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Great Any Night! Fresh Salad & Mac & Cheese

Fresh fruit and spinach salad, stovetop mac and cheese, tasty mini-quiches and extra special brownies make a great weekday meal.

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Raspberry vinegar gives the light, basil vinaigrette dressing a fresh accent that brings out the best in this spinach and fresh fruit salad.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups (about 2 small bunches) fresh spinach, washed, dried and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large red apple, unpeeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 10 fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Directions:

COMBINE vinegar, oil, sugar, basil and salt in small bowl; whisk until blended. Combine spinach, apple, kiwifruit, oranges and strawberries in large bowl.

ADD dressing to salad; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with nuts. Serve immediately.

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  •  Star(s)

    Spinach and Fresh Fruit Salad

    Coffee-mate N from

    One of my favorite salad recipes

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    Love it@

    Lynne from Mpls

    I have made this a few times and it's always a hit. I love it!

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    Great Flavor!!

    Nila Goodine from Fredericton NB

    I made this for a couples dinner we had for friends who were going on a cruise. We all brought dishes that pertained to cruise-style meals. I got compliments on this one, everyone loved it!!

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    Great Salad

    Lynette from WA

    This salad tastes great when it is eaten right after it is prepared. The combo of fresh fruits and spinach makes it taste so yummy!

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    Excellent!

    Nicole McAfee from Frisco, TX

    This salad was the favorite part of my meal! That raspberry vinegar makes the salad. I used canned mandarin oranges instead of the oranges called for and added other types of lettuce (romaine) with the spinach. I'll make this again for company.

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    Refreshing

    Susan from Plano, TX

    A quick and refreshing salad!

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    The kids liked it!

    Debbie Hill from Norfolk, VA

    My husband and all five kids liked this one. Before tasting everyone said I must have lost my mind. Now they want me to make this salad again. Very yummy and different!

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    Can't believe I ate the whole thing

    Brad Zimmerman from Atlanta

    I figured we'd toss this one - but I wanted to try something different. It was great! Wife and kids loved it too! Easy enough to fix regularly for family. Tasty enough to impress company!

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    Highlight of the Meal!

    Anne Atherton from Milwaukee

    My friend Julie brought this for Thanksgiving and it was THE hit of the dinner! Excellent presentation and taste!

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    Great salad!

    Diana L. Zwart from Indianapolis

    I made this and everyone in attendance loved it! And the dressing can be used for other spinach salads as well.

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    Great salad!

    Diana L. Zwart from Indianapolis

    I made this and everyone in attendance loved it! And the dressing can be used for other spinach salads as well.

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    Wonderful

    aflolo from Carpentersville, IL

    I made this for my family and everyone simply LOVED it!


nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size:

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Calories: 150
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 13g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 55% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 120% of DV
  • Calcium: 6% of DV
  • Iron: 8% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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The ingredients in this recipe add some zip to the traditional macaroni and cheese!! Everyone will be asking for more of Top of the Stove Mac & Cheese.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) dried small elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

PREPARE pasta in large saucepan according to package directions; drain and set aside.

MELT butter in same saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; whisk in evaporated milk, eggs, mustard, salt and hot pepper sauce. Return pasta to saucepan; stir in cheese. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is creamy and thickened. Serve immediately.

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  •  Star(s)

    Top of the Stove Mac & Cheese

    KATHY GREEN from South Daytona, FL

    Quick and easy, tastes great too.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious!

    HEIDI CARLSON-REID from Abmps, OR

    This recipe is so quick and easy - it makes putting a yummy, nutritious supper on the table a breeze!

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    just like it says

    Belinda O'Connor from Lincoln Park, MI

    nice and easy and creamy

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    Top of the Stove Mac & Cheese

    Ginger Marszalek from Southwick, MA

    My laziness finally paid off! I usually cook with whole milk and didn't have any and didn't feel like going out to the store to get some. Then I remembered I had some carnation evap milk and found this website and wow! I made this for lunch and it was sooooo good!! Rich and creamy and delicious! And, very easy to prepare. I will definately make this again. I think even my grandson will perfer it over that boxed "orange" kind! Thank you Carnation!! I will be buying lots more evap milk!

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    quick mac-n-cheese

    d urciolo from scottsville, VA

    It's very good and VERY easy ... and ingredients you're most likely going to have on-hand ! I think I would add a little less cheese or a little more milk next time ... a little too gooey for me. But definitely a do-again !

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    verry creamy

    caleb fields from SALEM, OR

    i made this last night I over cooked it so the cheese curded so it wasent as good. it was still verry creamy

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    Enjoyable:Taste

    Elizabeth Johnson from Texas

    This is the best mac &cheese i have every put in my mouth and i am 57 years old. Thanks !

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    Really Excited

    Ayrie Unwin from Pueblo, CO

    I have enjoyed this recipe before and I am very pleased that I have found it. I can't wait to try it out!

  •  Star(s)

    top of the stove mac & cheese

    elaine hilton from little falls, NJ

    Creamy, rich, and sooooo good! Very easy to make. Everyone will LOVE this delicious meal.

  •  Star(s)

    Super easy

    Brandy Gronas from Dearborn Heights, MI

    This was super easy to make and it was really good. The only thing is the dry mustard. I think next time I make it, I will use less.

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    Surprisingly Rich

    Samantha Drab from North Wales, PA

    This dish has a surprising richness not normally found in the usual "mac & cheese" recipes; it's definitely a keeper!

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    Stove top Mac & Cheese

    JOANNE ROSSE from UNION BEACH, NJ

    I tried this recipe - it was easy to make and tasted really good. I would definitely make it again.

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    Easy with add -ins

    TERESA ALLEN from ARLINGTON, TX

    Not only was this recipe easy and delicious adding ground beef or cooked chicken made it a one dish meal.

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    The Fast MAC

    Tara Jones from Detroit, MI

    This dish was simply delicious. It was quick, good and tastes much better than that box un-healthy stuff.

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    top of the stove mac and cheese

    Jennifer shierling from watertown, NY

    its great, I chose not to use the hot sauce. we have a small child. It is different, a recipe I will use again.

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    Top of stove mac&cheese

    Mary Garriss from APPOMATTOX, VA

    For some reason I had stopped adding Carnation evaporated milk in my Macaroni & Cheese. I came across this recipe, and tried it. Nice, creamy and so easy. Mac & Cheese is a family favorite, which we have often.

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    Better than the box

    Andy Hernandez from SURPRISE, AZ

    This recipe was easy and good i would say better than the box stuff !

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    Robbie Rego Sacramento, Ca

    Robbie Rego from SACRAMENTO, CA

    This had a wonderful taste with the evaporated milk and the cheese; although i used a less sharp cheese. The flavor was wonderful and the texture was great. Now if I don't want to I don't have to heat uo the house with the oven.

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    Top of the Stove mac & Cheese

    Shirley Vance from VERNER, WV

    I made this for supper and it was so good it went very well with the other things I fixed for supper. There was none of it left, thats how good it was.

  •  Star(s)

    Extra good, extra good for you.

    Nann Thomson from AVON, CT

    I had my class make this. It was great to be able to make a recipe that was nutritionally "fortified" (evaporated milk, cheese AND eggs) that the teens really enjoyed. I'll make it at home for my family.

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    Top of the Stove Mac and Cheese

    Fran Godaire from ENFIELD, CT

    Mac and cheese is my comfort food. This recipe adds some zest to it that I wasn't expecting. I wil definitely make this again. Thank you!

  •  Star(s)

    Top of Stove Mac & Cheese

    Barbara Dillarad from HOUSTON, TX

    The very best. Mac & cheese is a favorite in my family. This recipe is so quick and easy . Great when time is limited

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    Really creamy!

    Louise Graybiel from TORONTO, ON

    This is an excellent (and fast) mac & cheese. If you have any leftovers (a rarity), they are great baked in the oven with some frozen broccoli flowerets and a little extra shredded cheese on top.

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    Macaroni & Cheese

    SUSAN PETERSON from Ceres, CA

    This is way better than any boxed Mac & Cheese and it's just as easy!! I love the slightly spicy flavor and so did my kids. They liked it better than the boxed Mac & Cheese.

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    Nice and creamy

    Patty Auricchio from RIDGEWAY, ON

    This is a very creamy mac and cheese recipe. I had been looking for one that would stay creamy and not get dry and this is a keeper.

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    easy

    evelyn merkle from ashuelot, NH

    i can't believe how easy this recipe was.creamy.

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    Add Chicken broth to spice up the flavor

    Debby Krebs from Luray,, VA

    This is a fast and tasty recipe. I also have found that by adding small amounts of chicken broth to this recipe it enhances the flavor. The amount you add will depend upon the amount you are making.

  •  Star(s)

    Mac and Cheese

    Fran Jacobs from BOMBAY, NY

    The kids loved it, and it is quick and easy to make

  •  Star(s)

    mac and cheese with my 6 year old

    suzanne heffner from Allen, TX

    I made this for dinner with my kitchen-experienced son who just turned 6 years old. Except for opening the can of evap milk, he did it all by himself with me watching. He even read the directions himself!! I love being in the kitchen with him, and the recipes here at VeryBestBaking.com give us even more opportunities for fun!

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    Top of the Stove Mac & Cheese

    Marcia Hill from Philadelphia, PA

    I tried this recipe two different ways and liked it best when the dry mustard and hot sauce where omitted.

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    Top of the Stove Mac & Cheese

    Tracy Caufield from Marshfield, MO

    Although this was very easy to make I didn't like the taste of it. My husband did though, but I probably won't make it again if both of us do not like it.

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    A lenten quicky?

    denise bergert from Alliance, OH

    I tried this recipe over the weekend. It is lent time at our house and I figured that this would be an easy recipe to fix for our lenten meal. My family did not care for this. It was a little to cheesy and bland for our taste.

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    Top of the stove mac&cheese

    donna hollowell from allegany, NY

    This went over real good every one enjoyed it it was a little different with the hot sauce

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    Top of the Stove Mac & Cheese

    MONIQUE EDWARDS from NEW YORK, NY

    My family really enjoyed this recipe and it was such a cinch to make!

  •  Star(s)

    Stove top mac & cheese

    barbara riker from cordova, TN

    My family enjoyed the mac & cheese fast and easy recipe.


nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 6 servings

Servings Per Recipe: 0

  • Calories: 418
  • Calories from Fat: 218
  • Total Fat: 24g (37% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 15g (73% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 133mg (44% of DV)
  • Sodium: 514mg (21% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 30g (10% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g (4% of DV)
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Vitamin A: 15% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 35% of DV
  • Iron: 9% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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These bite-size, crustless colorful mini quiches are filled with cheddar cheese, broccoli and red peppers. A delicious and colorful addition to any meal and also perfect as a party appetizer.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 oz. pkg.) shredded mild or sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups chopped, frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and lightly flour twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin cups.

WHISK evaporated milk, eggs, flour, salt and black pepper in medium bowl until blended. Stir in cheese, broccoli and bell pepper. Spoon 1/4 to 1/3 cup of mixture into each prepared muffin cup, filling almost to rim*. Stir mixture frequently to evenly distribute ingredients.

BAKE for 23 to 28 minutes or until knife inserted near centers comes out clean and tops are lightly browned. Cool in pans for 15 minutes. Run knife or small, flat spatula around inside edges of muffin cups. Carefully remove quiches.

*NOTE: Number of quiches that you get will depend on the size of your muffin cups. Bake time may need some adjusting.

TIPS:
• Quiches can be made ahead and frozen. To reheat, place on baking sheet and bake in preheated 325° F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes or, place 2 to 4 quiches on microwave-safe plate and microwave on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 2 1/2 to 5 minutes or until hot.

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  •  Star(s)

    wonderful, wonderful

    MARY FELLER from OMAHA NE

    YOU CAN ADD SO MANY DIFFERENT ITEMS TO THIS RECIPE, SUCH AS BACON, HAM OR CHORIZO. I HAVE SHARED THIS RECIPE SO MANY TIMES. BEST PART THEY CAN BE MADE AHEAD

  •  Star(s)

    great make-ahead snack or appetizer

    laurel keser from new port richey, FL

    Made these with some variations. Everyone loved them. I gave them an Italian twist by adding Italian seasoning, substituting mozzarella cheese and also used fresh broccoli instead of frozen.They are great as a snack or appetizer. I also like that they can be made ahead.

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    good easy recipe

    ELIZABETH FREY from Lake Village, IN

    I really liked this recipe but I had to substitute red pepper for green because I have intolerance to them. I also chopped up some crisp bacon to add. The best part of this recipe is that if everyone cannot sit down to breakfast at the same time the individual quiches make it easy for people to reheat and eat theirs when convenient.

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    Mini Quiche

    gabriela villalobos from

    It was a fast & easy recipe to prepare. However, I think it needed more flavor. So, to add some more flavor and spice to it I added more salt, cheese & pepper to it.

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    Humm!!

    audrey Nagode from Blacksburg, VA

    I have made a big quiche with this recipe, replacing vegetables with ham, and it turned out great! I am from France where crutless quiches are very common. I am glad american people like them too!

  •  Star(s)

    Party-Perfect Mini Quiches

    Bunny Workin from Fargo, ND

    I made these for Christmas Morning and they were a big hit. Like the idea that i could make them ahead of time and than just heat them up they also are very easy to make and will make again.

  •  Star(s)

    Loved by all

    Laura Jansma from Warsaw, IN

    I usually make regular size quiche or a big pan of breakfast casserole. These were delicious and easy. I have already been asked to share the recipe with three friends. I made an extra batch, froze them. Often I pull out a few to microwave for quick breakfasts.

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    Healthy and Good

    Jennifer Van Keppel from Indianapolis, IN

    These are great! I used the fat free Carnation, frozen broccoli and red pepper from our garden. On a whim I added a dash of cayenne/black pepper blend. I made a batch for breakfast and a batch of smaller ones for Christmas Eve appetizers. Highly recommended.

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    Mini Quiche

    Tina Yetter from Pennsylvania

    I made a double batch of this recipe. Kept the leftovers in the fridge. They were great for a quick breakfast during the week when everyone's in such a hurry to get out the door in the morning. Just pop in the microwave and out the door we go. We love them!

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    Delicious and Easy

    Shirley Cotterman from Seminole, OK

    I made this when my 8 year old granddaughter was visiting and substituted diced pepperoni for the peppers and and she loved it. It is so easy to make and so many substitutions you can use to suit your own taste.

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    Substitution for gluten intolerance...

    Kristen Gabby from

    Just substitute some corn starch in for the flour and this recipe is gluten intolerance friendly. Tasty, too!

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    Loved mini quich

    Suzanne Mangel from Syracuse, UT

    I am a big quiche fan, but my husband is not. I made this quiche recipe and loved it because it was crustless. Bonus, my husband liked it too!

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    Great for WLS Patients

    Patt Castro from Fresno CA

    I had weight loss surgery 2 years ago and am always looking for recipes I can use. This is perfect because it is crustless, a good source of protein and I can make it to the ounce size I am able to consume. I will pass this on to my WLS group.

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    money saver

    Tracy Snyder from Atoka

    i always go and buy quiches already made and you only get like 6 - 12 in a box. They are very expensive so I was pleased to find this recipe because it doesn't take long and it's cheaper to make than buying some.


nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 12 servings

Servings Per Recipe: 0

  • Calories: 120
  • Calories from Fat: 60
  • Total Fat: 7g (11% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 5g (24% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 80mg (26% of DV)
  • Sodium: 220mg (9% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 6g (2% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: .5g (2% of DV)
  • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Vitamin A: 15% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 35% of DV
  • Calcium: 25% of DV
  • Iron: 2% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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These brownies are made extra-special by adding chopped Butterfinger.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package (16 to 22 ounces) chocolate brownie mix
  • 24 pieces NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER BITES Candy, chopped

Directions:

PREHEAT oven according to package directions. Grease baking pan according to package directions.

PREPARE brownie batter according to package directions; stir in chopped Butterfinger. Spoon into prepared pan.

BAKE according to package directions. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into pieces using wet knife.

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  •  Star(s)

    very good

    Casey Branch from HAGERSTOWN, MD

    These were very simple and very tasty. My kids and Husband loved them. Lookin forward to more of these kinda recipes for busy moms.

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    Butterfinger Brownies

    patricia johnson from LUFKIN, TX

    This brownies was so easy to make and good.I make these for my family and they went wild for them.They want me to make them one time a week. So I guess they love them.

  •  Star(s)

    yummy

    JUDY ESTES from INDIANAPOLIS, IN

    This was an easy recipe and oh sooooo good. My daughter and I enjoyed making this together and everyone enjoyed eating it.

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    cool brownies

    rema mulyes from FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA

    it s anew cool way to have lovely new brownies

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    Brownie to the Max!

    MARY ELLEN from GAHANNA, OH

    These are delicious and very easy to prepare. My grandchildren loved them!

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    Butterfinger Brownies

    Charlotte Gohl from PHILADELPHIA, PA

    Very Very Good. Easy to make in a crunch for a dessert.

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    Every body

    nathan shinn from MEDINA, OH

    Every body Likes Butterfingers and every body Likes Brownies;I LOVE THEM

  •  Star(s)

    Butterfinger Brownies

    SUE YOUNG from SHALIMAR, FL

    Very easy to make and so wonderful to eat. I plan to give these as a gift to my family and friends this year for Christmas.

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    butterfinger brownies

    jessica doman from KINGWOOD, WV

    Sounds easy enough!!..Don't know if I would want that BIG of a crunch in a brownie.??..

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    Butterfinger Brownies

    Virginia Hill from COLUMBUS, OH

    I fixed this recipe and used Snickers instead of the butterfinger. I also liked it with the butterfinger. This recipe is great, because you can use your own candy in it. I sent this to a lot of friends to try. Kids like this a lot.

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    5-Star Review!

    Jan Wilkins from BLYTHEVILLE, AR

    I was in a "butterfinger" mood over Thanksgiving. I made these brownies. They were so good. I ended up sharing with the neighbors!

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    Butterfinger Brownies

    MELANIE FOX from SAINT PAUL, MN

    These brownies are a new family favorite. Which is wonderful because they taste great and very easy to make.

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    Delicious!

    MARSHA KONKEN from STERLING, CO

    Wow! Talk about easy & delicious. I'm wondering if other kinds of candy bars could be substituted for the Butterfinger (altho they are my favorite!).

  •  Star(s)

    Butterfinger Brownies

    Amy Hamp from LEETON, MO

    I have made these before and they are VERY delicious! I'm glad someone else shares my love of butterfingers and brownies!!!

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    Loved these!

    Lori Dasal from Battlefield, MO

    These were so easy to make and my kids went wild for them. Awesome.

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    Hit at bakesale

    Victoria Wagner from FAYETTEVILLE, AR

    I made these for a school bakesale and they sold out. I also made a batch using broken Chik-O-Stix both sold out with several return buyers.


nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 16 to 20 brownies

Servings Per Recipe: 0

  • Calories: 260
  • Calories from Fat: 130
  • Total Fat: 14g (22% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g (13% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 25mg (9% of DV)
  • Sodium: 130mg (6% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 33g (11% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g (5% of DV)
  • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 0% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 2% of DV
  • Iron: 4% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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