Thursday, July 25, 2013

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

We normally don't make things quite like this. These have a rich, candy bar-like look to them, and taste every bit the way they look. Josh would describe these delectable bars as "precious". I agree that they came out very well! Rich, fudgy and crunchy, you must try them at least once.

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

Let's keep in mind that using a boxed brownie mix isn't a sin. I used Ghirardelli's Triple Chocolate brownie mix, and it was wonderful. However, you can use a good homemade fudge brownie recipe, it will be just as tasty. Personally, I have found that most homemade brownie recipes call for far too much butter and sugar, I therefore never feel like I'm gaining something by not using a mix!  

For this recipe, you'll need: 
One recipe or one box of fudge brownie mix
15 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups rice krispies

Prepare one recipe (or one box) of fudge brownie batter. Spread batter in a greased 9" x 13" dish and bake accordingly. Don't over bake - Only bake until the edges are firm and getting slightly crisp, but the center still has moist crumbs sticking to a knife inserted in the center. 

While the brownies are baking, chop the peanut butter cups. I cut each cup into 4-5 pieces. When the brownies are done, sprinkle the chopped peanut butter cups evenly over the top. No need to spread. 

Now, in a separate bowl, melt the 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Add the peanut butter, and stir until smooth. Stir in the sea salt and vanilla. Add the rice krispies and stir to coat. Dollop the mixture over surface of the brownies, and spread carefully so you don't push the peanut butter cups around. Spread to the edges.

 Chill in the refrigerator for several hours, until completely firm. Cut into squares and keep chilled in the refrigerator. Dessert is ready! These freeze very well too, if you have extras, or would like to make this ahead. 

Have a blessed Friday! ~ Jessica

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