Thursday, March 5, 2009

Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars


These are the most addictive baked good I've made in a long time. Not that a lot of other things I've baked haven't been delicious but these were just deadly. Not only are the flavours delicious (chocolate + marshmallow + peanut butter) but the texture combination is great too. Fudgey brownie, gooey marshmallow, chocolate peanut butter with rice krispies. I'm really hungry for dinner right now so I can't think of much else to say about these - just know that your life is incomplete without them.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Oreo Crunch Brownie Bars
Chocolate Scotcheroos
Hello Dolly Bars
White Chocolate Brownies

Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars
Adapted from Buttercup Bakes at Home found on Nosh With Me & Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Note: Most marshmallows contain gelatin (an animal product). You can get vegan marshmallows but apparently they're hard to find. Alternately, you can use marshmallow fluff which does not contain gelatin.

Brownie Ingredients:
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients:
1 bag mini marshmallows (I think mine was 7 oz)
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with butter.

In a medium pot, melt the chocolate, butter, and 3/4 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips on medium heat. Stir occasionally while melting. Set aside and cool for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside. In a large bowl, place the eggs and whisk thoroughly. Add in the sugar and vanilla. Stir the melted ingredients into the egg mixture, mixing well. Stir in the dry sifted ingredients and mix well. Fold in the remaining 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly with a spatula. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the corner of the pan comes out with moist crumbs.

Remove the brownies from the oven, and immediately sprinkle the marshmallows over them. Return the pan to the oven for 3 more minutes.

While the brownies are baking, place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat, add the cereal,and mix well. Allow this to cool for 3 minutes or so.

Spread the mixture evenly over the marshmallow layer. Refrigerate until chilled before cutting. Cut into 24 bars.

74 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

As SOON as I clicked over to your blog, my eyes widened - those brownie bars look BEYOND heavenly!!

Anonymous said...

they look absolutely delicious!!! can't wait to try it out :)

Chelle said...

These look and sound delicious! I need an excuse to make them, ASAP. Beautiful!

Erin said...

These look great! I made something very similar to this last year and they were incredibly addictive!

dessertobsessed said...

ooooooh these look so fun! like a fudge bar with a brownie base!

Ricki said...

I didn't think it was possible, but each dessert is more decadent than the last--these are over the top great looking!

Elyse said...

These do look dangerously good!! Man oh man, I would love to have one of these right now. Talk about all of my favorite ingredients piled into one delicious brownie!

kickpleat said...

i'm not a huge fan of marshmallows, but this does look pretty!

Rose&Thorn said...

I believe you when you say they are addictive, I'm already addicted and I only saw the photo!
These are a must try recipe :)

Usha said...

Looks fabulous, bet it tasted awesome :-)

Pam Walter said...

These look too dangerous to make unless you're having a crowd to make sure they are eaten and will not be left lying around...to be eaten...by the baker. http://blog.sweetservices.com/sweetscandyblog/

adriana said...

Oh my gosh. I found your blog yesterday and have been checking out your recipes and am in love.

SOOO glad I found this site and this one is yet another delicious looking recipe!

Andrew said...

marshmallows are not vegetarian as they contain gelatin. Just thought you should know as you claim to be a vegetarian based site. I could care less what other people eat, I just hate to see people be misled.

oceanblue said...

Does anyone have any suggestions for what brand of marshmallows to use? I have a hard time finding vegan ones...

katiez said...

You should either be arrested or made Empress of the World...

Olivia said...

These look FABULOUS. I got really excited (probably too much) when I saw that peanut butter is in this too.

Snooky doodle said...

oh these are so tempting ! Photo is awesome !

Anonymous said...

This looks yummy! Could you please tell me what tray size you used? Thanks.

Jennifer said...

peanut butter, chocolate, marshmallows.....perfection!! YUM!!

Helene said...

I'm drooling over this picture. I love sweets and this would satisfy my cravings.

Bunny said...

Oh man these look fantastic , I'm bookmarking now!

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

Talk about decadent! Being an unfortunate and unwilling marshmallow hater, I might have to substitute that ingredient with something else. But I can definitely see how the texture variation (soo important!) would be heavenly. Thanks for sharing :)

Maris said...

These look so good. I'm not big on marshmallow but I think I'd make an exception for all of that yummy looking chocolate!

Grace said...

the addictiveness of these puppies comes as no surprise to me. i wish marshmallows were used more often and in greater amounts. :)

Vegetation said...

WOW! Just.........WOW!

Daily Spud said...

You're right - my life is actually incomplete without these. Now I'm going to have to make them...

Stephanie said...

These bars look amazing!

Flame Thrower said...

wow! these look fantastic. I love brownies, I love marshmallows, so how can you go wrong?

When I was in Girl Guides I learned how to make "scrambled brownies" over the campfire. I'm very tempted to revamp this recipe next time I go camping, into a s'mores-brownie twist.

Hannah said...

Oh man, these things sound killer! Anything with marshmallows has my attention (especially since I just heard news that there will be a new vegan version on the market soon... Perhaps I can actually make these, too!) ;)

bbaking said...

oh my goodness! wow! I would LOVE one of these!

Kerry Shillingford said...

Oh my! I'm feeling dangerously hungry for these now! Thankyou so much for sharing this lovely recipe
Kerry

Anonymous said...

I tried these a few years ago at a party lite candle party. I fell in love with these brownies. The woman who made them left before I could ask for the recipe. I'm so excited to make these now!!!

Angela said...

I'm always assigned to bring desserts to a potluck. This is a great recipe for the next one. Thanks!

Jason said...

These look very good.

A word of warning to vegetarians reading this: make sure you buy vegetarian marshmallows. Marshmallows contain gelatin, which has animal bones in it.

Anonymous said...

dont suppose you could more persific measurements...
they look too good to be true..

Anonymous said...

my college dining hall makes brownies very similar to these, sans peanut butter. they look delicious, and can be tasty, but be careful - they are stickier and harder to chew than milk duds. but hey - those taste good too.

Anonymous said...

Mushrooms contain gelatin? That is news to me but not like I care I am an omnivore. It is a fungus and the gelatin is of that source however if you go back it was likely converted from animal bi products such as waste and death but all plants convert animal remains and waste into something they can use so in a way you can never completely remove animal from your diet even if its eaten in converted plant form.

ICECrush said...

DEEELICIOUS!!!
This look incredible...I have to try them!

eatme_delicious said...

Anonymous: Mushrooms don't contain gelatin no - I'm not sure where you got that from.

Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...

UNBELIEVEABLE looking brownies!!!!

Brendan said...

Won't melting the chocolate and the butter on medium in a saucepan scorch the chocolate?

Anonymous said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin
Doesn't anyone just wiki anymore?

The post states about the gelatin if you'd just read it all.

Also. THESE LOOK HEAVENLY!

Anonymous said...

It is possible to make marshmallows without gelatin, but the only recipe I have seen requires eggs. It uses Xanthan gum instead of gelatin.

Oh and I did type 'make marshmallow' which is a potential solution

Peabody said...

Yeah, these were major addictive. Seeing yours makes me want to make them again.

EFG said...

I made these with marshmallow fluff instead (which IS vegetarian) and they came out heavenly! Thanks for the recipe!

Deborah Dowd said...

These look incredible! Damn this diet!

Maggie said...

Waiting for mine to cool in the fridge now! Smelt so good..

Jennifer Cote said...

Ah, the best of all worlds! Inspired! Thanks for posting : )
Jen
pccuisine.com

Kimberly @ Tasty Cooking Blog said...

Looks and sounds sooo delicious! I'll have to try this one...

I'm a chocolate freak!

Kimberly :)

Amy Schlueter said...

marshmellows do contain gelatin, unless you buy specifically vegetarian ones.

OR, a much easier solution, and probably an easy substitute in a recipe like this, you could use marshmellow cream. marshmellow cream doesn't have gelatin in it since its not formed into a specific shape. it may be messier, but if its a concern you could always try that.

Shanthy said...

Delicious

Deelish Dish said...

Holy wow. My favorites packed into one amazing bar.

Anabel said...

Marshmallows are not vegetarian - they contain gelatin. Gelating is made from boiled bones, skins and tendons of animals - eeew.

There are alternatives, but I've never seen it used in marshmallows.

parkercl said...

HINT!!

I used a 12x9 pan (what the recipe called for and it was too small!)

Let the marshmellows completely cool before putting the topping on, dont start making the topping until it is cooled and put it on while it is still hot... that will help with spreading!

THEY ARE AMAZING!

Willow said...

woah they look gd im havin an easter party 2morro im makin sum of these for my m8s

Gabrielle said...

If they're available in your area, try using kosher marshmallows. Because regular gelatin isn't kosher, kosher marshmallows are made from either fish gelatin or vegetable starch, depending on the brand. :D

zoink said...

These are truly diabolical and evil. I've eaten 5 already. Today.

Blogger is a witch! Burn her!!!

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I think you may just created the holy grail of brownies!

Anonymous said...

It is extremely difficult to spread topping (especially if it has cooled for 3 minutes as instructed) over warm marshmallows. To help, add an extra teaspoon of butter to topping while cooking (thins it). Also, Allow marshmallows to cool some. Mine just blended in, which was kind of good, because there was not enough topping to cover pan. I'm sure it will taste great with all those decadent ingredients, can't go wrong. Just won't look like picture, as topping swirled into marshmallow layer.

rawin said...

I made them last night. The topping is fabulous. The marshmallow layer is pretty much genius. But, I'm thinking I'll just hold back on the sugar and chocolate in the brownie section, because everytime I bite into each decadent square, it's like my tastebuds have been bulldozed. It's just way too much goodness, if that's possible. I really hope my neighbors are hungry.

Danielle said...

OMG - these are the best brownies I have ever had!

Log Homes said...

Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! Great post, you did such a nice job presenting the pictures too...I am definitely going to have to try that recipe this weekend! Thanks :)

Chris R said...

Come on, can't you see I'm on a diet?

Or I should say "was" on a diet.

Anonymous said...

Marshmellow fluff works better!!!

Anonymous said...

I also used Fluff. I have had so many friends ask for this recipe. Thank you!
-Rani

Maria said...

Just made these for work tomorrow - I predict I will be very popular :)

Sylvia said...

I agree-- the marshmallow fluff is 100x easier than the regular marshmallows. Just made these for a potluck and they were the first to go.. Compliments from everyone, so sending them back at ya. Kudos...
-Sylvia
Illusione Cigars

Jeff said...

Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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Jerome said...

I just love the layers of your brownies!. Now, it needs a strawberry or a cherry on top and an overflow strawberry syrup, that would be nice to eat.

Jessica G said...

OMG, I made these for a girls' night and we devoured them. So beyond delicious... SOOOOO goood!
Thanks for a great recipe!

Negresa said...

mmmmm, very nice cake :)

asian recipes said...

So glad I found this one! What a good one to have in the arsenal when you have kids.

Beglaubigte √úbersetzung said...

OMG! This looks amazing!!