On Monday, I came home from work completely exhausted and in the mood for something sweet. Being that I am back to work and too lazy to go to the grocery store for more than anything but bread and milk, my pantry is barren…and I mean barren! It took me a minute to think of what I could make, then it hit me…brownies! I have not made brownies in ages. After perusing the internet for a few minutes, I decided to go with Hershey’s recipe for the Best Brownies. I had everything on hand and these sounded easy enough to whip together even though I was ready to fall asleep at any given moment. This batter was scrumptious…I had to refrain from licking the spatula since I knew these would be going to co-workers and I highly doubt any of them would approve of my lack of sanitation. Now, let’s discuss the frosting…this whipped together super quick and tasted amazing! I highly doubt these brownies actually needed frosting, but I thought what the hell! The verdict? These are amazing and oh so chocolatey!!!

Brownie Recipe from Hershey’s
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts(optional)

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

2. Place butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat well. Stir in nuts, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frost if desired. Cut into bars. About 36 brownies.

Creamy Brownie Frosting Adapted from Hershey’s (basically doubled the original recipe)
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
6 tablespoons HERSHEY’S Cocoa
2 tablespoon light corn syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
2 to 4 tablespoons milk

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

*line pan with parchment
*chill after frosting, but before cutting
*serve with a glass of cold milk, you’ll need it!

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