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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

If you like chocolate peanut butter cups and chocolate, you are going to love this recipe.  I can't make it unless I make it for a party, because I'd probably eat way more than any one person should.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
(serves 24)

Brownie Ingredients:
*8 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate
*1 cup butter
*1 teaspoon instant coffee
*5 large eggs
*3 cups granulated sugar
*1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Peanut Butter Filling Ingredients:
*3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
*1/2 cup butter
*1/8 teaspoon salt
*2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
*3 tablespoons whole milk
*1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:
*1 cup milk chocolate chips
*1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
*1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

Brownie Directions:
~Preheat oven 350 degrees.
~Spray a 9x13 inch glass baking pan with cooking spray.
~Place chocolate & butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
~Microwave on high until the chocolate & butter is melted, stirring every 30 seconds.
~Remove from microwave and stir in instant coffee.
~In a mixing bowl, place eggs, sugar & vanilla in it.
~Beat on high for 2 minutes.
~Reduce speed to low, beat in chocolate mixture.
~Beat in flour and salt until just combined.
~Pour into prepared pan.
~Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until brownies are done.
~Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Peanut Butter Filling Directions:
~In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, butter and salt together until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
~Reduce speed to low and add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.  I add a small bit of the powdered sugar & milk at a time, mixing well between each addition.
~Spread over cooled brownies.

Chocolate Frosting Directions:
~Melt the milk chocolate & semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter together in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 20 seconds, until chips are melted and smooth.
~Pour chocolate mixture evenly over top of the peanut butter layer.
~Refrigerate and allow chocolate to set 30-45 minutes.

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