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HERSHEY'S Best Brownies Recipe

HERSHEY'S Best Brownies

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Skill Level: Beginner

Recipe Rating


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
  • 2 cups 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


  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  • 2. Place butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 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.
  • 3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Prepare and frost brownie with CREAMY BROWNIE FROSTING, if desired. Cut into bars. Makes about 24 brownies.
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 6 tablespoons HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Beat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small bowl until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk; beat to spreading consistency. Makes 1-2/3 cups frosting.

Ratings & Reviews

    No need for the icing. A little whipped cream is a good addition sometimes.
    These are the only brownies I have ever made and I have been making them for about 5 years now. My family loves them. Sometimes we opt for no nuts and as our number of kids increased over the years I started needing to double the recipe. These are always gone within 2 days. I have a batch in the oven as I'm typing. Never tried the frosting but I think the brownies alone are yummy enough.
    Compliments galore!!
    I don't know why this recipe has 4 stars overall. I'd give it 10 if I could. Brownies turn out PERFECT every time. Super easy to make and delicious. I discovered the frosting recipe later and it is simply delicious. The easiest, best buttercream I've ever made and I've never had luck with buttercream frosting. The only thing I would recommend for the frosting is use fresh powdered sugar. Old powdered sugar gives it a grainy texture, but is still delicious. Seriously, try this brownie recipe. You'll never make another bar this easy or good.
    These are the only brownies I ever made. Best recipe ever!
    These are the best brownies I have ever made and soooo easy.
    It was so easy to make and was very delicious! Although i did not use icing i used powdered sugar!
    Easy and fun to do with kids....tasty too!!
    Loved this! Now, I didn't have enough butter for this recipe so I opted for shortening. Turned out perfect! I'm not sure butter would have made it better or not. I MIGHT try butter next time just to see which is better. I also did only half a batch because I was concerned about the shortening. I wish I made a whole batch cause they were delish!
    These brownies are delicious. I use a 9 x 9 pan, add a layer of brownie batter, add a layer of whole Reese's peanut butter cups, then the remaining batter and bake. Delicious!
    For thicker brownie I made it in a 9" x 12” glass pan and just rotated it 10 minutes before the end. Taste like the recipe your grandmother used to make, moist and chewy. We liked it better without the frosting. Frosting was too sugar sweet. Also we are above 7,000 ft and I didn’t make any adjustment for the attitude
    My favorite brownie recipe so far. They used to have it on their cocoa containers but has been replaced with their chocolate cake recipe. Can we please have this brownie recipe back on the cocoa containers for a while at least?
    This is a great recipe. Very easy and so good.
    omg! I fell in love with every bite of this brownie. It's moist soft and melts in your mouth! If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.
    There simply is no comparison with any other brownie, no matter what you do to them. After I spead the batter in the pain, i drop about a cup and a half of chopped walnuts, press them gently down into the dough, then frost with dark chocolate butter frosting. If I could give these ten stars, I would.
    Finally a recipe that comes out the way my wife and I like it...CHEWY! The only thing we changed was omit the nuts and sprinkle coconut flakes. Perfect!
    I also put a few tablespoons of coffee in the batter
    I've made these brownies for almost twenty years—have never found anyone who does not love them. The name says it all!
    The family's favorite!! We will be using these for favors at my daughter's wedding. Use the Special Dark cocoa for extra chocolate flavor.
    great recipe!! i added 1/4 cup of cocoa for more chocolate flavor =)
    Degree of Difficulty? It says beginners which is true; but if you only learn this one, it will carry you thru the rest of your life! Do yourself a favor and never use a box mix of Brownies, there is no comparison. You want to eat healthy? This recipe is ALL natural. So it's good for you!!
    I have been making this recipe for years. It is the easiest and tastiest brownie recipe ever. My kids and their friends request my brownies "because they don't come from a box." Thanks, Hershey's for making this mom a hit!
    I made these once for my teen's English class and they were such a hit she's been begged from for them over and over. Considered better than boxed mixes by my tasters. Easy to make--I enjoy making them!
    This is awesome! I used to use a brownie mix, but no more! I wanted to add some butterscotch pieces, but unfortunately, I was out. I used 2 cups brown sugar in place of the white and they turned out great! Very moist and terrific flavor. Highly recommended.
    EXCELLENT brownies..I lessened the amount of sugar a little and increased the vanilla...but this is the best recipe so far!
    My first time trying this recipe and it was very good with the special dark cocoa. It is hard to find the special dark cocoa but it makes the difference to me.
    I found this recipe on the back of a container of Hershey's Cocoa. I've never had better brownies. The second time I made this I added a 16 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. It's a chocolate lover's dream :))
    These look soo good! They look like fudge brownies.
    This is my go-to brownie recipe from now on - THE BEST!
    I have used this recipe for years without a failure. Everyone loves these brownies....
    these are the best brownies anyone can make especially with kids
    My family LOVES these brownies. I have not bought brownie mix in years (since finding this recipe). I use this recipe as it is and for marbled cheesecake brownies. YUM!!