Bake-Off® Contest 43, 2008
Glastonbury, Connecticut

Mexican Chocolate Crunch Brownies

The combination of cinnamon and chocolate is a classic Mexican treat. Enjoy it in a clever cereal-base brownie bar.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 3 hr 0 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 24
 

Ingredients

1
box (12.8 oz) Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ cereal (about 8 cups)
1/2
cup butter, melted
1
tablespoon corn syrup
1
box (18.4 oz) Pillsbury™ Family Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
2/3
cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
1/4
cup water
2
eggs
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/3
cups semisweet chocolate chips
3
tablespoons cinnamon-sugar (from 3.62-oz jar)*

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with CRISCO® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Place cereal in food processor bowl with metal blade (crush cereal in 2 batches if necessary). Cover; process until finely crushed (about 4 cups). Or place cereal in large resealable food-storage plastic bag; crush with rolling pin.
  • 2 In large bowl, stir butter and corn syrup until well blended. Add crushed cereal; mix thoroughly. Press evenly in pan.
  • 3 In large bowl, make brownie mix as directed on box, using oil, water and eggs and adding cinnamon. Stir in 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips. Pour brownie batter over cereal mixture. Sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup chocolate chips evenly over batter.
  • 4 Bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar evenly over brownies. Bake 14 to 18 minutes longer or until brownies are set when lightly touched in center. Cool 10 minutes; loosen edges but do not cut. Cool completely, about 2 hours. For brownies, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with CRISCO® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Place cereal in food processor bowl with metal blade (crush cereal in 2 batches if necessary). Cover; process until finely crushed (about 4 cups). Or place cereal in large resealable food-storage plastic bag; crush with rolling pin.
  • 2 In large bowl, stir butter and corn syrup until well blended. Add crushed cereal; mix thoroughly. Press evenly in pan.
  • 3 In large bowl, make brownie mix as directed on box, using oil, water and eggs and adding cinnamon. Stir in 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips. Pour brownie batter over cereal mixture. Sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup chocolate chips evenly over batter.
  • 4 Bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar evenly over brownies. Bake 14 to 18 minutes longer or until brownies are set when lightly touched in center. Cool 10 minutes; loosen edges but do not cut. Cool completely, about 2 hours. For brownies, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

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*Three tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon can be substituted for the cinnamon sugar.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Brownie
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
150mg
150%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
13g
13%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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