Friday, May 2, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Holy sheet cake.  These were just ridiculous.  And oh, by the way, this recipe is not from scratch. 

My mom has been encouraging me to do some semi-homemade baking.  Now, don't get me wrong, from scratch is always best, but this is a good little cheat recipe if you don't have time or the patience (like me), but want to make something special. 

Ok.  So.  First, press down prepared cookie dough in your pan.  I used a 9x13, but I'd probably use a square pan next time.  If you do a 9x13 I would recommend doing two tubes of cookie dough (14 oz each). 

Next, lay down your peanut butter cups.  I did face down.  I didn't want them to see what was coming.

This next pic reminds me of college.

Ok.  So, get two boxes of your favorite brownie mix, prepare per the box's direction, and pour on top. I love Ghirardelli brand.

Bake in a 325 degree oven.  Bake until a cake tester inserted into brownies (avoid center and edges) comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet.  This will be about 45 minutes.  Take out of the oven and sprinkle with some chocolate chips (optional).  When chocolate is melted, spread with a spatula and the sprinkle with some chopped peanut butter cups. 

OMG you guys.  I mean.  I just can't even handle it.  These were nuts.  Pea-nuts.


Ok here's the recipe!

2 Packages of Pre Made Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
2 Boxes of Favorite Brownie Mix (plus oil, eggs, and water required by box) 
18 Peanut Butter Cups 
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips 

Pre heat oven to 325. Press cookie dough into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Place 12 of the peanut butter cups on the cookie dough, distributing evenly.  Make prepared brownie mix per the box instructions and pour over peanut butter cups.  Bake for about 45 minutes, or until tooth pick (or fork or knife) comes out with only a few crumbs.  Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips.  When they start to melt, spread evenly with spatula.  Let cool for a few minutes and then add remaining peanut butter cups that have been chopped up.

Try these.  You'll make friends.  Stay hungry!

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