Friday, July 22, 2011

Peanut Butter, Caramel, and Chocolate, OH MY!

This recipe was inspired by Food Network's new show called Tough Cookies. This woman is absolutely hilarious! The show is about two sisters, Susan and Linda, that own their own cookie bakery in New Jersey. Here's a synopsis on the episode that inspired this recipe:
"It's the biggest event of the summer for Crazy Susan's - the Ocean City Block Party...and Susan is nowhere to be found, which creates an extremely stressful morning for Linda and her army of family members pitching in to make 5000 cookies for the event. Since she's delayed, and out of necessity, Susan has Stephanie take the reins, and gets her first chance to start baking. Susan is inspired to create a special cookie just for the mayor, to present to him at the block party and devises her interpretation of a "Moose Tracks" cookies." - Food Network
And so it begins...after seeing her create those cookies I decided to make some of my own with a twist! I decided to make brownies instead of cookies. I really like chewy and fudgy brownies, so I thought this would be a great combo to substitute. The original browning recipe is from Cookie Madness. This is what I came up with:

Candy Bar Brownies

  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 12 oz package of Reese's peanut butter cups (chopped)
  • 1 12 oz package of Rolo chewy caramels (chopped)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 baking pan with cooking spray.

Mix eggs, sugar, melted butter and vanilla together in a bowl until combined.
Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder together and then stir into the sugar mixture. Toss half of the Reese's and Rolo pieces with flour and then stir into batter. (This will keep the candy pieces from sinking to the bottom of the brownies.)

Pour mixture into pan and bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle top with the remaining 1/2 candy bars.

Return to oven and cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack then transfer to refrigerator and chill. When brownies are cold, cut them into squares. 

These are so yummy and you should go out and make them right away. DO IT! You won’t be sorry. And neither will all of the people who get to enjoy them!! 

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