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Ballot Box Brownies

Ballot Box BrowniesPromote civic duty with brownies decorated with a "VOTE" theme in red, white and blue icing.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Chocolate Frosting:
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Red, white, blue decorating icing in tube or can

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
  2. Melt butter in medium saucepan; add cocoa, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Add sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla; beat with spoon until thoroughly combined. Add flour and baking powder; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 30 minutes or until top is dry and brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  4. Frost, if desired. Cut into bars.
  5. Garnish with Vote theme, using red, white and blue icing.
  6. For Chocolate Frosting: Beat butter in small bowl. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency.
  7. Stir in vanilla. Makes about 1 cup frosting.

Makes 24 brownies.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens, and reprinted with permission of The Hershey Company. © The Hershey Company.