Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!

I can’t believe I have been blogging for 3 1/2 years and I have not shared a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with you!  This recipe has a special ingredient in it, and I am going share with you my tricks to get gorgeous, thick, soft cookies!

First things, first. Use quality ingredients! I ALWAYS use Guittard Chocolate Chips. The milk chocolate variety are bigger than the average chocolate chip and are MELT IN YOUR MOUTH DELICIOUS! Semi-sweet are great too!

The reason why I love Guittard is because they don’t put wax fillers in their chocolate. It’s high-quality, legit chocolate, and you can taste the difference! I actually keep a bag of Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips in my pantry to snack on during those chocolate cravings.

Besides chocolate, let’s talk about butter. I had price matched some butter at Walmart a while back and used some of the Great Value brand in the first batch I made for this post. Well, they turned out quite yellow and they spread out more than I had hoped.

I made them again with Land O Lakes Butter and 1/4 cup more flour to help the spreading and I got these gorgeous, light cookies. It definitely pays off to pay a little more for a high quality butter! Check out my instagram post to see the difference! And while we are on the subject of butter…

Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2½ to 2¾ cup all-purpose flour (start with less, do 1 test cookie, and add more if needed)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 (11-12oz) bag Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Cream the butter and sugars together in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well, then scrape the bowl.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch in a bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients all at once into the butter mixture, and mix just until incorporated.
  5. TEST COOKIE DOUGH: Scoop 1 test cookie onto a silicone lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 to 11 minutes, until just set in the center.
  7. If the cookie spreads, add ¼ cup more flour to the remaining dough and do another test cookie.
  8. Scoop the cookie dough onto cool (not warm) silicone lined baking sheets,
  9. bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 to 11 minutes, until just set in the centers. (10 minutes was perfect for my oven.)
  10. Allow cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  11. Store cookies in an airtight container.

You can find complete recipes of this Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies in dessertnowdinnerlater.com

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE

This Chocolate and Peanut Butter Drip Cake is completely sinful. With smooth peanut butter buttercream and a moist, rich chocolate cake topped with MORE chocolate AND peanut butter cups, it’s hard to say no to a slice of this!

One of life’s simplest pleasures is a good ol’ chocolate cake. Towering rounds of decadent chocolate fudge layered with smooth sweet cocoa buttercream… I can’t think if anything else I’d rather have as a birthday cake. Oh wait. Yes I can. Add peanut butter to it! And chocolate ganache! And then take it five miles over the top with chocolate and peanut butter candy because that’s how I roll. Culminating in the blissful result that is this Chocolate and Peanut Butter Drip Cake.

Clearly I’ve been drooling over too many Katherine Sabbath drip cakes and they’ve taken over my brain. That lady is FOR REAL. I’ve lost hours of my life to watching How to Cake It videos on Youtube (but not wasted! Yolanda Gampp is brilliant!). It was time to put everything I’ve learned into practice with my sister’s birthday cake!

Betty Crocker’s Cocoa Fudge Cake can’t be beat (even though my mother’s handwriting is all over our recipe – that’s what cookbooks are for! Like me she tends to fiddle with recipes until they’re just how she likes them!), dark and rich and perfectly moist, it’s a chocolate cake classic.

If you don’t have buttercream, start with cup on the side to mix milk and vinegar, and let sit for a couple minutes until it gets nice and chunky (EW – or just go buy buttermilk). Mix all of your dry ingredients in a bowl. Cocoa is so darn pretty – that colour is just soooo rich.

Then add the milk and the rest of your wet ingredients. Beat them all together, scraping down the sides of your bowl every once in a while so everything gets mixed together. Then turn that sucker up and beat the mixture on high for about 3 minutes.

Set those to bake in the oven. You’ll want your cake to be completely cold (like sitting in the pan for 45 mins to an hour) before you attempt to level and frost it, to keep the structural integrity!

Now for the frosting! This buttercream recipe from Sweet Savory Life is hands down, THE most delicious frosting of all time. It tends to have air bubbles, but that flavour cannot be beat! It’s rich but not too sweet, very adaptable, and easy to make harder or softer as necessary.

I wanted the inside of the cake to be like a peanut butter cup, so I made some extra cocoa frosting to alternate layers. Mix all those ingredients in a bowl, you really can’t go wrong here. It needs to be easily spreadable, so if you need to add a little more cream, go ahead. One layer at a time, carefully assemble your cake. Again, make sure that cake is COLD, for stability.

Crumb coat! This I didn’t know was a thing until I started taking decorating classes, but just put a thin layer of icing over the cake, enough to trap all the crumbs, and pop in the fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes to really solidify that barrier before you frost the rest of the cake.

CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE
CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE

INGREDIENTS :

Cocoa Fudge Cake  (The recipe below will make two 81/2 inch pans, so I doubled it for a four-tier cake)

  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour or 2 cups cake flour
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • ⅔ cups cocoa
  • ½ cups vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups buttermilk (OR 2 Tbsp vinegar in 1½ cups milk)
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
    Peanut Butter Buttercream (The recipe below will only be enough to cover a 2-layer cake, so I doubled it for a four-tier cake)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk or heavy cream (I always use cream with this recipe!)
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
    Chocolate Ganache (As long as your cake is 8-10″ round, this should be all you need no matter the height!)
  • ½ cup melted semi-sweet chocolate
  • ½ cup cream
    Optional Toppings: Mini Reeses’ Pieces, Mini Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups, and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, crushed.

INSTRUCTIONS :

For the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°, and grease and flour four 8½ inch round pans (or two pans twice!)
  2. Mix all of the cake ingredients together in the order they’re listed on medium first, scraping the sides occasionally.
  3. Then turn it up to high and let it go for 3 minutes, scraping occasionally.
  4. Pour into your pans, and pop in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  5. LET COOL COMPLETELY AND I MEAN COMPLETELY BEFORE YOU TAKE THE CAKE OUT OF THE PANS.
  6. I’m serious here. It should take about 45mins to an hour.

For the Buttercream

  1. Mix all ingredients together, scraping the sides occasionally.
  2. The peanut butter will make the buttercream stickier, so you may have to add a little more powdered sugar.
  3. This needs to be very easy to spread, so make sure the frosting isn’t stiff at all.
  4. Add a little more cream if necessary.

Assemblage:

  1. Level your cakes. There are many tutorials online, but you want to make sure they are FLAT.
  2. Using a spatula, distribute about ½ cup of frosting between each layer of cake.
  3. Make sure it’s level before adding the next level directly on top.
  4. Frost the outside of your cake with a very thin layer of buttercream to lock all those crumbs in!
  5. Pop it in the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes to harden the crumb coat and seal those in.
  6. We don’t want any crumbs on our final product!
  7. Bring it out of the fridge or freezer and frost the rest with a nice thick layer of buttercream.
  8. Pop back in the fridge or freezer for another 15-20 minutes.

For the Ganache

  1. In a pot on the stove, SLOWLY heat the chocolate and add the cream, stirring frequently.
  2. You don’t want it to boil at any point, or for the cream to curdle.
  3. If your ganache separates (like mine did),
  4. just add a tablespoon or two of warm milk, works like a dream! You’ll know it’s done when it is smooth and creamy!
  • NOTES
    If you wanted to have cocoa buttercream in place of, or in addition to the peanut butter buttercream (peanut buttercream?), just add ½ cup of cocoa instead of the peanut butter.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER DRIP CAKE in halifaxbloggers.ca

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars , Calling all fudge lovers and oatmeal cookie fanatics…this bar is for you! I love making bars because they are fast and so very easy.  You don’t have to deal with timers and batches, so they work great when you’re in a hurry!

I was looking on Pinterest for a quick and easy bar to take to a party and this was it!  I found this recipe from Megan and Claudy. It was great because I had all the ingredients in the pantry and I bet you do too! These are delectable and the fudge layer melts in your mouth.

The fudge layer, along with the oatmeal cookie, is the perfect combo. Everyone at the party LOVED them and the entire pan was quickly gone! I wouldn’t change a thing, these bars are perfect!

Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars
Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups oatmeal

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together

  • 1 can eagle’s brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Mix the butter, eggs and brown sugar.
  2. Add vanilla and milk. Slowly incorporate the rest of the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix well. I prefer using a stand mixer since it’s quite thick.
  4. Spread 3/4 of the cookie mixture on the bottom of a greased 13×9 pan, pour chocolate mixture,
  5. then spread rest of cookie mixture on tops in spoonfuls (won’t cover completely-but will leave cool designs).
  6. The top can tend to get done before it’s completely cooked, so you can put aluminum foil over it for the last five or so if it looks like it’s browning too much.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  8. Let cool, otherwise it won’t set up and will just run when you cut into it.

You can find complete recipes of this Deep Dish Oatmeal Fudge Bars in livingbeyondmeasure.com

PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

These Peanut Butter Cookies are peanut butter cookie cups stuffed with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup. This is a fail proof recipe great for any occasion. Living in my house is like living in a casino. You never have any idea what time it actually is and we want to keep you here as long as we can.

We have approximately 6 clocks hanging on the walls in our house and every single one is set to a different time. I know that the one in the kitchen is 15 minutes fast, the one in the kids room is about 5 minutes fast, and the one in the bathroom is never working. I blame it on the humidity because new batteries only last a few weeks in any clock we put in there.

A couple of weeks ago I was on my way to a church function and as I got in my car I noticed that I was running 15 minutes later than I thought according to my car’s clock (which is 2 minutes fast). I had just checked and we were supposed to be right on time – according to my adjustment for the 15 minute ahead kitchen clock. We’re all kinds of disfunctional over here.

Come to find out someone had set all of the clocks to the correct time. The nerve!!! I mean it’s just way to easy to know the actual time. How else am I supposed to keep up my math skills since my babies ate my brain cells?

PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES
PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • about 30-40 miniature Reese’s butter cups, unwrapped

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk.
  4. Add the flour mixture; mix well.
  5. Shape into 1 inch balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan (I sprayed mine because I was paranoid).
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball.
  8. Cool and carefully remove from pan.

You can find complete recipes of this PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES in the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS

CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS

Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars – easy sugar cookie bars filled with chocolate chips and caramel! These gooey bars are the perfect dessert recipe! So…question: is football over yet? I’m asking for a friend. No? Okay then, fine.

In all honesty…I think I’m kind of over football season (before it’s even gotten started) because I haven’t been invited to a party yet. A friend of mine mentioned one but it didn’t happen…so now I’m thinking I need to organize something. Because watching football is way more fun when the husbands watch it in the family room and the wives gossip over wine in the kitchen.

And did I mention football food? I feel like I’ve been training all my life for football party eating. Chips, nachos, dip, cookies and bars: I’ve emptied out one of my legs especially for the occasion. Before you get baking for next weekends games (because I know you all tailgate, right?) you need to print this recipe. These ooey gooey Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars are the dessert that your next party will be talking about for days.

This recipe is a brainchild of so many other recipes. I started thinking about all my favorite gooey bars, especially the chocolate chip ones. But then I thought I’ve been there, done that…so I decided to make my favorite sugar cookie recipe and add chocolate chips. But, still, I wanted to fallifize (remember that word I made up?) the recipe…so I decided to use caramel in the center, like I did with my Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars.

All in all I ruminated about this recipe for DAYS before I finally made it. Seriously, I went back and forth akin to my husband picking his fantasy team for the week.

The result of all my brainstorming resulted in these Chocolate Chip Caramel Butter Bars. They’re a sugar cookie crust, made with my favorite Challenge Butter, stuffed with gooey chocolate chips and layered with caramel sauce. Once they bake they’re gooey to the MAX. As you can tell, I probably cut these a little too soon.

I wanted the gooey to come across in my photos…and they ended up being plate-and-fork bars. But after a few hours of chilling in the refrigerator they were much more manageable finger food.

CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS
CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted Challenge butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups + 1/4 cup all purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 (11-12 ounce) jar caramel or salted caramel ice cream topping

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer).
  3. Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.
  4. Slowly mix in 4 cups flour until the mixture is just combined, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Press about 2/3 of this mixture in the bottom and about 1/2” up the sides of the prepared pan.
  6. Stir the caramel sauce and remaining 1/4 cup flour in a small bowl.
  7. Pour over the top of the dough.
  8. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining dough evenly over the top of the caramel.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL BUTTER BARS in crazyforcrust.com

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

This is the fall recipe you’ve all been waiting for- Pumpkin Coffee Cake! A big slice of spiced pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling in the center and crunchy brown sugar-cinnamon crumbs on top drizzled with sweet glaze, paired with a cup of coffee is perfect way to start a fall day. And that’s what I love the most about every coffee cake. You can devour a big fat slice of cake in the morning without filling any guilt. I’m totally obsessed with coffee cakes.

Perhaps you’ve noticed, two of the three recipes have cream cheese filling. Well, I know, I know… Coffee cake should be simple, single layered cake with streusel topping and possibly with a simple glaze drizzled on top, but who cares?! A little cream cheese filling won’t hurt anyone!!!

Cream cheese filling makes this moist and flavorful, spiced pumpkin cake really special. You could eat it for a breakfast or a snack, but it look fancy enough to show off at a Halloween party or to be served as a dessert after Thanksgiving dinner.

No matter when or where you eat it, you’re going to love this Pumpkin Coffee Cake. The cake itself is not too sweet, but it’s very moist and flavorful. Crunchy brown sugar-cinnamon streusel topping and powdered sugar glaze sweeten the cake. When you grab a fork and dig in, you’ll have the perfect combo in every single bite.

If you want to make all from scratch and make your own pumpkin puree, instead using stuff from the can, you can find the recipe here. If you love the combination of pumpkin and cream cheese, I recommend you to try my Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oreo Crust or my Pumpkin Lasagna recipe.

Here are more pumpkin desserts to enjoy in cozy fall days:

  • Mummy Pumpkin Cookies
  • Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Cookies
  • Wthie Chocolate Pumpkin Cups
Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Pumpkin Coffee Cake

INGREDIENTS :

For Crumb Topping:

  • ¾ cup flor
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter- cold and cut into small cubes

For Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese-softened
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg white

For Pumpkin Cake:

  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

For the Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons cream or milk (I used cream)

INSTRUCTIONS :

First make the crumbs:

  1. in a bowl stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Add chilled cubed butter and using a fork or pastry blender press to combine evenly and create large crumbs. Set in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 9 inch springform pan, line the bottom with parchment paper and set aside
  4. ( I baked this cake in 8 inch springform pan and it almost overflow the pan while baking so you better use 9 inch pan, but your cake won’t be as tall as the cake on the photo).
  5. To make cream cheese filling in a medium bowl beat together softened cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
  6. Mix in egg white and vanilla just to combine. Set aside.
  7. To make the cake toss together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, set aside.
  8. In a large bowl mix together egg, egg yolk, sugar and brown sugar, pumpkin puree, oil, Greek yogurt and vanilla to combine evenly.
  9. Add dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  10. Pour half of the pumpkin cake batter in the pan, spoon cream cheese filling on top.
  11. Gently pour remaining pumpkin cake batter, smooth the top, sprinkle with crumb topping and bake 45-55 minutes
  12. (until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, a few moist crumb is OK)
  13. Start checking after 45 minutes because if you bake it too long the cake will be dry.

You can find complete recipes of this Pumpkin Coffee Cake in omgchocolatedesserts.com

PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

Hey there! Mandy from Mandy’s Recipe Box here today! I seriously have the best brownie recipe ever, right here. That’s a huge statement that I don’t say lightly. It’s absolutely true.

I don’t love regular brownies. I will eat them here or there, but I won’t seek them out that’s for sure. Go ahead and say it: Weirdo. But these Peanut Butter Brownies, you guys. I made them first thing in the morning and after one bite, they totally became my breakfast. No joke. What? I had them with a glass of milk. Milk is totally a breakfast food.

The frosting is so light and fluffy that you can eat it with a spoon. These might look a little rich but aren’t rich at all. Perfect for snacking and good luck having any leftovers after serving these!

PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES
PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS :

Brownie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt

Peanut Butter Frosting:

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. heavy cream or milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the peanut butter and butter.
  2. Add in brown sugar, eggs and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the flour and salt; mix well.
  4. Spread into a 9×13 pan that’s been greased or lined with foil.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Cool in pan; frost with Peanut Butter Frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting:

  1. Blend peanut butter and butter together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.

You can find complete recipes of this PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES in thisgrandmaisfun.com

PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES

PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

So I made more brownies.I know, I can’t seem to stop…
I don’t have any legitimate explanations on the redundancy of my recipe repertoire. I have never claimed to be well-rounded.
Anyhow… since I can’t begin to describe how freaking amazing these brownies are I will just tell you how to make them.

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies
So I started with a box of Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies… they are some of my favorite boxed brownies.While they were baking I chopped up some peanut butter cups…

In all honesty I used peanut butter cup eggs that I have leftover from Easter. Shhh, don’t tell my kids.
Then I chopped up some peanuts…Mix those together.When your brownie has 5 minutes left to bake pull it out of the oven and sprinkle your pb cups and peanuts all over the top…
The chocolate will get melty.
When they’re done pull them out and using an off-set spatula, spread them all over…

PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES
PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 box brownie mix (not family sized), prepared according to package directions in a 9×9 pan
  • ½ cup chopped salted or honey roasted peanuts
  • 12 peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter (or 1¼ cups)
  • 1¾ cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp – 1 tsp kosher salt

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Bake brownies according to package directions in a 9×9 pan lined with foil.
  2. During last 5 minutes of baking, remove from oven and sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups and chopped peanuts on top.
  3. Return to oven for remaining 5 minutes to melt the chocolate.
  4. As soon as you pull them out of the oven, spread the melty peanut butter cups/peanuts with an off-set spatula to smooth over top. Let brownies cool.
  5. Next in a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter.
  6. Heat in microwave for 1 minute, stirring when done.
  7. If needed, continue heating in 20 second increments until chocolate chips are melted.
  8. Stir in cereal, vanilla and salt until evenly combined.
  9. Pour over brownies and smooth. Chill until chocolate is set, about 2 hours.
  10. Cut into squares to serve

You can find complete recipes of this PEANUT BUTTER CUP CRACK BROWNIES in cookiesandcups.com

REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES

REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES

Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting and a Reese’s chocolate baked in the center.
It’s been really difficult writing this post. Editing the pictures. Getting it ready to share with you guys. It’s been a constant reminder that ALL I WANT is another one of these cupcakes. Or two. Or three.

I’ve been dreaming of them ever since I made them. Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting and a mini Reese’s chocolate baked in the center. BEST CUPCAKES Ever. You can never, ever go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.

*Disclaimer….these cupcakes are made using a cake mix (gasp!). Here’s the honest truth. As much as I totally believe in cooking everything from scratch (here’s my favorite homemade chocolate cupcakes recipe) I believe there is a time and a place for boxed cake mixes.

I “doctor” cake mixes all the time–I change the add-in’s so that the end result tastes like they’re from scratch! Sometimes you only have 5 minutes to throw together a treat, and the batter for these cupcakes only takes that long! And the best part is no one will ever guess (or care) that you used a cake mix!

REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES
REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS :

For the Chocolate Cupcakes* :

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 heaping Tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 30 mini Reese’s cups, divided

For the Peanut Butter Frosting :

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk or cream

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 regular muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix together the cake mix, milk, eggs, oil and Greek yogurt until smooth.
  3. Spoon batter into cupcake pans, filling the liners 1/2 full.
  4. Place a Reese’s PB cup into the center of the batter in each cup and gently press it down a little (the tops of the Reese’s can still be showing, like photo above).
  5. Bake cupcakes for 16-20 minutes or until done. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the Peanut Butter Frosting

  1. Beat together butter, and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat again until combined.
  3. Add cream or milk, beating well until light and fluffy.
  4. (Add more milk or powdered sugar if needed to make the frosting thicker or thinner).
  5. Frost cupcakes (I used a wilton 1M tip in the photos above).
  6. Chop up the remaining pieces of Reese’s and sprinkle on top of the frosting.

You can find complete recipes of this REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES in tastesbetterfromscratch.com

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE BROWNIES

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE BROWNIES

I love brownies. I love peanut butter cookies. I LOVE Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies!!! AKA Polka Dot Brownies
We’ve got an easy homemade brownie batter studded with globs of peanut butter cookie dough for a chocolate peanut butter lovers dream come true.

These little squares did NOT last long my friends. My husband barely even got to taste them because the boys and I scarfed them up so fast. He’s learning that he has to be quick if he wants to get in on the good stuff. Otherwise it’s like, “Um, didn’t I see a pan of brownies on the counter a few days ago?” Sure did buddy, you snooze you loose around here!

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE BROWNIES
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS :

FOR THE BROWNIES :

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

FOR THE COOKIE :

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9 by 9 inch baking pan by lining it with parchment paper, leaving excess hanging over the sides for easy removal later.

BROWNIE BATTER

  1. In a small pan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in sugar.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
  4. Stir the butter, sugar and eggs into the dry ingredients until just mixed. A few lumps are okay.
  5. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and set aside.

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DOUGH

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together vegetable oil and sugar.
  2. Then add the egg, vanilla extract, and peanut butter and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt and then
  4. add to the wet ingredients to form a dough.
  5. Drop tablespoon sized scoops of peanut butter cookie dough onto the brownie batter.
  6. Bake for 27-30 minutes, then cool completely before cutting into bars.

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