Introduction: Peanut Butter Choco-gasm Brownies
This brownie is the perfect way to use up leftover miniature candy bars from Halloween... or just to eat any time! A rich, fudgy brownie with candy bar chunks and peanut butter cups melted into the batter. That's right, peanut butter cups melted IN the batter!
Why aren't you making these already?!?!
(Note: the peanut butter flavor is fairly subtle in these, so if you're searching for a real peanut hit I would recommend additional peanut butter cups or peanut containing bars for the chopped candy bar in these brownies. I used Baby Ruth bars, because I had so many left over.)
In order to make these delicious fudgey bites of awesomeness, you will need the following --
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons warm water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup coarsely chopped peanut butter cups
3/4 cup chopped candy bars (or additional peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, etc -- go wild!)
Baking spray (or non-stick spray and additional flour)
8-inch square pan
Large mixing bowl
Small, microwave-safe bowl
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray the inside of an 8-inch square pan with baking spray (or, alternately, spray with regular non-stick spray and coat with flour).
Chop your peanut butter cups into medium pieces. It took about 10 little Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins to make one cup chopped.
Place your peanut butter cups in a small microwave-safe bowl, and heat on high for 30 seconds. The chocolate should be entirely melted and the peanut butter softened. If it isn’t soft enough, place back in the microwave for 5 second intervals.
Stir the melted peanut butter cups vigorously until the peanut butter and chocolate combine and there are only small lumps of peanut butter left. Set the peanut butter chocolate aside.
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, place your oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and cocoa powder. In a small cup (I used a measuring cup), dissolve the instant coffee with the water. Pour coffee in the bowl with the other ingredients, and stir together on medium until it comes together in an even and smooth, albeit terrifyingly black, mixture.
Add flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl with the wet ingredients. Stir on low until just combined, cleaning down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Use your spatula to scrape the melted peanut butter chocolate into the bowl with the batter, and stir to combine. Fold the chopped candy bars/pb cups/chocolate chips/monkey eyeballs into the brownie batter until evenly incorporated.
Pour the batter into the pan (it will be very thick), and spread evenly with your spatula until it fills it entirely. Place in preheated oven and bake 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and smelling of chocolate blissful heaven.
Let brownies cool completely before slicing into 12 different pieces. Or eat directly out of the pan with a fork, snarling at anyone who tries to come near.*
*Definitely not how I eat my brownies. Definitely not while wearing sweatpants and watching reality TV. Definitely.