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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Buckeye Brownie Bars



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I don't often use cake or brownie mixes in my cooking. This recipe is a contradiction that I'm drawn to when I'm short of time and need something that can be thrown together quickly. The chocolate and peanut butter in these bars guarantee that they will be popular, and for reasons that I have yet to determine, the combination seems to mask other artificial flavors that I swear I can  taste in other baked goods made with mixes.  These brownies are named after a chocolate and peanut butter confection that is popular in many areas of the country at Christmas time.  While these bars are easy to make, the dough is sticky and can be difficult to work with. I've found it helpful to keep my hands wet while patting it into place. I also try to make these a day before I plan to serve them. I think they slice in a far nicer fashion if they have time to firm up before being cut. I suspect many of you have already tried these bars, but I wanted to feature the recipe for those who may have missed it when it was first published by Better Homes and Gardens. I think you'll like these brownie bars. Here's the recipe.

Buckeye Brownie Bars ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens 

Ingredients:
1 (19.5-oz.) package brownie mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 cup chopped peanuts
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Set aside.
2) In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Stir in peanuts. Remove half of the brownie mixture and set aside. Spread remaining brownie mixture evenly into prepared pan.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth. Spread evenly over brownie mixture in pan. Separate the remaining brownie mixture into pieces, flatten them with your fingers, and place them on top of the brownie mixture in pan.
4) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars.






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23 comments :

Alessandra said...

I never use brownie mixes either, or other mixes really, but these look good. :-).

Ciao
Alessandra

Hovkonditorn said...

These look delicious! I have never used this kind of a mix! Have a great day Mary!

Priya said...

Wat a delicious and addictive brownie bars..

Red Nomad OZ said...

I'm sure peanut butter masks a number of evils - but who cares when it turns out this good looking?!

Kim said...

I don't often use package mix but these brownies, I should say, looks really good, I like these!

Martha said...

I rarely use mixes either but I would love to try these! Peanut butter and chocolate, can't really go wrong with those! Have a wonderful day, Mary!

Caroline said...

These look wonderful! I don't suppose you'd like to send them in for our blog challenge Alphabakes? The idea is to make something with a name or main ingredient starting with the random letter we choose each month and this month it is b- and my co-host absolutely loves with peanut butter so she'd be very excited to see this! The link is https://eulive.barcap.com/BC/barcaplive?menuCode=MENU_AR_IND_AT_ILI

Angie's Recipes said...

These brownies look so good! Can't tell they are made with a mix.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Sweetened condensed milk AND peanut butter! Rich! Sounds delicious! blessings ~ Tanna

Taylor said...

I'm not usually one to use brownie mix's either but these look so good!! Just might have to go pick up a brownie mix :)

Carrie said...

Wow, this sounds so simple! I'll have to pick up some supplies this weekend and give it a try. I'm always up for an easy dessert on week nights. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn said...

I don't use ready mixes often either, but every now and then they do produce amazing things... these bars being one of those things! YUM!

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
They look so yummy your brownies!!
Cheers,
Lia.

The Path Traveled said...

My mouth is watering already just looking at the photo ...I love brownies, they are my weakness! This will have to be a must try!

Ginny said...

This looks really easy, and good!! We have the Buckeye candy around here!

Susan said...

This sounds very yummy - even if I am normally anti-cake mix! Do you know if you can substitute almond butter or sun butter instead? We have peanut allergies in our household and want to make sure i don't botch the recipe :)

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Emily Malloy said...

Oh my heavens, Mary! These bars are PERFECTION!

mr. pineapple man said...

This would be perfect with a glass of milk!

Pondside said...

Just in time for me to bring these to a shower on the weekend. They sound quick and easy, and I like the idea of something that is better if made a day ahead.

Jo-Lyn said...

Wow! I want! Yes, please, YUM!!! =)

Claudia said...

My family happens to be addicted to mixes. Something about having a craving and then getting it satisfied in 30 minutes! I don't bake often - so this is what I have driven them too. We would all be happy with this!

Joanne said...

I generally don't use mixes either but these bars seem SO worth it to break that little rule...

tender b. said...

Have you tried a version without the mix? Mix or not, these look good.

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