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Chocolate Squares with Nutty Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Squares with Nutty Caramel SauceA great chocolate snack cake served with an easy caramel and pecan sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (14-ounce) bag caramel candies
1/2 cup water
1 cup pecan pieces
Sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease bottom only of 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Add oil, milk, eggs and vanilla; beat until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  4. Remove wrappers from caramels. Combine caramels and water in small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth and well blended. Stir in pecans; cool until thickened slightly.
  5. Cut cake into squares; serve with warm caramel nut sauce and sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Makes 9 servings.

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