Friday, October 11, 2013

Fudge Peanut Butter Brownies

I made these to take to our two Sunday morning Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Classes.  Ironically I found the recipe on!  They were a great hit and I came home with only a few bars left!
Fudge Peanut Butter Brownies

1 cup of butter (2 sticks, no substitutions)
1/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs (at room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18-ounce) jar peanut butter

1. Melt 1 cup butter and 1/3 cup cocoa in a saucepan over low heat until butter melts, stirring constantly.

2. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

3. Combine sugar, flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.

4. Slowly add chocolate mixture and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.

5. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until blended. Do not over beat.

6. Spread mixture into a greased 15 x 10 inch jellyroll pan.

7. Bake in 350-degree oven for 25–30 minutes.. Don’t overcook.

Peanut Butter Topping
1. Spoon mounds of peanut butter across the top of the hot brownies. As peanut butter begins to soften and melt, gently spread evenly across the top of the hot brownies.

2. Let cool completely, and then chill for 30 minutes until peanut butter sets up firm.

Fudge Frosting
1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
1/3 cup whole milk (no substitutions)
10 large marshmallows
1/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar

1. Cook 1 stick of butter, milk and marshmallows in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until marshmallows melt.

2. Remove pan from heat and gradually sift in 1/4 cup cocoa, beating with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.

3. Sift powdered sugar and gradually stir into cocoa mixture with hand mixer until smooth.

4. Spread frosting over peanut butter; place back in fridge and chill at least another 20 minutes so fudge frosting will set.

5. If not serving immediately, cover with foil and keep in fridge.

6. To serve, trim off all of the edges of the brownies. Cut into small squares (these are very rich). Optional: Garnish each piece with 1/4 of a miniature peanut butter cup. Best served at room temperature.


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