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 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
Mom's Vanilla Frosting:1/4 cup margarine, softened
2-3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1-2 tsp vanilla
Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with cooking spray or shortening. (For easier cutting, line pan with foil, then grease foil on bottom only of pan.)
Make and bake brownies as directed on box. 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 Vanilla Frosting:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix with hand mixer until fully combined