Four Layer Everything Crunch Bars

 Four layers made of everything delicious you can possibly imagine in a dessert bar. They are rich, satisfying and oh so good!

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What can I say? I have no excuse for this one. All I knew was that I had to know what these bars taste like the moment I stumbled upon this recipe. Anything that consists of layers and has so many of my favorites combined into one, needed to be made as soon as humanly possible.

There is so much going on here, I barely know where to start. Is this the moment where I should use the phrase “A picture says more than a thousand words”? Haha, just kidding. There’s no way I could not tell you about them!

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What is your must-have when it comes to the perfect dessert? Peanut Butter, chocolate, caramel, something crunchy, chocolate or something fabulous like nougat? Check, check, and check. These bars clearly have it all.

If you’re a lover of all things sweet, you need this recipe in your life.

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Alright, let’s examine these bars layer by layer.

It all starts with a decadent and fudgy brownie. Made from scratch in a matter of minutes – you will have a hard time not digging into the freshly baked brownies. But practicing self-control is really worth it. Just keep the end product in mind.

Once cooled, a mixture of caramel and rice cereal is spread on top. Making for that ultimate crunch and gooeyness factor.

Now the nougat layer really sets the bars over the top. Marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and a couple of other creamy ingredients are hard to beat. I can’t think of a more delicious layer than this one.

Last but certainly not least, chocolate puts the perfect finishing touch to an incredible dessert experience.

Are you drooling yet? Yeah, me too!

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The textures are insane. The crunchy layer being enveloped by two fudgy and smooth ones, is simply amazing. I am beyond smitten over here. And have an inkling that you will be too.

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 Happy Hump Day, friends!

Four Layer Everything Crunch Bars
Yields 16
Four layers of amazing goodness combined into one scrumptious dessert. These bars have something for everyone. A huge crowd-pleaser.
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For the Brownie Layer
  1. 3 ounces semisweet chocolate
  2. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  3. 1 cup granulated sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
For the Caramel Layer
  1. 35 caramels (2/3 of a 14 ounce bag)
  2. 1 tablespoon evaporated milk
  3. 1 tablespoon water
  4. 3/4 cup crisp rice cereal
For the Nougat Layer
  1. 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  4. 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream
  5. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
For the Chocolate Layer
  1. 6 ounces (about 3/4 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-x-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. 1. Start with the brownie layer. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate and butter and heat until fully melted, stirring the mixture every 30 seconds. Stir in sugar until fully incorporated and then add eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk in flour and baking soda and stir until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool completely.
  3. 2. Once brownies are cooled, prepare caramel layer. In a medium (microwave-safe bowl), combine caramels, evaporated milk and water. Heat for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Caramels should be fully melted and you should have a smooth caramel mixture. Add rice cereal and mix together. Spread caramel mixture evenly over the brownie layer and place pan into the freezer.
  4. 3. For the nougat layer, combine butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer the mixture for 10 minutes without stirring. Meanwhile, combine marshmallow cream and peanut butter. Pour the warm nougat into the marshmallow mixture and whisk to combine. Spread evenly over the caramel layer and return pan to the freezer.
  5. 4. Finally, combine chocolate chips, butter, and whipping cream for the chocolate layer. Melt in 30 second increments until smooth and creamy. Pour chocolate over the nougat layer and spread in an even layer. Place in the fridge and let cool until set, about 3 hours. Cut into bars and serve.
Notes
  1. Bars will keep up to 1 week stored an airtight container or up to 4 weeks in the freezer.
Adapted from bhg.com
Adapted from bhg.com
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  1. Wow! I have no words for these bars, Kathi. These bars look insanely good! Like I wish I had a piece of this for breakfast! Peanut butter, chocolate, caramel, all of my favorite things! Pinned!

  2. I have had this recipe bookmarked in one of my BHG magazines to make for the longest time and just haven’t gotten around to it. Now I am definitely going to have to make them. Thanks Kathi!

  3. Wow, these are nothing short of amazing! Love those layers!

  4. What gorgeous bars! Wow!

  5. Oh these bars look absolutely fantastic!!

  6. Uh YA! You had to make these. Holy heaven in a bite!

  7. These bars look terrific! I love the combo of flavors and texture!

  8. I think I would eat every single layer separately to enjoy each one, and then eat another bar just to enjoy all the layers together. They look amazing.

  9. Seriously drool-worthy. I mean just look at those layers! I always look forward to your dessert posts! πŸ˜‰

  10. Holy guacamole, these bars look amazing πŸ™‚ Chocolate, caramel, nougat, gahh, it all sounds just delicious…and I am such a texture eater, so I would die for all those different textures.

  11. Wow, these look beyond amazing Kathi! Love all those gorgeous layers πŸ™‚

  12. Yum, yum! I was watching TV the other day and saw layer bar that looked delicious. Now I see these and am feeling like I really need to make these ASAP! Love all the layers Pinning

  13. I am just salivating looking at these desserts! oh wow these bars look amazing! I must try! Thanks for sharing~

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  14. They look great! Unfortunately I’ve never seen marshmallow cream over here in Germany. Could you recommend anything else to use instead? Thanks!

    • I am not familiar with what’s available in Germany. I would try looking up a recipe for homemade marshmallow crΓ¨me or fluff.

    • We host exchange students and often they want American food items that they can’t seem to find in their home country or when they are with us want a food item from home here in the US. Where we typically can find most European items here in the US the opposite is often difficult. Some are even illegal (Ovaltine is outlawed in Denmark – lol). Regardless we have found Amazon to be amazing at finding items or even Ebay. Give it a try you might just find some Fluff there. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes

  15. That looks too good for words!

  16. OMG this look amazing!

  17. I tried these last night. They taste great, but the nougat layer didn’t stiffen up. It oozes out if they are out of the fridge for too long. What did I do wrong?

  18. Oh my gosh – having just found them, I need to make these! They look delicious. And what I love most about it is there’s no nuts (like the snickers layer bars) it’s just everything you could want in one thing. Must make these!!

  19. Made these last night to take to a family party today. I recommend that you wait at least a couple of hours between the nougat and the chocolate layer. Even though the pan had been in the freezer with the nougat layer for about 30 minutes, it was not cool enough yet and when I added the chocolate layer it kind of melted into the nougat. It was all good in the end because I thankfully had enough chocolate leftover to melt some more for the top this morning.

  20. i made these last night and left them in the freezer overnight. when i took them out this morning to cut the nougat layer oozes out and the bars look nothing like your photos. any tips on what I might have done wrong or is this normal as they approach room temp.

  21. adriano ciccioni says:

    Cara Kathy,

    u r absolutely a fantastic chef in those pastries, I would eat all, each day
    Thanks from Milan, Italy

    adriano

  22. Mary Manello says:

    They keep only 4 weeks in the freezer? Is that because of the rice cereal? Typically, the more fat in something, the longer freezer life it has. Most baked goods stay remarkably well up to a year, if their frozen state remains uncompromised.

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