My mom has always made the best brownies (by law I have to say that), but thanks to simple tweak I made to the recipe out of necessity, I made them better.

It went down like this; I decided to whip up a batch of Mom's brownies one night at home and was getting the ingredients pulled together when I noticed I didn't have one key thing, unsweetened baker's chocolate. Obviously it's difficult to make chocolate brownies when you don't have any chocolate. I did however have a can of Hersey's dark chocolate cocoa powder which featured a substitution chart on the back such a case. Clearly the end result was a success or you wouldn't be reading this post, because I wouldn't have written it.

Here's how to whip up your own batch of rich chocolate Heaven squares.


  • 6 Tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening or cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup of butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of flour


  • Preheat over to 350°
  • In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa powder, shortening, and butter and melt over medium heat. Stir constantly until smooth.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in sugar until blended.
  • Blend in eggs one at a time.
  • Add vanilla and stir until combined.
  • Add flour and stir to combine.
  • Grease 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray or butter, or line with parchment paper, and pour the batter in.
  • Bake for 25 minutes*

*My oven tends to bake things quickly, so I check them at 20 minutes then bake them for an addition minute or two as necessary.

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