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“From Family Circle Magazine January 2009”
READY IN:
1hr 12mins
SERVES:
25
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F
  2. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line pan with foil, allowing sides to overhang; spray foil.
  3. In small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and granulated sugar.
  4. Mix in melted butter.
  5. Press crumb mixture into prepared pan.
  6. Bake until golden, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Cool on wire rack.
  8. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for cakelike brownies (adding 1/4 cup water, 1/3 cup oil and 3 eggs).
  9. Fold in chopped nuts.
  10. Pour batter into crust-lined pan.
  11. Return to 350°F oven; bake until brownie is just set and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
  12. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  13. With electric mixer in medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  14. Add peanut butter and confectioners' sugar; beat until just blended (it will look lumpy).
  15. Add milk; beat lightly to loosen mixture.
  16. In separate bowl, whip 1 cup of the cream and gently fold into peanut butter mixture.
  17. Spread mousse evenly over cooled brownie.
  18. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  19. Heat remaining 1/2 cup cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until just boiling.
  20. Remove from heat; add corn syrup and chocolate chips.
  21. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
  22. Stir until smooth.
  23. Pour glaze over chilled mousse and spread to cover completely.
  24. Return to refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  25. Run a small knife around inside of pan and lift out brownie.
  26. Heat knife under hot running water and trim edges.
  27. Slice brownie, rinsing knife after each cut, into 5 strips about 1-1/2 inches wide.
  28. Cut each strip into 5 pieces about 1-1/2 inches square.
  29. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with whipped cream, nuts, candy and caramel sauce.

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