Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Brownies 2.0: Box Brownies with a Peanut Butter Upgrade


The other night we were all wishing we had a sweet treat for dessert, but it was also a busy evening so I needed to find something easy and quick. I checked the cabinet and found a box of brownies. As good as those are sometimes, we were in the mood for something a little bit more. So, we decided to upgrade our brownies! Brownies 2.0 is a delicious mix of chocolate and peanut butter that only takes a few extra minutes.


Start off by preparing the brownies according to the directions on the box. In my case, I added 2/3 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup water and 2 eggs to the brownie mix in a large bowl. I used a spoon to stir it 50 times, then poured the mixture into a greased 9" x 13" glass pan.


I set that to the side then put 1/3 cup peanut butter in the microwave for 20 seconds to make it more liquidy followed by mixing in a tablespoon of powdered sugar. I spooned dollops of the peanut butter mixture onto the brownie batter. Once all of the peanut butter had been added, I used a toothpick to swirl it throughout the pan.


After it is swirly enough, bake the brownies according to the directions on the box, in my case for 28 minutes. When the timer goes off, use a toothpick in the middle to make sure that the brownies are done. Then enjoy!


Paul and Gavin ate theirs with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and highly recommend it!

The recipe is below, enjoy!
              




Brownies 2.0

Ingredients

  • Box brownie mix and ingredients listed on the back of the box
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Directions
  1. Prepare brownies according to the directions on the box.
  2. Microwave peanut butter.
  3. Stir in powdered sugar.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the peanut butter mixture onto the brownie batter.
  5. Use a toothpick to swirl peanut butter and batter together.
  6. Bake according to directions on the box.
  7. ENJOY!


16 comments:

  1. Oh... my... word! What a great idea. Love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter together but never thought about swirling the pb into my brownie batter. Great tip!

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  2. Always love those quick sweet treats. And how could you lose with peanut butter and chocolate !!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. PB and Chocolate is the best! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. I would not have thought to microwave the peanut butter first. That is a great idea! #ShineBlogHop

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    1. Thanks :) Microwaving makes a huge difference in both mixing in the powdered sugar and mixing it with the brownie batter!

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  4. OH what a brilliant idea to add peanut butter and make it swirly. I bet that is an amazing little treat. Great idea :)

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    1. Thank you! I haven't been able to make regular brownies ever since, ha!

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  5. What a great upgrade! I love that with just one simple ingredient simple brownies turned into an even more delicious treat!
    Thanks for sharing on #SHINEbloghop this week! Always lovely to see you join us.

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    1. Thanks! Peanut butter makes almost anything better :) So glad to have participated with the #SHINEbloghop, will definitely be back!

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  6. I love ideas that turn the good into GREAT! They sound very tasty! I would love if you'd share this at Celebrate It! Blog Hop! http://bit.ly/1SSEolj

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    1. Ahhh! Thank you! I will hop on over to share now :) Thanks for the invite!

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  7. Oh wow, these bring back memories of my childhood soo much! My mom used to make these for me and my brothers every Halloween when we were little. She created spider webs with the peanut butter and we loved it. Looks delicious!

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    1. What a great way to make this a holiday dessert! I'll have to try that version this Halloween :) Thanks!

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  8. I love the way you illustrate all the instructions - Thanks for sharing on the "What's for Dinner" linky party!

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