Better-Than-Crack Brownies

Brilliant moments come to me at the most inopportune time. 

I used to crawl out of bed and stumble in the dark to my desk to find a Post-it to scribble down random phrases that I thought were genius ideas.

I also get these little moments of clarity in the shower where there is no paper to be found. Earlier, I was thinking about why I decided to start this blog.  

Em and I began this as a joint project in order to share our thoughts and adventures despite being in two entirely different places.  We aren't professional. We aren't even good cooks.  

Not at all.

There's just too much fun in the learning process.

I've realized that this little blog allow me to stay connected not only to my sister, but also with my best friends that I haven't seen in months.  I've also shared new adventures with new friends (including these brownies!) and found common ground with complete strangers from across the country.  This truly is the best part of Baking With Em&M. Thank you loyal readers!

But what is that amazing looking dessert in the picture, you ask?

Better-Than-Crack Brownies.

Yes,  that's right.  Better-Than-Crack Brownies. 

Part brownie, part Reese's peanut butter cups, and part Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats,  this is the best combination of everything that is good in this world. 

Jen from home made adventure and I decided to team up to make these fantastic brownies for one of our last classes. 

Jen's blog is ah-mazing! She writes about making pasta from scratch (!!!) and has great recipes that are super easy and healthy!  Not only did she inspire me to make pasta this summer, but to lead a more healthy fruit and vegetable-y life. 

But back to the brownies.

Let's just say the brownies received rave reviews. 

Actually, "it's a party in my mouth" to be exact. 

I'm a big believer in comfort food.  The kind that you crave when it's been not such a great week.  Or when you just need a little pick me up since it's cloudy outside.

These brownies = perfect comfort food.  

These Better-Than-Crack Brownies are also crazy easy to make.   
Need any more convincing?

Recipe (adapted from How Sweet It Is)  

1 batch brownies (from a box or not -either one)
1/2 cup salted peanuts
1 cup chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tbsp butter
1 1/2 -2 cups Rice Krispies

Mix brownies according to box or recipe and bake for 20-23 minutes in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
Remove from the oven and top brownies with peanuts and peanut butter cups. 
Bake another 4-6 minutes.
Melt the chocolate, peanut butter, and butter together. Stir in the Rice Krispies.
Remove brownies from oven and pour chocolate mixture and flatten. 
Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. 

Linked to Sweet As Sugar CookiesSavory Sundays, Make Ahead MealsMangia Mondays, Made it On A Monday 


  1.  oh my god. i just drooled on my thyroid notes. 

  2. I loved reading about your motivation to bake! And seeing this spread of brownie goodness was fun. :D Did you guys decide on the best way to break Reese's en masse? 

  3. It's my day for a blog hop, I'd love it if you came over and shared one
    of your great recipes at savory sunday!! Have a great day :) 

  4. Erin @ Making MemoriesMay 15, 2011

    Oh my heck!  YUM!!!

  5. pass that plate this way please! :) 

  6. Oh my gosh this looks wonderfully tasty! Thanks for linking up to Savory Sundays!!

  7.  halp!!! ive just gotta have this now!

  8. archanaaaaaaaaaMay 16, 2011

    oohhh....yes yes yes!

    also this post was so cute :)

  9. OMG!  I just died.  My boyfriend would go bananas over these!  Definitely trying them this week.

    Better than crack?!  LOL!  I LOVE the name. 

  10.  we just chopped with a knife...turned out pretty easy! =)

  11. Hello! I'm back again to let you know that I featured you in the Savory Sunday Picks! Have a great week!

  12. Kristy @ Darn Near DomesticMay 16, 2011

    Whoa!  I think these may have just jumped to the top of my "must make" list!!  Genius, definitely!  :)


  13. carrollk84May 16, 2011

    I must try these.  It looks delicious! 

  14. carrollk84May 16, 2011

    I must try these.  It looks delicious! 

  15. OHMYSOUL!  These look divine and certainly to die for!  What a brilliant idea and combo.  So glad you shared!! 

  16. carolynjungMay 17, 2011

    That happens to me, too. As a newspaper reporter, my best story ledes would sometimes come to me either while I was driving home or in the shower! Go figure. And of course, other times, they'd come to me after I had indulged in a big chocolate chip cookie to get rid of writer's block. ;)

  17. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I am giving you a blog award today! The post will be up in about an hour. Have a wonderful day! :)

  18. lchemail2003May 18, 2011

    I am pretty sure I just gained 10 lbs. Just looking at these.


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