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Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting


Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting

Who watched the Wisconsin vs Kentucky basketball game on Saturday night?  Such a tough loss for the Badgers.  They played so well, and then lost by 1 point in the final seconds of the game.  Only the 3rd time in school history that they have made it this far,  so no matter what, it was a great season!  I just wish it could have ended differently.  My 8 year old had 2 more football games this weekend.  It was a tough 2 games as well!  The first game was a tie, and the 2nd game they lost by just 1 touchdown.  So much stress for a weekend!

Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting

To ease into the work week, how about we start with some over the top peanut butter brownies.  These are pretty much the definition of indulgent.  They start as a rich and fudgy brownie.  Chopped peanut butter cups are then folded in.  Once they are baked and cooled, the brownies are topped with a frosting that is made from even more peanut butter cups.  Yep, you read that right.  Actual peanut butter cups are ground up, and used to flavor the frosting.  I may or may not have eaten the frosting with a spoon.  If you are a fan of peanut butter and chocolate together, these are pretty much heaven!

Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting

I made these peanut butter brownies when we had friends visiting.  After dinner the kids went to go play.  We told them they could come back for dessert a little later.  We decided to enjoy dessert while they were off playing.  They were so good, when the kids came back we told them it was too late, and they needed to get ready for bed.  There was not a whole lot of sharing going on!

Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting
 
Serves: 12
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Rich fudgy brownies filled with peanut butter cups and topped with a peanut butter cup frosting.
Ingredients
Brownies
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter cups, chopped
Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter cups, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8 inch baking pan with foil, and spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine melted butter, and cocoa powder. Mix until well combined. Add eggs and sugar, mix well. Stir in the flour and salt until well combined. Fold in peanut butter cups. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
  3. Remove from oven, and cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. Use a food processor to finely crush the peanut butter cups. In an electric mixer beat the butter until fluffy. Mix in cocoa powder until well combined. Add the vanilla. Mix in the sugar, it will become very thick. Slowly add the milk until you get the desired consistency. Fold in the peanut butter cups.
  5. Once brownies have completely cooled, frost.
Notes
Frosting adapted from Beyond Frosting

 

 

Comments

  1. wow. this looks SO incredibly decadent!

  2. WOWZA! I’ll take four please! :D

  3. Mmm so yummy! Love the looks of this!

  4. Sounds delicious! Wonderful inviting photos:)

  5. Oh my, these look SO good! Pinned!

  6. I generally avoid ‘strange’ brownies, because they are so often dry. I don’t want to waste
    calories on a dry brownie. These brownies are definitely NOT dry. In fact they are delectably gooey—and that is a BIG compliment.

  7. I would have a hard time sharing these! So good!

  8. Gorgeous treat.. I am sure it tasted amazing!

  9. Haha. Whoa.

    These aren’t decadent enough. :(

    Sorry, sorry! You know I’m kidding. ;) These look like the best brownies EVER!

  10. PB cup frosting!? Oh I want to put that on everything.

  11. Lol! I see great minds think more or less alike? Your brownie looks sooooooo much tastier than the ones I made. Wanna trade?

  12. Oh goodness gracious!! I want one.

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