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Loaded Junk Food Brownies with potato chips, kettle corn, and peanut butter cups.

Also known as…

Late night snack brownies.

Ultimate midnight craving brownies.

Junk(food)-in-the-trunk brownies.

Call them what you will, these brownies are pure, trashy, perfection.

Ultimate Junk Food Brownie Recipe with popcorn, potato chips, peanut butter cups.

I’m here today with this trashed-up recipe to celebrate the amazingly talented Jessica, in the only way that ‘invisible’ internet friends do: with a virtual baby shower! And I figured since we were celebrating the baby-baby already, why not celebrate and share the love for her book-baby as well? Because writing a book is often compared to the act of labor, requiring nearly as much blood, sweat, and tears to bring into this world. Although maybe slightly less spit-up in the end. I have to say that her book, Seriously Delish, is a must buy, and I don’t say that often about cookbooks. It’s a rare book that I find myself turning to again and again, and this is one of them. It is, to put it bluntly, seriously. delish.

Which brings me to this recipe, which I adapted from her already trashy peanut butter lover’s brownie recipe to better fulfill the intense late-night cravings of pregnancy. Or so I assume, as I’ve never been pregnant, but I’m guessing if I was that potato chips, kettle corn, and peanut butter cups, not to mention brownies, would be constant cravings. Heck, I have constant cravings for them all (separate and/or together) on a regular basis, and I don’t have a bun-in-the-oven to blame for it. So, there’s that.

Loaded Junk Food Brownies with potato chips, kettle corn, and peanut butter cups.

What you end up with as a chewy, deeply chocolate brownie topped with a soft milk chocolate ganache, piled high with junk food: mini peanut butter cups, sea salt potato chips, and salty/sweet kettle corn, plus an extra drizzle of ganache for good measure.

Fine. Let’s be honest with ourselves and just call these why-I-can’t-have-nice-things brownies. Because that’s really what they are.

Loaded Junk Food Brownies

Loaded Junk Food Brownies

Rich and fudgy brownies topped with milk chocolate ganache and all your favorite junk food, including potato chips, kettle corn, and peanut butter cups. These brownies are the ultimate indulgence!

Ingredients:

For Brownies:

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3.5 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

For Topping:

  • 9 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup mini or chopped regular peanut butter cups
  • 2 cups kettle corn
  • 1 cup potato chips, coarsely crushed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or lightly spray with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large, microwave safe bowl, heat butter pieces and chopped chocolate in the microwave for about 45-60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds or so, until chocolate is mostly melted. Stir until smooth and chocolate is fully melted. Set aside and let cool for 5 minutes, then mix in granulated sugar. Add eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Fold in dry ingredients until almost incorporated, then add chocolate chips and fold until evenly distributed and no dry ingredients remain. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until set and puffed in the middle. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature (brownies may fall a bit in the middle, but that’s ok).
  5. For the topping, place chocolate in heat-proof bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan until it just starts to simmer around the edges. Pour over chopped chocolate and let set for 30 seconds, then stir until melted and smooth. Pour over top of cooled brownies, reserving 1/4 cup of ganache if desired for a drizzle at the end.
  6. While glaze is still wet, sprinkle evenlyw with peanut butter cups, kettle corn, and potato chips, pressing lightly so they stick into the ganache. Cover and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours or overnight (I find the brownies are fudgiest the next day). Brownies will keep, covered in the refigerator, for up to 3 days, although the topping will be crunchiest if enjoyed within 1 day of making.

Adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet it is.

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Let’s raise a glass (of milk, I assume, to go with these brownies) to Jessica and Eddie, wishing them all the best with their new baby! Congratulations!