Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

This bar is comprised of four delicious layers. Spread the caramel layer to within 1/4 inch of the side of the pan. The bars are easier to remove when the caramel does not touch the side of the pan.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 4 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 24

Ingredients

1
box (19.5 oz) Pillsbury™ Brownie Classics Traditional fudge brownie mix
1/2
cup vegetable oil
1/4
cup water
2
eggs
3
cups semisweet chocolate chips
1
bag (14 oz) caramels, unwrapped
1/4
cup water
2
cups slightly broken pretzels (4 1/2 oz)*
1/4
cup butter or margarine, melted
1
cup powdered sugar
1
jar (18 oz) crunchy peanut butter
2
cups Reese's® Puffs® cereal, slightly broken*
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark pan). Grease 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray or shortening.** In large bowl, make brownie mix as directed on box using oil, water and eggs. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake 28 to 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack while making topping.
  • 2 In medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and water on High 1 minute. Stir; continue to microwave in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until caramels are completely melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in broken pretzels until well coated. Spoon and spread carefully over cooled brownie layer.
  • 3 In large bowl, mix melted butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Stir in broken cereal until well blended. Spread or pat over caramel layer.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave remaining 2 cups chocolate chips on High 1 minute. Stir; continue to microwave in 15-second increments, stirring after each, until chocolate is melted. Spread over cereal layer. Refrigerate until chocolate is set and caramel mixture in center is firm, 2 to 3 hours. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before cutting. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Bar
    Calories
    530
    (
    Calories from Fat
    250),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    28g
    28%
    (Saturated Fat
    9g,
    9%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    25mg
    25%;
    Sodium
    340mg
    340%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    61g
    61%
    (Dietary Fiber
    4g
    4%
      Sugars
    41g
    41%
    ),
    Protein
    9g
    9%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    2%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    6%;
    Iron
    15%;
    Exchanges:
    2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    4
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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