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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chocolate Peanut butter Cupcakes

So, I have a group of college girls who come over monthly (or so) for lunch. I always try to make something a little extra special as our time together is so limited. One of those students lives with us this year, and she wandered into the living room while I was browsing recipes for our upcoming lunch. I clicked on this link and our mouths both started watering. I didn't have the peanut butter chips on hand, so I decided to try the recipe anyway, leaving this ingredient out. It was HEAVEN!! I was only able to get 10 muffins (oh well! :)) which allowed us each one and one to take home. Several of the girls got married this summer and that night I received request after request for the recipe. The best part, hardly any clean up as most of it is in the microwave! I will caution you, make sure you underbake the chocolate for sure, or it can dry out.

Brownie Peanut Butter Cups

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup peanut butter chips plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray or grease 12 muffin cups. *Or you can opt to do mini-muffin bites and cook around 8 minutes or until center comes out clean with a toothpick test.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar, butter, and water. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until butter is melted. Stir in 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips until melted. Stir in egg and vanilla extract. Add flour and baking soda, stirring until blended. Allow to cool to room temperature. Then, stir in 1/2 cup each peanut butter chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Spoon batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into muffin cups.

Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out slightly wet. Place pan on wire rack. Centers of brownies will fall upon cooling. If not, tap centers with the back of a teaspoon to make a hole.

Place peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, then stir. While brownies are still hot, spoon about a tablespoon of peanut butter into the center of each brownie. Top with semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Cool completely in pan.

1 comment:

  1. Chocolate and peanut butter, yum. These would be hard to refuse. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/11/45-csn-giveaway.html

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