Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I had SOOO forgotten how good these brownies are.(and Give Away Basket)

I make these very seldom (less than once a year), probably because I cannot keep Reese's Peanut Butter cups in my house. (I keep trying to pass a law that no one can buy, or bring in, candy, cake, donuts, chips...)

Since Monday was National Peanut Butter Lover's Day (and Doug LOVES peanut butter) I had to do something. Hilary and Lindsay picked up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and I whipped out a tried and true.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

adapted from (I think) an old Pillsbury mini-cookbook recipe

1 box brownie mix - make according to box directions
about 35 - 50 mini peanut butter cups - (I will only ever use Reese's)
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (We are a SKIPPY family)
milk (as desired for spreading 1/4-1/3 cup)

Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Prepare brownie mix and stir in about 20-30 (unwrapped) pnut butter cups-cut in 1/4 or 1/2s . Bake brownies according to box.  Check for doneness with a knife. Let cool completely.

Frosting-mix powdered sugar and peanut butter until well mixed. Add milk until it will spread easily. (1/4 -1/3 cup) Spread over cooled brownies, then top with about 10- 20 chopped pnut butter cups.

These are so good. And rich. And even better the nest day. (I only wanted 1 bite. I have now had 3, inch x inch bites) (I hid the rest of the pnut butter cups in my drawer for another recipe next week. shhh)
I wanted to adapt this recipe for anyone allergic to nuts (Sara :-) Spray your dish and make your brownies according to box directions.Bake as directed on box. Cut and serve. (May add ice cream?)

This recipe can be cut in 1/2 and made in a 9x9 pan.  Still use 1 boxed brownie mix.  (The brownies will be thicker and chewier.)  Cooking time will be increased.  Check for doneness with knife. Cut candy amounts and frosting in 1/2.

A later note-When I mentioned that next week I was going to make "peanut blossoms" using peanut better cups instead of chocolate kisses, they all voted for...MORE BROWNIES!

I added 2 new items to the Blog-Give-Away basket. When I have 32 followers I will do a followers give away of "a few of my favourite things". (To see the original post visit "A Happy Week, 21 Feb.-28 Feb. post.)



KMiles said...

Thank you thank you! I am Rachel's sister (Lindsey's friend) and she told me about your blog. I love good easy recipes! Your blog is so fun to read and try. P.S. I made the tortilla soup... TO DIE FOR! We loved it and it was super easy!

Zion And Missy said...

Your basket looks good! Wish I could be a follower twice. :)

Emily said...

Wish I'd tried the brownies! They looked and smelled so hecka good!

Zion And Missy said...

Guess we will have to make these brownies next week, too. Got alot of cooking to do next week!
I tried the lemon/blueberry pie. Oh my. I think my mom told you. First off I used a pie pan (I had my reasons), and it got all over the oven. Had to clean it out then put it on a baking sheet and finished cooking it. It turned out pretty well. I ate it for breakfast. I made the cheesy mexican soup on sunday. i made the sit-over-night-12-hour-bread two days ago (very yummy), making the zuppa tonight. :) You have awesome, easy to prepare, cook and follow recipes. Thanks for spicing up my food!

Zion And Missy said...

Your next giveaway should be a stand up mixer. :) By the way if you are ever at the DI and find a stand up mixer, can you put my name on it? I have always wanted one for the price is just not right.

Rachel Washburn said...

Yummy! I love peanut butter anything and I will definitly be making these for my next fam party!

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