These are a basic brownie with a bit "extra" added and boy were they ever good. Don't think I would eat these on a daily basis but they certainly are a nice treat. I found myself just picking at these all day long as they sat around. Although the brownie and frosting are both from a mix you can certainly use a homemade one. I have just been into trying mixes lately and adding extra ingredients to them. So far most have been successes!
I can't believe that it's the start of another school year. This summer has just flown by. My son is definitely ready for school though and looking forward to 7th grade. I think he is really glad that he is not a 6th grader any more and at the bottom of the totem pole in middle school!
1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker Original Supreme Premium brownie mix (or your own from scratch)
Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on the brownie mix box
1 cup Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 16 oz container) Or your own homemade frosting
1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 cups crisp rice cereal
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 1/3 cups (8 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom only of a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray or shortening. (For easier cutting, line pan with foil, then grease foil on bottom only of pan.)
Make and bake brownies are directed on box. Cool completely.
Frost brownies with frosting. Sprinikle with peanuts; refrigerate while making cereal mixture.
Measure cereal into medium bowl; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly. Pour over cereal in bowl, stirring until evenly coated. Spread over frosted brownies. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set before cutting. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store lightly covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.