Pour the melted butter into an 9”x 9” baking dish and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, ½ cup of granulated sugar, ¼ cup of the cocoa powder,.
Pour in the milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Then add the chocolate chips and stir again to combine.
Pour batter over the butter in the pan and lightly spread the mixture to the edges without mixing it into the butter.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining granulated sugar and cocoa powder then sprinkle it on top of the cobbler. (It will seem like a lot but use all of it.)
Pour the hot water evenly over top (do not stir) then bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes, or until the top forms a crust and has dried out. Note: I like to put the baking dish on top of a larger baking pan just in case there is any overspill as it bakes.
Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream or your favorite topping.
You can easily double this recipe by using a 9"x13" baking pan to serve more people.
Put a large baking pan underneath the baking dish to catch any possible overspill while baking.
Top this recipe with your favorite toppings like ice cream, caramel syrup, fruit, etc.
You need HOT water to pour over the whole thing at the end, this is essential to the recipe.
This produces a gooey center, this is normal.
We like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips in this recipe but you can use milk chocolate or even dark chocolate if you prefer.