Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Luscious and Easy #Brownie #Family #Dessert via Karen Rose Smith

I'm a Mr. Food fan. So I bought a Sinful Sweets & Tasty Treats Mr. Food Test Kitchen cookbook and this easy, calorie filled, luscious dessert caught my eye.  Here is this simple recipe that's sooooo good for an inside dinner or an outside barbecue!


1 (19.8-ounce) package brownie mix for a 9x13 inch pan
1 (6serving size) package instant vanilla pudding and pie filling
3 cups milk (I use whole milk because I've found in this type of recipe it holds up better.)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3-1/2 cups coarsely chopped assorted candy bars, with 1/2 cup reserved for garnish (I used a bag of Snicker minis and 1/2 bag of Milky Way minis)  RESERVE a 1/2 cup for garnish
1 16 oz. container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Prepare brownies according to package directions for a 9x13 inch baking dish; allow to cool completely.
In a large bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk until slightly thickened.  Whisk in peanut butter until thoroughly combined.  Refrigerate 10 minutes.

Break up brownies into 1 inch pieces and place half in bottom of a trifle bowl or large glass serving bowl.  Cover with half the pudding mixture, half the candy and half the whipped topping.  Repeat layers and garnish with reserved candy.

Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving.


When Clare Thaddeus' sister was abducted, she was five and her family fell apart. Now, twenty-seven years later, there's a chance Lynnie could still be alive! Divorced parents, a rebellious daughter, and a devoted sister find their lives in turmoil once again. This time, will crisis tear them apart or will forgotten love knit them together once more?

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 95th novel will be released in 2016.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens.  And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

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1 comment:

Robyn K said...

Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful recipe. It looks delicious. :)