Monday, May 23, 2011

Brownie Peanut Butter Bites

Peanut Butter and Chocolate?  Chocolate and Peanut Butter?  No matter how you say it I'm on board. This recipe combines a mini brownie, a yummy peanut butter mixture and milk chocolate. 

Here is a fun fact about me, whenever I'm thinking about dessert my brain goes into 1 of 3 directions:

Chocolate - Love chocolate, who doesn't?
Peanut Butter - See above.
Lemon -  Aside from chocolate or peanut butter Lemon is my go to dessert choice.  So clean and fresh. I love lemon, it always tastes like summer.  

Since I made some Lemon cupcakes a few days ago so I decided to mix up some of my other favorites and went with this recipe.  The brownie is small enough that it serves as a tasty vehicle for the Peanut Butter and is topped off with some melted milk chocolate.  When it all comes together the finished product looks like a little chocolaty, peanut buttery, magical ball of goodness.  


Brownie Peanut Butter Bites
Makes 24 

1 Box of Brownie Mix (Use your favorite)
1 C. Peanut Butter (Smooth or Crunchy)
2 C. Confectionery Sugar
2 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 C. Margarine, melted
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 lb. of Milk Chocolate discs for melting

Mix Brownies according to package instructions, pour into prepared mini cupcake trays.  One box should make approx. 2 dozen bite sized brownies.  Cook @ 350 for 12-14 minutes, remove from oven to cool. Set aside.

While the brownies are baking in the oven start the peanut butter mix.  In a bowl mix the peanut butter, confectionery sugar, melted margarine, vanilla, and graham cracker crumbs.  Mix until all the ingredients come together. 

*Try hard, really hard not to eat the whole bowl of peanut butter mix.*

Once the brownies have cooled, scoop the peanut butter mix on the top of the brownie. I used a small cookie scoop so each brownie would get the same amount of PB mix. 

Melt chocolate in a double boiler. 

The best way to cover these little beauties is by placing them on a baking rack with a layer of waxed paper beneath.  Spoon the chocolate over the PB and let drip down the sides.  You don't need to cover the whole scoop of peanut butter because the chocolate will do its job and drip down the sides covering the majority of the PB mix.

If you try to dip them in the chocolate the tops may pop off as they don't stay put until after the chocolate covers the PB.

Yummy little brownies
Toss all of these ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Just a few seconds and you'll get this....
Do not eat with a spoon.  O.K. maybe you should sample for quality control...or  something. Just try to leave some for the brownies.
Scoop the PB mix on top of the brownies and get ready to coat with chocolate. 
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Once the chocolate melts spoon over the brownies.  Let the chocolate perform it's magic and it will drop down the sides of the brownie/PB mix.
Here is the finished product. 
Here's a peak at the insides of these gorgeous little chocolate peanut butter nuggets.



Anonymous said...

I made these today. My mini-muffin pans must run small, because I got 36 little brownies from my mix. Not complaining, though! The peanut butter topping was delicious (and I'm lucky that I had some left over). I topped mine with some fall-themed sprinkles. So cute! Thanks for the idea!

tastytablespoons said...

So glad you liked them. The PB mix is dangerous, so yummy :)

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