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Candy Bar Brownies
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Dave Lieberman’s Candy Bar Brownies

Chewy brownies enhanced with ground up Snickers bars
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, Snickers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Cool and Chill 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 38 minutes
Servings 12
Cost 5

Ingredients

  • 6 to 12 chilled Snickers Fun Size 6 bars makes 3/4 cup ground,
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (84 gram), softened to the point of almost melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar (150 grams)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder natural type**
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (35 grams)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch pan with nonstick foil or parchment.
  • Chop the candy bars, then put them in a food processor (or mini processor) and grind them.. 6 bars should give you 3/4 cup. You can also use a chef's knife and just chop the cold bars into tiny bits.
  • Beat the very soft butter and the sugar together in a large bowl until blended.
  • Beat in the egg, water, and vanilla. Add the salt and baking powder and stir until blended, then add the cocoa powder and stir until blended.
  • Add the flour and stir until blended, then fold in your ground up candy bars.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes (I usually pull them at 28) until the center is set, the edges look a bit crusty, and the top of the brownies start to crack a little.
  • At this point you can take the optional step of slicing more Snickers bars and laying them on the hot brownies. Allow the brownies to cool, then put them in the refrigerator or freezer to chill. When very cold, cut into squares.

Notes

6 Fun Size Snickers is about 3.4 oz, so you'll need that much plus extra  for decorating the top.
I wasn't too happy with the flavor of the brownies made with Dutch process cocoa.  Other family members were okay with it, but I felt like it clashed with the Snickers.  For the second batch I just used the inexpensive "natural" cocoa powder from Aldi and the flavor was much better.