When I saw this at Cookie Madness, it was called “easy peanut butter marshmallow krispie topped brownies.” While certainly an accurate description, that’s too much of a name. I’ll just call them brownie krispies.
I made these this morning because my girlfriend was coming over with her daughters, and if there was ever someone I like to share goodies with, it’s her. Not that we need the chocolate for our visits to be great, but it was a tasty perk all the same. And apparently, I’m developing a nice little baking reputation with her girls and I’m not one to disappoint.
These bars are three layers of delicious – first a brownie, then gooey marshmallow, topped with a crunchy peanut butter/chocolate combination. I thought they were awesome and they seemed to be a hit with most of the kids that were here today. And I have to tell ya that we both got a kick out of the fact that I used a LOW FAT brownie mix to make these. Ironic, isn’t it? You can bake your own brownies if you want, but I grabbed what I had in the pantry and they turned out great.
Recipe: Brownie Krispies
1 box brownie mix + additional ingredients to bake brownies according to package directions
4 c. mini marshmallows
1 1/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. creamy peanut butter
3 Tbsp. butter
2 c. crispy rice cereal
Bake brownies according to package directions in a greased 9×13″ baking pan. Two minutes before they are supposed to be baked, pull brownies from the oven and sprinkle marshmallows across top. Return to oven for 2 minutes to soften marshmallows. Remove from oven and spread marshmallows across top of brownies. Let cool completely. (I didn’t actually spread the marshmallows – they just covered the whole top and softened up nice and gooey.)
Prepare crispy topping: combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds at a time until mixture is melted and smooth. Add cereal and stir to coat. Pour over marshmallow layer and spread evenly. Place brownies in the refrigerator for at least an hour until chilled. This helps make them easy to cut and makes them a little less messy to eat. : )