Little Bits of Love!

It was a Sunday afternoon.  Cold out, but the sun was shining.  Dinner was planned but no real dessert ideas.  I did remember a recipe that called for some of my favorite things:  Chocolate and Peanut Butter! OK, better yet, Chocolate Brownies, melted peanut butter, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.  Very easy and oh so good. 

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Recipe adapted from Nestle’s Very Best Baking

Makes 40 brownies as adapted

1 box of your favorite brownie mix
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease  mini-muffin cups. (grease really well)
Prepare boxed brownie mix as directed. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups (about 1 heaping teaspoon). Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top is set and a toothpick inserted into center comes out slightly wet. After brownies are out of the oven, wait for centers to fall. This should happen upon cooling. If not then tap the centers with the back of a teaspoon to make a hole for the peanut butter.
Place peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds then stir. While brownies are still warm spoon about half a teaspoon of peanut butter into the center of each brownie. Top with semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Cool completely in pan.
With the leftover batter I made a min pan of brownies, topped the warm brownies with the leftover peanut butter spread and sprinkled the chips on top.  I had my son take the mini brownie pan across the street to “Giada” and family, just to get the extra temptation out of the house!  But wouldn’t you know… my little man comes home with the dish full of homemade granola bars!   OK, they are probably healthier for us. 
Enjoy the little bits of love!

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