These brownies are seriously loaded! You will need to have a glass of milk close by when you eat them- they are so rich . . . and SO GOOD! The layers of creamy frosting mixed with peanuts and rich chocolate and peanut butter mixed with rice krispy cereal make these brownies stand out from just your regular ol' brownies. They were a huge hit with my family- I hope that yours likes them too!
-1 box of brownie mix (or you can use your favorite homemade brownie recipe-see mine below)
-Water, vegetable oil, and egg called for on brownie mix
-1 cup canned creamy vanilla frosting (or use your own homemade frosting-see mine below)1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 cups crisp rice cereal
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/3 cups (8 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
-Make and bake brownies as directed on box (or your own homemade recipe). Cool completely.
-Frost brownies with frosting. Sprinkle with peanuts; refrigerate while making cereal mixture.
-Measure cereal into medium bowl; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly. Pour over cereal in bowl, stirring until evenly coated. Spread over frosted brownies. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set before cutting. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.
Mom's Brownie Recipe
8 Tbsp cocoa
2 cubes (1 cup) margarine
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
pinch of salt
Melt margarine. Stir in cocoa. Mix sugar and eggs in a separate mixing bowl. Stir in margarine and cocoa. Add vanilla, flour, nuts, and salt. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 325 degrees.
Mom's Vanilla Frosting:
1/4 cup margarine, softened
2-3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1-2 tsp vanilla
Mix all ingredients together until well-blended.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.