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Broadway Brownie Bars Recipe

Broadway Brownie Bars Recipe

I named these dessert bars for Broadway because they're a hit every time I serve them. I especially like to make these for the holidays, or for hostess gifts. They're always sure to please any sweet tooth! —Anne Frederick, New Hartford, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. YIELD:30 servings


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


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients until smooth; set aside.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Bake until almost set, 28 minutes. Sprinkle with marshmallows; bake 2 minutes longer.
  • 5. 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. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Recipe Note

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.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 each: 271 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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    mutley30 User ID: 8226556 257683
    Reviewed 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 User ID: 2617999 253655
    Reviewed 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."

    Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 247618
    Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

    "to DuckMichele-I'm there also. wanna make these for our sons best friend who just had a baby (his wife) but he's highly allergic to nuts"

    hardtouse User ID: 3390334 69854
    Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

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

    momoflandl User ID: 5566695 201721
    Reviewed 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 User ID: 1986987 69852
    Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

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

    25kevin User ID: 2113564 16165
    Reviewed 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 User ID: 7095674 201720
    Reviewed 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."

    CountryRefuge User ID: 5510306 13064
    Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

    "This recipe is identical to one I've used for 30+ years! The only difference I find is that mine are called Rocky Road Bars--or Helen's Sin Bars, lol. This recipe is a hit whenever I make it at Christmas. Yes, these are labor intensive, but the results are worth it for how good they are! I'm not sure that anyone who is a mild/milk chocolate lover would like these. These are so rich, so deep chocolate that they are perfect for a true chocolate lover."

    Nonna2U User ID: 6678289 16164
    Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

    "Oh Anne! Decadent! Delicious! Orgasmic! You a Broadway star! I made a batch for me & a batch for a neighbor. I did add a little homemade peanut butter to the brownie batter & to the topping to 1 batch - couldn't help myself. Yuummm! Great name for this recipe!"

    dreamgirlut User ID: 2062217 10433
    Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

    "These are my all time favorite brownies. The best ever!"

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