Hershey’s Brownies

These Hershey’s Brownies are a recipe from Maida Heatter’s Book of Great American Desserts. She is known for delicious desserts. Why use a box mix when you can make incredible chocolate brownies so easily?

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Hersheys Cocoa Brownies

Box mixes are handy and make it easy to put together a quick batch of delicious brownies. I will use boxes mixes from time to time, but I really prefer making chocolate brownies from scratch.

You eliminate the preservatives, and you end up with a much better flavor. I bet you have the ingredients you need already in your pantry.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make Hershey’s Cocoa Brownies:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa Powder (Hershey’s)
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Walnuts (optional)
Hershey's Chocolate Brownies ingredients

How to Make Hershey’s Brownies

  1. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan over moderate heat.
  3. Stir sugar and vanilla into the melted butter.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and cool for five minutes.
  5. Stir the eggs in rapidly so they don’t cook.
  6. Stir in dry ingredients.
  7. Stir in nuts (if using).
  8. Spread the batter out smoothly in an 8-inch square baking pan lined with buttered foil.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  10. Cool the brownies in the pan for 15 minutes.
  11. Cover the pan with a rack and turn the pan over. Remove pan and foil lining.
  12. Cover brownies with a cutting board and turn back over again.
  13. Allow brownies to cool completely before slicing.

These chocolate brownies are creamy and soft. You will love to make up a batch of these simple brownies.

You can add nuts if you desire. I like to add nuts to brownies. I have used all sorts of nuts in brownies including almonds, pecans, and walnuts. I hope you give this recipe a try.

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Hershey’s Brownies

Why make brownies out of the box when you can make delicious brownies from scratch?
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownie Recipes, chocolate brownies, hersheys brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 174kcal


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (Hershey’s)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts , broken into pieces (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Line an 8″ square pan with foil and butter the foil. 
  • Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Melt butter in a 10 – 12 cup saucepan over moderate heat.
  •  Stir in sugar, vanilla, into the warm butter.
  • Remove the pan from the stove, allow the heated mixture to cool for five minutes. Stir the eggs in rapidly so they don't cook. (It is best to crack all of the eggs before quickly adding in the eggs)
  • Stir in dry ingredients, and stir in nuts. Spread smoothly in prepared pan. Bake 20 – 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center just barely comes out clean.
  •  Cool in pan 15 minutes. Cover with rack and turn pan over. Remove pan and foil lining. Cover with a cutting board and turn back over again. Let stand until cool.


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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  1. Kris Marie

    5 stars
    The absolutely BEST brownie recipe. I doubled it and will use my football shaped cookie cutter to cut these out and than decorate.

  2. Judy O'Neal

    5 stars
    These are the best brownies I have EVER eaten. We have made them so many times during the Quarantine. Best comfort food ever!!

  3. Willie L. McMeans

    5 stars
    These are the absolute best tasting brownies I have ever tasted! I’ve made them and have taken them to family gatherings and they were loved by all. My in-laws have made many requests for these brownies but I couldn’t locate the recipe, I’m over joyed that I located it today on a whim. I highly recommend you try this easy to make brownie recipe.

    Thank you,

  4. Joanne

    I want to bake these brownies but I am confused by the directions. They read:. “melt the butter . . . Stir in sugar and vanilla, and add eggs one at a time. It is best to crack all of the eggs before quickly adding in the eggs. Remove the pan from the stove, allow the heated mixture to cool for five minutes. Stir the eggs in rapidly so they don’t cook”.

    Do I add the eggs to the pan on the stove? Or to the pan after removing it from the stove andleetletting it cool for 5 minutes?

    thanks for your help.

  5. Brenda

    1 star
    I used this recipe because I didn’t want to make a 9 x 13 pan of brownies. Your recipe calls for a 9 x 9 Pan. Did you really mean to use 8 x 8? I didn’t have enough batter to completely fill the bottom of the pan.

  6. Renee

    5 stars
    I use this recipe a lot because it satisfies my chocolate cravings. I can cut them into small squares and freeze them so I don’t eat too much at once. They are good heated up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and maybe a drizzle of chocolate or caramel syrup.

  7. Linda

    4 stars
    This recipe sounds very good! I’m going to try making them today. I bet they will be a hit! Ty for sharing this easy, versatile recipe! Maybe add some caramel on top and pecans to be similar to ‘Turtle Brownies’.
    Thank you, again. Happy Baking!

  8. Dianne

    5 stars
    Hello! I just made these for the hubby! (I am vegan)
    I recently made these totally wonderful vegan brownies (sweet potato, Peanut Butter, Hershey’s cocoa, banana, applesauce, almond extract… He was not impressed! They look and smell wonderful; Hoping he loves them!

  9. KMP

    This is my go to Brownie receipe for every Holiday or birthday! Just made a batch & decorated with red, White & blue sprinkles! They get cut, each one put in a foil cupcake holder & dusted with powered sugar! My family LOVES them!! Thank you!

  10. Brenda Santana

    I’ve made these several times since finding the recipe a few months ago. It’s really easy and so yummy. My family doesn’t care for nuts so I add chocolate chips. I’ve also used white chocolate chips. Peanut butter chips would also be good. Thanks for the great recipe.

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