Chewy Snickers Brownies

Happy election day everyone! Hopefully everyone got a chance to get out and vote today. I went early this morning and ended up standing in line for over and hour and ten minutes. Being nine months pregnant it felt like I stood there for over three hours! I kept having visions of my water breaking while I stood there in line. Luckily for everyone, that didn’t happen! 😉

These brownies are a result of an overwhelming pregnancy craving and the fact that I have too many bags of Halloween candy leftover than I’d like to admit. These brownies are absolutely incredible-fudgy in the middle and chewy on the outside with a shiny, crackly top. And let’s not forget about those 16 fun-size Snickers bars packed into these babies! That’s right-16 fun-size Snickers bars! So that means that every single bite packs a peanut, caramel, and chocolate punch! So rich, so chocolatey, so irresistible!

Chewy Snickers Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½ cups sugar
1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon table salt
16 “fun-size” Snickers, coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Place another piece of parchment paper in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
In a large bowl, whisk cocoa, espresso powder, and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. Add eggs, yolks and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined.
Transfer 1/2 of the batter to prepared pan; using spatula, spread batter into corners of pan and smooth surface. Sprinkle with 3/4 of the chopped Snickers. Spread the remaining batter into the pan. Sprinkle with remaining Snickers. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool 1½ hours.
Using parchment overhang, lift brownies from pan. Return brownies to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

Recipe Notes:
For the chewiest texture, it is important to let the brownies cool thoroughly before cutting.
If your baking dish is glass, cool the brownies 10 minutes, then remove them promptly from the pan (otherwise, the superior heat retention of glass can lead to overbaking).
Use high-quality chocolate for best results.

Source: adapted from Cook's Illustrated's Chewy Brownies, March 2010

One Year Ago: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies 

Two Years Ago: Brewer’s Blondies                             


16 Responses to “Chewy Snickers Brownies”

  1. #
    Lorie — November 6, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Yum, yum, yum!!!!

  2. #
    Melissa — November 6, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    These look fabulous!
    Best wishes on your new arrival!

  3. #
    Miss E — November 6, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    What a great idea for using all of that extra Halloween candy!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 6, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    I think I should put my pile of snickers to good use today :) I’m gonna make these for company coming tomorrow night!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — November 6, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    These are my kind of brownies! They would disappear in no time at my house!

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    Regina — November 6, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Always buy the candy I like for Halloween, so there’s plenty left over for me. These are going to be fantastic!

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    Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog — November 6, 2012 @ 3:54 pm


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  8. #
    ChgoJohn — November 6, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    I think you’re doing this just to torture us, Christina. Snickers in brownies are so good as to be almost cruel. :)

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    sandi b. — November 6, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    I’m enjoying the fruits (recipes) of your soon to be labor, (forgive me for the play on words) recipes are awesome. I didn’t think you could top the Lasagna soup one, but here you go and deliver (oops, I did it again, lol) some delicious snicker brownies. Seriously, thanks for the great recipes and best wishes on your little ones arrival.

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    Laura Dembowski — November 6, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    Those look so yummy! That’s great that you stood in line all that time even though you’re pregnant. I bet it was not easy.

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    daisyandthefox — November 6, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    wow – what chocolatley heaven!! this look terr-iff-ic!! :)

  12. #
    Giovanna — November 7, 2012 @ 2:54 am

    They look delicious! :)

  13. #
    Jed Gray (sportsglutton) — November 7, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    Great use of leftovers from Halloween. Delish!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 7, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    even though I am not pregnant, you are making me CRAVE these chocolatey brownies!!! standing in line yesterday was the WORST. I didn’t have any candy bar brownies to munch on afterwards – I would’ve made something like these! Snickers are my favorite :)

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    Amanda — November 14, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    These brownies are AMAZING! I almost skipped on the instant espresso powder, because it was a little pricey, but I am so glad I didn’t. These are great with the Snickers, but I think they would be just as good without the candy just as chewy, fudgy brownies. Adding in chopped Rolos would be good too, or walnuts, or some mint chips… Thanks for a delicious recipe, it’s my new go to for brownies!

    • Christina replied: — November 20th, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the brownies as much I did! Thanks so much for sharing how they turned out for you! :)

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