Friday, June 21, 2013

Best Brownies and how to not make them!

So I had a horrible sweet tooth on Friday night and no treats in the house beyond the banana bread but we all know that isn't going to cut it for dessert.  I was thinking about going with the old reliable chocolate chip cookies but I thought that I might as well try a new recipe.  When is it a bad idea to make a new recipe?  When you are tired and hungry!!!  I didn't read the directions correctly and caused more work for myself.  Good news is that there was an easy fix.

First, pull out all the ingredients (and make sure you have enough cocca powder or at least that is what I always have to do).  Reading the instructions the whole time (and re-read noting the word melting which I have written in the recipe and not just the ingredients).

Then, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl.  Then stop because you re-read the ingredients and noticed that they wanted it melted! 

UGH!!  It is in a metal bowl and already mixed.  What do you do?

Move to a plastic mixing bowl and put in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Take out and stir and then do for another 30 seconds and repeat until melted.  I only needed to do it for 1 minute and I got melted butter with the sugar and vanilla already mixed it.  It might have actually worked out better for me because I usually boil over the butter when I am melting it in the microwave and I didn't this time.

I added in the eggs and it looked exactly the same.  I measured the cocca and flour and added the baking powder and salt to the top. 

I added in the dry ingredients and mixed.

I poured the brownie batter in the pan and put in the oven to bake.  I set the timer for 25 minutes.

They were actually done at 25 minutes and I tried to patiently let them cool a little before cutting into them...not my strong suit!!  I didn't make the frosting because my husband isn't a big frosting fan and I really wanted to eat some brownies :)  We got our brownies and they were really yummy!

Okay, I might have cut into them when they were a little warm..

I hope that you use the recipe and try some at home and let me know what you think!!  They are super easy to whip up and taste very flavorful.  It is a great replacement to the box mix.  My husband didn't like the flavor when they first came out so I think that I might use less vanilla next time!!

I loved it!!  I didn't have any problems finishing the pan myself.  They were really yummy!!

I hope that you try this recipe for your family soon and let me know what you think!

Best Brownies


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine , melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2  eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan.
2. Stir together melted butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in nuts, if desired. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Prepare CREAMY BROWNIE FROSTING; spread over brownies. Cut into squares. About 16 brownies


3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
3 tablespoons HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1 tablespoon light corn syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Beat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small bowl until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk;
beat to spreading consistency. About 1 cup frosting.


  1. We also make our Brownies from scratch and I honestly think it's no more difficult than using a box mix (and way better).

    But with 2 teenagers in the house, not to mention all of their friends who can smell chocolate baking from a mile away, they NEVER get a chance to cool.

    1. I have tried a bunch of recipes but the only one that my husband has really enjoyed (outside the box) was the nutella ones. I don't know what he doesn't like but I keep trying to find one that we both like. If not, I end up eating the whole pan :) Love brownies so I am going to keep trying!


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