I’m sorry for doing this to you. These brownies though.

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I really am. But better than crack brownies? Had to happen.

See, last Friday while I was on a 10-hour road trip heading for vacation, I received this recipe from a reader named Liz.

Liz, I love you. That’s all I have to say.

I was tortured by this recipe for a full eight days before I could make it. I wanted to make it while I was on vacation, but couldn’t drag myself up off the couch to do so.

So it was the first thing I made when I returned home.

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These are an absolute sin.

I really don’t have any words, other than you must try them. They will change your life.

They may also change your waistline too.

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But that’s okay.

It’s all in the name of chocolate.

Which is totally worth it, if you ask me. And… everyone else. Probably. I hope so.

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Better Than Crack Brownies

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  • 1 batch boxed brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, if don't have salted, add sea salt
  • 1 cup chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
  • 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies Cereal


  • Mix the brownies according to their instructions - and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Remove and top with peanuts and peanut butter cups, and bake for 4 to 6 minutes more.
  • While they are finishing baking, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. I do this in 30 second intervals in the microwave. Stir in the cereal. Remove the brownies from oven and evenly pour chocolate mixture over top.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Slice into squares!

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Mr. How Sweet says these are healthy since they have peanuts for protein and good fat, and since the back of the Rice Krispie box says the cereal is a “healthy snack.”

I love the way this man thinks.

[photos by sarah fennel]