Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Butterfinger Brownies

Dear Butterfinger, you are my first love.

Your chocolate covered goodness does me in every time you get near.

I can remember as a little child loving you already.  

I remember going to town with Mom (and yes we had to "go to town") and stopping at the convenience store.  What an exciting adventure that store was.  Mom would let me pick something out.  Oh how you tempted me.

I tried so hard to resist but it was quite difficult.  Sometimes I gave in like when I had to make these delightful beauties.

How can I resist with you sprinkled all through it and all over the top?  

But my dear Butterfinger please stay at the store so I can stop eating you.  You make me have love handles and saddle bags which I definitely don't need. 

I know you are my first love but I need you to stay away for awhile.

Sincerely, Me (the lady with all the candy wrappers in her trash)

Butterfinger Brownies

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
2 c. light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
1 c. all-purpose flour
3 Butterfinger candy bars, chopped coarsely

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x13-inch pan with foil; grease the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Melt chocolate in glass bowl in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time and stirring after each 30 seconds.  Remove from microwave when melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, peanut butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Mix in melted chocolate. Blend in flour. Stir in chopped butterfingers (reserving about 1 cup for the top).

3. Spread batter into prepared pan. Top with reserved butterfinger chunks.  Bake 25 to 35 minutes. Watch closely and remove from oven when toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

4. Refrigerate until brownies are well-chilled- if overnight, cover with plastic wrap. When ready to cut, remove from the refrigerator and turn onto a cutting board. Carefully peel off the foil and use another cutting board to flip the brownies back upright. Use a large, sharp knife to cut into squares.

Here are some tips from Lori:
*Don't use natural peanut butter for this recipe- it just won't turn out very well.
*When you chop the butterfingers, don't try to chop them too finely... they tend to flake apart pretty easily. Opt for larger chunks but add everything into the mix (even the smaller, flaky parts).
*If you happen to have a quarter-sheet pan, it's perfect for baking up these brownies.
*To get nice, clean-cut brownies, chill well and use a sharp knife to cut. Wipe knife with paper towels between cuts. Cut off edges before cutting into squares if you'd like to have all edgeless brownies.

Source: Recipe Girl

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