So. House Hunters.
You know that show on HGTV that focuses on some random couple who get to pick between three different houses? Yeah, that one. I actually really like the show — it’s neat to see the different layouts of other homes, and especially see what homes look like internationally. However, I LOATHE the people on the show.
Sometimes I wonder in what kind of dark hole did HGTV extract these terrible people, because they’re absolutely terrible (go figure). First of all, they blab on and on about their “Must List” which usually includes a variety of things that would be nearly impossible to purchase on an ordinary market in say, an upper middle class neighborhood in Anytown, USA. These things include, but are not limited to: indoor swimming pools, seventeen bedrooms and sixteen bathrooms, walk-in closets for everyone including their pet fish, hard-wood floors made from the most exotic and endangered tree in the world, a built-in Rosie the Robot, and a 10-acre backyard for their annoying kids that mows itself.
Oh. And for like, $115K? Is that reasonable, realtor-person-who-probably-wants-to-push-you-in-front-of-a-moving-semi?
So then this realtor, probably mentally orchestrating how they will successfully murder this obnoxious couple, shows the couple some house that is missing one of the bajillion amenities this couple requires to live, and the couple nitpicks the place clean as impractically as possible.
“Wow, this living room is HUGE! But oh my god, look at the color of the walls! Who paints their walls taupe? What a shame that we are somehow physically incapable of repainting this living room.”
“Oh my gosh, the guest bathroom is like, ten feet from the kitchen! I don’t know how I feel about having a bathroom near the kitchen. You know how I get after Taco Thursdays…”
“This bathroom is great but, it doesn’t have a view! I was really hoping when I urinated I could look out onto the city below and make faces at people.”
“Whoa, this 150,000 acre backyard is beautiful! But oh my gosh, it’s like, seven miles away from a highway. That could probably disturb our fragile sleeping patterns.”
“Awh man, it’s a two-story house! Our able-bodied child, too young to walk presently, will NEVER be able to figure out the concept of stairs! It’s just too baffling for his childlike mind.”
“The tiling in this bathroom is great, but the bathroom itself is on the smaller side. You know how I love to throw ballroom dancing classes in the bathroom.”
“This kitchen is a little on the dated side. I’m concerned our friends will judge us for having a slightly dated kitchen, rather than for being the completely vapid, ignorant buttfaces that we are.”
And so on, and so forth, until I rip all my hairs out because I want to dropkick these annoying couples in the eyeball.
So usually, when watching the show (which is constantly since my parents have some sort of weird attachment to the show–but also, thankfully, agree that the couples are usually dolts), I have to also be focused on something else so I’m not distracted by the fact that the world will end House-Hunters-style because there are so many stupid people in the world who think wall colors are permanent. And usually, that means I’m snacking on something so I’m in my happy place. Being in your happy place is good, I find.
You need to make these! One of my FAVORITE brownie bomb recipes yet!
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- ¾ cup smooth peanut butter, plus 1 Tbsp pb, divided
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp milk
- ½ cup - ¾ cup quick oats (depending on your preference)
- About 2 cups flour
- 1 & ½ cups miniature M&M's, divided
- 9x13" pan brownies, baked and cooled
- ½ cup miniature chocolate chips
- 1 pkg vanilla Candiquik
- EVEN EASIER MONSTER COOKIE DOUGH RECIPE (optional recipe):
- 1 pkg Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix
- 1 stick butter
- ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp milk
- Make your dough! If making the from-scratch cookie dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and ¾ cup peanut butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the sugars and beat to combine. Add in the vanilla and milk to incorporate.
- Beat in the flour to combine, and lastly, add in the oats and ONE cup of the mini M&M's, stirring to blend. Roll the dough into Tablespoon-sized balls and place on a foil-rimmed cookie sheet. Freeze until solid, a couple hours, or overnight.
- Cut the cooled brownies into approx. 1" sized squares. Take a square in the palm of your hand and gently press down to flatten. Wrap the brownie around the frozen cookie dough ball to cover; press the brownie around to help blanket the cookie dough completely. If it doesn't totally cover it, that's okay. Return the brownie-covered balls to the baking sheet and freeze for about 20 minutes to set.
- Microwave the Candiquik according to package directions; once smooth, stir in the remaining Tablespoon of peanut butter to combine. Dip the bombs into the peanut butter mixture, coating completely, before returning to the cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining mini M&Ms and mini chocolate chips.
- Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Makes approx. 15-18 truffles, depending on the size of the cookie dough and cut brownies.
- *For the "Even Easier" recipe, mix together the Betty Crocker Oatmeal cookie mix with the softened butter, peanut butter and milk in the bowl of a stand mixer until a soft dough forms. Stir in the mini M&M's and prepare the recipe as normal. This is an easy shortcut!
Included in the recipe is a super easy shortcut featuring Betty Crocker’s Oatmeal Cookie Mix. If you’re not feeling the whole measuring-out-from-scratch thing, simply use the mix instead with a few tweaks for an authentic, homemade flavor without all the extra work. Easy peasy!
These brownie bombs are one of my favorites to date! I love that monster cookies incorporate some of my favorite cookie elements: oats, peanut butter, brown sugar, and miniature M&M’s for that pop of color. You could certainly add in mini Reese’s Pieces if you’d like, or miniature peanut butter chips for a more peanutty flavor. And if you’re super into chocolate, consider dipping the brownie bombs into chocolate, and drizzling the chocolate bombs with peanut butter sauce. That’d be tasty, too!
Have a delicious day!!