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    Crunchy Brownie Bars

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    Karen67's Note:

    My mom made these brownies when I was a kid. They have a great oatmeal crunchy layer on the bottom topped off with frosted brownies. They look great on dessert tray too!

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    Crunchy Layer

    Brownie Layer

    • 1 (18 ounce) package brownie mix (family size)
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 eggs



    1. 1
      Crunchy Layer:.
    2. 2
      Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar. Add the melted butter.
    3. 3
      Pat mixture in the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking pan.
    4. 4
      Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. At this time, the crunchy layer will not be completely baked.
    5. 5
      Brownie Layer:.
    6. 6
      While the crunchy layer is in the oven, prepare the brownies as directed on the package (either fudge or cake style). The water, oil & eggs listed with the brownie layer here were for the Duncan Hines fudgy brownies. Adjust the ingredients to match your brownie mix.
    7. 7
      Spread batter in pan over crunchy layer after it comes out of the oven.
    8. 8
      Bake brownies for 40-45 minutes for fudgy style or 35-40 minutes for cake style. Do not overbake.
    9. 9
    10. 10
      Wait to prepare frosting until brownies are cool. In a small saucepan, melt together chocolate and butter. Remove from heat.
    11. 11
      Immediately add powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons hot water. Stir until smooth.
    12. 12
      Add remaining tablespoon of hot water to make a soft, pourable consistancy.
    13. 13
      Spread over brownies while frosting is still hot.
    14. 14
      Let set until firm. Cut into bars.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 17, 2007


      These were very good - a different twist on a brownie. It is hard to get the bottom layer out (and I even greased the pan) - but the crunch is worth it. I used 2, 20 oz pkgs of Hershey's triple chocolate brownie mix (just because it said to use two for a 9 x 13 pan) and I followed the package directions for mixing - the brownie turned out nice and high. In the original recipe, the amount of butter was missing (thank you Karen for emailing me back and editing the recipe) - so I guessed - wrongly- on the amount of butter and had to add more powdered sugar to thicken it up - but it turned out ok anyway - It's nice to get a different twist on a brownie.

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    Nutritional Facts for Crunchy Brownie Bars

    Serving Size: 1 (97 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 441.5
    Calories from Fat 247
    Total Fat 27.5 g
    Saturated Fat 10.0 g
    Cholesterol 55.0 mg
    Sodium 249.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 47.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 11.6 g
    Protein 4.4 g

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