These brownies are super easy, and it can use up a lot of your extra candy. It certainly doesn't add to the I'm eating too much candy dilemma, but they taste great. I had about seven leftover peanut butter cups, and then I went and bought two large bags of M&Ms and two large Snickers bars. I chopped up the cups and bars and threw them in the brownie mix with one bag of M&Ms. After I spread the batter in the pan, I sprinkled the other bag of M&Ms on top. I love how colorful they are. My brownie recipe is a one-bowl, really easy to make recipe with the use of a microwave, but if you don't have the time or desire, use a box mix. Just throw your leftover candy into the brownie batter. I think this would work great with all chocolate candy. You can chop any large pieces of candy into bite-size pieces. I would not recommend throwing any non-chocolate candy in there. In my mind, these would just not work with Starburst or Smarties, but I could be wrong. If you try it, let me know.
And if you don't have any leftover candy, I highly recommend you go buy some and make these. I know I don't regret my purchase! I'll be making these all year round. We both adore them!
Candy Brownies Recipe
Makes a 9x9 pan
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1/2 cup butter
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or coarsely chopped
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-2 cups of chocolate candy, coarsely chopped
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 pan with aluminum foil, leaving a few inches hanging over the sides (this foil will turn into handles to lift the brownies out of the pan later). Spray the foil generously with nonstick spray, paying special attention to the corners and sides.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate and butter. Microwave for 30-second intervals until melted and smooth, stirring in between. Add the sugar and vanilla into the bowl with the chocolate and whisk until incorporated. Add in the eggs and whisk until thick and glossy (about a minute). Stir in the flour and salt until just combined. Fold in the chopped candy. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Twenty five will result in gooey brownies, and thirty minutes will be more set in the center. Let cool.
Adapted from The Pastry Queen cookbook