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Brownies made with Cocoa Powder and Oil
Cocoa Powder. Oil. Brownies. Yum.
Cocoa and Oil Brownies
If you ask me, brownies just taste better when made with cocoa instead of chocolate chips and oil instead of butter. This is probably blaspheme in the crazy food world, but oh well you food Nazis!
I kid, I kid. Well, kind of. :-P
I make these brownies at least once a week; as horrible as that sounds, I simply cannot help it. I am addicted, I tell you! Try them out, it's an easy recipe and the ingredients are probably the cheapest you'll ever find to make a knock-out dessert. And that brings me to my next pro of cocoa and oil:
The cost of Chocolate vs.Cocoa
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 goes on to explain how cocoa powder and chocolate chips are basically tied because when using chips (chips are usually semi-sweet or bittersweet) sugar is cut down a bit because of the added sugar in the chips that cocoa powder doesn't have. While that could be significant in some recipes, not so much when I make these brownies because I usually cut a couple tablespoons out anyway (My own personal preference. The full amount of sugar is included in this recipe though.)
The Cost of Butter vs. Oil
Real butter is probably one of the most expensive ingredients you'll ever have to buy when baking.
Where I live (Maryland, USA) 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, a price comparison:
1 stick/ 1/2 cup of butter costs about 1.00 USD (Possibly a quarter of a penny less, but I avoid combining decimals and division like the plague.)
A 48 oz bottle of canola oil averages around 3.00 USD so then 1/2 cup (4 oz) of canola oil costs about .25 cents.
The math: 48 oz divided by 4 oz = 12 4 oz servings. Each serving then costs .25 because 3.00/12 = .25.
*Store brand ingredients.
So the cocoa and oil combo for brownies is cheaper than the chocolate and butter combo. Plus it just tastes good.
Brownies using Cocoa and Oil
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Ingredients for Cocoa and Oil Brownies
- 1/2 cup oil, I used canola, but use whatever you like.
- 1 cup sugar, I sometimes use a few tbsp less
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup flour, all-purpose, a scanty 1/2 cup.
- 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa, Love it chocolately
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Instructions for Butter-less Brownies
- Assemble all ingredients.
- Measure into one bowl: oil, sugar, vanilla extract and both eggs. Beat until pale yellow.
- In a second bowl measure out: flour, cocoa (plus a little extra), baking powder and salt. Combine ingredients until all are evenly dispersed throughout.
- Add the ingredients of the dry bowl to the egg mixture and stir to incorporate.
- Pour into a lightly oiled baking dish, a 9 x 9 pie plate or square dish are fine, and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.