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Better-than-BEEP! Brownies

So these beautiful, simple, entirely delectable brownies have come to be known as “Better-than-Crack” Brownies, but seeing as how we’re called “The Family Kitchen” over here, I didn’t so much think you’d appreciate having to explain the term “crack” — in any of its incarnations, from plumbers to drug dealers — to that toddler bouncing impatiently upon your knee.  So these amazing, chocolate-and-Rice-Krispie topped, peanut-butter frosted, wickedly wonderful brownies shall be known heretofore as “Better-than-BEEP Brownies,” which, as it turns out, opens up the door for a slew of four-letter descriptions about these BEEPing delicious treats.  They are BEEP, BEEP, BEEP and better than BEEP…if you catch my BEEP.

Better-than-Beep Brownies (aka Better-than-Crack Brownies)

For the Brownie Layer:

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour

In a large bowl, beat together all ingredients until smooth. Spread into the bottom of a lightly greased 8×8 inch baking dish.  Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until the brownie is cooked through.  Cool completely before frosting.

For the Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, beat together peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar until softened.  Press atop cooled brownie.

For the Chocolate Krispie Layer

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal

In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, melt the milk chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream together for 45 seconds or so.  Stir.  Microwave an additional 30 seconds, if needed.  Just enough to make the mixture melty, smooth, and creamy.  Stir in Rice Krispies cereal.  Immediately spread over peanut butter layer.  Allow layer to cool & set before slicing & serving. (I recommend setting the layers in the fridge, though I think the brownies themselves taste better at room temperature.  So, slice them 20-30 minutes before you’re ready to eat them and they’ll be PERFECT when the time comes!)

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