Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Susan Kramer, Ad Production Mgr.
1 pkg. brownie mix
1/4 cup water
2/3 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
3 large eggs
2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup ( 2 sticks) butter (not margarine)
2 ( 12 oz.) packages of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
4 Tbsp. butter flavored vegetable shortening
1 cup candy pieces (broken peanut brittle,
peanut butter candy, sprinkles, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray regular
sized muffin tins with nonstick cooking or
Combine peanut butter with butter
and mix with mixer until smooth. Add
powdered sugar and vanilla and continue
mixing until well incorporated. The mixture should be thick and resemble cookie
dough. Refrigerate dough until ready to
put on brownies. It’s easier to work with
when it is colder.
Combine brownie mix, 1/4 cup water,
2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil, and 3
large eggs in large bowl. Mix with spoon
until thoroughly mixed. Fill each muffin
cup with 1 level tablespoon of batter. Bake
8-10 minutes, or until toothpick comes
out clean. Let brownies cool completely
and then remove from muffin tin. It’s okay
if they look like little sombreros—the peanut butter and chocolate toppings are very
For topping, melt shortening in saucepan (or double boiler) over low heat. Add
all chocolate chips and stir until melted and
smooth. Let mixture cool for 5 minutes.
To assemble brownies: scoop 1 table-
spoon of peanut butter mixture into hand
and roll into a ball, then flatten slightly. I
Before chocolate sets, place candy piec-
es on top for garnish. Let the brownies set
for 30 minutes at room temperature or re-
frigerate 10 minutes to set chocolate.
I happened to come across this recipe
several years ago from a grocery store
magazine. The first time I made them, I
couldn’t believe how easy it was and how
delicious they tasted. They looked so pretty
that I decided to make them and give them
as gifts. Placed in a festive box, they were
a hit with all who received them! They are
still one of my family’s favorite treats.
Susan is the Advertising Production Manager for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.
She collects and tracks all ads for the companies who advertise with TOS. She has been
married to her husband, Aaron, for twenty
years. They have three children: Adam, 17;
Riah, 11; and Mara, 11. They live in North
Carolina, where they are in their third year
of homeschooling their children.
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