Eric requested brownies for dessert a few weeks ago. That boy always wants something chocolatey when it comes to desserts. We walked over to Jewel-Osco and picked up some ingredients. As were standing in line to check out, I started to regret my decision to make regular-old brownies. A voice in my head said, “Top the brownies with puppy chow. Do iittt.”
Puppy chow, as in the sweet treat you had as a child: Rice Chex coated with peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar. Not dog food.
I remember begging my mom to make puppy chow several times when I was a kid, and she never would; I think she might be anti-puppy chow. I only had some during school parties.
Anyway, brownies are always good. Top them with puppy chow and they’re amazing.
This brownie is pretty easy to throw together. It’s made with your basic brownie batter ingredients – flour, sugar, butter, eggs, cocoa powder and melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. The only unusual thing I do is melt the butter, chocolate and sugar together,
then beat the mixture into the eggs for a while (8 minutes). I use this method for a lot of my brownies because it seems to make them crustier and chewier (but still gooey in the middle).
The brownie batter gets peanut butter swirled through it, and then it’s partially baked. The puppy chow goes on top of the brownies, then is covered with foil and baked again. The powdered sugar goes on top after the brownies have cooled.
Eric took these into work and said they disappeared instantly. See? Everyone loves puppy chow. Except my mom. I need to get to the bottom of this when I see her this week.
Puppy Chow Brownies
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided use
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter + 2 tablespoons
2 cups rice chex cereal
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in sugar, and bring to a boil. Remove pan from heat and stir in 1 cup chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Cool 5 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together eggs and chocolate-butter mixture for 8 minutes, or until well combined and doubled in volume. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Beat in flour and 1/2 cup chocolate chips until just combined. Spread batter in pan. Swirl 3 tablespoons peanut butter through batter. Bake 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the puppy chow: stir together remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat, until melted and smooth. Stir in cereal until well combined. Place cereal on top of brownies. Lightly cover pan with foil. Return pan to oven and bake 20 additional minutes, or until well risen and set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Make 9 huge brownies