Hershey’s Best Brownies: The classic fudgy recipe made with cocoa

Vintage Hershey's Best Brownies The classic fudgy recipe made with cocoa

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Hershey’s 5-minute recipe: Hershey’s Best Brownies

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Vintage Hershey's Best Brownies The classic fudgy recipe made with cocoa

Hershey's Best Brownies

Yield: 32 brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 3/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water (measure accurately)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Stir cocoa and baking soda in mixing bowl.
  2. Blend in 1/3 cup vegetable oil.
  3. Add boiling water; stir until mixture thickens.
  4. Stir in sugar, eggs and the remaining 1/3 cup of vegetable oil; stir until smooth.
  5. Add flour, vanilla, and salt, blend completely.
  6. Pour into lightly greased 13 x 9-inch pan or two 8-inch square pans.
  7. Bake at 350 F for 35 to 40 minutes for the 13 x 9-inch pan; 30 to 32 minutes for the 8-inch square pans.
  8. Cool; frost, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

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5 Responses

  1. You had a brownies recipe on the cocoa powder can about the late 1960’s or early 70’s. I would love to have that recipe if it is still available.

  2. Help I’m not new to baking as I’m 68 years old, but something went terribly wrong with this recipe. They boiled up out of the pan and all into my oven. What happened? I followed the recipe.

  3. Wow so wish I could delete my comment from a few minutes ago, but since I can’t I must say I found what was wrong (with me) not the recipe. I was making these quickly and put 1/2 cup baking soda not 1/2 teas. duh! I know better but was just moving right along. One day I’ll try them again and hopefully read better.

  4. Has anyone made these in a mini muffin pan? Curious about how long to bake.
    I have made these with King Arthur gluten free flour, half almond extract and half vanilla extract and they come out very good.

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