Teacher shares 'sugar high' heart attack brownies

Cary Ashby • Mar 14, 2017 at 7:07 PM

Pam Sanders loves to keep busy.

“I love baking. Baking is one of my stress relievers,” she said.

In her spare time, Sanders, of Willard, participates in Bible studies at The Foundation Church in downtown Norwalk. She enjoys reading romances.

“If it’s got a little of mystery, that’s OK,” she said.

And she loves her garden.

Sanders, a Shelby High School graduate, has worked for Norwalk City Schools for 27 years. She has taught Title I reading and math teacher at Pleasant Elementary for the last eight years.

“I love spending time with grandchildren,” said Sanders, whose seven grandkids range in age from 10 months to 16 years old.

Her husband, Paul, is a retired journeyman electrician. He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps. They have four adult children, ages 32 to 41.

Sanders’ featured recipe is heart attack brownies — a name her nephew gave them.

“That’s what I call it and it stuck,” she added.

“It’s just a sugar high,” Sanders said. “I think the recipe originated from Pampered Chef. Of course I’ve tinkered with it and made it my own.

“It’s easy. It’s a good choice for reunions, potlucks, birthday treats.”

In the kitchen, Sanders enjoys baking cookies.

“My husband is the only who doesn’t like my cookies,” said the teacher, who prefers soft cookies.

Since Paul enjoys hard cookies, she keeps them in the oven an extra 10 minutes.

When baking, Sanders always has flour, sugar, Crisco, real butter and powdered sugar handy.

“I don’t do much cooking because my husband does it because he’s fussy,” she said.

On the other hand, Sanders said she’s not a picky eater and when does cook, her husband “always says this your favorite too.”


Heart attack brownies


• 1 package brownie mix

• 1 8-ounce package cream cheese

• 1 cup brown sugar

• 1/4 cup peanut butter

• 1/4 cup nuts of choice

• 1/2 cup chocolate bits

• 1/2 cup butterscotch bits

• 1/2 cup M&Ms

• Any kind of candy can be substituted. Cook Pam Sanders said she uses Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and other candies.



Bake brownies according to the package directions. Cool. Mix cream cheese, brown sugar and peanut butter until creamy. Add candy and nuts as directed.

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