Raise your hand if you have an old container of cocoa powder in your pantry right now.
Odds are good you purchased some cocoa powder for a recipe some time ago, but the recipe only called for a few teaspoons. Now what do you do with it? (Besides letting it sit on your shelf for months). The obvious answer is to make more delicious treats.The following six recipes will have you so jazzed about cooking with cocoa powder, you’re probably going to use up the whole container (and you just might find yourself wanting to go buy some more).
Four ingredients and a microwave is all it takes to whip up a glass of chocolate milk that will rival anything from your childhood. Those ingredients are milk (with a fat percentage or milk alternative of your choosing), sifted cocoa powder, sugar, and a touch of water. It takes only a few minutes to transform these ingredients into eight ounces of rich, creamy chocolate milk. Enjoy it as a post-workout recovery drink or a simple, tasty (and totally grown up) snack.
A hefty ¾ cup of cocoa powder sets the stage for chocolatey goodness in this sugar cookie recipe. The other ingredients (which include butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, all-purpose flour, and baking soda) are pantry staples, so you may not even have to run to the grocery store before whipping up a batch of these wholesome treats.
These brownies may taste classic, but they have a few qualities that make them surprisingly unique. For starters, they only require five basic ingredients: namely white or brown sugar, melted butter, eggs, flour, and (of course) cocoa powder. The recipe is designed to be easily converted to a vegan one; simply use vegetable oil instead of butter and an egg replacer, applesauce, or a flax or chia egg in place of the egg. Once you realize how simple it is to make your own chocolatey brownies, you’ll never buy a boxed mix again.
As its name suggests, this recipe is shockingly simple to make. It’s a go-to for anytime you need a quick housewarming gift or potluck contribution. All you have to do is dump the ingredients (which include cocoa powder, butter, and powdered sugar) into a bowl, microwave them until they’ve melted, and then quickly stir the melted ingredients together. It may take you a few more than five minutes from start to finish, but this recipe still takes the cake (or, rather, the fudge) as one of the easiest fudge recipes on the internet.
This cake recipe may ditch the gluten, but it retains plenty of chocolatey flavor thanks to the use of both cocoa powder and six ounces of dark chocolate. The rest of the ingredients list can be customized to suit additional dietary restrictions; for example, the recipe provides instructions for making the cake dairy-free or completely vegan. Don’t be alarmed if the cake falls after you remove it from the oven; that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do. (And the change in appearance won’t alter the cake’s rich flavor one bit.)
One of the great things about this recipe is that you probably already have all the ingredients you need to make it sitting in your fridge and pantry. The simple ingredients list includes cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, milk, eggs, and plenty of butter. Even if you have to make a trip to the grocery store, the effort will be well worth it—who could say no to an old-fashioned bowl of chocolate pudding?
The cornstarch on your pantry shelf may sit there for years, but it would be a travesty if you didn’t put that container of cocoa powder to good use. When it comes to cooking with cocoa powder, these recipes are just the tip of the iceberg. So keep experimenting until it’s time to restock your pantry shelves.