Sunday, January 24, 2010

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Last Friday night, we had a little "family party", where we ate mini foods in front of the TV while we watched a movie.  These Mini PB Brownies were on the menu for dessert.  They were so good!  The brownie part alone is a great-tasting recipe with a wonderful texture.  I found this recipe on the blog Savory Sweet Life.  Go check out her blog and pictures- it's a great-looking blog. 

For some reason, my brownie bites overflowed the muffin tin a little and that top (muffn-top, lol) stuck so badly to the pan, I was unable to remove the bites intact.  I was only able to bake 24 at a time, since I only have one mini-muffin pan, so for the next batch, I used tiny paper baking cups and that solved the sticking problem.  (That second pic shows the carnage that was my 1st batch). 

I only had one bag of Reese's Mini PB cups on hand, so I was only able to use as many as were in there- 30 something.  I still had leftover batter, so I just made plain brownie bites with the rest. 

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites
Makes approx. 40 brownie bites

3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
40 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped from the brown paper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini cupcake pan with non stick spray. In a medium bowl, mix melted butter, sugars and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Gradually add flour, cocoa, and salt and mix until combined. Fill each cupcake slot slightly more than halfway but not more than 2/3 full. Place a peanut butter cup in each slot pressing it down until it is almost level with the batter. Bake in preheated oven for 12-18 minutes or until done. Allow the brownie bites to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the cupcake tin. Enjoy!

*Notes: Be sure to remove brownie bites 5 minutes after coming out of the oven. Otherwise they might cool and stick to the sides making it difficult to get out. If baking these in a pan, your baking time will increase to 25-30 minutes. You can be sure they are close to being done when you can smell them from your oven.
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