Does Little Caesars pizza still exist?
Never mind. Answered our own question. It does still exist. Check here.
We were never allowed to get delivery pizza when we were growing up. The families that did order pizza were SO COOL. (Ha ha. Adventures in Babysitting. Anyhoo.) And, those kids inevitably got to order it from Little Caesars.
As adults and parents now ("adults" and "parents") we totally get the appeal of Little Caesars. Pizza Pizza. Two pizzas for the price of one! Score. BOGO pizza. Who doesn't love free stuff? Plus, we still think that people bringing hot food to your door is pretty awesome.
But, the more we think about it the more disgusting Little Caesars sounds. How good can the pizza be if you can give it away for free? Why would you want your children eating that junk? More importantly, why would you eat that junk? Wait. Don't answer that. We do love us some twinkies. Yikes. Ok. Little Caesars. What ingredients could they possibly be using that allow them to make money on free pizza? Wait. Don't answer that either.
So we kind of hate to admit it, but these Peanut Peanut Butter Brownies do utilize a wee baking shortcut (boxed, ahem, brownie, cough cough, mix) which we also think Little Caesars MUST employ in spades given the quality of pie, however that is where the similarities end. We promise.
In fact, these brownies are kind of nothing like Little Caesars pizza. It's just the Peanut Peanut got us thinking of Pizza Pizza.
Though to be fair, these aren't really Peanut Peanut Butter Brownies they are Peanut Peanut Butter Brownies. Very important distinction especially since we would totally bake and eat something that was just a Butter Brownie. Yum.
Peanut Peanut Butter Brownies
Makes 36-ish bars
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
1 19.8 ounce package of brownie mix (or enough for a 13x9" brownie pan, we used Duncan Hines)
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup roasted, lightly salted peanuts, chopped
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (not old-fashioned)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly butter or oil a 13x9x2" brownie baking pan.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, oil and vanilla extract and whisk well. Add the brownie mix and stir until combined. Add the chopped peanuts. Remove half the mixture to a smaller bowl and set aside.
Spread the remaining half the brownie-peanut mixture into the pan first using a spoon and then using your hands to flatten evenly.
In a medium bowl, using a rubber spatula or spoon, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the peanut butter until smooth. Gently spread the mixture over the first layer of brownie until evenly covering the brownie mix.
Break the remaining brownie-peanut mix into pieces and flatten with your hands and slowly and gently spread over the peanut butter mixture. It will be a bit messy. Use your hands to coax the final brownie layer into the corners and covering the peanut butter.
Finally, bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes until the top is set and the edges are lightly browning. Cool on a wire rack before cutting and serving.