Snickers Brownie Bars
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
Prepare your brownie mix according to package directions. (You could use a homemade recipe too, as long as it fits in a 9×13 pan.)
Line a 9×13 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.
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.
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.
Drizzle the caramel evenly over the nougat layer, then quickly spread it with a rubber spatula. Move fast before it starts to harden.
Press the chopped nuts into the caramel with your hands.
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.)
Let the chocolate cool. You can put it in the fridge or freezer to speed this up.
Lift the foil from the pan to cut the bars. Store the bars at room temperature. Serve with milk 🙂
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.