Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Buckeye Bars from "Very Merry Cookies"

I'm finally getting around to my holiday baking. I still don't think I'll accomplish all that I've set out to do but I'm not going to let myself stress about it. These Buckeye Brownies are delicious and taste exactly like Buckeye candy but they're so much easier to make because there's no dipping in chocolate. The recipe is from one of my favorite cookie cookbooks, Better Homes and Gardens' Very Merry Cookies from Wiley Publishing. I wrote a review for this cookbook for my food column. Click here to read it. 

Buckeye Bars

1 19.5-oz. package brownie mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped peanuts
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13"x9" baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Lightly grease foil.

In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Stir in peanuts. Spoon half of the brownie mixture into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth. Spoon over brownie mixture in pan, spreading evenly. Flatten spoonfuls of the remaining brownie mixture with your fingers and place on top of the peanut butter mixture in the pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is set and edges are light brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use the foil to lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Place on a cutting board; cut into bars. Makes 32 bars.

The brownie dough can be a little sticky when you're spreading it in the pan. I greased my hands by rubbing the measuring cup that I had used to hold my vegetable oil. The oil on my fingers made spreading the dough a lot easier. I always like to let my bar cookies set overnight before cutting. It makes for a smoother cut.

Very Merry Christmas from Wiley Publishing

I found copies of this cookbook at my local Lowe's Home Improvement store. It's a wonderful cookbook full of dozens of cookie recipes, many that can be created from boxed mixes and refrigerated cookie dough.

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  1. Wow...delicious looking!! Buckeye candies are our family favorite but we decided not to go to all the trouble of amking them this year - maybe I'll try these instead! I love how easy they are and delicious too! Thank you for sharing and I can't wait to try them!

    The books sounds like a wonderful find...we have something like that from years ago only it did not use ready mixes and such (this sounds like it would be great for my collection!). ;)

    Merry Christmas and God bless! :D
    ~Miss Rachel~

  2. Kim these look absolutely awesome and delicious:)

  3. Now these would look great on my neighbor treat plates! :)
    Great job Kim!

  4. These bars took buckeyes to a whole new level....they look amazing!!

  5. These bars look wonderful! Merry Christmas!

  6. Hmmmm...my hubby always likes to go to Lowes and sending him on an approved trip, he wouldnt mind! lol. These bars look delish! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :) Have a wonderful Christmas!

  7. What a great idea, so much easier than rolling out all those little balls! Happy Holidays!

  8. This look really good, I would love it if you shared your recipe here:


  9. These sound so good. I will be having a Valentine themed recipe and craft contest at Bacon Time soon starting the 16th, I hope you will enter. There will be lots of cool prizes for two winners.

  10. @Mindie - Thanks for the invite. I'm now following your blog so that I can remember to take part in the contest.

  11. Yum! Your bars look so tasty nad nice! I love peanuts :)

  12. WOW! Those are amazing. Pinning! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  13. mmmmmm my mouth is watering. brownie anything sells me immediately but these look extra awesome. thanks!


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