Hershey’s Best Brownies

by Jessica on October 10, 2012

When I started this blog almost five years ago, I was a poor sight. My point & shoot was a constant companion, but natural light… we had not been formally introduced. One of the first desserts I posted were these brownies by Hershey’s. I know you’ve seen the recipe – the one that appears on the back of their cocoa powder box? The pictures weren’t just bad, they were lousy; however, they were some of the best brownies I’d ever eaten (no pun intended) and I was proud of them.

So, last week, while I was away on a business trip, I left a pan of these on the kitchen counter for C. He fended for himself when it came to dinner, but handing him a whisk and a sweet recipe would’ve been plain cruel. And seeing that there were only 2 or 3 of them left when I arrived home, I know they were appreciated.

Hershey’s Best Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies


  • 1 c unsalted butter
  • 2 c granulate sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 lg eggs
  • 3/4 c Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 c chopped pecans, optional


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13"x9" baking pan. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave on medium for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until fully-melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt; blend well. Stir in nuts, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the pan. Cool completely, then cut into bars.

Adapted from: The Hershey Company


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brooke January 28, 2008 at 9:12 am

I’ll have to try these brownies soon!


2 madebymel February 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm

These brownies are so good!


3 Jessica October 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Great post! Love the pics!


4 Jessica October 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I’m also a huge fan of the Hershey’s recipe!! Yours seriously look perfect!

Oh, and I also have an arsenal of crappy point and shoot photos from my beginning blogging days. 🙂


5 The Food Hound October 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Oh man, do I have a long laundry list of entries that need new photos, haha! I hear ya, girl! I’m from a town right near Hershey, PA, and even though I lived in Belgium and became the world’s most notorious chocolate snob, Hershey’s will always have a place in my heart 🙂 Congrats on making the top 9 with your bark!


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