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Homemade Peanut Butter and Chocolate Frosted Brownies

Updated on August 3, 2012
Chocolate walnut brownies with peanut butter frosting and Reese's Pieces candy.
Chocolate walnut brownies with peanut butter frosting and Reese's Pieces candy. | Source

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!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Makes 16 brownies.
Add in all ingredients for your brownies.
Add in all ingredients for your brownies. | Source
Mix in walnuts, if desired.
Mix in walnuts, if desired. | Source

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12x9 inch baking pan.
  2. In large bowl, mix the oil, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in walnuts, if desired.
  3. Spread batter evenly into pan.
  4. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool. Frost brownies as desired.
Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups melt right in to freshly baked brownies.
Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups melt right in to freshly baked brownies. | Source

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.

Add Reese's Pieces candies on top, if desired.
Add Reese's Pieces candies on top, if desired. | Source
These brownies make great brownie sundaes.
These brownies make great brownie sundaes. | Source

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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      emilybee 4 years ago

      Hi starstream, thanks for stopping by to this hub- enjoy!

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      emilybee 4 years ago

      Suzie HQ- Thanks for the votes, share and pin! It's appreciated!! hope you enjoy these brownies someday :)

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      Yum! These sound tasty.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi emilybee,

      Yum factor oozes off these pics! As a serious chocolate lover this is right up my alley, looks and sounds delicious, voted up, awesome, interesting shared and pinned! Gorgeously indulgent!

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      emilybee 4 years ago

      Thanks Eileen! Great for anytime :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      These look perfect for any party - or afternoon on the couch watching kids films

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      emilybee 4 years ago

      Hi nutjob! I like your name. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how you like these.

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Those look so yummy I definitely have to try to make some myself.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi MelChi! Peanut butter frosting is a great way to top off a brownie :) Smarties would be a cool addition, I used Reeses pieces candies on top. Really just use whatever you like or have on hand :) Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Mmmmm, brownies and peanut butter are two of my favourite foods! I love the smarties you've added on top as well. Can't wait to give this one a try! Voted up!!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi Thelma! Yeah I though I would be creative when I made these and they came out good! Nothing better than brownies :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for sharing. I love brownies with peanut butter frosting. I´ll have to try this;-D

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi Vespa!! Thanks for stopping by! These are really good, hope you get to try them sometime :)

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love the pairing of chocolate and peanut butter, and I like the idea of using less sugar, as well. Will give this a try! Thank you for sharing.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe, glad to hear it!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Thanks Christy!! I did smile as I read it :-) Thank you!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Emily, I mentioned you in my latest hub about aging, based on my recent community question you answered, and hope you smile as you read! Take care.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hello WhiteOak- I'm glad these brownies looked appealing to you!! :) Hope you get your brownie fix soon!! THanks for stopping by!

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      Eva Thomas 5 years ago from Georgia

      *note to self* Do not read delicious recipes first thing in the morning! Now I want brownies-oh my!!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi Alex Jose - These brownies are quite good, thank you for stopping by!

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      Alex Jose 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Wow looks damn yummy with those pictures and i love chocolate so definitely will make this. Voted up as useful.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi daisydayz! Thanks for stopping by to check out these brownies. They're quite good and the frosting isn't overly sweet.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      wow those look yummy!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi carter!! That's awesome, I'm so glad your cookies worked out :-) These are really good, too, the combo of peanut butter and chocolate is classic. Thanks for stopping by !

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi emily these look great and will definitely try the next time I need my fix...such a great combo...and btw the cookies turned out great...thanks & lots of votes :)

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi Christy!! Thanks for commenting :-) I love Reeses's and this is a good way to use up some candies that have been kicking around the house since Christmas ;) Thanks for bookmarking, too!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Oooh Emily these look great!! I am bookmarking the recipe for sure. I love the idea for the Reece's Pieces candy on top too.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi thom w conroy - We liked them, they're quite good. The peanut butter on top is subtle but a nice touch. Thanks for stopping by!

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      thom w conroy 5 years ago

      ooohhh, I have to try these, thanks so much for sharing

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi always exploring! I was in a peanut butter kind of mood yesterday and what a great way to add variety to simple brownies. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love chocolate and I love peanut butter, These look delicious..Thank you..

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi flagostomos- Pictures don't generally do food justice, but these ones came out decent. The brownies though are fabulous! Thanks for stopping by!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      HI MsLofton- They're quite delicious!! It's fun to try new brownies, I kind of combined a few ingredients to create the frosting. Thanks for stopping by!

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      flagostomos 5 years ago from Washington, United States

      Drool. Looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for the share.

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      MsLofton 5 years ago from IL

      These look really good! Thanks for sharing.

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