Peanut-Butter-Cup Brownies


4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups lightly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp chocolate extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups (12 oz.) peanut butter chips
12 miniature peanut butter cup candies, cut into quarters

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with foil; grease the foil.

2. Melt chocolate in glass baking cup in microwave in small bursts of 30 seconds; stir after each burst and remove from microwave when melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, peanut butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and chocolate extract. Mix in melted chocolate. Blend in flour. Stir in peanut butter chips.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Top evenly with peanut butter cup candy pieces, pressing pieces lightly into the batter.

5. Bake 25 to 35 minutes. Watch closely and remove from oven when toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

6. Refrigerate until brownies are well chilled- if overnight, cover with plastic wrap. When ready to cut, remove from the refrigerator and turn onto a cutting board. Carefully peel off the foil and use another cutting board to flip the brownies back upright. Use a large, sharp knife to cut into squares.

Yield: About 25 brownies

Cooking Tips
*You can find chocolate extract at specialty and gourmet markets like Whole Foods. If you don’t want to use chocolate extract, try using vanilla in its place (it just won’t get that extra chocolate flavoring).
**To get nice, clean cut brownies, chill well and use a sharp knife to cut. Wipe knife with paper towels between cuts. Cut off edges before cutting into squares if you’d like to have all edgeless brownies.

Recipe Source: Adapted from The 55 Best Brownies in the World

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“Definitely worthy of high praise. They turned out moist and tender. Served them up at a football playoff party and they were devoured quickly.”
-San Diego, CA


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2 Responses to “Peanut-Butter-Cup Brownies”

  1. 1 » Peanut Butter Cup Brownies — February 6, 2009 @ 10:02 PM

    [...] It seems so wrong to be posting about brownies when I’m in the middle of my healthy eating venture. But these were offered at a little party we attended for the last Charger’s playoff game (and that happened to be one day prior to the start of my venture). They didn’t serve as good luck by any means as we sadly lost the game to the Steelers, but they were held in high praise by a whole bunch of hungry football fans. If you’re a lover of all things chocolate + pb, then this one is for you: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies. [...]

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    pat — November 21, 2009 @ 11:17 AM

    A great hint I learned in my 57th year…if you use a plastic picnic knife to cut warm brownies/bars…the batter won’t pull up…you’ll get clean even cuts…brilliant, huh?