Got a serious chocolate craving? These brownies will do the trick and leave you wishing you had room for more. They're intensely chocolately and so fudgy you almost need a spoon. You'll definitely need a glass of milk to wash them down!
This recipe actually comes from a Hershey's cookbook published way back in 1987, and it was my mother's "secret recipe" for as long as I can remember. I called her for the recipe so many times over the years (having yet again lost whatever slip of paper I'd written it down on), until she finally sent me the book with a post-it note on the cover, " Do NOT lose this book. Signed, Your Mother." The threat was enough; this book has a place of pride on my shelf.
If the worst ever happens and I do lose the book, the internet will save me. Hershey's has kindly posted the recipe to their website:
• Ultimate Chocolate Brownies from Hershey's
The beauty of this recipe is in its simplicity. Other so-called "ultimate" chocolate brownie recipes rely on layers upon layers of gourmet chocolates, plus corn syrup to make the brownies chewy. This one is a simple shot of unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey's brand recommended, of course), a few handfuls of chocolate chips, and a lot of butter and sugar. We like the straightforward flavor of the cocoa in this recipe, and the chocolate chips provide the perfect texture contrast.
If you want, you can frost the top with chocolate buttercream, but even as a kid, I thought that was overkill!
Preparing the recipe is a basic dump-and-stir method, and is ready for the oven in less than 10 minutes. Make sure the cocoa mixture is fairly stiff before you move on to the next step. This ensures that the cocoa powder has melted sufficiently into the butter and water. Also be sure the chocolate has cooled to room temperature before adding the eggs or else you'll risk scrambling them.
I've made this recipe for more birthday and office parties than I can count - not to mention for the odd mid-week chocolate fix. They'll satisfy your sweet tooth, no problem!
(Images: Emma Christensen)