Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

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Fudgy brownie bites stuffed with a layer of peanut butter cup cookie dough

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The apartment is finally starting to feel like home.  It isn’t because I unpacked 99% of my things (the other 1% includes books and underwear that is still MIA).  It also is not because we finally have shelves in the closet so that my sweaters aren’t piled up in various places around our home.  And it certainly isn’t that all of the furniture we ordered has arrived and our dreaded IKEA trip is in the past.

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While all of those things make the stress of moving a little less acute, the real reason I feel like I am home is the kitchen.  Of course I unpacked all of my dishes and appliances before anything else and have been to the grocery store 17 or so times.  But Friday morning, while Matt was at work and I was waiting for our new night stands to arrive, I had the first opportunity to bake.  Just the thought of that makes my shoulders relax and my breathing slow down.  Working around our new kitchen where I actually had to walk more than one step from refrigerator to utensil drawer, I couldn’t stop smiling.  And the fact that the first thing to come out of my oven was a chocolate and peanut butter dessert certainly didn’t hurt.

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Oh, right, these little things.  Fudgy brownie bites stuffed with a layer of peanut butter cup cookie dough, I haven’t felt more at home in a very long time.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

Makes 2 dozen brownie bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Brownie Mix (I used Trader Joe’s Chocolate Truffle) + ingredients the mix calls for
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup salted creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tablespoon milk (I used skim)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanut butter cups (~7 peanut butter cups)

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan
  • Prepare brownie mix as directed and full cups with brownie batter (about 2 tablespoons each)
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a knife comes out clean; do not over bake
  • Set brownies aside to cool and prepare cookie dough
  • Whisk flour and salt in a small bowl; set aside
  • Beat together butter, peanut butter and sugars on high speed until light and fluffy
  • Mix in milk and vanilla on low speed
  • Stir in flour mixture just until combined
  • Stir in peanut butter cups
  • Once cookie dough is ready, take your brownies and slice each in half horizontally so that you have a top and a bottom
  • Place a rounded disk of cookie dough on each bottom half (about one tablespoon of cookie dough each)
  • Press tops of brownies lightly onto cookie dough layer so that you can still see the cookie dough from the sides
  • Serve immediately or freeze in an airtight container up to one month

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Cookie dough recipe adapted from here.

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58 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Brownie Bites”

  1. Jen November 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Whoa. These look way too good! Great post!

  2. Kiri W. November 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Oh man, I’d love this! :) Sounds like the perfect indulgence~

  3. Jenn@BakingJenn'sBlog November 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    I could go for one of these right now. They look awesome!

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    These look…awesome. Chocolate cookies AND Pb all in one. Perfect :)

  5. Liz November 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Oh, yeah…these look AMAZING!

  6. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    These are so cute! Can’t go wrong with chocolate and PB!

  7. Emily @ Life on Food November 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I always say the kitchen is what makes the home. Glad things are settle down for you! These look like the perfect treat after a day of unpacking and organizing.

  8. April November 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    These look amazing! I never thought of using brownies to make sandwiches!

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      I actually was going to put the cookie dough on top, but when one of them split in half by accident I decided to try it that way!

  9. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. November 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Um, ok, this combines my three favorite things: PB, cookie dough, and brownies!! Awesome!

  10. tina @UndomesticBride November 13, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    These look delicious!

  11. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking November 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    (1) These look incredible. (2) Hooray for the first baking adventure in your new place! That does make it “official” ;) Congratulations!

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      Thanks, Julie:-)

  12. Anne@frommysweetheart November 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    What a great combination of flavors in a perfect little bite. I know the feeling of baking bringing you home. Just the first of many in your new place. Enjoy! : )

  13. Lindsey@Lindselicious November 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Oh these seriously look addicting and so yummy! I am going to make this for our last tailgate I think! Awesome!

  14. Krissy's Creations November 14, 2011 at 3:33 am #

    Wow Lauren! These look amazing! Delishious :)

  15. Kathryn November 14, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    It doesn’t surprise me that the first thing you baked in your new kitchen was something with pb & chocolate! I’m glad the move all went well though and you’re starting to settle in to the new place.

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      Thanks, Kathryn. You know me too well:-)

  16. Sandra November 14, 2011 at 5:57 am #

    These are making me smile right now. Glad you’re settling in and there truly is no place like home.

  17. The Blue-Eyed Bakers November 14, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Hello lovely! Brownies & cookie dough!? Uh and peanut butter & chocolate!? Divine!

  18. thelittleloaf November 14, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    THIS POST is what’s making me smile at the moment! What an utterly gorgeous combination…peanut butter and brownie all in one cute little bite sized mouthful. They look so squidgy and delicious – I defy anyone not to smile when looking at or – even better – eating one of these :-)

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      Ah, thank you!

  19. Kayle November 14, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    A girl after my own heart. This look awesome.

  20. Erin November 14, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    It’s so great that you are loving your new kitchen! I look forward to the day when I have to take more than two steps to cover the entire length of my kitchen. Love that you broke yours in with a PB and choc dessert, yummy as always!

  21. DessertForTwo November 14, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Super yum!

    I’m so glad you’re happy in your new kitchen :) You deserve it, lady! :)

    What’s making me smile lately? Hmm…the thought of going home for thanksgiving soon.

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

      Oh that is soon, hope you have a fabulous holiday!

  22. Florida Foodie November 14, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    These look soo cute! I’m glad your loving the new place! Can’t wait to see it! :)

    My friends are making me smile!!

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

      You need to come visit asap!

  23. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 14, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Yes please! Loving everything about these.

  24. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 14, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    These sound fantastic and your photos are gorgeous! So glad that you are feeling more settled :)

    oh and I HEAR you on the Ikea trips! Ack!

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

      Thanks, Rachel!

  25. Veronica Miller November 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Oh, these look/sound insane. In a delicious way! Glad you’re feeling home now that you’ve got your bake on. :)

  26. Reem | Simply Reem November 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    The name of this recipe sounds so delicious, I bet they taste absolutely out of the world.
    Great recipe…

  27. Macaroni and Cheesecake November 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    These look insanely delicious!! I know what you mean about finally feeling at home once you get to bake in the kitchen:) makes it all worthwhile!

  28. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust November 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Oh, I totally know what you mean. I have been itching to get baking again since our move last week and I am finally going at it tomorrow. I can’t wait! These brownie bites look insanely awesome! PB&C is totally my thing.

  29. Colleen Bierstine November 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    This can’t be real. I was so confused when I read the title. Peanut butter cup…cookie dough…brownie bites??? But it IS real, like a dream come true! I am drooling now, hope you’re happy!

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

      Oh I am very happy:-)

  30. Tina (PinayInTexas) November 15, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    Ohhhh…that looks heaven! Can you send me some??!

  31. Alida November 15, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    What a creative idea! These sound incredible and are definitely making me smile right now! :)

  32. Amber, RD November 15, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    These look so good! What a great idea for using brownie mix. I love everything that includes peanut butter and chocolate!

  33. Sandra November 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Congrats on Top 9!

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

      Thanks, Sandra!

  34. Adele Forbes November 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    oh me..I am just loving the looks of these delectable bites…great job as always!

  35. Terris@ Free Eats November 15, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Pure decadence! This would surely please a crowd! Yummy.

  36. Missy November 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Sighs……I don’t even want to admit how many of these I could eat in one sitting. These look fabulous!

  37. Peggy November 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    You always have the perfect pb and chocolate combos! This is definitely another winner =)

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

      Thanks, Peggy:-)

  38. Nicole, RD November 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    When we move (which is way too often), I am always unpacking my kitchen first. Drives hubby insane. But I can live without underwear or sweaters. I cannot live without homemade something! :) These look incredible! Two of my favorite treats in one…bite!

  39. Joanne November 16, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Think of all that exercise you’re getting now from having to walk around your kitchen to actually get ingredients and utensils and such! I think that calls for more baking.

    Chocolate and peanut butter just can’t be beat. These seem like the perfect way to inaugurate your new kitchen!

    • KeepItSweet November 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

      You are the smartest person I know!

  40. Diane {Created by Diane} November 17, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    glad you feel at home :) these looks great!

  41. Lacy November 17, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Oh man these sound and look so good! It would be horribly fantastic to be alone with these! :)

  42. Becky November 17, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    um, YUM! Going to my in-laws this weekend for a pre-thanksgiving celebration and most def trying this out to bring along!

  43. Trish November 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Seriously, I cannot get enough of the chocolate/peanut butter combo. For some ungodly reason my boyfriend isn’t a fan, but I guess that just means I get to eat all these by myself when I make them :)

  44. Kate @ Kate from Scratch November 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Awesome. I love the little bite sized perfection of these too and brownies and peanut butter are one of my all-time favorites. nommy!

  45. Kita November 18, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Congratulations on home. Its a great feeling. I live with Handsome in a house he bought before I came along, and every now and then I get the feeling of home and its great. These little bites got some oohs and aahs over my shoulder at work ;)

  46. Christine December 8, 2011 at 1:23 am #

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