Junk Food Casserole

The very first recipe I’ve made that John has raved about!

 This weekend we did the annual ‘call all our friends to help us bring in and stack the wood to heat our house for the winter’ event. My traditional role in this event would have been to actually bring in and stack the wood, but I have since graduated to the position of cooking and feeding the hungry wood-hauling friends. This position I like much better, and I think is just as valuable.

So I made a dinner, and of course, dessert – Apple Butter Pork Tenderloin and Junk Food Casserole.

I know that Junk Food Casserole, does not sound appetizing, but let me say that I feel it is a much more creative and fun name than its original (7 Layer Bars).

Imagine a layer of thick, fudgey, chocolate cake with pretzel pieces in it, then imagine covering that with every kind of fun, sweet, junk foodie topping you can think of! Hence the Junk Food Casserole title!

These do not photograph well, nor do they look as ridiculously tasty as they are – but believe me – they are ridiculously good. These are the kind of ooey, gooey brownies that you will not soon forget, but never look fancy or gourmet – do not let that stop you from trying them!

This is the first recipe – of anything – I’ve made that John has ever raved about! John is not a raver, especially of desserts (I don’t get that at all), but these, he literally cannot stop talking about. I think he has plans to eat them all before I can share them with anyone at work!

Please enjoy responsibly (if you can)

Junk Food Casserole 

adapted from The Domestic Rebel

1 box Devil’s food cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup Reese’s Pieces
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 can (7 oz) sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and butter. Stir in the crushed pretzels. Spread the mixture evenly along the bottom of the greased pan and bake for about 8 minutes. (**You might think there is no way it will spread – I had a minor panic attack thinking that it wasn’t wet enough or nearly enough dough to spread it – but it will spread – I promise!)
3. Sprinkle the par-baked bars with the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces and peanuts. Drizzle the top of the bars with the milk. Return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly, and center is set.
4. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Serve warm or at room temperature. Best served within 1-2 days.


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