Awesome Hershey Brownies

Sometimes, literally, life is like a box of chocolate. Or at least, making brownies is.
By Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Stack of Brownies

Stack of Brownies

These brownies are soft, moist, addictive, chocolate heaven awesomeness. For years I’ve tried to make the perfect brownies, trying countless recipes from various sources because let’s face it the boxed kind just don’t cut it. I tried all sorts of recipes to no avail. Once I even tried a recipe made with Baileys cream. I thought it would be delicious, but it was gross and disgusting. I had to throw out the entire batch and I really hate throwing out food.

You know how on every episode of House he gets that epiphany look on his face? That was the look I had when I finally realized I should go to the source. The source being Hershey. My dad is an avid and very talented baker that will put many professional bakers to shame. He makes the best Mexican breads and Polish Kolachky among many other great treats. He always had Hershey cocoa and Hershey products in the house. I remember seeing a brownie recipe on the back of a box or package. I haven’t found Hershey products in Prague but the internet came to the rescue again. I’ve been using this recipe for the past year and every time it yields delicious results. Soft, moist and to a chocoholic almost orgasmic. The anticipation is high, the smell in the air can be torturous and I can never wait for them to cool off before taking my first bite. Pure heaven!

I follow the recipe as it’s stated but only make some changes like I’ve added 1 tsp. of instant coffee for a different taste. I don’t often include the nuts for a more pure chocolate taste. The recipe also has a creamy brownie frosting recipe but again depending on my mood I will or will not make.

4.4 from 8 reviews
Awesome Hershey Brownies
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Recipe adapted from Hershey's , http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/5008/Best%20Brownies.aspx
Recipe Type: Dessert, Baking
  • ½ cup (1 stick ) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa (Substitute with natural unsweetened Cocoa powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Heat oven to 350°F or 175 C. Grease 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in nuts, if desired. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares. About 16 brownies.

These heavenly brownies are ones that must be shared with friends. Though it’s hard to hand over the box of freshly baked brownies and watch it disappear as you watch your friend carry it off down the sidewalk. You wipe the tears and hurry back home to bake yourself another batch. Don’t worry you can do an extra hour of yoga this week to burn off all the oh so worthy extra calories. Brownies for breakfast, oh yes that’s the breakfast of champions. This has been the confessions of a brownie addict and her chocolate vice.

Brownies for a friend

Brownies for a friend

Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Nancy Lopez-McHugh is a food blogger, photographer and published author. Most recently she has published "Yummy Pics: A Food Blogger's Guide To Better Photos".

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Originally Published: June 2, 2011

23 Responses to Awesome Hershey Brownies

  1. Alisha Randell

    Alisha Randell Reply

    June 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Brownies for breakfast…I’m in :) They do look fantastic and love the photos of course :)

    • Nancy Lopez-McHugh

      Nancy Lopez-McHugh Reply

      June 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Yes they make a really great breakfast, hehe. Thank you sweetie :)

  2. Nandita Nataraj

    Nandita Reply

    June 3, 2011 at 2:23 am

    You know what Nancy? Brownie is something that I have been wanting to bake for long now. I would love to give your recipe a try. They looks so fabulous :)

    • Nancy Lopez-McHugh

      Nancy Lopez-McHugh Reply

      June 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

      Hi Nandita, Oh you must try baking Brownies. If you like chocolate it’s a must try treat. I hope you like them and do let me know how they turn out. Thanks !

  3. Sarah K. Reply

    April 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    These were WONDERFUL! I had a terrible craving for brownies last night – almost to the point of being teary-eyed! (No – I am not pregnant… I just am that big of a brownie girl!) These hit the spot! I live in a high altitude area, so next time I’ll probably try tweaking the ingredient amounts slightly. I’d probably cut back a little on the butter and/or maybe add an extra Tablespoon of flour so they aren’t quite so noticeably greasy. That is sometimes a problem with some baked goods recipes here. (They were still DelICIouS!) Definitely keeping this recipe as my ‘go-to’ from-scratch brownie recipe! ALSO – I am a “brownies are totally okay for breakfast” kinda gal. My husband just doesn’t understand… *sigh* :-) Thanks for the great recipe! I think I may have to try adding a little coffee sometime.

  4. chanel Reply

    April 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Well the browines look really good ,but i need a recipe that doesn’t involve butter and sugar

  5. Gina Reply

    December 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I sprinkle M & M candies on top…..

  6. Victoria Reply

    April 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    SOOOO GOOD! I just made these for the first time. I will never buy a box mix again!

  7. shantel Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

    me and my best friend made these brownies and now i cant stop making them… so good..im in love with this recipe. best one ive found so far.

  8. Ouisie Reply

    June 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Great recipe. I’m at 6100 ft and I had to add 2 tbs of flour. They come out a little greasy, like Sarah said, but you see that a lot here.

  9. Anonymous Reply

    July 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    looks good =P

  10. Megan Reply

    July 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    looks good =P

  11. Lex Reply

    August 1, 2013 at 4:12 am

    I found it’s amazing if, after you pour the mixture into the brownie pan, you push frozen blueberries into the mixture,then bake- the acidity in the blueberries is a nice contrast to the chocolatey goodness!

  12. Diane Reply

    September 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Just made these brownies. I doubled the recipe so I’mm wondering how long to cook them?? Anyone have any ideas??

  13. Ren Reply

    October 30, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Every time I make brownies or cake with Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder they taste horrible.
    They’re dry and sticky, and they have an odd flavor.
    I follow the directions exactly, as well as the ingridients, but they just suck.
    Is there a reason for this?

  14. A Girl Reply

    November 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Going to try these. Don’t know how they’ll turn out but I’m willing to try it. I will be back with my review. : )

  15. A Girl Reply

    November 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Mmmmm. This is my 1st time making homemade brownies and my, my. I must say, THESE ARE DELICiOUS!

  16. Akasha Reply

    November 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Definitely a very good recipe. Making them for a second time tonight ( :

  17. Carla Reply

    November 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    My husband-to-be was craving something sweet & all I had in the pantry was Hersheys cocoa. So I went online & located this brownie recipe. I doubled the batch after I had already mixed the sugar, butter, eggs & vanilla flavoring after realizing my 9×13 baking pan would be too big for one batch. The brownies are in the oven now. After they are done & cooled I will let y’all know what my husband-to-be says about them. Stay tuned…LOL
    p.s. I am a huge brownie lover as well!! ;-)

  18. Carla Reply

    November 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Has anyone put peanut butter on these brownies before?

  19. Carla Reply

    November 19, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Brownies were very good!! Next time I will be putting chocolate chips or butterscotch chips in them. This time I only put pecans in them! My husband-to-be loved them & put a scoop of ice cream on his brownie!! LOL

  20. Shawnna Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Randomly found this recipe through internet search. I was looking for a cocoa brownie that didn’t require frosting. I doubled it and baked in a 9×13. They were perfect!! Printing and saving this one!! Thanks!!

  21. theresa rodriguez Reply

    December 31, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I have been cooking for over 40 years. This is the first time I have made this recipe and it is OUTSTANDING!! I rate this a 5 out of 5 and my company loves it also. These taste nothing like box but are MUCH MUCH better than box. You and dad have a talent.

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