Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Brownies - Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Pecan Banana Bread


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Today my little Prince celebrated his 1st birthday.  He had the biggest birthday party I've ever seen for a 1 yr old!  To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.
While planing the party my son Billy ( taller handsome guy in plaid, ) called me and asked if I would bake for Ryder's big bash.  His request was cookies , brownies ....little treats to accompany the cake.  I filled his request for the treats and added another one , Chocolate Pecan Banana Bread.   Two of the recipes came from the back of a bag of Hersheys Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips.  They were on sale, and lo and behold the recipes on the bag were just what I was looking for..a .cookie and brownie recipe!  Fantastic recipes I might add, when I left the party all the cookies and brownies were gone.....made my little heart happy to know they liked them.  The Chocolate Pecan Banana Bread recipe made two loaves and when I left , there were only three slices left.  The Banana Bread has instant pudding in it, it made the quick bread very very moist and delicious. 





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I think my little Prince inherited his gramma's love of sugar LOL!!!




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This is an amazing brownie, fudgey, chewy and chocolaty.  The frosting is soft and smooth, it's a great accompaniment to the brownie.  You would think it would be to sweet, but it's not.  its just right.  Hershey knew exactly what they were doing when the named this the Ultimate Brownie, it truly is!

Wanna print just the recipe, click here.

Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Brownie
Hershey's site

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted and divided
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ONE-BOWL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING (recipe follows) 
  • Instructions:
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan or two 8-inch square baking pans.
  • Stir together cocoa and baking soda in large bowl; stir in 1/3 cup butter. Add boiling water; stir until mixture thickens. Stir in sugar, eggs and remaining 1/3 cup butter; stir until smooth. Add flour, vanilla and salt; blend completely. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan, 30 to 35 minutes for square pans or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frost with ONE-BOWL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING. Cut into squares. About 36 brownies.

    ONE-BOWL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
    6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
    2-2/3 cups powdered sugar
    1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
    1/3 cup milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Beat butter in medium bowl. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed). Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

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I've made lots of different recipes for chocolate chip cookies, this one is as good as any I've tried.  Soft, chewy and delicious,  exactly what I'd expect from Hershey Chocolate.

Wanna print just the recipe, click here.

 Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
 Hershey's site

Ingredients:
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 5 dozen cookies.
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This was a recipe for plain Banana Bread with instant pudding in it.  I added the chocolate chips and pecans to the recipe to kick it up a bit.  The pudding in the recipe makes this so moist and delicious!  I didn't have french vanilla pudding so I just used vanilla.  This quick bread has a little something for everybody, bananas, nuts and chocolate. 

Wanna print just the recipe, click here.

Chocolate Pecan Banana Bread
Food.com
Ingredients:
   * 2/3 cup oil
   * 4 large eggs
   * 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
   * 2 cups flour
   * 2 cups sugar

   * 1 (3 1/2 ounce) box French vanilla instant pudding
   * 1 teaspoon salt
   * 1 teaspoon baking soda
      1/2 cup chopped pecans
      1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions:
     Preheat oven to 325°F.      Mix oil, eggs and mashed bananas.
    Combine remaining ingredients and add to banana mixture.
   Grease and flour pans,place on baking sheet.
   Bake in a 2/ 9 x 5 x 3 inch pan 0r 4 mini loaves [mini's will take about 45 minutes] for  1 hour or until bread tests done.

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24 comments:

aveena said...

I was wondering where you had gone, it's great to see you back! Thanks for the amazing recipes! I recently made chocolate chip cookies and they were very similar to the recipe you posted, they were delicious!! Thanks again and welcome back!

Leslie said...

Happy Birthday to your little Prince! Love the brownies and banana bread

Jane said...

How cute he is, Bunny! It's the only time in life when it's okay to come to the table shirtless and stick your hands right into the cake. Looks like the little dude is making the most of it. :) Glad all is well with you!

MaryBeth said...

All of the recipes look amazing, and the little man in the picture is adorable. Here I thought I was the only person who put choc chips in banana bread...

Katrina said...

What a delicious post! I'd like one of everything, please. Cute 1 year old, too! My youngest just turned 4--can't believe it!
I like trying different brownie recipes and will have to put this one on the list!

Shelby said...

You were missed too Bunny! Life takes its turns where people disappear. I'm glad to know your doing well and what a sweet little man! I love the photo of him and the cake! lol

Melissa said...

Welcome back! Looks like he had a great party.

Bunny said...

I accidentally deleted the first 5 comments UGH!! Thank you Val,Ivy, Grace, Marie,and Lisa!!! It's good to be back!!

Clementina said...

Complimenti per il blog,squisite ricette. Dall'Italia mi unisco ai tuoi sostenitori. Buona giornata, Clementina

William Rose said...

This all looks so tasty I'm not sure where to begin trying them out. Thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

So glad to see you are back. You always have such great recipes....happy birthday to your little grandson! So cute....and I love all your treats!!!!

Katy ~ said...

So glad to see you here. Though I have been quite remiss in getting around to commenting on my friends' blogs, I do follow to see what you've been up to. You were missed, and so, am delighted to find you back in the kitchen again :) Your little prince is charming!!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Can't believe you have been back two weeks and I haven't come by and said hello yet. Thanks for posting all of that chocolate. Maybe it's a good thing I didn't see this post until after my 3-week sugar fast was over. So happy to see you back and glad the little one had such a happy and delicious birthday.

Carol Look EFT said...

Little Prince looks like he loved his cake... but for me i loved the ultimate chocolate brownies!! thanks for sharing.

Monica H said...

We've all missed you- glad you're back Bunny!

Looks like your grandson had a wonderful birthday. All the treats look divine!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

We've missed you for sure but hang in there doll! Thanks for the chocolate overload - love it!! Smart young man, and a couple of handsome and very lucky fellas there too! ;)

Mini Baker said...

oh my goodness! that is just about the cutest little boy/birthday cake pic EVER!!!. Love the brownies! YUM!
-Mini Baker

Honestly Good Food said...

Chocolate Chip cookies, making my mouth water! What a little cutie you have there!

Marie said...

Bunny, are you ok? I have missed your posts and hearing from you. I hope that all is well. Love and hugs to you. xxoo

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Sally Wescott said...

A plethora of yummy treats. Thank you for sharing. :) And your little Prince has a sweet tooth indeed.

Cecille Ericta said...

Hi Bunny! Hope all is well.. your boys are gorgeous!

BumbleVee said...

Noticed you have not been around the blog for a while..... just sending a note to say hi and hope you are well...

Veronica

Pam said...

Three of my favorites - they look decadent and delicious!