Decadent Hershey’s Brownies Recipe: A Chocolate Lover’s Delight

Prep. time:
35 min
16 dishes

Hershey’s brownies are a beloved classic, adored for their rich chocolate flavor and fudgy texture. Originating from the iconic Hershey’s chocolate brand, these brownies have been a staple dessert in American households for decades. With their origins rooted in the timeless tradition of baking with Hershey’s cocoa, these brownies are sure to satisfy any chocolate craving. 

Yield and Difficulty:

This recipe makes one 9×9-inch pan of brownies, yielding approximately 16 squares. It takes about 30-35 minutes to prepare and bake, with a difficulty level of easy, suitable for bakers of all skill levels.

Ingredients for making Decadent Hershey's Brownies

  • · 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • · 1 cup granulated sugar
  • · 2 large eggs
  • · 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • · 1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
  • · 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • · 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • · 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • · Optional add-ins: chocolate chips, nuts, caramel sauce

How to Make Decadent Hershey's Brownies - Step by step Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and granulated sugar until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add Dry Ingredients: Sift the Hershey's cocoa powder, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt into the wet ingredients. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can lead to tough brownies.
  4. Optional Add-Ins: If desired, fold in chocolate chips, nuts, or swirl in caramel sauce for added flavor and texture.
  5. Transfer to Pan: Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it out evenly with a spatula.
  6. Bake: Place the baking pan in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Be careful not to overbake, as this will result in dry brownies.
  7. Cool and Serve: Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for at least 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy them warm with a glass of milk or let them cool completely for a firmer texture.

Nutritional Advantages

  • Hershey’s brownies provide a rich source of chocolate flavor and indulgence.
  • While they are not considered a health food, brownies can provide a satisfying treat when enjoyed in moderation.

Recipe Alternatives

  • For a gluten-free option, you can use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend in place of regular flour.
  • To make dairy-free brownies, substitute the unsalted butter with a plant-based butter alternative.
  • For a lower-sugar option, you can reduce the amount of granulated sugar or use a sugar substitute such as stevia or erythritol.

Tips for Enhancing the Recipe

  • For extra fudgy brownies, slightly underbake them and allow them to cool completely in the pan before slicing.
  • Experiment with different types of Hershey’s cocoa powder for varying levels of chocolate intensity.
  • Serve warm brownies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with hot fudge sauce for a decadent dessert indulgence.

Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or simply indulging in a sweet treat, Hershey’s brownies are guaranteed to delight your taste buds.

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