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Peanut Caramel Brownie Bites

With their three decadent layers, these brownies are my family's absolute favorite. —Ella Agans, Birch Tree, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed and softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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 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, 1 at a time, stirring well after each addition. Whisk in vanilla. 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.

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.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 212 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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    • Katie
      Jan 6, 2020

      I made these for my holiday cookie tray and WOW. Everyone loved them. To save time, I used a boxed brownie mix instead of making the homemade version. I would also suggest a light sprinkle of sea salt on the top chocolate layer if you'd like to offset some of the sweetness. Overall a great recipe!

    • dschultz01
      Aug 5, 2019

      Excellent! Everyone loved them! A lot like Snickers bars.

    • snmckey
      Dec 20, 2018

      Have made this many times. Everyone loves it and asks for the recipe.

    • Rayna44
      Dec 29, 2017

      These are fantastic! My mother took them to thanksgiving and they were instantly gone. They were like the best candy bar I've ever had! The only thing I would change is the caramel layer, I would add MORE! Lovely recipe!

    • toolbarsco
      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!!