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Monday, May 7, 2012

Brownie-Candy Bar Hybrid

I got this originally from a friend of mine who calls them "Philanthropy Brownies" since they're irresistible at charity auctions. Seriously, these things are really addictive.

Brownie-Candy Bar Hybrid
serves around 18
Thank you Sara Ford for the idea, Brown Eyed Baker for the brownie/topping, and the Food Network for the frosting!

Brownie base:
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup + 2 tbs semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and generously butter a 9x13 pan
2. Melt unsweetened chocolate, butter, and 1/4 cup + 2 tbs chocolate chips, carefully, either in the microwave or over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Set aside to cool.
3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.  In bowl #3, whisk eggs well.  Add sugar and vanilla until well-mixed. Add chocolate mixture.  Stir in the powdery ingredients.  Add 1/4 cup (or more if you like) chocolate chips.
4. Pour into pan and distribute evenly into a thin layer.  Use a spatula to get as much batter as you can out.  Bake for 20 minutes.
5. Let cool for at least an hour, and then make the buttercream.

Buttercream frosting: (this is my go-to vanilla frosting recipe)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter 
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tbs heavy whipping cream

1. Cream butter (I find it's easiest to leave the butter out for several hours so it's really soft).  Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream.  Mix well, and add more cream, if necessary for a spreadable consistency.
2. Spread evenly on brownie pan.

Peanut butter crunch topping:
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup smooth (non-"natural") peanut butter
1 tb butter
1 1/2 cups rice crispies cereal

Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in microwave or on stove, until just melted and smooth.  Stir in cereal, and spread over the brownie and frosting pan.  

Chill for several hours and cut into squares. 

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