My husband is also a fan of peanut butter and chocolate desserts. I tend to make him something of that variety for his birthday, our anniversary, Father's day, Valentine's Day or well, just because we're both big fans of such desserts. I saw this cake on Bakerella's site. Then I saw this on the box of the brownie mix I just made (and am thinking of melting peanut butter on top of). And this. And this one has been on my list of desserts to make for a long time. That all reminded me of these two recipes I have to share with you all.
This is the first, from KraftFoods.com. I made it about a year ago. It was pretty easy, just make sure you have fridge space for it. And the chocolate covered peanut clusters were super easy to make and really really yummy.
- 1-1/2 cups butter, divided
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa, divided
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 jar (18 ounces) chunky peanut butter
- 1/3 cup milk
- 10 large marshmallows
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
DIRECTIONSIn a small saucepan, melt 1 cup butter; stir in 1/2 cup cocoa until smooth. Remove from the heat. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until blended. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to egg mixture. Beat in cocoa mixture.
Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 3-4 minutes on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, place peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, at 50% power for 2 minutes, stirring once. Stir until peanut butter is blended. Spread peanut butter over warm brownies. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until peanut butter is set.
In a heavy saucepan, combine the milk, remaining cocoa, marshmallows and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter and marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cut into squares. Yield: 4 dozen.
I even made these in little heart shaped pans for Valentine's Day once and just drizzled the top two layers over the brownie and the plate. Easier, and very romantic. :)