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Rainbow Brownies

Servings: Makes 16 brownies
These "rainbow" brownies filled with chocolate-covered candy pieces and peanuts or walnuts (nuts are optional) are a favorite of kids and grown-ups alike.

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted, cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces
1/4 cup salted peanuts or chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Combine sugar, butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (2 to 3 minutes). Add eggs, unsweetened chocolate and vanilla. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Add flour; continue beating, scraping bowl often, until mixed (1 minute). Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate pieces and chopped nuts (optional) by hand.

Spread batter into greased 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle remaining chocolate pieces on batter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan.

Makes 16 brownies.

Date: August 24, 2006