My wife entered a cookie contest last week. These bad boys won first place in the chocolate cookie recipe category, as best chocolate cookie recipe. So when I tell you these are more than good, I have a panel of judges to back me up. These bars are sweet, succulent and definitely something we’ll be making all year long, but they are perfect for a Holiday buffet, so don’t pass this recipe up when you are planning your Thanksgiving or Christmas cookie baking!
This is a simple recipe, an even though I usually shy away from anything that uses a mix, in this case I’ll gladly make an exception. They make in a snap, don’t cost much and are suited for the novice baker (read: me). The results are fabulous, the oooh-and ahhhh factor is pretty high on the list. Just place a pretty pyramid of these on a shiny platter and back out of the way. But I suggest you make two batches if you want any for yourself!
I could talk forever about these, but I think I’ll just let the recipe speak for itself. It’s that good!
- 1 (19.5 ounce) package brownie mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 cup chopped roasted peanuts
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs and oil. Beat until combined. Stir in peanuts. Remove half of the brownie mix and set aside.Spread remaining brownie mix into prepared pan.
- Whisk together sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter in a medium bowl until smooth. spread peanut butter mixture evenly over the brownie mixture in the pan. Separate the reserved brownie mixture into pieces. Flatten each piece with your fingers and place on top of peanut butter mixture.
- Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in pan or on a wire rack. Cut into bars and serve
- Share with friends and Enjoy!
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
We need practice making these a bit prettier, but aside from the looks, they’re pretty amazing. next time I may add some spicy salt-roasted peanuts to the mix, just for a tiny bit of kick.