Many of you might know this, others might not, but I enjoy making brownies. Apparently, according to third party opinions, my brownies are pretty good. I’ve been somewhat lazy and haven’t made brownies in a while, I think since January!! Anyhow, I saw this recipe a while back for making snickers brownies and have been really wanting to make them. I even went ahead and purchased all the ingredients, but I had yet to make them….until today. My best friend is moving away and I promised her to make her this recipe, so today we had a hang out-brownie making day.
I’ll say this upfront….these are a bit messy to make!! I highly doubt I’ll make them again, though they were pretty good. Second I must clarify, this is NOT my recipe! I found it on Pinterest a while back and you can see the original here: Snickers Brownie Bites
I did change a couple of things, so I’ll share with you guys how I made them with instructions and pictures (’cause who doesn’t like pictures?!).
Here’s the recipe:
1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
1 jar marshmallow fluff (I bought this on amazon click here)
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 pkg Kraft caramels, unwrapped (I bought this on amazon click here)
1 Tbsp heavy cream (I didn’t have this so I used milk instead!)
1 & 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/2 pkg chocolate Candiquik or milk chocolate almond bark
The first thing you need to make is the brownies. For this just follow the instructions on the box. However, this is what I personally change in the recipe and box instructions….instead of water I use milk, and when making them I put the temperature 5° less than suggested and leave in the oven about 5 to 10 minutes less than suggested. For example, if the box says to bake it at 350° and for 45-50 minutes, I’ll bake them at 345° and for 40 minutes. Also, if you want them more moist and chewy, make sure you spray your brownie pan with a non-stick spray. These are some of my “secrets” and tips for making really yummy brownies!!! 😉
Once your brownies are done, make sure to let it cool completely before you add the next steps!
Next, in a bowl you’ll be mixing your marshmallow fluff and peanut butter. I warn you, this can and will get VERY sticky!! Use a plastic spoon or a rubber spatula. Mix them well together and pour on top of your brownies creating an even layer.
In a microwave-safe bowl add all your caramel squares (unwrapped of course!!) and add a tablespoon of heavy cream, or in my case I used milk instead. Put in microwave for a minute and stir. If it’s still not melted and smooth after a minute, microwave for another 30 seconds- always stirring and checking your caramel (you don’t want it to burn!). Once you have a smooth caramel, pour it on top of the marshmallow-peanut butter mix creating another layer and spread to keep it as evenly as possible. Quickly add your peanuts and gently press them into the caramel. Here you can add as many or as little peanuts as you’d like! Once you got all this together put it in the fridge and let it set for about 30 minutes, I would suggest longer if possible. We were desperate to try these so we didn’t leave it too long so I had a bit of a mess with the ingredients!! Here’s how it will be looking when you put it in the fridge:
While you’re waiting for your brownie to set, go ahead and melt your Candiquik or chocolate according to the instructions provided on the package. I personally used a bag of premium semi-sweet chocolate chips and melted it on my Wilton Chocolate Pro Electric Melting Pot (which I got on amazon). It’s the first time I used this pot, and I loved it!!! I tried to melt Candiquik in the past in the microwave and I burned a whole bag and just gave up on the idea. This pot worked awesome!! I would definitely recommend it.
Once your brownies have set, cut them into 1″ to 2″ squares. Here’s a neat trick to make it easier when cutting your brownie (I learned this from the original recipe!!): use a sharp knife and spray it with cooking spray. Cooking spray…..Genius!! Why didn’t I think of this before!! After your brownie is cut into squares, dip the tops of the squares in the melted chocolate. I’ll be honest with you here…this was a HUGE mess for me! The first one I tried totally fell apart! What a mess!! I ended up pouring some chocolate over the top of the brownie squares instead of dipping them into the chocolate. That worked out better for me!
Also, I used cupcake liners to place each individual brownie…it made it easier to eat this messy delicious brownie!!
So at the end of the day…where these good? I would say yes. Though they turned out VERY chocolaty! Which is not bad for the chocolate lovers. And if you don’t mind the stickiness of the caramel, marshmallow and peanut butter then you’ll like it. Will I make them again? Probably not. For me personally it’s too much hassle to make them, and they leave quite a mess to clean up afterwards! If I do decide to make them again I would probably do a couple of things different.
All in all I did enjoy making this for people I love and even more just loved spending time with my sisters and best friends. We matched these up with some Hazelnut Coffee! Yum!!
If you guys ever try to make these send me a picture! I’d love to see what you’d come up with. Also, if you have any suggestions or tips leave a comment!
Thanks for reading! 🙂