You know those desserts that are so good that it seems like you are dreaming? You know those tasty treats that have you up at night, sneaking to the fridge in all your disoriented, half-asleep glory? Now, I'm not a night-eater, but I have been caught at the fridge, all disheveled, for these brownies. These are, hands down, the BEST dessert I've ever made. I found this recipe about a year ago in the Parade magazine that comes with the Sunday paper. It was actually part of a Pillsbury/Jiff ad - not anything I'd normally pay attention to, but the name caught my eye. Do I love peanut butter? Yes. Cheesecake? Uh, yeah. Toffee? Uh huh... keep talking. Brownies? I'm yours. This dessert is the perfect addition to a holiday party. I recently served mine in mini martini glasses (the perfect way to walk around and hold this treat!) over French Vanilla Gelato. Double yum.
Best dishes and yummy dreams! Enjoy!
1 box of Pillsbury brownie mix
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. water
1 package of softened cream cheese
1 14 oz. can of sweetened, condensed milk
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 c. of milk chocolate baking chips
1 bag of Heath milk chocolate toffee bits
3 tbsp. whipping cream
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13*9-inch pan with non-stick spray.
2. In a medium bowl, stir brownie mix, oil, water, and eggs with a spoon and spread into baking pan.
3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, milk, and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in 1 c. of toffee bits, spoon over batter in pan and spread evenly*.
4. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until knife comes out of the center clean.
5. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
6. In a microwavable bowl, microwave baking chips and cream uncovered for 40 to 60 seconds. Stir until smooth. Spread over cheesecake layer and sprinkle with remaining toffee bits.
7. Refrigerate, best served cold!
*- I have not been able to figure out how to keep the cheesecake layer from sinking to the bottom! I've even partially baked the brownie layer first - no luck! They still taste amazingly yummy, but they never look like the picture that I cut out with the recipe!
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