Today, we’re talking chocolate and peanut butter. Actually, peanut butter and brownies. I’ve been craving brownies for far too long, and today I stepped it up a notch by adding peanut butter. We’re making Peanut Butter Brownie Bites. (it’s not pink! Shocking!)
We signed Zoe up for Girls on the Run after school a few weeks ago. It is a great after school program that uses running games to teach girls about self confidence, acceptance, and positivity. My cousin has her two daughters in the program in their hometown and can’t say enough good things about it. Zoe will complete her 3rd week today, and she’s been doing a great job and I can see she’s learning a lot of things about herself, and about friendships. I am really proud of the work she’s doing and the things she’s learning.
I thought I’d surprise her when she gets home this afternoon with a treat. What could be a more perfect pick me up and a little energy boost after running 15 laps at Girls on the Run, than Peanut Butter Brownie Bites.
To be honest, I’ve seen these on Pinterest several times linked to different blogs, but I’ve been making these for years now and I’m not sure where the recipe originated. I started making these when I was getting ready to make a pan of brownies sprinkled with peanut butter chips and didn’t have any peanut butter chips. Oops!
ANYWHO, on to the recipe. This recipe is ridiculously easy and the combination of brownie and peanut butter, is almost irresistible. One or two of these with a tall glass of cold milk? A perfect after school snack.
- 1 box brownie mix. (I used Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie mix, 9x13 size)
- water, eggs and oil according to brownie mix
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- Chocolate chips for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350
- Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray or line with mini cupcake liners
- Make brownie mix according to box directions
- Spoon batter into muffin cups (usually one rounded teaspoon)
- Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle comes away wet but not coated in mix.
- Let cool, waiting for the centers to fall. If they don't fall, take a spoon and press to make a small well for the peanut butter.
- Put peanut butter in small microwave safe bowl and microwave for approximately 30 seconds.
- Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon into center of warm brownies and top with chocolate chips.
- Let cool completely in pan.
These are so simple to make. If you love peanut butter and chocolate together, and really, who doesn’t, you’ll love these. I’m going to make myself sick because I’ve already eaten 5 today. But they are just so delicious.