The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Saturday, February 15th 2020 edition. By: Blaise Doubman
Candy Bar Brownies are a Satisfying Favorite
There was a time, about a year ago or so, where I was experimenting with all types of different tastes and textures of brownies and blondies. I must have made hundreds of different varieties over the course of those couple of months and one of the most popular versions was my Snickers candy bar brownies. People basically just went crazy over them! I chopped up the candy bars and added half to the brownie batter before baking them off and added the other half to the frosted tops. They were fabulous I must admit! Ha! I put the recipe in my folders to either share on my website or to share here with all of you in my column. Well, sometimes recipes get “lost” in my files, so to speak, and get pushed to the back. That is what happened here. I was browsing through my files the other day and found this and decided it was time to share! I whipped them up again, just to make sure everything was accurate, and wow! Delicious! Surprisingly not to rich either, just the right amount of candy and brownie.
My test testers went crazy for these! I haven’t really been active on Facebook for awhile with myself and my family still dealing with the grieving process, but I did happen to log on one day and see my friend Inga Brown Neal’s posting about her restaurant in New Castle, Temptations, and their newest offering. What was it? Snickers Brownies! Ha! I took that as yet another sign that I needed to share this recipe with everyone. Speaking of Inga and Temptations, I was thrilled at yet another announcement she made a couple of weeks ago. She will now start opening early, on Fridays at 7:30, to offer her baked goods, muffins, Danish, cinnamon rolls, cookies, coffee, milk and juice! Everything will be available individually for mix and match choices so that you can go in, grab and go! Inga said she will also have salads and fresh fruits in their cooler to grab and go too! Sounds like a good idea to me! Temptations is located at 2001 South Memorial Drive in New Castle, Indiana. Oh, and fun fact, Snickers candy bars were invented in the 1930’s by the Mars family and named after their favorite horse, Snickers!
Candy Bar Brownies
These are best eaten and served the same day they are made. If you happen to have leftovers, place these in a plastic storage container with an air-tight lid and refrigerate overnight. Bring to room temperature to enjoy. To save time, you can use your favorite boxed brownie mix in this recipe but be sure it is a 9×13-inch pan version. You can also replace the Snickers candy bars in this recipe for your favorite peanut butter flavored candy bars!
For the brownies…
2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups white granulated sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
2 cups white all-purpose flour
For the frosting…
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
6 Snickers candy bars, chopped small, medium
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray the foil with a non-stick baking spray containing flour.
In a large bowl combine the melted unsalted butter, white granulated sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder. The mixture should be combined but grainy in texture.
Next, beat in the pure vanilla extract, instant coffee granules and salt.
Add in the large eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. The mixture should turn into a smooth and glossy batter. This is desirable.
Fold in the white all-purpose flour, being careful not to over mix.
Fold in half of the prepared Snickers bar pieces.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Place in preheated oven and bake for exactly 30 minutes.
After the brownies have baked, remove and allow to cool completely.
To make the frosting, combine the powdered sugar, smooth peanut butter, softened unsalted butter, pure vanilla extract and salt into a large bowl. Using an electric whisk, combine until the ingredients are smooth and combined. Add in the heavy cream and beat until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Do not overbeat! This frosting is supposed to contain the looks and feel of peanut butter. If you overmix it will change not only the texture but the taste.
Lift the brownies from the pan, using the aluminum foil to help guide you. Frost evenly using the peanut butter frosting. Scatter the remaining prepared Snicker bar pieces all over the top. Cut into desired size pieces and enjoy.
Ask and Answer: Several people ask me what my favorite cookbook is. It is really hard to pick just one, but if I had to, I would pick “barefoot contessa at home” by: Ina Garten. This was one of the first, if not the first, cookbook that I cooked everything in from front to back. So many delicious, easy, foolproof recipes fill this cookbook. It is a great cookbook for beginners or even those more advanced. I would highly recommend adding this cookbook to your collection.