How Can I Make Melting Chocolate With Cocoa Powder?

By Judy Antell

Melted unsweetened chocolate is often one of the key ingredients to baking gooey brownies and decadent chocolate cakes. In a pinch, you can substitute unsweetened cocoa powder (not a sugary cocoa mix)—you just need to add butter, shortening or a flavorless oil like canola.

Cocoa powder
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How Can I Make Melting Chocolate With Cocoa Powder?

Step 1

Melt butter or shortening in a double boiler over low heat, stirring continuously, or in a microwave for 10-second intervals, stirring in between each interval.

Step 2

Stir the unsweetened cocoa powder into the melted butter or shortening until smooth.

Step 3

Use as directed in the recipe.