Recently I made these amazing Hershey’s brownies with my kiddo and one of her friends. I posted a picture of them on Instagram and got an overwhelming response to them. “Those brownies look amazing!” “Yummy!” “I need those in my life!” So, I thought that I should bring the recipe to the blog.
Now, I will say that this recipe is not one of my own. I am lucky enough to have a Hershey’s dessert recipe box. I can’t remember where I got it, but I’m so thankful that we picked it up. These recipes have saved my bacon many times. We love the recipe for the Mini Chocolate Cream Pies in our house. They’re a real crowd-pleaser.
When we live in a world where boxed mixes are so handy, you might ask why I went through the process of making a “from scratch” recipe. This is simple. I recently started doing more baking with Emily. She seems to think that all baked goods are made from a box. So, I want to show her that this just isn’t true. Hence the start of “from scratch” baking was re-established in our house.
I decided to make them during a playdate that Emily had with her friend Maddie. They were both very excited to be my baking assistants. I made sure they each had a turn to put in ingredients and to mix the batter. It was so much fun.
Here’s the recipe …
Hershey’s Best Brownies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa or Hershey’s special dark cocoa
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
- Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%) 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat well. Stir in nuts, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Additions to the recipe …
- I don’t use margarine in my baking (unless that is what is required), so I always use stick butter. In this recipe, it doesn’t say whether to use unsalted or salted butter. In this case, I used unsalted butter … since there was salt in the recipe already.
- We didn’t use nuts in this recipe. We used CHOCOLATE CHIPS. With the help of my assistants, we “eyeballed” how much we put in. I didn’t measure.
- On top of our brownies, we put Duncan Hines chocolate frosting and then sprinkled M&Ms on top of it. Just to make it even more decadent.
The brownies came out so well and they were a real crowd-pleaser. I think I will be making these for the next big event that we have. Besides being good, they were also fun to make. If you’re looking for a “from scratch” recipe to make with your kids … this is a good one. I highly recommend it.
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