Chewy Cocoa Brownies

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 24 brownies (2 dozen)


Moist and chewy, these brownies will be a hit whether as an afternoon snack or topped with ice cream and served as an after dinner dessert.


  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • Powdered sugar


PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

COMBINE granulated sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

Good basic recipe

by K. Kelly , Madison, WI on Sep. 2013

This was my first made from scratch brownie! I added some chocolate chunks in place of the nuts, so I omitted 1/3c cocoa. They were very good--pretty moist and not cake-like(a brownie pet peeve of mine)-- but I'm glad I kept a close eye one the oven, because they cooked pretty quickly--even though I used a smaller, deeper dish. I think I might play with this one a bit, because it seemed to lack something. Thanks for the recipe.

Easy and Delicious

by B. Bee , New Zealand on Apr. 2012

My go to recipe :) simple, easy and delicious my friends think I put more than those simple ingredients! It was finished straightaway


by L. Lera , Memphis, TN on Nov. 2011

Love these brownies!! I replaced the nuts with a 12oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips :)


by k. kim , Illinois on Nov. 2011

This is my go to brownie recipe. I always get compliments on it. Its especially divine with Chocolate Lover's Frosting from Nestle, too.

Chewy Cocoa Brownies

by M. Mary-Jane , Pennsylvania on Apr. 2011


just great!!!!!!

by a. alicia , nc on Feb. 2011

made these brownies and my family love them.(first time making homemade brownies and they turned out great.)

Love these Brownies

by S. Sheri , Boynton Beach, FL on Jun. 2010

My Hubby loves these brownies, I lost the recipe on the cocoa container and was so glad to find it again on this site. Thanks so much for your recipe site and the ease of using it!

Favorite Brownies EVER

by E. Emily , on Apr. 2010

I was so upset when I lost my box of cocoa that had this recipe on it, and am SO happy to have found it again. My family absolutely loves these! (so do I :D)


by J. Jessie , Washington on Mar. 2010

When making this recipe, I added milk in place of water, and its just the best one ever.

Chewy chocolate brownies

by M. Marie , Sunrise, FL on Mar. 2010

This is a great brownie recipe. I always keep Nestle's Cocoa in the makes the best hot cocoa to drink, but I wanted something to satisfy my chocolate craving that I could sink my teeth into... and I had no baking chocolate. I found this recipe on the web site, and had all the ingrediants, so I tried it and discovered a brownie that satisfied everyone's idea of a great home-made brownie.. rich chocolate, moist and chewy, and, for me, easy to bake! I like extra nuts in my brownies, but I also bake for people who cannot eat nuts, and these brownies are great without the nuts too! This one goes in my recipe book for sure.