Wednesday, January 26, 2011



Ever have a craving for chocolate so bad that you just can't stand it?  I do, I did yesterday, and probably the day before. I sometimes have them often.  What can I say, I'm a woman?  (Can I get an Amen, please?) :)  My Mom bought me a Hershey's cookbook for Christmas and I have been so anxious to try a recipe out.  It is what you would call the "mac daddy" of all chocolate cookbooks!  Tabs for everything...pies, tarts, cakes, brownies, bars, you name it, they have it.  It is now my go-to book for everything chocolate.  Last night I made their "Best Fudgey Pecan Brownies" (minus the pecans because the preacher doesn't like them).  They were glorious!  Oooeeyyy, goooeeeyy, yumminess AND even better the next day because the chocolate had seeped halfway down into the brownie!  Mercy!!  You have to try these brownies ASAP!  I highly recommend it for your next chocolate craving! 

Best Fudgey Pecan Brownies
Hershey's Recipe Collections Cookbook

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flou
1/3 cup HERSHEY's cocoa
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I didn't use them, but if you're into them you should!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 square baking pan.

Beat your butter, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl.  Add your eggs to the mixture and combine well.

In a separate bowl combine your flour, coca, baking powder, and salt.  Add it to your egg mixture and blend together. 

Stir in your pecans if you feel like a nut!  :)

Spread your yummy brownie batter into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes!!

AND...don't forget to lick the bowl, and the spoon, and the little splatter of brownie mixture that accidentally spilled on the counter. 

While your brownies are baking, you MUST, I mean MUST make the frosting for them!  This is what makes it amazing.

Chocolate Pecan Frosting
Hershey's Recipe Collection Cookbook
(again, I left out the pecans, but I'm sure they would be great with them)

1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsps. HERSHEY's cocoa
3 tbsps. butter or margarine
2 tbsps. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Place powdered sugar and cocoa in a medium bowl.

Heat butter and milk in small saucepan over low heat until butter is melted.  Gradually beat into cocoa mixture, beating until smooth.

Stir in your vanilla and pecans.

Once your brownies come out of the oven, be sure to pour this frosting over them immediately!  The frosting will just ooozzzee all over the top of the brownies.  More than likely you might want to stick your face in the pan right then because they look so good, but I wouldn' might hurt a little.  Once the brownies have cooled a bit, dig right in.  You are going to love these!  Enjoy and let me know how your brownies turn out!  :)

Love, The Preacher's Wife

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