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Chocolate Peanut Marshmallow Bars

How can you make something that already tastes good even better? Add chocolate, of course! I’ve been eyeing these salted peanut bars for quite some time. With baseball season around the corner, I’m all about peanuts! I require a bag of peanuts at every game. I’m sure these chocolate peanut marshmallow bars will be the perfect snack when I watch baseball games at home!

From sweet to savory applications, peanuts pack such flavor. The original recipe for these bars uses salted peanuts. I swapped in a combination of salted peanuts and honey roasted peanuts to mix it up. The honey roasted peanuts add an unexpected touch of sweetness that makes you crave more after each bite.

Chocolate Peanut Marshmallow Bars

The bottom cookie layer is quite similar to a shortbread crust. On top of that is a layer of melted marshmallow. And the bars are rounded out with a delectable and oh-so-delicious mixture of peanut butter, crisp rice cereal, and peanuts. Once the top layer has cooled and set, a generous drizzling of chocolate is the perfect finishing touch. These bars have everything you could ever want in a treat: sweet, salty, crunchy, and satisfying!

Chocolate Peanut Marshmallow Bars

Making these little treats is a breeze. It’s waiting for it to cool down and set up that feels like eternity. But really, it only needs about an hour in the fridge to firm up.

This is a great make-ahead dessert. Once completed, it also holds really well for a few days. Although, trust me, you’ll have no problem finishing these chocolate peanut marshmallows bars!

Chocolate Peanut Marshmallow Bars

Here are my changes to the original SALTED PEANUT BARS recipe:

  • Instead of 2 cups salted peanuts, use 1 cup salted peanuts and 1 cup honey roasted peanuts.
  • Once bars have been sliced into serving portions, drizzle melted dark chocolate over the top for the finishing touch.

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After making several traditional pizzas, I wanted to broaden my Year in Pizza series by tackling dessert. When I found this BHG archives recipe for brownie pizza, the perfect idea came to mind for a deliciously sweet dessert. Why not combine a few of my favorite ingredients and recipes for one spectacular pizza?

With summer campfires on the brain, I decided to give the brownie pizza a seasonal twist inspired by the flavor of s’mores.

Once I had my brownie crust prebaked, I started with a layer of Nutella to act as the sauce for my pizza. For toppings, I used mini-marshmallows and some bear-shaped graham crackers to really bring the s’more flavor alive.

Finally, since every pizza needs at least one extra topping, I sprinkled on some tiny peanut butter cups.

After another few minutes in the oven and a couple minutes under the broiler to toast the marshmallows, my pizza was complete. This is such a fun, quick, and totally delicious dessert. What I really love about this recipe is that, like pizza, you can completely customize the toppings. I just thought this combination would be perfect for summer. Making this pizza is a great way to spend a rainy day when you can’t get the campfire going.

You can find the full recipe for my brownie pizza here.

What do you think of my take on this dessert? What toppings would you try?

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Hi everyone! I’m Carrian and I’ve been writing the blog, Sweet Basil for over 5 years to inspire readers everywhere to reinvent family dinner. There’s something wonderful about walking into a home and having a burst of delicious aromas fill your nostrils. It just feels good, and it tastes even better.  Recipes with a story behind them, or ones that have been passed down through generations are even better and should be discovered, cherished and passed on. We want you to join us around our dinner table where recipes come with stories of the past and present and everyone leaves full and happy. 

 

We talk about cooking with your children all the time on our blog, but we are fully aware that it does in fact make things take a little longer. The other day our oldest wanted to bake and after I found this over-the-top delicious recipe for Dulce de Leche Fluff brownies which might just be even better eaten with dulce de leche ice cream. I mentioned that she should throw on a movie while we cooked. For one it would be like a little dessert and movie party and for two I knew it would help entertain her while I got things moving on the recipe. She was searching and found an old VHS which she read out loud, “Please be kind and remember to rewind”, which she then asked me, “What’s rewind mean?” Oh gosh, it’s official, I am old.

I couldn’t help but immediately think that the thought of rewinding movies again sounded awful.  I kind of laughed to myself as I remembered a string bean 11 year old version of myself writing a report on “compact Discs” using the encyclopedia. Anyway, I got back to the matter at hand, brownies. I had her read me the recipe once over so we knew what all we needed and when I realized that we would be heating the chocolate in a pan I thought, ugh I’ll just let it cool a little more and use a bigger pot so we can mix everything in the pot and they can be a one pot wonder brownies because no one wants to clean multiple dishes!

So, we started the Dulce de Leche Brownies by melting the chocolate and butter in a large sauce pan over low heat. Low and slow, folks, low and slow to create a smooth and shiny chocolate. Then we pulled the pot off of the heat and let it cool for a few minutes before moving on to our next step. We love that this recipe uses real chocolate and melts it all down first. It provides a better flavor and texture to your brownies. So worth it.

Isn’t the chocolate just silky and beautiful? Gosh, if it was sweetened I would have been so tempted to stick a strawberry in it. Anyway, we then added the sugar and then the eggs one by one. Please, don’t rush ahead and dump them all in. It truly will be harder to incorporate the eggs into the chocolate. Then the vanilla and finally we added the flour, but placed the baking soda on top and lightly stirred just the flour mixture together to help the baking soda filter through before we folded the flour into the chocolate. You do need to be a little careful, but it’s quite easy.

 

Next you dump in the chocolate chips, we used milk chocolate versus semi sweet because we knew it was already going to be a semi sweet, rich brownie, so why not? Now just line your pan with foil, spray with nonstick spray and pour in the batter. Bake these darlings at 350 for 20-25 minutes and remove the pan (not just the brownies and foil) to a wire rack.

Dollop the jar of marshmallow fluff and dulce de leche (yes, I may have “accidentally” gotten my finger in the can of dulce de leche and I just had to eat it because, well because I “do got time for that!”) and allow it to melt all over the hot brownies. Using a knife, swirl the marshmallow fluff and dulce de leche (remember how popular swirled desserts used to be? Swirled caramel chocolate cake, swirled cream cheese brownies, etc…)and then top with nuts like the recipe calls for.

Or let your kids decide. They will feel so special that you trust them and they get to be creative (sometimes I offer 4-5 ideas so things don’t turn weird). Ours chose Oreos instead so that’s what we did.

We absolutely loved these brownies. They are crazy delicious, super rich, and so fun for the kids to help out with since it includes ingredients they find fun and exciting. You may want to keep a glass of milk on hand to help wash it all down, because these really do have so much going on, but trust me you’ll have a hard time saying no to a second piece.

Thanks everyone! Come say hi anytime! Sweet Basil

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