September 18, 2010

No Bake Brownies-no kidding!

I knew the minute I saw the title of this blog that I was going to love it! 
See?  I love cookbooks, I read them like other's read literature, I collect them, I re-read them, again and again, I spend hours browsing through them in bookstores...in other words, Kristan, the self titled Cookbook Queen is a woman after my own heart!
Well, then I started browsing through her blog, and yep, I spent HOURS reading her recipes and notes, and I'm hooked!  Here is one of the recipes to first catch my eye!

Quoted from Kristan's blog:  "For today, because it's been so dang hot outside, I chose the no bake brownies. And I get that you may be skeptical, I was at first too. How brownie-like can they taste? I can assure you that although they are not exactly typical, they are definitely a brownie. Crushed vanilla wafers soften to a cakey consistency that is just right."
INGREDIENTS
~2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
~12 oz. can evaporated milk
~3 c. vanilla wafer crumbs
(crush the contents of an entire 12 oz. box)
~2 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
~1 c. sifted powdered sugar (Do NOT skip the sifting)
~1/2 tsp salt
~1 c. chopped cocktail or dry roasted peanuts

Line a 8"  or 9"  square pan with foil, leaving a 2"  overhang on 2 sides. Generously grease with butter and set aside.
Combine chocolate chips and 1 1/4 c. evaporated milk in a microwavable bowl. 
Microwave on low power, stirring every 30 seconds 
until chips are fully melted. Set melted chocolate mixture aside.
 
In a large mixing bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, marshmallows, powdered sugar, salt and peanuts. Stir until blended. Reserve 3/4 c. melted chocolate mixture for the top of brownies. Add remaining melted chocolate mixture to the crumb mixture. Stir until well combined. Using fingers, press evenly into bottom of prepared pan.

Add 1 tsp. remaining evaporated milk to reserved melted chocolate mixture. Stir until smooth. Spread evenly over chocolate crumb mixture. Chill in pan 1 hour or until chocolate is set.

These brownies can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days....do not freeze them.
Disclaimer: Reading her blog is dangerous.  It will consume you, and your family won't know where your at!
THANKS KRISTAN!

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