I don’t know many people that aren’t a fan of Peanut Butter and Chocolate. It’s a great pairing. Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups are the second best selling candy in America behind M&M’s (Hershey’s does $516.5 Million in Annual Sales just for Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups according to this article at Business week). Even E.T. said that Reece’s Pieces were his favorite in the 1982 movie. This is just part of the reason why everyone loves it when I make these Krispy Fluffernutter Brownies – Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallow Fluff combine to make this easy to make, crowd-pleasing treat!
I posted these treats in an earlier post (completely forgot about it) about allowing yourself to indulge your sweet tooth every now and then. I got this recipe from an app on my Windows 8 Tablet called “CookBook” by Slow Sense (I highly recommend this app). I’ve found a lot of great recipes from here. Specifically, these brownies come from a website called BigOven – they call them “Chocolate Crunch Brownies” but really I think they’re less “crunchy” as “crispy.” Plus, if you’re using Rice Krispies for the recipe, it’s more fun to use “Krispy” in the title. In any case, my directions are similar, but I change the directions around a little. I don’t know if it matters, but I think they’ve come out better this way.
- 6 tablespoons baking cocoa (I prefer dark as possible)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Cup Butter (two-sticks). I like to leave the butter out on the counter for a little bit to soften.
- 2 cups Sugar
- 4 Whole Eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 7 oz Marshmallow crème (they sell 7oz jars if you can find them).
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 cups rice cereal (I go generic to save a buck or two)
Directions (Makes 3 Dozen – depending on how you slice them):
- Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 13 x 9 x 2 in. baking pan and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine Cocoa, Flour, and Salt. Set aside
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. From experience, this doesn’t mean “mix the butter and sugar.” This can take 10-15 minutes, but you want to make sure that the butter/sugar mix is creamy.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing well.
- Add dry mixture 1/2 or 1/3 at a time and mix well.
- Add vanilla and mix well.
- Spread into baking pan and place in the preheated oven for 25 min or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let brownies cool completely.
- Spread marshmallow crème over cooled brownies.
- In a small saucepan, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips over a low heat, stirring constantly.
- Once completely melted and smooth, remove from heat and stir in cereal 1 cup at a time.
- Spread chocolate peanut butter mixture over the marshmallow layer.
- Chill in the refrigerator before cutting.
And there you have it! That’s the magic behind my Krispy Fluffernutter Brownies. As I’ve said, they’ve been a HUGE hit every time I make them, and they are super easy to make. I can’t believe I’m divulging all my secrets! Anyway, happy baking!