Peanut Caramel Brownie Bites Recipe

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Peanut Caramel Brownie Bites Recipe
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Peanut Caramel Brownie Bites Recipe

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With their three decadent layers, these brownies are my family's absolute favorite. —Ella Agans, Birch Tree, Missouri
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed and softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • CANDY BAR TOPPING:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts, divided
  • 40 caramels
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/4 cups (7-1/2 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; coat foil with cooking spray.
Microwave butter, sugar and water on high just until mixture comes to a boil, 3-4 minutes; stir until blended. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla until blended. Stir in flour and baking powder.
Spread into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Cool 30 minutes.
For topping, combine sugar, butter and milk in a large saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly, over medium heat. Boil 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in marshmallow creme, 1/4 cup peanut butter and vanilla; pour over brownies. Sprinkle with 2 cups peanuts.
In a small saucepan, combine caramels and water; cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until blended. Pour over peanuts.
Microwave chocolate chips on high until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in remaining peanut butter until smooth; pour over caramel layer. Chop remaining peanuts; sprinkle on top. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Lifting with foil, remove brownies from pan. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Get ready for a delicious mouthful. These bars are show-stoppingly rich, so cut them small.
  • Chilling the brownies in the pan makes them easier to lift out and cut, so don't skip that step.
  • Originally published as Peanut Caramel Brownie Bites in Taste of Home December 2017

    Nutritional Facts

    1 bar: 212 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

    • 3/4 cup butter, cubed and softened
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • CANDY BAR TOPPING:
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
    • 1/4 cup 2% milk
    • 1 cup marshmallow creme
    • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2-1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts, divided
    • 40 caramels
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 1-1/4 cups (7-1/2 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; coat foil with cooking spray.
    2. Microwave butter, sugar and water on high just until mixture comes to a boil, 3-4 minutes; stir until blended. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla until blended. Stir in flour and baking powder.
    3. Spread into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Cool 30 minutes.
    4. For topping, combine sugar, butter and milk in a large saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly, over medium heat. Boil 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in marshmallow creme, 1/4 cup peanut butter and vanilla; pour over brownies. Sprinkle with 2 cups peanuts.
    5. In a small saucepan, combine caramels and water; cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until blended. Pour over peanuts.
    6. Microwave chocolate chips on high until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in remaining peanut butter until smooth; pour over caramel layer. Chop remaining peanuts; sprinkle on top. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
    7. Lifting with foil, remove brownies from pan. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 4 dozen.

    Test Kitchen tips
  • Get ready for a delicious mouthful. These bars are show-stoppingly rich, so cut them small.
  • Chilling the brownies in the pan makes them easier to lift out and cut, so don't skip that step.
  • Originally published as Peanut Caramel Brownie Bites in Taste of Home December 2017

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    toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 278760
    Reviewed Dec. 5, 2017

    "OMG--these are more like candy bars than cookie bars. Probably the richest "cookie" I have ever tasted!! They are a little labor intensive but well worth the time. My son got into my caramel supply so I didn't have enough but just supplemented with some Marzeti's caramel dip (for apples) and it worked like a charm. My mouth thanks Ella but my hips are going to pay for all that richness. Happy holidays!!"

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