I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Peanut-Butter Chocolate Brownies

This recipe gives your tongue all the different flavors it craves.  Salty, sweet, chocolate and peanut butter.   What else could you want?  I really love the pretzel crust.

(serves 20)

Pretzel Crust Ingredients:
*4 cups pretzels
*3/4 cup butter
*1/2 cup sugar

Brownie Ingredients:
*1/2 cup vegetable oil
*1/2 cup melted butter
*1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
*2 cups white sugar
*4 eggs
*1 cup all-purpose flour
*2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
*1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon salt

Peanut Butter Cream Ingredients:
*1 cup creamy peanut butter
*1/2 cup butter, room temperature
*1-3 tablespoon whole milk

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:
*1/2 cup heavy cream
*6 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate chips (I use mini, for easier melting)

Pretzel Crust Directions:
~Crush pretzels in a bag or food processor (do not process into a powder).
~Melt butter in microwave.
~Mix the butte & sugar into the crushed pretzels.
~Press the pretzel mixture into a 9x13 inch pan.
~Bake for 10 minutes.
~Remove from oven and let cool.

Brownie Directions:
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Mix instant coffee into melted butter, until coffee is dissolved.
~In a medium bowl, mix together oil, coffee-butter, sugar & vanilla.
~Beat in eggs one at a time.
~Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder & salt.
~Slowly stir into the egg mixture until just blended.
~Spread evenly over pretzel crust.
~Bake for 25-30 minutes.
~Cool completely.

Peanut Butter Cream Directions:
~In a medium mixing bowl, beat the peanut butter, butter & powdered sugar until well incorporated & smooth.
~Add enough milk to make it spreadable.
~Spread on top of brownies when they are cooled.

Chocolate Frosting Directions:
~Heat heavy cream in a microwavable bowl, for around 30 seconds, or until it starts to boil.
~Remove from microwave and whisk in chocolate chips, until they are melted and mixture becomes shiny.
~Spread over peanut butter cream.
~Let set for about 1/2, cut and serve.

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