Peanut butter sandwich cookies (I used Nabisco's Nutter Butters) become the crumb crust for these chewy bars loaded with chunks of candy bar, baking chips, nuts and coconut. Not my idea of a typical "brownie", but definitely delectable! -LuAnn
OUTRAGEOUSLY good!!! (And worth every exclamation point). Truly, this recipe - new to me - has become an instant favorite at our house. I still say it in no way fulfills my expectation of a "brownie", but does it ever make an exceptionally good CANDY! Perfect balance of peanut butter and chocolate, sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy! BLISSFUL! - LuAnn
Yield: 28 small bars or 18 large bars
1 (16-ounce) package peanut-shaped peanut butter sandwich cookies, crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted
5 (1.5-ounce) packages chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, coarsely chopped
2 (2.1-oz.) chocolate-covered crispy peanut buttery candy bars, coarsely chopped (Oxmoor tested with Butterfinger; LuAnn substituted an equal amount of Snickers candy bars)
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels (LuAnn used 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate + 1/2 cup white chocolate/vanilla baking chips)
1/2 cup honey-roasted peanuts (LuAnn used roasted, salted peanuts)
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Line a 13" x 9" pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, allowing the foil or paper to extend over the ends of the pan; set aside.
To make the crumb crust:
Combine crushed cookies and butter in a medium bowl.
Press crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes.
To make the Topping:
Sprinkle chopped candy bars, chocolate morsels, peanuts, and coconut evenly over the baked crust.
In a medium bowl, stir together the condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla until smooth.
Drizzle the condensed milk mixture over the candy, nuts and coconut, covering as completely as possible.
Bake for 27 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove to a wire rack, and let cool in pan.
Use foil or paper to lift uncut bars out of pan.
Cut into bars.