Recipe adapted from Kevin and Amanda
Even though I haven’t been posting as often as I would like, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been baking. In fact, I have been baking up a storm this summer, and numerous times I have said the words “this is the best thing I have ever made”.
These, my friends, may just take that ultimate prize.
As soon as I saw the recipe from Amanda I knew it was a genius idea. Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies right? Stuffed chocolate chip cookies are a big rage right now, and then you add in a brownie to the mix….fantabulous!
I could feel my arteries clogging just thinking about these bars, but that didn’t stop me from trying them.
I made them with Oreos like the original recipe calls for. While I thought they were fantastic, my first thought was that using peanut butter cups would make them even better.
I was right.
By using less flour than in a typical cookie dough recipe you ensure that the dough doesn’t become too hard and crunchy with the long baking time. Then you get the incredible flavor of the peanut butter cup, topped with gooey, delicious brownie. Seriously people, you can’t go wrong! I have made this new version twice already and I’m sure I will make them again in the future. They actually won a “bars bake-off” contest at Derek’s office, so I guess these are my first “prize winning” dessert (hopefully not the last)!
I’m telling you, drop what you are doing and make these. Right. Now. You won’t be disappointed. Hopefully your willpower doesn’t crumble like mine. Enjoy!
Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Brownie Bars
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk chocolate chips
18 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
1 box family size brownie mix (9 x 13)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt, then add dry ingredients to dough. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread dough into a well greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Place the Reese’s peanut butter cups on top of dough (3 rows of 6). In a separate bowl make brownie mix according to package directions. Pour over peanut butter cups, making sure that all candy and dough is covered. Place in the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes (I usually end up baking mine closer to 55 minutes, sometimes even a little longer). Cool completely before cutting and serving.