Brownie, Buckeye, Brownie, Chocolate, Pretzels. You know….just a combo of a few of the things I love into 1 grandiose bite!
In my head, these bites came together with no problem. Due to my impatience, I cut the brownies too early (wait the recommended 3 hours) and the wrong way, so my attempt was longer and more tedious than it should have been. The end result was well worth it. However, between you and me, they would have been just as tasty in bar form.
If you do happen to make the bites, have fun piecing together the scraps. Don’t worry what it looks like, pretty or messy, they taste just as good!
Brownie Buckeye Bites (or Bars)
Recipe from My Baking Addiction
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 4 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
- 10 tbsp (1 stick plus 2 tbsp) unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8×8 inch baking pan with cooking spray and then line with parchment paper or foil (I used parchment paper). This will allow for easy removal to allow brownies to cool completely.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
3. In a large microwavable safe bowl, melt chocolate and butter for about 3-4 minutes on a low setting. Remove about half way through to stir together. Place back in microwave until melted. Continue to stir every so often and make sure not to burn the chocolate. Once melted, whisk in sugar and vanilla until combined. Next, whisk in eggs, one at a time until fully incorporated before adding the next. Continue to whisk until batter is smooth and glossy.
4. Using a rubber spatula, fold in dry ingredients just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35-45 minutes (mine took about 38 minutes) or until a toothpick comes out with a few wet crumbs. If toothpick comes out clean, brownies are overcooked.
5. Cool in pan for about 5-10 minutes. Using the extra parchment paper, remove brownies from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack, at least 3 hours. If not serving immediately, do not cut brownies. Whole brownie cake can be wrapped in plastic wrap, then foil and refrigerated for up to 3 days.
No Bake Peanut Butter Ingredients
Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
1. In a medium glass bowl, melt butter in microwave. Add in powdered sugar and combine until smooth. Stir in peanut butter and graham crackers until completely combined and smooth. After combined, I used a potato masher to make sure the graham cracker crumbs were small enough.
1. Press No Bake Peanut Butter filling in 8×8 inch dish. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes. In the mean time, using a small round biscuit cutter, cut out brownie circles. Slowly cut brownie circle in half. Remove peanut butter mixture, repeat circle cutting steps. Using a small metal spatula, slowly remove circles from pan. Place peanut butter filling in between cut brownie circles. Repeat until all are stacked.
2. In a small glass bowl, melt 4-5 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave. Using a spoon, place dollop of chocolate on stack and gently push to the outside until it starts to run over sides. Crush up pretzel sticks on top and lightly push down. Allow chocolate to cool before seving.
1. Once brownies have cooled completely. Remove parchment paper or foil, place brownies back in original pan you baked them in. Place peanut butter filling on top of brownies. Press down until smooth and firm, be careful not to push so hard you smash the brownies.
2. In a small glass bowl, melt 4-6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave. Pour melted chocolate over peanut butter mixture. Crush up pretzel sticks on top and lightly push down. Allow chocolate to cool. Cut into bars and serve.
- Best served same day or kept in an air tight container for 2 days.
- Important to make sure brownies are cooled completely before assembling bites or bars.