Sometimes, it’s important to have a dish in your arsenal that is stupid easy to make but still manages to be the crowd-pleaser to end all crowd-pleasers. So here it is.
There is no special or exciting story behind this. I saw something similar to this a few years ago at an extended family member’s holiday open house. Due to the nature of the party, there were several people that I didn’t know and everyone had brought a dish to pass. On the dessert table, a brilliant woman had put out these small brownies that had peanut butter cups and peppermint pattie’s sticking out of them. While I’m not a huge brownie fan, I was intrigued, because anything made with a peppermint pattie is a win in my book. Sure enough, they were delicious- but the thing that really got me was standing back and watching all the guests go absolutely crazy over these.
Of course the wheels began turning in my head. I’m a person who loves a good doctored-up-baking-mix-recipe. And really, who doesn’t like to be the person that brings the crowd-pleaser dish to the party? I whipped these particular ones up with peanut butter cups because peanut butter and chocolate are like crack to half-drunk, football watching men (or, you know, human beings in general). I have the peppermint patties as well and if I have enough time this week/if J doesn’t eat them all first, I will make a batch with those as well. He’s already started in on the peanut butter cup batch and then feigned innocence when I caught him (“These? But I thought you were making these for me, not freezing them for this weekend’s party…” a likely story.).
Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites
Source: The Life Jolie, inspired by a stranger at a holiday party with a brilliantly simple idea.
- 1 package of brownie mix, and whatever ingredients they call for (usually eggs, water and vegetable oil)
- 1 package of miniature peanut butter cups, sliced in half (I opted for the dark chocolate variety because dark chocolate is always the better option. It just is. Sorry not sorry.)
- Mini muffin cup liners
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees, line your mini muffin pan with the liners and grease them with cooking spray.
Mix the brownie mix as per the directions on the box.
Fill the muffin cups 3/4 of the way full (I put the batter into a baggie and snipped a corner off to reduce the mess).
Bake for about 15 minutes (keep an eye on them as ovens vary).
Right after you remove them from the oven, before they’ve fully set, place a half of peanut butter cup into each brownie.
Serve when cooled or within a few days (mine are in the freezer for this weekend’s party).
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