Chocolate Brownie Peanut Butter Cups!

by Michelle on February 25, 2011

I call my Mom almost every day, sometimes several times a day and our conversations are never about any one thing but they are always interesting. One of our conversation which was around Halloween last year was all about candy.  My Mom’s favorite candies are Chicken Bones and Butter Rum Lifesavers. On the other hand my favorites are Mars Bar and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  I swear for Halloween I ate my weight in Reese’s! 

And then I started thinking about a way that I could bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I know they are candy and I do venture into candy making every now and again, but I don’t really have candy making equipment and I tend to wing it with what I have on hand. So I had to figure out a way to bake the Peanut Cups instead.

For me, half the fun is figuring out how to make something and the more complicated the better. And once the ideas start flowing, it’s hard to stop. And then it came to me and I just knew it would work! The sky opened up, the sun came out, all was right with the world and all I needed was the correct baking pan. Well that was 5 months ago and just this week I finally found the right pan and then everything just fell right into place.

And please, try to use Mascarpone Cheese in the brownies. I know that many people substitute Cream Cheese for Mascarpone, I did for years and Cream Cheese will work out well. But Mascarpone Cheese has a taste all its own and a texture like no other. If you have been meaning to try Mascarpone, now is the time!

Chocolate Brownie Peanut Butter Cups
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

1/2 recipe Peanut Butter Cookies, recipe below
1 recipe Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies, recipe below
1 recipe Ganache, recipe below

1. Make Peanut Butter Cookies and let cool.
2. Mix up the Mascarpone Brownies as per directions but do not bake.
3. Using a baking pan with individual cavities, put 2 TBL of brownie mix into each cavity.

4. Place a peanut butter cookie into each square and gently press down.
5. Scoop 1-2 TBL of brownie batter on top of each cookie and smooth over the top, edge to edge.
6. Bake for about 12-15 minutes but careful to not over bake!
7. While brownie peanut cups are hot, place a cooking rack over pan, quickly invert to remove brownies and then flip each brownie over right side up. Cool.
8. While brownie cups are cooling make the Ganache recipe below.
9. When brownie cups are cool, top each one with ganache. Sprinkle with mini Semi-sweet chocolate chips. Allow ganache to set for 1-2 hours and serve.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe via my Mom…via Aunt Phyllis

1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. butter, softened to room temperature
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugars and add butter and beat until creamy. Add peanut butter, soda and vanilla. While mixing gradually add flour. Chill for 1 hour. With a rounded teaspoon form dough into balls. Press down each ball with the palm of our hand or the bottom of a flat glass. With a fork crisscross each cookie. Bake until lightly browned. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.

Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies
Recipe adapted from Recipezaar

1 c butter, room temperature
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/2 c mascarpone cheese, softened
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c flour
1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 325°F; have ready a buttered 8-inch square glass cake pan.
2. In a small saucepan or microwave, melt the butter and bring it to just below a boil; have the chopped chocolate in a mixing bowl–pour the hot butter over the chocolate and let stand for 30 seconds.
3. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
4. Sift in the sugar and cocoa powder.
5. With a wooden spoon, beat in the mascarpone, eggs and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
6. Gently fold the flour and salt into the batter.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
8. Place into preheated oven and bake for 45 or until a tester comes out clean. Do not over bake.
9. Place pan on a cooling rack and let brownies cool for 10-15 minutes, while you make the ganache.

Ganache
Recipe adapted from my Mom

8 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 c. whipping cream
1 tsp Vanilla
Dash of Salt

1. Place whipping cream in microwave and warm until just this side of “Ouch”.
2. Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate. Set aside until chocolate is completely melted.
3. Add vanilla and salt and mix in.  Cool for about 5 minutes before using. 

AllRightReserved@BigBlackDog

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  • Aimee February 25, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Hi Michelle! I came across your site from the FoodBlogs.com daily email, and I just love it! Your pictures are beautiful. I am looking forward to following along in the future…

    These chocolate pb marscapone brownies also look amazing. Dangerously amazing. :)

  • Renee (Kudos Kitchen0 February 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Oh Michelle! These look to die for!!! You can bet I’m going to be making these soon, very soon. Thanks for sharing this recipe. BTW, great pan! Where did you find it? My sister wants to know :)

  • Feast on the Cheap February 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Oh goodness… These look dangerous!

  • Melanie February 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Those look really awesome!!! Reeses Peanut Butter cups is one of my favorites too. My husband gave me a couple peanut butter eggs for Valentines Day because he knows I like them so much and the Easter candy was already in the stores. Very creative use of several recipes to make one. You should enter it in a contest! I must try to make these:)

  • Guff February 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

    So what is the nutritional info on this?

  • Kate February 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Those look amazing! I know they would be so very popular at my house…the hubby loves anything with peanut butter!

  • MaryMoh February 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Wow…this is just too good to be true….instant drool! Bookmarking this to try. Thanks very much for sharing.

  • teresa February 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    these look absolutely amazing!

  • Kathy Gregson February 26, 2011 at 9:51 am

    My mouth is watering! A lot of work, but I know would be worth it.

  • Kim February 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Michelle – I could literally eat my weight in these! They look perfect in every way.

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