Brownies are such a delicious and simple dessert to make. They never go to waste in my house and are usually gone within a couple days of making them. These brownies are super rich and absolutely delicious. There are layers of chocolate and peanut butter which make them over the top delicious and super rich. The brownies are a box mix made by Duncan Hines (not sponsored) Yes, I love everything made by Duncan Hines and never feel guilty about making a cake or brownies from a box as long it is this brand.
The frosting is one of my favorite peanut butter frosting recipes out there. It was given to me by my dear friend Mary. I just have to share with you what beautiful and delicious bake goods she makes; I admire her baking and decorating talent. A few years back my mom and my aunt used Mary’s peanut butter frosting on cupcakes they made for my son’s graduation party and everyone raved about how delicious they were….so I had to simply find out for myself. I was obsessed after one bite and since have not used another peanut butter frosting recipe.
The chocolate frosting on top of the brownies is the recipe my aunt uses on her Ho Ho cake; I just made 1/2 the recipe. I like thick cake like brownies and use a 9 ×9 Slice Solutions Brownie Pan made by Metallic Solution (not sponsored), it makes 12 brownies. This pan is perfect because it makes the brownies all the same size and they turn out impeccable. If you don’t have a brownie pan you need to head over to their website and order one, I promise you won’t regret it. Here is their link… http://www.chicagometallicbakeware.com/slice-solutions-brownie-pan-407.html.
This recipe makes 12 brownies if you use a 9 ×9 pan; I suggest using the cake like recipe on the back of the brownie box. You can use a larger pan but your brownies won’t be as thick. Please feel free to leave your feedback or comments below. Enjoy!
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1 Brownie mix
Ingredients for cake like brownies on back of box
10-12 chopped miniature peanut butter cups
•Preheat oven according to instructions; spray 9×9 brownie pan with non-stick spray.
•Follow cake like brownie recipe on the back of the box; pour batter into prepared pan and bake according to instructions. Allow to cool completely.
Ingredients – Peanut Butter Frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions -Peanut Butter Frosting
•Cream butter and peanut butter in mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy; add vanilla and mix well. Add powdered sugar in 1/4 cup increments; alternating with milk and beat 3-4 minutes.
•Spread a thick layer of frosting on cooled brownies.
Ingredients- Chocolate Frosting (Glaze)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions- Chocolate Frosting (Glaze)
•In a medium bowl using a spoon mix unsweetened cocoa and vegetable oil until mixed well; add butter and continue to mix until smooth.
•Add vanilla and powdered sugar in 1/4 cup increments alternating with milk. Mix well until smooth ending with milk.
•Note- you may need less milk or more milk depending on consistency. You don’t want the frosting (glaze) to be thick you want it to be a bit runnier than a frosting.
•Use a pastry bag or a knife and top the brownies with frosting (glaze).
•Sprinkle brownies with chopped peanut butter cups