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Friday Feast: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

September 25, 2009

When it’s your boss’ birthday, you know you need to cook something fantastic. So I found, what some would call, a “deadly” brownie recipe. It was easy, gooey and a huge crowd pleaser.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Clean up time: 10 minutes



1 box of brownie mix (I chose Betty Crocker’s fudge brownie box)

1 bag of Reese Peanut Butter Cups, 48-count (Note: don’t sneak a peanut butter cup while cooking… You need each one, unless you plan on eating a lot of brownie batter.)

ingredients indicated on the back of the brownie box

mini muffin tins (foil, not paper!)

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Follow instructions on brownie mix box to mix batter. (Tip: mix the brownie batter in a container with a pour spout, making it easier to pour into muffin tins and eliminating one extra bowl to clean.)
  • Line up 48 muffin tins in a mini muffin pan or a cookie sheet. (When using the foil tins, the shape will hold, making the actual mini muffin pan unneccessary. I just used one I had but tried the second batch on a cookie sheet, and it worked great.)
  • Into each muffin tin, pour batter 1/2 way.
  • Unwrap each peanut butter cup (this actually takes a while and could be done prior to mixing the batter), and push each cup into the brownie batter.

pop 'em in!

 (Don’t you love my blurry action shot above?) 

ready for the oven

  • Put the brownies in the oven for only 11-13 minutes, regardless of what the box says. These little guys are not going to take as long, and you’ll want to keep an eye on them so they don’t overbake.
  • When you think they are ready, stick a toothpick through the top, (but on the edge of the top where there is no peanut butter cup) to make sure the brownie is cooked all the way through. If the toothpick comes out fairly clean, they are ready!
  • Let cool 10 minutes or so, and then pop them out of the muffin tin.

These mini brownie creations are amazing. I don’t even have a picture of the finished product because they were devoured around the office very quickly! I highly recommend baking these for the chocolate/peanut butter lover in your life!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. jauberry permalink
    September 29, 2009 4:05 pm

    yum! I love chocolate and pb, but Chris hates pb. I guess I will have to make a half with / half without batch. How could anyone hate pb?

  2. Charlotte permalink
    November 4, 2010 11:34 am

    I needed a quick dessert recipe last night for Bible Study and came to Kate Schmate to look for ideas… I made these yummy treats quickly and easily and everyone loved them. I was concerned at first because I couldn’t find foil cups but the paper cups ended up working just fine. Thanks for the recipe!


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