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Double Dog Dare Brownie

August 01, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Creative, Fun For Kids, Off the Beaten Path, Peanut Butter, Salty-Sweet, Super-Simple

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Kids love a good food dare, and I’m no exception, so I created the Double Dog Dare Brownie recipe–complete with peanut butter, caramel, and (here’s where the dare comes in) crushed potato chips. By adding raisins, you can “up the stakes” to a triple dog dare. Try it; if you’re like most people in my beta test group, you’ll laugh a little when you realize how good it is! Have fun with this one.


  • 1 box “family size” brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker’s “13 x 9 Family Size”)
  • Eggs, oil, and water as called for on the box
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (I used reduced-fat Jif)
  • 2/3 cup fresh, soft raisins (optional)
  • 2/3 cup caramel dip (I used Marzetti brand)
  • Potato chips (I used Kettle Cooked Lay’s, which are super-crunchy)


Mix and bake brownies as directed on the box. When the brownies are completely cooled, spread peanut butter in a thin layer on top of the brownie crust. As you can see, my layer was just thick enough to cover the crust.

Choose your raisins carefully. (Don’t use hard raisins. Ick.) At the store, do what you can to get super fresh and soft raisins; squeeze the box or bag to make sure. Sprinkle the raisins evenly on top of the peanut butter. Adding raisins is optional, but if you leave them out, then you only have a DOUBLE dog dare, not a TRIPLE. S’up to you.

Pour caramel over the raisins. Mine “poured” out in blobs and globs.

Spread caramel as evenly as you can. This is the surface to which your potato chips will adhere.

You’re done for now. Cover and store your brownies until you’re ready to serve. There’s no need to refrigerate. When it’s time to eat, cut a serving and then garnish it with a crushed fist full of potato chips. Yum!

The crushing is half the fun; you might want to let your guests/kids do it themselves. Serving suggestion:

Whatever you do, don’t add the potato chips until right before serving. You want a big, crunchy snap to balance your chewy raisins and that rich, fudgy brownie! If you want to turn this brownie into a QUADRUPLE dog dare, consider a flavored potato chip–like maybe barbecue or cheddar cheese. But, seriously, that’s starting to get a little weird; so you’re on your own if you want to go that far.

This recipe is a worth trying, if only to say you did it. I double dog dare you to make it. I think it’s both fun and tasty. And I know that kids are going to love it! The Double Dog Dare Brownie–with peanut butter, raisins, caramel, and potato chips–is a fun recipe to show your kids (or yourself) just how daring you are.

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