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Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

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

Bake-Off® Contest 42, 2006
Cindy Egersdorfer
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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*

Steps

  • 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.
  • 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.

Expert Tips

*To slightly break pretzels and cereal, place in separate resealable food-storage plastic bags; seal bags and break with rolling pin.
**To easily cut brownies, line pan with foil so foil extends over sides of pan; spray foil with cooking spray. When ready to cut, lift brownies from pan using foil.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
530
% Daily Value
Total Fat
28g
44%
Saturated Fat
9g
47%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
340mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
61g
20%
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
Protein
9g
9%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
15%
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 Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Reese’s trademark is a registered trademark of The Hershey Company used under license.
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