Brownies were the first dessert I baked without the help of mom or the box when I was just a little girl. And now my little boys love baking them too. It’s a very popular request in our house.
Brownies are one of those really simple sweet comforts to create. No fancy ingredients. And really no frosting necessary either. It’s sweet, fudgy, and chocolatey perfect. Everyone needs a go-to brownie recipe. Get your chocolate fix with this one.
Hershey’s Chocolate Brownie
Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Yields: 12 to 16 squares
½ cup (1 stick) Butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
½ cup flour
1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
¼ tsp. Baking Powder
¼ tsp. Salt
Optional: ¼ cup of walnuts or ¼ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Here’s what you do:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square-baking pan. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well incorporated. Mix in cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until well blended. Next, gradually mix in flour just until combined without over mixing batter. Lastly, and optional, fold in walnuts or chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in the greased pan.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a thin crust forms over top and brownies begin to pull away fro the sides of the pan. Next and very important and the most difficult part, allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan before cutting. Serve at room temperature or cold. Enjoy!
*Note: For cake-like brownies, use 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder instead of 1/4 teaspoon.