This particular recipe actually happened due to a failed recipe. Which, sometimes the tastiest things are diversions from originals. My Halloween Chocolate Fudge Peeps Bars recipe is absolutely delicious. It's sweet, buttery, sugary, fudge-y, chewy, gooey, (get the picture?) and it won't take more than one bite to send you into a food coma. I was channeling my inner Paula Dean on this one. The best part, is that it is SUPER easy to make.
- 1 Box - Chocolate Cake Mix
- 2 - Eggs
- 10 TBSP - Salted Butter (melted)
- 6 - Ghost Peeps (Cut into quarters)
- 6 - Chocolate dipped Peeps (either dark or milk cut into quarters)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Combine chocolate cake mix with eggs and melted butter. Mix until well incorporated.
- Line a 9"x13" baking pan with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with spray, Crisco, or butter.
- Evenly spread batter in pan, and bake for 10 minutes. (If you prefer your bars a little more done, increase the time by 5-10 minutes.)
- Remove pan from oven and evenly distribute Peeps pieces.
- Return pan back into the oven and continue to bake for another 6 minutes. Marshmallows should be puffy, and start to have turned golden.
- Allow to cool, and then freeze a couple of hours before cutting. (Brownies never fully freeze even if in the freezer over night.)
- Serve chilled.
Honestly, Peeps were never really a favorite of mine while growing up. I'm more of the chocolate and caramel sort of person. I had one bad experience at camp where I lost all my hotdogs and smores in a pile next to the fire (I hope you're catching my drift by what I mean by "lost"), and after that... I couldn't stomach marshmallows for YEARS. But, Peeps was super awesome and sponsored the Blogger Recipe Challenge Group and sent us a bunch of different Halloween varieties of Peeps. They sent pumpkins, ghosts, and chocolate mousse cats in addition to some newer varieties including sugar-free, peeps dipped in dark chocolate and milk chocolate, and chocolate covered Jack-O-Lanterns.
Since we all know marshmallows are best melted, and especially a little caramelized, I decided I wanted to make sure I could bake them a little. It also happened to work out perfectly for October's oven month theme. (Yay for killing two birds with one stone!) Of course, the Peeps I didn't use in this recipe were devoured by my kids in less than an hour. Guess they're still a long-standing favorite for many kids.
I also had no idea Peeps came in different themes! I always just assumed they were an Easter-only sort of candy. I loved the cats and the ghosts the most, just because they were so different compared to the typically bright colored Peeps. The chocolate dipped ones were delicious and worked perfectly for my recipe. The chocolate covered ones... a little melty and sticky even though they were stored the same way. However, you can't pay me to touch the sugar-free ones. Plus, the dye for the face kind of runs a little and looks questionable. I also figure if marshmallow is primarily made from sugar... what must go into making one sugar-free? Just my honest thought on that one.
Next time I try out this recipe, I think I'm going to make cream cheese swirled brownies, and maybe add a caramel drizzle. Just what everyone needs... MORE SUGAR!
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