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Broadway Brownie Bars

I named these dessert bars for Broadway because they're a hit every time I serve them. I especially like to make them as a gift for anyone with a sweet tooth! —Anne Frederick, New Hartford, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • BROWNIE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients until smooth; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and chocolate. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Add sugar, flour, baking powder and nuts, stirring until blended.
  • Spread batter in a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread filling over batter. For topping, in small bowl, combine chocolate chips and nuts; sprinkle over filling.
  • Bake until almost set, about 28 minutes. Sprinkle with marshmallows; bake 2 minutes longer.
  • For frosting, in a large saucepan, heat butter, milk, cream cheese and chocolate until melted, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Immediately drizzle over marshmallows. Chill well; cut into bars.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Chop or crumble leftover bars and stir into softened ice cream.
  • For easy removal of bars, line your pan with foil, letting the ends extend up the sides of the pan. Then use the foil to lift the cooled bars.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 brownie: 271 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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    Reviews

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    • Laurie
      Feb 15, 2020

      Am I missing something? The brownie only shows 2 ingredients? Something isn't quite right here...

    • Psalm127-3
      Dec 25, 2018

      It’s Christmas morning and I’ve just been served coffee in bed-love my Santa-wondering if anyone else is confused by the instructions, I’ll read further to see if I can understand it better

    • Alice
      Nov 11, 2017

      These are almost like The Rocky Road Fudge Bars from the Pillsbury Back-off book from 1972. They are delicious! I have made them every year since then One of my top 3 most requested recipes. Yummy! I always watch the marshmallows in the oven when they swell and puff they are ready to take out and then spread with the topping. The cheesecake is delicious inside. I have even doubled the cheesecake recipe inside a few times.

    • mutley30
      Dec 4, 2016

      I read the reviews about the marshmallows not melting and decided to double the time to 4 minutes. That, coupled with the warm frosting, softened the marshmallows just fine. This recipe is a little more involved but it's not difficult. Enjoy!

    • JulieWhitman
      Sep 4, 2016

      These are really decadent but for some reason, my marshmallows didn't melt. By the looks of the picture, you can't even tell there is a marshmallow layer. I followed the directions exactly. Any suggestions? Did anyone else experience this? Mine look more like, "Rocky Road" than Broadway.

    • hardtouse
      Apr 27, 2014

      very good but very sweet. The girls LOVED them. Will definitely make again!

    • momoflandl
      Jan 15, 2014

      These were really very good. Homemade always wins out over a boxed mix! I actually made brownie sundaes with these which for some maybe a bit over the top, they are however delicious on their own!

    • ruhnowcj
      Dec 1, 2013

      My family thought they were AWESOME! This recipe will be a keeper.

    • 25kevin
      Nov 23, 2013

      I wont make these again. The marshmallows come away from the brownie. They are impossible to cut neatly. Not near enough chocolate/cocoa to make a brownie base. Waste of ingredients!

    • duckmichelle
      Nov 8, 2013

      A 4 star rating because if sounds so good! I'm wondering if it would affect the recipe very much if the nuts were left out. My family doesn't like them very much and one is allergic.