Making the Brownie
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
Step 2: Mix brownie mix, oil, water, and eggs in a large bowl until smooth; spread into prepared baking dish.
Step 3(a): Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 28 to 30 minutes.
The original recipe used a brownie mix. Instead of using a mix, I used my Basic Brownie recipe, also adapted from AllRecipes (Original recipe is this one). I’ve used that numerous times, and it has the added bonus that I have most of the ingredients for it already. I am not a huge fan of using brownie mix because I am not sure what preservatives are used in the mix.
Adding the Marshmallows
Step 3(b): Sprinkle marshmallows over brownie and continue baking until slightly melted, about 3 minutes more. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Since I was not sure if my husband would like the marshmallow brownies, I decided to use half of the batter for mallow bars and the other half for regular brownies. Also, I do not have enough marshmallows left, so this plan works out.
The marshmallows that I had left were regular-sized marshmallows, not minis. At first, I thought I'd cut it in half, but I figured that once it melts, it will shrink a bit (Boy, I was wrong on that one). The marshmallows puffed up; it reminded me of the marshmallow man in Ghostbusters.
|Poofy and Gooey - not too bad!|
I thought about scooping some of the melted marshmallows out, but decided to go with what I have. It actually shrunk after it cooled down and gave the brownies a really gooey feel.
Step 4: Heat chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a saucepan over low heat; cook and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in rice cereal. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate until firm; slice brownies to serve.
I followed the instructions for the rice krispies. Instead of peanut butter, I decided to use up the remaining peanut butter chips in the pantry. As I was preparing this, I thought that there were too much chocolate and peanut butter so I started adding more Rice Krispies. I’ve been making my own version of chocolate rice krispy treats for about a month now so I thought that that is the consistency that I needed, I should have looked at the picture, since the proportion of chocolate/peanut butter mix is more in this recipe. Oh well, I ended up with extra Rice Krispy treats!
|Yum! See the marshmallows shrunk.|
The finished product was extremely decadent. Love the chocolate brownies, the gooeyness of the marshmallows, and the crunchiness of the rice krispies. I think I should have added a bit more peanut butter since I can hardly taste it and my husband, Mr. Peanut Butter Man, would probably not even detect it. Also, for optimum crunch, enjoy these with 2-3 days; they will not last that long anyway.