Aka Chocolatey Peanut Buttery Heaven.
May I divulge a little secret to you? ((I’ve been known to use a boxed mix from time to time)) GASP! I know, I know. But I like to think of myself as a lady of convenience. Some days you need cake/cookies/brownies STAT. That, or I just don’t feel like making a ginormous mess out of my kitchen. It happens.
These little delights came from a boxed brownie mix. By all means you can use your favorite *from scratch* brownie mix, but like I said, I’m all about convenience.
Side note? Two adorable little neighborhood girls knocked on our door the other day. Apparently we live next to some budding bakers/entrepreneurs. Anyway, we had the offer of purchasing candy or cupcakes. Ever a cupcake fan, hubs and I went for 2 cupcakes. Please, take a gander at our purchase…
Pretty huh? They apologized for the icing, they cupcakes were so hot, it melted. We’re honestly not quite sure what the chunkiness on top is. Mystery globs, I assume. We give the girls an A for effort, hopefully they raised enough money for whatever it is kids these days want. ((God, I feel old!))
At lease I had these bad boys to cleanse my palate….
Hello my loves!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Brownies (makes about 24 mini brownies)
1 boxed brownie mix (or your favorite brownie recipe)
24 (approx) fun sized reese’s peanut butter cups, wrappers removed
Prepare brownies according to package instructions, don’t forget to preheat your oven! Using a mini cupcake pan, spray each cup with cooking spray. Fill each cup 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. Smoosh (that’s the technical term) a reese’s cup into the center of each brownie cup. It does not have to be covered by the batter. Place brownies in the oven and cook according to package directions. While brownies are baking, whip up the peanut butter frosting.
Peanut Butter Frosting
6 T. butter, softened
3/4 C. powdered sugar, sifted
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1/4 C. milk or cream
In an electric stand mixer, beat softened butter and peanut butter together until creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk/cream until the desired consistency is reached. I made mine a little on the dryer side, so I didn’t use all of the milk. That’s up to you! Once the brownies are cooled, pipe icing onto brownies using a pastry bag and the tip of your choice. I didn’t use a tip, just kept it wide open. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you could crumble some extra peanut butter cups onto the top of each.
Make sure you have friends and family to pawn these off on. Or go out and buy bigger pants.
Source: frosting adapted from here