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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Peanut Butter Brownie Cups

My friend recently graduated with her Master's in Social Work and her parents graciously hosted a very fun graduation party. I wanted to bring Steph a little treat to celebrate and deciding what to bring wasn't a difficult choice. If there's something Stephanie loves, it's the chocolate peanut butter combination! Give this girl a Reese's peanut butter cup and she's one happy camper. Rather than buying a bag of Reese's though, I opted to make these peanut butter cup brownies.

These took all of 30 minutes to make, bake time included, and were a hit at the party. I managed to steal a bite of someone's and had to agree with the general consensus, peanut butter filled anything is bound to be good!

Peanut Butter Brownie Cups
adapted from Cristine Cooks

-3/4 cup granulated sugar
-1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
-1 tbsp water
-3/4 cup chocolate chips
-1 egg
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1/4 tsp baking soda
-1/2 cup peanut butter chips
-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
-3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Fill 12 muffin cups with liners.
2. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine sugar, butter, and water. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, until butter is melted.
3. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips until melted. Stir in egg and vanilla. Add flour and baking soda, stirring until blended (batter will be thick).
4. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in 1/2 cup each of peanut butter chips and mini chocolate chips. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups.
5. Bake for 13-15 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out slightly wet). Place pan on wire rack. Use a spoon to tap the center of each brownie and make a hole.
6. Microwave peanut butter in a small bowl for 45 seconds until smooth and runny. Spoon a tablespoon of peanut butter into the center of each brownie. Top with mini chocolate chips and allow to cool before removing from pan.

This post is linked to Eat at Home.