Sunday, October 27, 2013

Peanut butter filled brownies

My friend Becky recently posted a recipe very similar to this on my Facebook page.  She said this recipe made her think of me.  I realized this means one of two things: Becky thinks I am as awesome as peanut butter and chocolate, or as a fellow mother of a toddler, this was Becky's cry for help....she needed chocolate and peanut butter in her life immediately.   I was meeting up with her for our monthly mom's night out, so I hopped in the kitchen.  
With Halloween coming up, I decided to add some fall/Halloween color.  I had some Reese's mini pieces in the cupboard and they were the perfect addition to these brownies.  You can easily sub peanut butter and chocolate baking chips for the Reese's.  These brownies bake up in a muffin tin and you get the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate in each bite. The peanut butter is just spooned in when the brownies are still a little warm, couldn't be any easier. I had a few extra for Darling Husband to try, he's not the biggest peanut butter fan (say what?), and he loved them!  That's a success in my book!
Peanut butter filled brownies
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 Tablespoon water
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 ten ounce bag Reese's mini pieces
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350.  Generously spray muffin tin with cooking spray
In a large microwaveable bowl combine sugar, butter, and water. Microwave for 1 minute or until butter is melted. Stir in 3/4 cup semi sweet chips until melted.  Stir in egg and vanilla. Fold in flour and baking soda, stirring until blended.  Add 1 cup Reese's mini pieces.  Spoon batter by heaping tablespoon into prepared muffin tin.  Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top is set, don't bake any longer than 15 minutes.  Place pan on rack to cool.  Centers of brownies should fall upon cooling, but if not, use the back of a spoon to tap the centers. 
Place peanut butter in a small microwave safe bowl.  MIcrowave for 45 seconds.  Spoon peanut butter into the center of each brownie, just enough to fill each to the top.  Sprinkle with more Reese's mini pieces.  Allow to completely cool in pan before removing.
I really liked these brownies.  Super easy and tasty. They are perfectly portable, so great to make for people who post a recipe on your Facebook