Tasty Thursday {Hershey’s Special Dark Brownies}

April 11, 2013

Sometimes, my family gets a craving for chocolate, preferably in brownie form. And usually, that craving hits right after dinner. Those times call for something quick and easy.

Every since I started baking from scratch and keeping a supply of baking ingredients around at all times, I’m usually able to whip something up. But just because I bake from scratch doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. I still prefer simple and easy recipes. This one fits the bill.

And when it comes to adding chocolate or cocoa to a recipe I’m a staunch Hershey’s supporter. (No, I’m not being paid for this.) My family, especially the boys, love all things Special Dark. So that’s what I usually use.

I’ve also been trying to incorporate healthier ingredients like whole wheat flour and all natural sugar and stevia blends. So far, I haven’t gotten any complaints and the recipes still come out tasting just as delicious as with regular flour and sugar.

special dark brownies



In a medium bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt together. Set aside.

In a big mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract until well blended.

Add the flour blend to the bowl and mix together.

Batter will be very thick.

Add 1/2 cup of boiling water, blend together and pour into greased 9×13 baking pan.

Bake at 350° degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.


(Recipe adjusted from

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  • Helen April 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Ooh those look absolutely delicious! I could definitely eat one right at the moment.

    • Susi April 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Hallie, I bet you could. 🙂

  • Kimberly April 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Confession: I don’t like chocolate.
    I know. I’m a freak.
    But my boys do and because I’m an awesome mom, I do make them treats. This will be perfect. Thanks!

    • Susi April 14, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Hope they enjoy it. I have a big sweet tooth but I confess, I’m a chocolate snob and prefer German chocolate to all else. Also, I’m not a big fan of brownies, bit my guys are!!! 🙂

  • Tami April 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    The Hershey factory is about an hour or so away from me. We have taken quite a few class trips there. Ooooh, it smells soooo good!!!!

    • Susi April 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Tami, I’d like to visit there one day. I bet it would be so much fun! 🙂

  • Christine (Cook the Story) April 22, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Love this healthified brownie. Great idea! I tend to not bake much anymore because I don’t want to have hte bad stuff in the house. But with this, it wouldn’t be so bad.

    • Susi April 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Christine, that’s exactly why I’m trying to add “better” ingredients. I love to bake and my kids love to eat my goodies! I use whole wheat flour and the stevia sugar bland in most everything I bake now. I will also try to branch out into using coconut flour etc.

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