So, I recently left a job after more than two-and-a-half years for greener pastures. I’m excited about the type of work, pay scale, etc. – but am I ever going to miss the people at my old job! Everybody was so sweet to me on my last day: one girl brought me a cinnamon roll/croissant hybrid from Starbucks to have with my morning coffee, and later that afternoon my boss took me out for a donut glut (lookin’ at you, root beer glaze!). By the end of the day, I felt admittedly a little unwell and rather full of pastry, but also loved. And so because food obviously equals love, I wanted to bake a little something over the weekend and do a desk-drop Monday morning for some of my nearest and dearest. (This isn’t quite as creepy and stalker-ish as it sounds; I’m still working in the same building, so no security guards had to be alerted to escort me from the premises.) I had mulled over margarita cupcakes, or faux-Hostess cupcakes, but didn’t want to lug six individual cupcake boxes around. But ah, the Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars from the Brown Eyed Baker sounded like a winner.
I did have my reservations, as I’ve had mixed results with some of her recipes in the past. My solution? I used my own fail-proof brownie recipe for the base before proceeding as directed.
(Hot tip, kids: always, always line bar-cookie pans with aluminum foil before greasing, and cleanup will be a snap.)
After all, if I could nail the brownie part, how hard could it be to sprinkle marshmallows and melt some chocolate and peanut butter together?
The answer: just a little harder than I thought. I had expected the marshmallows to melt into an even layer rather than just puff up (it’s been a long time since I’ve microwaved a Peep, okay?), and they created a bit of a retaining wall for my crispy chocolate mixture. My test audience was obviously going to be sampling squares from the centre.
I didn’t get quite the perfectly delineated layers seen in her photos, but aesthetics aside, it’s not a big deal. These are moist and fudgy, and surprisingly neat to eat. (And trust me on that. I hate getting my fingers sticky, so if I can eat these and not immediately freak out, anyone can.)
All packaged up and ready to go!
These are seriously easy and tasty, and would make a wonderful addition to a potluck or bake sale. My afternoon was filled with IMs from my peeps squealing over the fudginess.
Happy Monday, and thanks for looking! 🙂