Can o’ Hershey’s Brownies with Chocolate Frosting

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Nevada Women’s Club member Elizabeth Castle says she got this recipe from her then 93-year-old aunt, Myrnie Dawson, of Princeton, IL. Elizabeth got so many compliments on the recipe, she shared it in a 1982 Nevada Federation of Women’s Clubs community cookbook. It really is a good find–the perfect balance between cakey/fudgey. One caution: even without nuts, the batter quite filled the specified 10 x 12 pan (regular rimmed cookie sheet). If you add the nuts, you may need to hold a few spoons of batter back.

Makes one 10 x 15 pan of brownies

Brownies Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (1 lb.) can Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • OPTIONAL ADDITION (FOR EXTRA-CHOCOLATEY FLAVOR) 1/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa (unsweetened powder) mixed with 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup plus 1 heaping Tbsp unsifted all-purpose flour
  •  1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. (Beat each well.) Beat in chocolate syrup. (Add optional extra chocolate blended with veg. oil, if using.) Add flour. Then nuts (if using.) Spread mixture into a greased and floured rimmed cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on a rack.
  2. While brownies are cooling, make frosting. In a small, heavy bottomed saucepan, melt butter. Add milk and sugar and whisk well. Heat to a full, rolling boil, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips until melted. Pour all into a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until frosting thickens and begins to hold shape. Spread over brownies. When frosting is set, cut into bars.

One thought on “Can o’ Hershey’s Brownies with Chocolate Frosting

  1. This was a most favorite Brownie Recipe of my mother who today would 101 years old, she passed away at 98 yrs of age. She brought this to many of our families variety of special occasions. I appreciate the extra frosting idea of whipping more in a stand mixer. I will try that today. 4-25-2015. I am making this for my daughter’s daughter who is celebrating her “1st Communion” tomorrow, on Sunday in April.

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