21 April 2010

Stress requires chocolate...and peanut butter

Chocolate is good for the soul.  I know this for a fact.  It also has all kinds of goodness for your health wise, if you have a small bite of dark chocolate.  I'm not sure the following post qualifies, but here goes!

I was checking out my favorite links at some linky parties last week, and ran across Peanut Butter Brownie Bites from Me and My Pink Mixer.  I had to try this idea out. 

She recommends using your favorite brownie mix, but I have to make brownies from scratch using Hershey's Best Brownie recipe.  I went to their site, and they don't have the exact same recipe anymore, so here it is for posterity's sake:

1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 teas. vanilla extract
4 (yes) 4 eggs
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (my fave is Saco)
1 c. flour
1/2 teas. baking powder
1/4 teas. salt

Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Stir in sugar, vanilla, and eggs.  Beat well with a spoon/whisk.
Thank goodness we get eggs from my in-laws' chickens!  One of the perks of country living.

Now, add cocoa, stirring carefully with a spoon.  Last, stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Normally you pour this goodness in a 9x13 pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  However, this time around, you'll put a heaping teaspoon of batter into each cup in a mini muffin pan.
Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.  Then, using a 1/4 teaspoon, make a small indentation into each brownie bite.  Soften up a 1/4 c. peanut butter in the microwave, and pour the PB into the indentation.  Garnish with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups...and voile!

Yummy chocolatey bitty brownies to assuage any stress or angst. 
By the way, this version makes approximately 60 bitty brownies.  I'd know for sure, but the hubs had a few "tastes" of the batter.  :)
I'm almost finished with the first tunic, and will show later this week.  

8 happy thoughts:

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

So glad that you liked them! I will have to try your Hershey's Brownie Recipe next time I make them. Thanks for including your recipe :)

Jenny said...

Oh my. NOt sure how I got here but this is definitely a dangerous post. These looks delicious. And lucky you getting farm fresh eggs!

Melissa {polkadot chair} said...

well said, the header that is :) I agree stress DOES require chocolate & peanut butter..
can't wait to try the recipe. We get farm fresh eggs from my mother in law.. they are the best :)

the thrifty ba said...

im sending a link to my brother who is the only person in the world who is a bigger pb nut than i am!

Lei said...

oh those look divine. ugh, why'd you have to go and make those? because now i have to go and make those. ;)

q-bella said...

Yum. What else can I say.

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

yummy. May I please invite myself over for one? (or twenty?)

Deidre said...

I made these yesterday! SOOOO RICH! But SOOO GOOD! They just might be the death of me!

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