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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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Indulge in these rich, gooey brownies, combining the classic boxed mix with a twist of creamy peanut butter and a double dose of chocolate and peanut butter chips. Quick and easy for any chocolate-peanut butter lover!

My Love Affair with Peanut Butter Cup Brownies:

It all began on a rainy afternoon when I craved something sweet and comforting. I rummaged through my pantry and found a box of brownie mix and some peanut butter. Inspiration struck! I decided to add a peanut butter twist to the brownies. The result was a mouthwatering, peanut buttery, chocolate treat that became an instant hit among my family and friends. These brownies now hold a special place in my heart, reminiscent of cozy afternoons and sweet memories.

Why Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Are a Must-Try:

  • Ease of Preparation: Utilizes a simple boxed brownie mix as the base – perfect for those spontaneous baking urges.
  • Peanut Butter Twist: The addition of creamy peanut butter elevates the classic brownie to a new level of deliciousness.
  • Dual Chip Delight: A combination of chocolate and peanut butter chips adds a rich, multi-dimensional flavor.
  • Customizable: Easily adaptable for various sizes – from regular cupcake to mini muffin tins.
  • Quick Treat: Ready in just 25 minutes, making it ideal for last-minute dessert needs.

Key Ingredients for Peanut Butter Cup Brownies:

  • Boxed Brownie Mix: Your favorite brand sets the stage for these decadent treats.
  • Peanut Butter: Creamy and rich, it adds a luscious layer of flavor.
  • Chocolate Chips: Semi-sweet chips bring classic chocolate richness.
  • Peanut Butter Chips: For an extra peanut buttery kick.

Making Peanut Butter Cup Brownies – Step by Step:

  1. Prep Work: Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Choose your preferred tin size – a 12 cup cupcake pan for regular-sized brownies or a mini muffin tin for bite-sized delights.
  2. Brownie Mix Prep: Prepare your brownie mix as per the box instructions. This step is your foundation, so follow it closely!
  3. Filling the Tin: Evenly distribute the brownie batter into the tin using an ice cream scoop for consistency.
  4. Baking Time: Bake for about 20 minutes. You’re looking for a mostly clean cake tester with a few crumbs clinging on – the secret to perfect gooeyness.
  5. Cooling and Indenting: Let them cool briefly, then gently press the back of a spoon in the center of each brownie to create a little nest for your peanut butter.
  6. Peanut Butter Melting: Melt the peanut butter in the microwave, stirring until smooth. This step adds a creamy, dreamy layer to your brownies.
  7. Adding the Good Stuff: Spoon a small amount of melted peanut butter into each indentation, then sprinkle generously with chocolate and peanut butter chips.
  8. Final Touch: Let the brownies cool in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack. Resist the urge to devour immediately!

How to Keep Your Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Fresh:

  • Short-Term: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: Wrap individual brownies in cling film and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and enjoy whenever the craving strikes!

Variations and Substitutions

Customize Your Peanut Butter Cup Brownies:

  • Nut Butter Variations: Swap peanut butter with almond or cashew butter for a different nutty flavor.
  • Chocolate Options: Use dark or milk chocolate chips to vary the chocolate intensity.
  • Add-Ins: Stir in nuts, pretzels, or toffee bits for added texture.
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free: Opt for suitable brownie mix and dairy-free chocolate chips to cater to dietary needs.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Indulge in these rich, gooey brownies, combining the classic boxed mix with a twist of creamy peanut butter and a double dose of chocolate and peanut butter chips. Quick and easy for any chocolate-peanut butter lover!
3 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients
  

  • One package of high-quality boxed brownie mix
  • One-quarter cup of smooth peanut butter
  • A quantity of semi-sweet chocolate chips as preferred
  • An adequate amount of peanut butter morsel chips

Instructions

  • Commence by preheating your oven to a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Proceed to grease a 12-cup cupcake pan or, alternatively, a mini muffin tin should you desire bite-sized portions.
  • Prepare the brownie mix in strict accordance with the instructions provided on the packaging.
  • Utilizing an ice cream scoop or a similar utensil, distribute the brownie mixture evenly into the prepared tin to ensure uniformity in size.
  • Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes. The baking is considered complete when a cake tester inserted into the center of a brownie emerges mostly clean, albeit with a few crumbs attached.
  • After baking, allow the brownies to cool for a brief period. Subsequently, use the back of a spoon to gently create an indentation in the center of each brownie.
  • Melt the peanut butter in a microwave oven for 30 seconds, then stir it until it attains a smooth consistency.
  • Carefully spoon a small quantity of the melted peanut butter into each indentation previously made in the brownies.
  • Garnish the brownies by adding both chocolate and peanut butter chips on top.
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan before transferring them to a wire rack. This process is necessary for the brownies to firm up.
  • Store the brownies in a sealed container to maintain freshness, unless they are to be consumed immediately.
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