Sweet, Salty, Chewy, and Crunchy Brownies

I seriously have no idea what to call these things. If I listed all the ingredients in them, they’d become something along the lines of “Pretzel, Peanut, Salted Caramel Brownies”. But I kind of like describing them by the contrasting aspects of those ingredients. Hence “Sweet, Salty, Chewy, Crunchy Brownies”. My friend M preferred to just call them “Super Brownies”. Whatever you decide to call them, they’re awesome.

I whipped these up for a little gathering of friends and we could barely put a dent in them! They’re very rich and indulgent, so even though I had cut the 8×8 pan of brownies into 16 pieces, a bunch of us still prefered to share one brownie. Definitely plan to have a cup of cold milk nearby when you enjoy these.

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Sweet, Salty, Chewy, and Crunchy Brownies

Yield: 16

Ingredients:

1 batch brownies (made from mix or scratch)
1 (11 ounce) bag Kraft Caramel Bits, or about 3/4 of a bag of Kraft Caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup half & half
1/2 tsp sea salt
12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp shortening
1 cup mini pretzels, slightly broken
1 cup lightly salted peanuts, roughly chopped

Directions:

Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with foil all the way to the top and brush with oil. Make the brownies and cool completely.

Melt the caramels with the half and half in a large bowl in the microwave on high heat. Stir every thirty seconds until melted. Pour over cooled brownies. Sprinkle sea salt on top of caramel. Let cool until set.

Melt the chocolate and shortening in a large bowl in the microwave on high heat. Stir every thirty seconds until melted. Mix in the pretzels and peanuts. Spread over brownies. Cool and serve.

Recipe adapted from The Cooking Photographer

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10 Responses to “Homemade OREOS!”

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    Erin — April 23, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try these for a long time! They look delicious!

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    Angie — April 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Oh, thank you for posting these… I know I could have just googled it but I was planning on looking up the recipe today because I think I’m gonna try them this weekend for lunch snacks next week!

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    Mrs D — April 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    They look so yummy!

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    Joelen — April 23, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    This looks great and it’s a recipe I have yet to try!

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    Kerstin — April 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Those are the perfect dunkable treats! They are so cute and look yummy too!

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    Suzy — April 23, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Great job on the oreos…They look delish, I’ll have to try them. Deb and hubby are enroute to Pioneer Woman’s ranch, if you didn’t already know. Keep up with her antics over the weekend!

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    Netts Nook — April 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Home made OREO’S I am impressed. They look perfect.

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    Memoria — April 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I made these a few days ago, too! I made Oreo cupcakes with them the next day. They were very yummy and quick to make!

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    Micco — December 5, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I’m going to take the vegan approach to your recipe tonight, but I noticed you don’t have round cookie cutters. If you’re ever in need of an impromptu cutter (e.g. for biscuits), any round, empty shape will work. In fact, the other day, I made window cookies using a mug and a pill cap. No one was the wiser.

    Excited to try the recipe – especially since I don’t have to cut anything. Thanks!

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    themilkmanswife — January 21, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Thanks for sharing these with me! I’ll have to give this filling a whirl for my Oreo loving husband! 🙂

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