Saturday, January 24, 2009

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

It seems so wrong to be posting about brownies when I'm in the middle of my healthy eating venture. But these were offered at a little party we attended for the last Charger's playoff game (and that happened to be one day prior to the start of my venture). They didn't serve as good luck by any means as we sadly lost the game to the Steelers, but they were held in high praise by a whole bunch of hungry football fans. If you're a lover of all things chocolate + pb, then this one is for you: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.

Yes, those yummy little Peanut Butter Cups that we all love to devour get the starring role in this brownie.

Here's the How-To:

Here are the goods... you'll need some sort of unsweetened chocolate. I used Scharffen Berger since I had some leftover from Christmas. There's also a specialty ingredient: Chocolate Extract. You can find it at Whole Foods or online, but if you'd rather not use it then just sub vanilla. And then for the peanut butter lovers in the house, not only are there Peanut Butter Cups in these brownies but added peanut butter and peanut butter chips too.


Sugar, butter, peanut butter, eggs and extract are mixed together.

Melted chocolate is blended in.

The flour is mixed in next.

And the peanut butter chips are stirred in last.

The batter is spread into a foiled and greased pan. I used a quarter-sheet pan (about 13x9) as I find that that's the easiest for getting brownies out of the pan safely. You can also use any other 13x9 inch pan.

If you chill the brownies well, you can easily get the brownies out of the pan without breaking them apart. Place a cutting board upside down on top of the pan and gently flip it over. Peel the foil off. Your brownies will now be upside down, so place another cutting board on the bottom of the brownies and then flip them back over. They'll be nice and firm and easy to cut clean squares.

I like to cut the edges off of the brownies and make nicely cut squares. We save the edges for sampling :)

These were everything a brownie should be... chocolatey, fudgy and moist. And all of that added peanut butter stuff happened to be quite a good idea. Kids and adults alike really loved these, and they'll go into that 'definitely make these again' pile.

This recipe can be found HERE.

38 comments:

ttfn300 said...

very very wrong, b/c now i want pb brownies :)

kellypea said...

I'm sure my son would always go for another peanutbutter snack recipe for his lunch. He loves the stuff. Good idea for a party, too!

Alejandra said...

SO yummy and easy!! I'm an editor for a magazine that shall not be named and they recently hired a new "food writer" who shall also not be named and one of her recent "recipes" was for peanut butter cup brownies. The ingredient list went like this: "1 box brownie mix. 16 peanut butter cups (like Reese's)." Ugh! I want to show her this recipe and be like "See? Now was that so difficult, child-wife of old piano man?!"

diva said...

yummy yummy yummy i've got love in my tummy! these are precious!! :)

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Yum!
I'll make them for sure!

noble pig said...

Oh geez these look like heaven!

We do have the same contest...isn't it great...it's going to be so hard to choose!

Lori Lynn said...

You have such a flair for presentation Lori. Even the labels on your pantry items are pretty!
LL

Reeni♥ said...

I am on my way to bake a batch of brownies! I don't know if they'll even compare to these!!! Scrumptious!!

Snooky doodle said...

oh these would be the dead of my diet. I like peanut butter and chocolate so much! Pity I don t find Peanut butter cups and chips here :( But sometime I ll try them with peanut butter blobs perhaps :)

That Girl said...

I like the peanut butter cups on top in addition to the ones in the batter - gives the eater a bit of a clue as to what they'll be enjoying.

HoneyB said...

Oh my lord. Not only do you make me want to CHEAT but you make me want to make more brownies! lol

The Food Librarian said...

Awesome!!! I can't wait to try these!

mikky said...

looks so great!!! :)

Anali said...

Brownies that look so good just can't be wrong. : )

Melissa said...

You're a bad, bad girl. LOL :)

*sigh* Now I MUST go make Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.....

Happy cook said...

DELICIUS. Wish i had few of them right now.

Ingrid said...

Sounds good, looks even better!! And yay, I can finally use my chocolate extract! I have a coffee one waiting to be used too, any recipes?! hint,hint! :-)
~ingrid

Karen @ Mignardise said...

These would last approximately five minutes in my house. I'll have to make them while the kids are at school and husband is at work if I want any for myself - and I certainly do!

Katrina said...

Ya beat me to it. I just bought (yesterday) a HUGE bag of Reese's to make some kind of lucious brownies with! These look GREAT! Now I just won't even look for a recipe and I'll just use yours! Thanks, Lori.

Maryann said...

You are bad! Very, very bad! ;)

Sandie said...

Delicious---these give me the perfect excuse to make more brownies!

Cam said...

Awesome looking brownies.

Jennywenny said...

Perfect, I am doing desserts for a wedding and the groom likes peanut butter and brownies!!

luckytastebuds said...

Now THAT is a real brownie. What a wonderful blog you have! I love the recipes and the step-by-step pictures. :)

VeggieGirl said...

Lori, you're officially my best friend for making those brownies :-D

Grace said...

scharffen berger, reese's. peanut butter cups, peanut butter chips. holy decadence, these are astounding. diet-killers for sure. :)

~~louise~~ said...

Devilishly tempting...

Dawn said...

Oh you know I will love these! You can never go wrong adding in those PB cups! Love that first shot!

Ivy said...

They look delicious but you are torturing us as I am trying to stay away from "sinful" food.

Carolyn Jung said...

Dark chocolate has antioxidants. Peanuts have the "good fat.'' You shouldn't feel guilty -- these peanut butter cup brownies are health food. ;)

Marlow said...

These brownies look and sound awesome!! I can almost smell them cooking!

Bunny said...

That was a good game, my hubby ( a die hard Steelers fan) paced the last 10 minutes of it! You goota love a brownie with pb cups in it, you've just gotta.

Krista said...

Oh wow. Looks amazing. Glad I found this blog. I'm always on the lookout for new recipes!

Thanks!

Girl Japan said...

These look so darn yummy... I have never tried PBB.... I plan on picking up some organic PB soon.. wish they had Resses here..

Aggie said...

Ok those brownies are unbelievable. You just took brownies to another level.

Going to check out your Super Bowl event!! Gotta get a move on it!!!

Robin Sue said...

Oh my these are to die for. And I do have some PB cups hanging out in my pantry that need to go before I eat them myself. Lori I will get my act together and send in my entry to your contest! Since you liked the Stromboli, I will send that one in.

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

You're killin me. This might have to be a super bowl treat.

Sarah@VintageChic said...

These sound AMAZING! Can't wait to try this recipe.