Snickers Brownie Bars

Snickers Brownie Bars

My sister Laura was driving me home from the airport the other night when she suddenly felt like she couldn’t see the road very well. And that’s when we realized…no headlights. NO LIGHTS!!

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Moments later we had a sisterly-bonding moment when we realized that we had both assumed all the flashing lights were the result of a bumpy road. You know when there is a bump in the road and the headlights of the oncoming cars flash at you?

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Yeah, no. We’re just idiots who can’t even tell when people are trying to flash us to warn us that HELLO, we have no lights on. They would be even more enraged if they found out our reasoning. “This idiot doesn’t even have their lights on when it’s pitch black outside, and when I flash them they think it’s a BUMPY ROAD??”

Lest you think me rude for cutting Laura no slack, let me set you straight: I’ve been pulled over 2 times in my entire life. BOTH times were because I had no lights on in the middle of the night. What is it with me?

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The first time was like 2 weeks after I got my license when I was 16. I was driving myself home from a church activity and the guy pulls me over. “So where are you coming from?” Church. “You been drinking?” Horrified. NO! I’m Mormon, I don’t do that! “Why aren’t your lights on?” There were street lamps…?

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The other time was a few years later in college. My boyfriend had just broken up with me so I was crying and my face was all red and gross and I’m hysterical and the cop’s like, “You been drinking?” and I’m like No, I’m Mormon! But he wasn’t buying it, I had to watch his pen as he waved it in my face.

I honestly don’t blame him. I probably looked like a total meth-head driving around in the middle of the night with no lights on and that frenzied look in my eye. Drugs and 10-minutes-post-breakup look pretty much the same, right?

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I never liked Snickers very much until I was in the Dominican Republic one summer for an internship and for some reason decided to buy one from a beach shop. It was not air conditioned and so the Snickers was completely melted. It was amazing. I realized that I loved Snickers, but only when they are warm enough that you need a fork to eat it.

Snickers Brownie Bars

Enter these Snickers Brownie Bars. You can eat them melty if you want, without being that freak who is microwaving their Snickers bar and eating it with a fork. (Seinfeld, anyone?) Oh, and did I mention the brownie layer? Umm, yeah. The nougat layer is just marshmallow creme mixed with peanut butter, and it is awesome. I’m trying figure out what else I can put it on now. Apples? Sandwiches? My finger? Yes.

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Snickers Brownie Bars

Yield: Makes one 9x13 inch pan, serves 16

Ingredients

  • 1 18-19 oz box brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 7-oz jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 11-oz package vanilla caramels, about 40
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts (or less to taste), roughly chopped
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Prepare your brownie mix according to package directions. (You could use a homemade recipe too, as long as it fits in a 9x13 pan.)
  2. Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil. Spray with nonstick spray. Spread the brownie batter into the pan, then bake according to package directions, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the brownies for at least an hour or two.
  3. With a mixer or by hand, combine the marshmallow creme and the peanut butter. Spread this over the cooled brownies. I found it easiest to use my hands for this step.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, add the unwrapped caramels and the cream. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Microwave in 20 second intervals until the caramel is smooth.
  5. Drizzle the caramel evenly over the nougat layer, then quickly spread it with a rubber spatula. Move fast before it starts to harden.
  6. Press the chopped nuts into the caramel with your hands.
  7. Sprinkle the bars evenly with about 1 cup of chocolate chips. Turn on your broiler and put the bars directly under the heat on the highest rack for a couple minutes. DO NOT walk away. You have to sit and watch it. Once the chocolate chips look melted, take the pan out and spread the chocolate with a rubber spatula. If they are not melted enough, just pop it back under the broiler for another minute. (You could totally just melt the chocolate in the microwave and spread it. This is my lazy self trying to save one more dish to wash.)
  8. Let the chocolate cool. You can put it in the fridge or freezer to speed this up.
  9. Lift the foil from the pan to cut the bars. Store the bars at room temperature. Serve with milk :)

Notes

My brownie mix had chocolate chips in the mix, which is why you see melted chocolate in that layer in the pictures. If you want that and your brownie mix doesn't come with chocolate chips, just mix in a half cup or so before you bake it.

Marshmallow creme tip: remove ALL the foil from the safety seal. Microwave the jar for about 15 seconds, or until you see the fluff just start to rise above the jar. Then scoop it out with a spatula. SO much easier.

The original recipe called for 1 1/4 cups peanuts. I didn't have that much and preferred less anyway. Use however much looks good to you.

http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2014/02/25/snickers-brownie-bars/

Source: adapted from the lovely Hayley over at Domestic Rebel

Snickers Brownie Bars

Start out with a basic brownie mix. Bake it up just like normal. Add chocolate chips if that’s your thing.

Snickers Brownie BarsGrab some marshmallow creme. Here’s my tip: remove all the foil from the lid, put it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds until it starts to puff up like that, then use a spatula to get it out. You will never go back.

Snickers Brownie BarsMix that up with some peanut butter, and don’t bother getting a new spatula because if you end up with a little marshmallow creme in your peanut butter jar…well I just don’t see how that could be a bad thing.

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Spread the “nougat” layer on top of the brownies. I used my fingers.

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Then melt up your caramel and spread that over the top. Spread it fast! Drizzle it all over the pan, not in one shot like this. Whatever you do, DON’T stop to take a picture.

Snickers Brownie BarsChop up some peanuts and press them into the caramel. I used maybe 3/4 cup, you can use however much looks good.

Snickers Brownie BarsAdd a cup of chocolate chips on top and broil it for a couple minutes until they are spreadable. Use more chocolate chips if you want, this only makes a thin layer that is kind of a pain to spread, but I didn’t want a thick layer. Don’t walk away from the broiler! Really. Let cool, then EAT!

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  1. says

    I’ve only been pulled over twice too! But both times were for speeding. Whoops! Worse? I got a ticket. Both times. And I was 17. And both tickets were only 2 weeks apart! I was grounded for like the entire summer. Awful. Hasn’t happened since, so I definitely learned my lesson.

    These brownies look amazing! So gooey and melty. Yum!
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    • says

      That is the worst Natalie!! I’ve never gotten a ticket, but I was pulled over just the other night for speeding. I got off with a warning (probably because I had my lights on and the cop thought, ‘well this girl’s got her lights on, so her head must be screwed on straight”…yeah) That must have been the worst summer ever. What are the odds that you would get pulled over twice??

  2. Misty says

    I’m so happy right now. I love my peanut butter m&ms melty too! So good! This story cracks me up so hard. I can totally picture it which is the best part. :) Makes me miss both of you nerds!

  3. says

    You are my soul mate. Seriously. Just a few months ago, I got a call from my husband from his hockey game telling me he needed me to come pick him up and take him to the ER because he had broken an ankle. In my worry/frenzied state, I drove almost the entire way there (including freeways) with NO LIGHTS. I don’t even know if people were flashing. I even remember thinking how hard it was to find the dial for the radio because it was so dark (DUH!!). Second, as soon as you mentioned eating candy bars with a fork, I thought SEINFELD. And then you thought Seinfeld. And then I realized we’re soul mates. The end.
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    • says

      That ALWAYS happens to me!! As the cop turns his lights on to pull me over my first thought is always, oh, THAT must have been why I couldn’t find the AC button. Did your husband seriously break his ankle?? That totally sucks. At least he was doing something awesome like playing hockey. If I ever break my ankle it will be something stupid, like tripping over my kid’s toy truck or something.

      And yes, we ARE soul mates. Dare I say…Seinfeld soul mates? Too bad you live across the country otherwise we could have a marathon.

  4. Sarah says

    Oh YEAH. Brian would love me forever if I made these. I mean, hopefully he’ll love me forever anyways, but just to be sure, let’s add some caramel+peanut butter+marshmallow+chocolate amazingness. You know what might be good? Just using crunchy peanut butter instead of adding the peanuts on top of the peanut butter. Not like these are hard to make, but you know, just to make it one less step to shoving some of this in my mouth,

    • says

      okay, this is why I need you Sarah. Because you take all the stupidity out of my life. Haha. The original recipe called for unchopped peanuts, so I suppose that’s why they did that (also, I suppose they wanted the traditional Snickers layering). But yes, save yourself a step, do it. And tell me about it.

  5. says

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG these are so glorious. These are the be all and end all of decadent desserts. Hot damn. Screw a fork. Next time you microwave a Snickers bar, just snip a small hole at one end of the wrapper and slurp it out. Perfection. I have to admit, I’m one of those judgmental hags who gripe when I see drivers at night w/o headlights on. The next time, I’ll be more understanding because it might be someone who a) just broke up with their boyfriend and is crying themselves into a meth-head-looking state or b) is a lady who makes a killer Snickers brownie bar! Those ladies deserve nothing but respect!

    • says

      Snickers Go-gurts Nancy! Snick-gurts? Either this is really funny or it’s getting late because I am laughing my butt off right now about this. I’m totally doing the snip next time.

      Oh, and yes Nancy, spare all the horrible drivers of the world your dagger glares, just for me. Imagine they are all on the way to the hospital or at LEAST texting their significant other who is in the ER :) I am a TERRIBLE driver. I just drive around getting in people’s way, muttering sorrysorrysorrysorry don’t hate me!

  6. says

    I’m pretty sure I’ve died and gone to heaven. These are the best things I’ve seen in MONTHS. MONTHS! So gooey. So chocolatey. I want them now. Like right now please.

    And I can’t believe you’ve only been pulled over twice in your whole life! I feel like I get pulled over for everything! One time, I even got pulled over on a totally empty highway, going 73 in a 70 and was reprimanded as if I was in some sort of drag race going 100mph. The car is not my friend.

  7. says

    These look like HEAVEN!!!! I’m not a huge snickers person either, but these look SO AMAZING. I am a huge fan of marshmallow + peanut butter so I can definitely get behind these…maybe I’ll just make brownies with that as a frosting/topper because I think part of the reason why I’m not a huge snickers fan is because the caramel just sticks to my teeth like no other.

    I giggled all the way through your post because I can totally identify–I got my one and only ticket from driving without my lights on and it was totally because hello–those street lights make lights somewhat unnecessary sometimes?! So don’t feel dumb because apparently people were flashing their lights at me but I didn’t even notice…but the police woman who pulled me over did. Sigh. That is a hilarious story!
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    • says

      KINDRED SPIRITS ERIKA! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who was pulled over for having no lights on! And okay I actually really like the idea of just putting the marshmallow peanut butter topping on. I love caramel, but I have the teeth issue too. And these would make great fluffer nutter brownies!

    • says

      Oh Heather, that is TORTURE! I’m sorry you had to see these. It feels indecent. I applaud your lent efforts though. I’m not Catholic so I’ve never done it, but I do fast once a month, and going without chocolate for 24 hours is bad enough. Okay, I think I’m admitting to a pretty major addiction here, I’m gonna stop :) Thanks for commenting Heather!

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