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Delicious Peanut Butter Brownies

Last Sunday, we had dinner at a friend’s house. As is often the case, I was in charge of bringing the dessert. It was a busy weekend, so when Sunday came around, I knew exactly what I would make. They’re portable. They’re easy. And they’re absolutely delicious…peanut butter brownies.

You may remember, a while back I wrote about candy bar brownies, which are amazing. This is a little twist, taking them even further! For the peanut butter brownies, you need a batch of brownie batter. Feel free to make your own from scratch, or use a store-bought brownie mix. Either way, they’re so doctored up, they’ll be delicious.

To the brownie batter, fold in a 12 oz bag Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup miniatures, chopped. And I know, it may seem like a lot, but trust me, you want the whole bag! Pour the batter into a greased 13×9 inch pan and bake as you normally would. While the brownies are baking, we’re going to take the next step to put these over the top.Reese'schoppedready to foldbatterbakedThree words…peanut – butter – frosting! Yes, it’s amazing, and the perfect addition to these brownies. Beat 1 stick softened butter until creamy and smooth. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter and thoroughly combine. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and mix until combined. If the frosting is too thick, add 1-2 tablespoons milk until the desired consistency is reached.butterpeanut butterpowdered sugarreadyOnce the brownies are cooked and cooled, cut into squares. Pipe each square with a big dollop of frosting. I just used a plastic bag with the corner cut, but feel free to be fancy.browniescutready for frostingdoneNeedless to say, these brownies are always a huge hit. They are perfect for the peanut butter addict, or, really, whoever had taste buds! 🙂 Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Dessert-Candy Bar Brownies

So I have to admit, I don’t usually make box desserts.  If I’m going to make a cake or Ingredientsbrownies, I’d rather make them from scratch.  I know, I know, there are probably many of you out there that just gasped, knowing that those box mixes have gotten you through many a birthday or last-minute dessert.  And that’s absolutely fine, I don’t judge…or at least I’m not judging now. 🙂  It’s just my preference.  However, there is one instance where I think boxed mixes are perfect.  With just a little effort, you can turn a box mix into an impressive dessert that people will LOVE…candy bar brownies (and in this case, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup brownies)!!!!

Batter ReadyThe beauty of these brownies is that you’re basically just taking the box mix, mixing it up with the required ingredients, layering it in the pan with some chopped up candy, and baking it a little longer.  They end up being rich, chewy, and just plain delicious!

For these, I used 2 boxes of Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownies.  Because I doubled it, I needed 4 eggs, 1/2 cup water, and 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil for the chewy version.  And please, please, make the chewy version.  ALWAYS make the chewy version.  No Ready for the Ovenone prefers cake-like brownies.  Really, there are no cake-like brownies…it’s called chocolate cake!

Anyway, back to the recipe, stir that all together, and set aside.  Now, for the magical part.  For this recipe, I used a 10.5 oz package of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, opened them all up, and coarsely chopped them.  Pour half of the batter into a 15″x10″ baking dish (and don’t worry, if you don’t have that big of a dish, you can always use the more common 13″x9″…they will be thicker Peanut Butter Cup Browniesand take a little longer to cook though).  Then sprinkle the chopped peanut butter cups, and top with the rest of the batter.  Try to cover the candy as you pour the batter, but don’t worry if some candy shows.  Then bake them at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean 1 inch from the edge (yup, those are the instructions from the back of the box).  Let them cool before you cut them, since they are loaded with that extra candy and could fall apart.

Take it from me, these brownies are awesome.  They really do kick up the boxed mix, and you don’t need to use peanut butter cups.  You can use any candy you want.  They are great with York Peppermint Patties, or Snickers, or, whatever you like for that matter.  They are just plain great.  Give them a try, you won’t regret it!