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Hershey's Chocolate Brownies

Hershey's Chocolate Brownies

Feel like you're at Grandma's house and feel like a kid again with this delicious recipe for classic, gooey Hershey's brownies with caramel baked inside and swirled up top!MORE+LESS-

Updated September 24, 2014

Make with

Betty Crocker Premium Brownie Mix


box Betty Crocker™ Ultimate Fudge brownie mix with Hershey's® Fudge Pouch and melt away mini chips


mini chocolate caramel bars


can Betty Crocker™ Hershey'schocolate caramel frosting


cup thick caramel sauce

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    Preheat oven to 350°F.In a large bowl, whisk together Betty Crocker brownie mix, included Hershey's packet, egg, butter, and the amount of water requested on the back of the box. Spray an 8x8 brownie pan with nonstick baking spray. Spread brownie batter into pan. Press mini candy bars into brownie batter, until about halfway impressed into batter.

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    Bake brownies for 18-23 minutes, or until they bounce back when touched lightly with finger. Remove and cool completely.

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    Frost brownies with Betty Crocker™ frosting. Drizzle caramel on top of frosting and swirl it into the frosting with a spoon or knife. Allow frosting to firm up slightly before covering or slicing into squares.

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More About This Recipe

  • Kick it old school in your kitchen with this classic recipe for Hershey's Chocolate Brownies. Made even better -- and quicker -- than Grammy's!

    Remember coming home from school to a fresh pan of Grandma's brownies? Almost every grandma's recipe box includes a recipe card for delicious homemade Hershey's brownies made from scratch. Go ahead -- check and see!

    Mmm. There's nothing so delicious as decadent chocolate and caramel brownies. And the good news is you can still make 'em -- but easier than ever!

    This Hershey's Chocolate Brownies recipe delivers big time. All of the goodness of classic chocolate brownies, pumped up to the max with a swirl of creamy caramel sauce. Life doesn't get any more delicious that this. Ready to throw it back? Here's how…

    Start with a box of Betty Crocker Ultimate Fudge Premium Brownie Mix with Hershey's.

    How happy are we? There's an entire pouch of chocolate fudge sauce right in the box!

    Combine the brownie mix together with the egg, butter, and a whole lotta Hershey's sauce. A bit of water, too, as per instructions on the back of the box.

    Mix it up, set it next to your farmhouse window. Take in the view.

    Now spread that batter into an 8x8 pan. Gently press 8 mini caramel-chocolate bars into the batter. And bake that baby up.

    Prep thy knives with a wee taste-testing of chocolate frosting and thick, gooey caramel sauce. A little licking is perfectly acceptable.

    Once your brownies are cooked and cooled, frost them with chocolate frosting.

    Swirl, swirl, happy swirl in a bit of caramel sauce, then allow to set slightly before cutting or covering.

    Slice into squares, grab a pretty fork, and enjoyyyyy. Just as good as grandma's brownies…no one will ever know you made them from a box!

    Slice, and enjoy the caramelly homemade goodness!

    Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!

  • Hershey’s® is a registered trademark of The Hershey Company, Hershey, PA, 17033


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9x13x2-inch (3.5 L) baking pan or two 8-inch (2 L) square baking pans.

2. Stir together cocoa and baking soda in a large bowl stir in 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter. Add boiling water stir until mixture thickens. Add sugar, eggs and remaining butter stir until smooth. Stir in flour, vanilla and salt until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan.

3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes for single pan or 30 to 35 minutes for two square pans or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

4. One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting - Beat butter in medium bowl. Add icing sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed). Stir in vanilla. Frost brownies and cut into squares.

Homemade Chocolate Brownies

These homemade brownies are every chocoholics dream come true.

Need a chocolate fix urgently? These will be in the oven in 15 minutes flat (if not faster).

Hate washing up? Just one bowl to deal with here.

Like your brownies outrageously chocolatey, fudgy in the middle and the signature paper thin crackly top? This one delivers in spades.

Not such a confident cook? This recipe is astonishingly forgiving. Even if you overcook them, they might look cakey, but they still have that rich, fudgy mouthfeel. There’s just not enough flour in these to make them dry and overcooked!

And look ↓↓↓ Super fudgy yet you can actually pick it up, rather than scooping up gloops of raw batter!

And that crinkly top we all know and love!

Homemade Hershey Brownies

When you need a quick and easy dessert, not much beats the beloved brownie. The best part is, making brownies from scratch is easy!

There’s no reason to make them from a box mix when you can make something that tastes so much better with just a little more effort.


One of the best things about homemade brownies like these is that the ingredients are just simple pantry staples.

As a result, you can whip up a batch of one bowl brownies easily, whenever the craving for a chocolate dessert comes on! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Large Eggs
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

Optional add-ins

If you want to add some extra texture to your Hershey brownies, feel free to add up to 1/2 cup total of any of the following add-ins:

  • Chopped nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Flavored chips such as butterscotch, mint, white chocolate, etc.
  • M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
  • Candy bars such as Snickers or mini peanut butter cups
  • Dried cherries or other dried fruit

NOTE: Using more than 1/2 cup of add-ins will leave you with too much “stuff” and very little brownie.

Can I use Hershey’s chocolate syrup instead of cocoa powder?

To be honest, chocolate syrup is not a good substitute for cocoa powder, at least not for this Hershey brownies recipe.

First of all, chocolate syrup has a lot of extra sugar in it, so your brownies may end up too sweet.

Also, Hershey’s chocolate syrup is a liquid while the cocoa powder is dry. This difference will likely throw off the consistency of the brownie batter.

There are a few brownie recipes around that are made with Hershey’s chocolate syrup, but the ingredients are completely different than the ones in this Hershey brownie recipe.

How do I make Hershey brownies more fudgy?

This recipe creates cocoa brownies that are a good balance between cakey and chewy.

Fudgy brownies have more fat and less flour in them. So, to make fudgier brownies, you typically need to use more butter and chocolate. My recipe for peanut butter brownies makes super tasty brownies!

Cake brownies like this recipe have extra flour, and we also use baking powder, which causes them to rise a little bit. Some brownie recipes also have an extra egg in them because it adds volume and tenderness.

If you want fudgier homemade Hershey brownies, you can alter my recipe pretty easily. Simply use 3 eggs instead of 4, and omit the baking powder.

Making one bowl brownies

Making homemade brownies doesn’t get much easier than this Hershey brownie recipe!

  1. Preheat the oven and grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan..
  2. Combine the ingredients. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.

  1. Use a whisk or mixing spatula to beat together all of the ingredients until just blended. You can use an electric mixer, on medium speed.

  1. Add batter to the prepared pan. Be sure to spread the batter evenly into the pan so that the brownies are all the same thickness.
  2. Bake, cool, serve, and enjoy!

How to tell when brownies are ready

The easiest way to know that your brownies are ready is to insert a toothpick into the center of the pan. If the toothpick comes out with wet batter on it, let the brownies cook for a bit longer.

Recipe notes

Should I bake brownies in a metal or glass pan?

You can use either type of pan the size is the most important thing. For the best results, you will want to use a 9 x 13-inch pan.

That being said, if you’re a fan of brownies with crispy edges, the extra heat from a metal pan will give you the crispiness you are looking for.

If you plan to bake your homemade brownies in a glass pan, to prevent sticking, be sure to grease the pan really well.

Can you freeze brownies?

You can absolutely freeze them! Just be sure to wrap them well with one layer each of plastic wrap and aluminum foil. They will keep well frozen for about 3 months.

I hope you enjoy this Hershey’s cocoa brownie recipe as much as I do!


  1. Be sure to not over swirl otherwise the cream cheese will mix in completely and you will lose the swirl.
  2. When doubling the batch use a 9 x 13 inch baking pan (I know you want to double these).
  3. The brownies can be left out at room temperature for a few hours, but to store put them in an airtight container and put them in the fridge.
  4. It is best to make the recipe as is and not substitute the brownies with a box mix. We have not had the best results with a box mix.

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