrich’s Cocoa Brownies

Ah, as you most-likely definitely know by now, I simply adore baking. (After all, sweet treats created – and often consumed – in large quantities with common, inexpensive ingredients? What’s not to love?)

Baking brownies, however… well, I’ve had quite a bit of difficulty with these chocolatey bars in the past. From inaccurate recipes to blunders of my own fault – typically over or under baking -, I would venture to say I’ve made every (brownie) mistake possible. Everything & anything that could conceivably go wrong has with me, at some point in time.

Oh, and then – Food52 came to the rescue! (as they so often do.)

I must admit, initially I was rather skeptical of this recipe… even though it isΒ from Alice Medrich herself. There is no true chocolate in these brownies, you see, the flavor is imparted by (as the title implies) pure cocoa powder.

Brownies without chocolate? Really?

Well, yes.


This rich, fudgy dessert is utterly phenomenal. I hope you heart it!

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– Abby

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20 comments on “Alice Medrich’s Cocoa Brownies”

  1. These brownies look ridiculously dense and fudgy! I’m so curious to try them, especially since they use all cocoa powder. Yum! Now I’m craving chocolate πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Rachel! These brownies are incredible…. seriously, better than most recipes with real chocolate. πŸ˜€

  2. Abby, it looks as though you’ve aced brownies! Everything about these is perfect, how delicious.

    • Thanks, Laura!! I’m so happy to have finally found a brownie recipe I can make without messing up πŸ™‚

  3. I love cocoa brownies, these look exquisitely rich and fudgy!

  4. THESE BROWNIES look sooo incredibly dark and rich and decadent and perfectly chocolatey!

    • Hahah, thanks, Kayle!! Those adjectives you used… yah. These brownies are dark, rich, decadent, & perfectly chocolatey…. literally such a perfect description πŸ˜€

  5. I may not be a big fan of chocolate, but I can always go for a good brownie πŸ™‚
    I wish I could bake because these look delicious.

  6. Yum!!! I’m a big fan of Alice Medrich, but I haven’t tried this recipe yet. That color though… definitley moving it to the top of my “To Bake” list!

  7. Oh my goodness, I’ve been meaning to try Alice Medrich’s brownies for so long! I love how absolutely midnight black they are — so decadent! Beautiful, Abby!

  8. Those look amazing! Love how easy they are–even if they have no “real” chocolate, I’m sure they’re delicious πŸ™‚

  9. Like you, me and brownies have had a tumultuous past… and now that I’m better with them now, I absolutely want to give this cocoa version a shot. Anything that’s ultra dense and chocolate-y sounds like something I’d adore!

    • Thanks for commenting, Erin!! These brownies are amazing…. dense & chocolatey (like you said), and incredibly delicious. πŸ˜€