My month without dessert is fiiiiinally over. No more staring glumly as others attempt to convince me that the dessert they’re eating is totally gross…as they reach for seconds.
It’s possible I went a little overboard with this recipe. I’m not sure if it’s even ethical to think about eating these.
It all started the other day when I came across a recipe for brownies with peanut butter chips and chocolate frosting, which sounded delicious. But then my chocolate-deprived mind said to itself, why not make these even better by adding some chopped Snickers on top?
I chose the peanut butter version to echo the peanut butter chips inside the brownie.
As I was looking over the ingredient list for these brownies, I felt a little concerned that my version would be too sweet, so I described the recipe to my sister Halley. This was our conversation:
“….and then I’ll add chopped up Snickers on top. Do you think that sounds too sweet?”
“Do you think that sounds too sweet?”
“I said….oh. You’re never going to comprehend what I’m saying are you?”
“Nope. I don’t understand the phrase ‘too sweet’.
So, I happily tromped off to Target and bought my ingredients.
In summary, these brownies are certainly rich and decadent, but in my family culture that is exactly the way dessert should be.
If you do like things a little less rich, you could always skip the candy on top, and even leave out the frosting. These brownies are fudgy and deliciously rich with just the peanut butter chips.
As for my family, they happily cut big pieces and piled whipped cream on top. To each his own!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Snickers Brownies
Recipe adapted from Hershey’s
Makes about 36 bars
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 2/3 cups (10-ounce package) Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
For the frosting:
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons Hershey’s Cocoa
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons milk
For the topping:
1 11.5-ounce package Snickers Peanut Butter Squared pieces (or about 12 pieces)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
Beat the butter, cream cheese and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. Gradually add dry mixture to batter, and beat well. Stir in the chips and pour into prepared pan.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the side of the pan. Cool completely (this is important!).
While the brownies are cooling, prepare the frosting. In a medium bowl, beat softened butter and cocoa together until blended. Gradually add the powdered sugar, alternating with the vanilla and milk. Beat until the frosting reaches spreading consistency. Makes about 1 cup of frosting.
Chop the Snickers squares into smaller pieces. When the brownies are completely cool, frost them and sprinkle the Snickers on top. Press the candy lightly into the frosting so it sticks. Cut into bars.