Symphony Brownies

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This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Paula Deen’s Symphony Brownies

Symphony Brownies

Using an original idea from Paula Deen, these are incredibly simple, but oh MY these are delicious!

Yield: 24 small brownies (or 12 large)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 min


1 (20-ounce) package (family-sized) boxed brownie mix
2 King-sized almond-toffee Symphony brand candy bars (made by Hersheys)


1. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions.

2. Line a 9x9-inch cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon in half of the brownie batter and smooth with a spatula. Break apart the candy bar into sections and space them out so they cover the surface of the brownie batter. Cover with remaining batter.

3. Bake according to package directions (mine took 40 minutes). Let cool completely, then lift from the pan using the edges of the foil.

Source: (Adapted from Paula Deen)

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  • Marilyn wrote:

    I have to make a correction on a comment I made earlier today. I stated that Food Network took off all of Paula Deen’s recipes off of their website. I went back to the Food Network site and did find some of her recipes! I apologize for making an incorrect statement!

  • Marilyn wrote:

    I have made these brownies numerous times! They are really good and a very big hit!!
    The difference I noticed in this recipe and Paula Deen’s is the amount of candy bars she used. She also used the brownie mix with walnuts. I watched her make these on her show, and she used 3 bars and placed them on top of the first layer of batter as whole candy bars. She did not break them up. The three giant sized bars won’t fit in the 13″X 9″ pan, so i buy 2 giant and 1 XL bars. This recipe WAS on the Food Network website until they “unforgivingly” took all her shows off the air, including all her recipes! Thanks for putting this recipe on the Internet! I can’t find mine and wasn’t sure of the time for baking.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      They took all of her recipes off of their site??? Oh my gosh, I had no idea…

  • sandy wrote:

    I just saw her make this on her show on food network and she used 3 of the symphony bars…

  • Wanda wrote:

    Add two tablespoons of Karo syrup, to the brownie mix -Yum !! – it is a trick I have used almost 20 years.

  • Stephanie wrote:

    This recipe is a family favorite! I use 2 boxes of brownie mix and 3 KIng Sized Symphony bars baked in a 9×13 pan at 325 for about 35-40 minutes.

  • Gary Collins wrote:

    Could you please tell me from which Paula Deen cookbook this recipe is from. I’m trying to purchase one for sister for Christmas. Thank you, Gary.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Not sure if it’s in a cookbook from her, but the original recipe is on the Food Network site.

  • Tina wrote:

    These are just so simple to make and wonderful to eat.