These Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles are an easy chocolate dessert recipe and an excellent gift to give this for Valentine's Day. This simple recipe is made with rich, fudgy brownies and a peanut buttery surprise in the middle.
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My friends, we have a bit of a situation on our hands. Around this time least year, I took some Meyer Lemon Seeds and soaked them for a few days. I placed them onto a wet piece of paper towel and put it into a zip lock bag like we did in science class when I was a kid.
Eventually they sprouted some roots and I popped those puppies into a cute planter that I had and the prettiest little green leaves eventually began growing. By some miracle, I managed not to kill them. I'm going to assume this is due to the fact that I left the planter near the sink so I would remember to water it. And there it stayed and somehow seemed to thrive.
Shortly after 2017 started, our cleaning lady came one day and worked her magic on our toy-strewn house. When I arrived home from work that day, I got to work preparing dinner while I waited for J and the girls to arrive home and I noticed there was a small hole in the dirt in that planter with some of the dirt scattered around the planter as well.
I thought this was odd because our cleaning lady isn't one to leave a mess behind (duh) but I figured maybe it was a fluke and I somehow bumped it causing some dirt to come out. I cleaned it up and moved on with my life.
A couple days later it was a Friday morning and J said that he noticed more dirt around the planter and another little hole. So he brought it outside and dumped it, buthe didn't find any critters. Interestingly, the bowls of food that we keep on the counter were untouched (tomatoes, onions, grapefruits, potatoes etc.).
He ended up picked up some mouse traps and placed one out onto our counter that night. The next morning J had gone down ahead of us to check the trap. When the girls and I got downstairs, he informed me that he had caught a mouse.
He then tried to tell me that we were probably good; that it was probably just one little field mouse who was looking for warmth in our cold Rochester weather. And I laughed and I laughed and I laughed and I promptly told him that I've seen Ratatouille, and I know how this sh*t works. There's never just one mouse.
A few minutes later I opened my silverware drawer to grab utensils for all of us to eat our breakfast and sure enough, there were a ton of mouse droppings that had not been there the night before and a half eaten Taco Bell Fire sauce packet (we all have that one drawer, amiright?!). Needless to say, we all ate with plastic cutlery that morning and I'd be lying if I said we've returned the silverware to that drawer- it now has a cramped but happy home in the corner of our kitchen table.
For a little while the evidence indicated that our fuzzy little rodent friend has only hung out on that side of the kitchen, which is where the sink connects to the basement (thus far my pantry remains unscathed, as it is on the other side of the room). On a recent visit, our cleaning lady found a few droppings on the left side of the built-in shelves in our living room but I haven't seen anything there since then.
All that to say, this past weekend I put together some seriously delicious Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles. I made them on a Saturday while T napped and J and A were out picking up groceries and I added a few finishing touches later that evening before J and I headed out to a work event.
Without thinking twice about it, I placed the pan of truffles out into the garage to chill for the night. You see, one of the benefits of living in a place where it's crazy cold for at least 6 months out of the year, is that you get to use outdoor rooms as a refrigerator. It's very convenient and I'm happy to know I can always find leftover Christmas Cookies and cold bottles of water on my parent's porch whenever I'm visiting them.
So you can imagine my surprise when I went to begin photographing my gorgeous truffles the next morning, only to find that they had become a meal to some hungry mice. I'm not sure why I didn't remember the fact that those little guys were already partying in my kitchen after dark. I had even stored my M&M's Brownie Truffles outside in the same spot a month ago with no problems.
Luckily, the mice stuck to the Truffles on the outer perimeter of the pan, so I was still able to get my photos for this post. The bad news is that for obvious reasons, I had to throw out every last truffle when I was done (and you can thank J for taking one for the team so I could get a bite shot- don't worry, it was an untouched truffle in the middle of the pan and he promptly spit the bite into the trash!).
So now that we're on the topic of Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles, I have to ask- is there a better way to let someone know you love them, then making them this delicious chocolate and peanut butter confection?! Don't worry, that was a rhetorical question, because we all know that barring any peanut allergies, chocolate and peanut butter is the best possible way to share your love.
This recipe couldn't be easier and makes a great Valentine's Day gift for the ones you love most. They come complete with surprise peanut butter chips in the middle (like chocolate chips only peanut butter) and are super pretty as well. The best part is, these make around 60 truffles, so plenty for you to enjoy
a few a ton for yourself as well!
Other great chocolaty treats are:
Quick and Easy Chocolate Pudding Cake
Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles or The Great Mouse Debacle of 2017
- Family Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix for a 9" x 13" pan
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup of cooking oil
- ¼ cup of water
- ¼ cup of peanut butter + extra for drizzling
- 1 bag of dark chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp. of coconut oil measured this in solid form (or you can use butter)
- Peanut Butter Chips
- Preheat your oven as per the brownie mix directions.
- Mix the brownie mix, eggs, oil and water until well combined and bake according to the package directions.
- Allow the brownies to cool completely.
- Crumble the brownies into a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, warm ¼ cup of peanut butter for 30 seconds and pour it into the bowl with the crumbled brownies.
- Wash and dry your hands well and use them to mix the brownies and peanut butter until fully combined.
- Roll the brownies into 1 inch balls with 2 of the peanut butter chips in the middle. I found that the best way to do this was to flatten your piece of brownie mixture in the palm of your hand, place the peanut butter chips into the middle of it and then build the sides of the brownie ball up and around them until they're completely enclosed. Then roll them into a smooth, circular shape and place them onto a wax paper lined pan.
- Once they're all rolled, place the pan with the brownie balls into the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
- Melt your chocolate one of two ways- either over low heat in a double boiler stirring frequently or in the microwave in increments of 20 seconds, 20 seconds, then 10 seconds, stirring in between until it's fully melted.
- At this point, stir in your coconut oil.
- Roll each brownie ball until it's fully covered in the melted chocolate and then place onto a pan lined with wax paper. Chill them for 30 minutes to set the chocolate and then melt some peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds - 1 minute and lightly drizzle the peanut butter over the tops of the truffles.
- Chill them in the fridge to set the peanut butter for at least an hour (or overnight) and then transfer them to an air tight container until you're ready to serve.
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