Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies

1 batch of your favorite brownie recipe for a 9x13-inch pan
1/2 cup salted peanuts
8 Reese's peanut butter cups, chopped
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Prepapre the brownies according to the directions and bake for about 5 minutes less than the recipe states. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups. Return to the oven and bake for 5 additional minutes.

While they finish baking, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the cereal to evenly coat. Remove the brownies from the oven and evenly pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture over the top. Spread to cover evenly. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting and serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Chunky Pecan Pie Bars

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup corn syrup
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup coarsely chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, or chocolate chunks
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350

Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

For the crust, mix together the flour, butter, and brown sugar until crumbly. Press into the baking pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown.

For the filling, beat the eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, and vanilla extract with a wire whisk. Stir in the chunks and pecans. Pour evenly over the baked crust and bake for 25-30 minutes or until set.

Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cool completely and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. 

Chewy No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

One 16-ounce package of crispy chocolate chip cookies (the bars won't stay together if you use soft, chewy cookies
5 cups (1 bag) of large marshmallows
4 tablespoons of butter

Place chocolate chip cookies in food processor (or smash in a large Ziplock bag with a rolling pin) and pulse until crumbly, but not ground.

Melt marshmallows and butter in a microwave-safe bowl until puffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove and pour in ground cookies.

Quickly stir to combine, then transfer to a 8x8-inch baking dish lined with foil.

Allow to set for 10-15 minutes. Remove bars out of pan by the foil edges. Cut, serve, and enjoy!

Chewy No Bake Oreo Cookie Bars

1 (16-ounce) package of Oreo cookies
5 cups (1 bag) of large marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter

Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, allowing the foil to hang over the edges, and set aside.

Place Oreo cookies in food processor (or crush in a large Ziploc bag with a rolling pin) and pulse until crumbly, but not ground.

Melt marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl until puffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove and pour in ground cookies. Quickly stir to combine, then transfer to baking dish. 

Allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove bars from pan by foil edges. Cut, serve, and enjoy!

Rocky Road Brownie Bites

Brownie batter (your favorite recipe or a boxed mix)
2 cups of mini marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup chopped peanuts or pecans 
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Chocolate candy melt, almond bark, or more chocolate chips for melting

Preheat oven according to brownie recipe or boxed brownie mix. Spray mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 

Prepare brownies according to directions and fill muffin cups about 1/2 full. Bake according to recipe. When done, place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely. 

When cooled, place the brownie cups on a baking sheet or in a jelly roll pan and prepare rocky road mixture. 

In a large bowl, microwave the marshmallows and butter until puffy, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Quickly stir in chopped peanuts or pecans, then gently fold in chocolate chips. This is where it gets messy. Working quickly, use a spoon or your hands to scoop out small tablespoons of the rocky road mixture and place it on top of each brownie cup. Place baking sheet in the freezer for at least fifteen minutes, until hardened enough to dip. It's okay if they don't look perfect... you're going to dip them in chocolate!

Melt almond bark, chocolate melts, or chocolate chips before removing brownies from the freezer. Dip the tops in melted chocolate, then place on a wax-paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until set. 

Peanut Butter Cup Treats

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
1 egg
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
About 1 bag of miniature peanut butter cups

Combine butter, sugars, egg, peanut butter, and vanilla in mixing bowl; beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture. Cover dough and chill. (I chilled my dough for about half an hour).

Preheat oven to 375°F.

When cold enough to handle easily, roll in small (walnut-sized) balls; place each ball in greased miniature muffin tin. Bake for 8-9 minutes.

Remove from oven; gently press one peanut butter cup into each cookie. Cool in pan at least 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on rack. Store in a cool place until serving time.

Makes about three dozen cookies.