Killer Brownies

by Heather on August 16, 2010

I decided to call these brownies “killer” because no other adjective seems to convey their power. Seriously, they are intense. Alex declared them the best brownies he’s ever tasted. My family was visiting and couldn’t stop eating them. The base is super simple, just use any box of brownie mix you have. As for the topping, this is where all the fun lies. The pretzels provide a perfect saltiness and crunch that balances out the chocolate and peanut butter. Adding a bit more crunch and texture are Rice Krispies.

In place of the pretzels, you could use chopped mini peanut butter cups. Also, instead of the milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate, 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips would be a fine substitute. And, if you wanted to get even more “killer”, use Cocoa Krispies for the Rice Krispies! These are quite rich and decadent, so I’d recommend cutting them in small squares. A little goes a long way :)

Killer Brownies

1 package dark chocolate brownie mix
2/3 cup pretzels, chopped
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped dark chocolate (I used Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate)
1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 teaspoon vanilla

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Spread into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs.

Sprinkle with pretzels and peanuts and semisweet chocolate chips. Bake 4 to 6 minutes longer, or until chocolate is melted. Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate, peanut butter, butter and salt. Cook and stire until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat, stir in the cereal and vanilla. Carefully spread over the brownies. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting.

Makes about 3 dozen.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

BethT August 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I have been craving brownies and this isn’t helping! :)

Brenda August 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I think that’s the most decadent, delicious brownie I’ve ever seen. I have to make these and soon. Thank you so much for sharing!

emily August 18, 2010 at 12:22 am

These look dangerously delicious. WOW.

Sara August 18, 2010 at 12:33 am

Wow! These look killers indeed! A new “must-try” for my husband (the chocolate lover!).

Pam @ Cooking world August 18, 2010 at 1:50 am

I love this “killer” brownies, and going to make and eat them, even if it kills me :-) I love the pics.

Aimee August 18, 2010 at 1:57 am

Brownies, peanut butter, salty pretzels, AND rice krispies…it’s like dessert heaven! I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate but I can only imagine they would be just as delicious with milk chocolate. Excellent work!

Alicia August 18, 2010 at 2:26 am

Yum ! I saw these on How Sweet! They are definitely worth the calories!!!

DessertForTwo August 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Oh wow. I wish I never saw these! I’m a sucker for the sweet and salty combo!

Sues August 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Oh Em Gee!!!! These totally look killer!! They have been bookmarked and I have a feeling I will be back very soon to make them!!

Susan August 21, 2010 at 1:08 am

I cannot wait to make these, they are certainly aptly named and your photo is absolutely gorgeous!

Chris August 23, 2010 at 6:55 pm

This is on my list of must makes now.

Honey September 1, 2010 at 3:09 am

OMG… these look like a killer! You may have convinced me though with only 1 tbsp of butter… I justify that peanut butter and dark chocolate are still good for you. :-)

Lulu September 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

these sound wonderful!

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