Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites

Happy Valentine’s week! 

For me, it’s just another excuse to bake up some goodies and that I did.  It’s one of my absolute favorite holidays to bake because there’s so many cute themed treats!  I’m not even much of a fan of the holiday, but I do have to admit that the desserts are way too fun.

I made these mini brownie bites with a peanut butter cup center for a Valentine-themed get together with friends.  I taste-tested a couple (of course) and they were awesome!  Huge thumbs up!  My favorite way to eat them is while they are still a little bit warm.   The center is still so gooey and soft and just perfect.  Plus the chocolate is so melty and delicious.  You can make these any time of the year and just leave off the Valentine’s day sprinkles.  I added them for proper V-Day effect, obviously…

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites with Valentine's Day Sprinkles.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites with Valentine's Day Sprinkles.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites with Valentine's Day Sprinkles

INGREDIENTS:

If using box brownie mix:

Can also make brownies from scratch, they are good both ways (recipe below):

1 box (18oz) Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix, plus ingredients to make brownies (any brownie mix will do!)
36 Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped

If making from scratch:

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
36 Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped

DIRECTIONS:

If using box brownie mix:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine brownie mix, egg, oil and water.  Stir until combined.  Generously spray non-stick spray into mini cupcake pan/muffin pan. Drop rounded Tablespoons into pan.  Bake 15-17 minutes (mine were done at 15).

Remove from oven and immediately press a Reese’s peanut butter cup in the center of the brownie, pressing it down until it is almost level with the batter. Top with sprinkles if desired.  Allow the brownie bites to cool completely before removing from the tin.

If making from scratch:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously spray non-stick spray into mini cupcake pan/muffin pan.
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 mini cupcake tin slightly more than halfway but not more than 2/3 full (about a tablespoon).  Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until done.
Immediately press a peanut butter cup into each brownie, pressing it down until it is almost level with the batter.
Allow the brownie bites to cool completely before removing from the tin.
Enjoy!
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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, hiking, running, singing, animals, cruises, Disney World, , dining out, the Christmas season, fireworks, weddings, storms, 80's music, musicals, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

20 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites”

  1. Missy
    February 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM #

    Cute! I love Valentine’s Day, because even though Joe is sweet to me everyday, I get extra chocolate on V-Day and that makes me happy!

    • February 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM #

      I was so excited to already have a comment! Extra chocolate can’t be wrong :)

  2. February 11, 2013 at 11:53 PM #

    YUM! These are so cute! I will take a bakers dozen ;)

    • February 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM #

      Thanks, Christina!

  3. Becky @ Olives n Wine
    February 12, 2013 at 7:38 AM #

    These are the cutest! Chocolate and PB desserts are always a favorite of mine and the sprinkles make these perfect for Valentine’s Day :)

    • February 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM #

      Sprinkles always make everything look cuter!

  4. February 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM #

    Mmmm such sweet, rich, wonderful perfection! Can never go wrong with chocolate & pb!

    • February 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM #

      I agree! It never gets old :)

  5. February 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM #

    How cute! Love these for Valentine’s Day!

  6. February 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

    Ok is there really anything better than peanut butter and chocolate? Yes, there is. Peanut butter, chocolate, and SPRINKLES! :) These make my day Ashley!

    • February 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM #

      Gotta love those sprinkles!

  7. February 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

    These look so lovely! I can just imagine how good they’d be warm from the oven and all gooey! :-)

    • February 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM #

      Of course they were the best right out of the oven! Thanks, Joy!

  8. February 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM #

    Mmmm… those look so melty and delicious.

  9. February 26, 2013 at 2:42 PM #

    These sound phenomenal! Anything with peanut butter cups and I’m in. That melty middle picture?! Ahh, so good. Pinned!

    • February 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM #

      Thanks, Rachel! I made them for Valentine’s day but they really are good for any occasion!

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