When I was little, my grandmother used to give me Kit Kats to eat when I went over for lunch. Even so, I was pretty surprised when I heard her tell someone that they were my favorite chocolate bar. Say what? Don’t you know me? It’s Reese’s PB cups, then, now, forever.
But my grandmother hated peanut butter. Wouldn’t even keep it in her house. So you can imagine what a disappointment I was. And I kept getting those Kit Kats.
Maybe that’s why I don’t buy them much now. I mean, they’re tasty. But it’s hard to undo those childhood associations. Even so, I really wanted to give them another shot. Thus, these brownies!
You know, Kit Kat bars rock. That’s the thing. And when you put them in brownies, they rock even more. Instead of cutting them into pieces, I put each bar in whole. That way, you get some serious chocolate punch when you bite into the brownie.
To keep things simple, I topped the brownies with milk chocolate and accented it with a few more chopped Kit Kats. Whenever I’m baking a brownie that has any kind of candy bar inside, the straight chocolate topping (no ganache, no frosting) is much more reminiscent of an actual candy bar. It’s seriously powerful stuff.
Maybe my grandmother just wanted me to share in her love of Kit Kats, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. I wish my daughter loved Reese’s as much as I do, but I’ve got to let her be her own person. And your favorite candy is a very personal choice, right up there with, you know, the important stuff.
But as it turns out, I do really like Kit Kat bars, and I like them even more in brownies. Get those chocolate cravings conquered with these guys!
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1 package (3 bars total with 4 pieces per bar) Kit Kat bars
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Kit Kat bar, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined.
- Place the Kit Kat bars evenly on the bottom of the pan. Of the 12 pieces, use about 11. Leave at least one for garnish later.
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until done.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Place the pan back in the oven for 2 minutes. While the pan is back in, chop up the remaining Kit Kat(s).
- Take out the brownies and spread the chocolate along the top. Sprinkle the Kit Kat pieces on top evenly.
- Let the chocolate set until it's similar to frosting in consistency. Cut into squares and serve.