Homemade Peanut Butter and Chocolate Frosted Brownies
Today, I needed a chocolate fix. I made delicious oatmeal cookies the other day and although they were immensely satisfying for me then, today they lacked in the chocolate department. I wanted to make a new creation. Reading through various cookbooks and internet recipes, I found a recipe in one of my cookbooks which completely neglected butter from the ingredient list, but don't worry, this didn't compromise the taste. I gave it a go, but altered the recipe slightly as the ingredients didn't produce a whole lot of batter for a normal sized batch of brownies, so I doubled the recipe for the most part.
It was a last minute decision when I decided to double the recipe so I added extra quantities of ingredients one at a time, adding only what needed to be added. I used the original amount required for the cocoa and sugar, simply because these two go hand in hand. The cocoa is unsweetened and therefor if you add more cocoa, more sugar will be needed. Considering I don't like making excessively sugary sweets, you'll understand my reasoning for omitting any extra sugar or cocoa.
Taste the batter before you spread it into the pan, and decide for yourself if any more ingredients are needed. If the consistency is right and it tastes great, then you're on your way to killer brownies. Add ingredients as needed and tweak the recipe to your hearts content.
For the topping, I created a hosh posh chocolate and peanut butter frosting, and this was done without any additional sugar. Read further to find all the ingredients and directions to making these fun, tasty brownies with peanut butter and chocolate frosting. Enjoy!
Vote for these brownies!
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- walnuts, optional
- Reeses or other candy, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12x9 inch baking pan.
- In large bowl, mix the oil, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in walnuts, if desired.
- Spread batter evenly into pan.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool. Frost brownies as desired.
When the brownies were hot out of the oven, I was unsure of the best frosting option. On impulse, I grabbed a handful of Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups and placed them sporadically on top of the warm brownies and blended them in as they melted.
Then, I realized I didn't have enough peanut butter cups to go around, and came up with a different approach which resulted in my chocolate and peanut butter frosting.
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Frosting
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Ingredients for Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Spread both frostings onto brownies, mixing the two together as you frost.
These brownies are simple to make and fun, too! Create and customize your own frosting by using your favorite toppings and omitting any thing you don't desire. Alter ingredient measurements if needed. Sometimes brownies whip up a bit dry, so add a tad more of a liquid. Don't be afraid to experiment a little for when it comes to chocolate, your peanut butter and chocolate frosted brownies will surely be a hit.
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