Chocolate Madness! That’s the name of the Pinterest board I share with TL. She started it and invited me to participate, and with a name like Chocolate Madness! I had to play along. TL finds most of the desserts on our board and it’s difficult to decide which one to make. I hope to make them all, so let’s get started!

I met TL freshman year at Drake University. We were neighbors on Hooker Heights, one of the women’s floors, and roomies later on. I remember more than once sharing a dessert with the Hooker Heights girls. We’d put the treat in the middle of the group and everyone would dig in with their spoon or fork — no bowls needed, thank you very much! Unfortunately, TL lives in Albuquerque and I live in KC, so it’s tough to share treats these days. Regardless, I’m going to blog my way through our shared board. I’ll take responsibility for tasting the goodies for both of us; she’ll have to enjoy them vicariously, the poor dear!

TL’s twice posted a picture of Knock You Naked Brownies, so I was getting the idea that she thought they sounded good. Knock You REALLY Naked BrowniesThe second time she posted it was the magic time for me. I was looking for a gooey, peanut buttery, chocolate dessert for our Karate Club and this looked a good candidate.

Even though we don’t have any May Banzai Birthdays to celebrate, one of the other students and I decided we needed treats anyway, and we were due for something chocolate! The only thing it was missing was peanut butter. Well, as it turned out, I found a version that used a peanut butter caramel, so I was able to include that yumminess and dubbed them Knock you REALLY Naked Brownies!

Boy, are these good!! They may be one of the most delicious brownies I’ve ever baked!! I don’t know what else you’d need in a gooey, chocolate recipe – chocolate, pecans, chocolate chips, peanut butter and caramel. My, my, MY!! It took all my willpower not to eat the entire pan myself, although I thought about it.

Other than the addition of peanut butter to the caramel, the only other tweak I made to the recipe was to use a 9 x 13″ pan instead of the square used in the recipe. The recipe mentioned it had been cut down from a 9 x 13″, and I needed a full pan of brownies to feed a bunch of hungry karate students. It worked! The brownies baked up perfectly and had enough crust, both bottom and top. Click for recipe.

Don’t be scared off by having to unwrap and melt down the caramels and create layers. It’s easier than it looks, and the reward is definitely worth the effort! If you need some help eating them so you don’t eat the entire pan, give me a call. I’ll make the sacrifice and help you out. That’s what friends are for, right?

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