Fudgy brownie bites stuffed with a layer of peanut butter cup cookie dough
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.
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.
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.
Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Brownie Bites
Makes 2 dozen brownie bites
- 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)
- 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
Cookie dough recipe adapted from here.
What is making you smile lately?
Whoa. These look way too good! Great post!
Oh man, I’d love this! :) Sounds like the perfect indulgence~
I could go for one of these right now. They look awesome!
These look…awesome. Chocolate cookies AND Pb all in one. Perfect :)
Oh, yeah…these look AMAZING!
These are so cute! Can’t go wrong with chocolate and PB!
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.
These look amazing! I never thought of using brownies to make sandwiches!
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!
Um, ok, this combines my three favorite things: PB, cookie dough, and brownies!! Awesome!
These look delicious!
(1) These look incredible. (2) Hooray for the first baking adventure in your new place! That does make it “official” ;) Congratulations!
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! : )
Oh these seriously look addicting and so yummy! I am going to make this for our last tailgate I think! Awesome!
Wow Lauren! These look amazing! Delishious :)
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.
Thanks, Kathryn. You know me too well:-)
These are making me smile right now. Glad you’re settling in and there truly is no place like home.
Hello lovely! Brownies & cookie dough!? Uh and peanut butter & chocolate!? Divine!
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 :-)
Ah, thank you!
A girl after my own heart. This look awesome.
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!
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.
Oh that is soon, hope you have a fabulous holiday!
These look soo cute! I’m glad your loving the new place! Can’t wait to see it! :)
My friends are making me smile!!
You need to come visit asap!
Yes please! Loving everything about these.
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!
Oh, these look/sound insane. In a delicious way! Glad you’re feeling home now that you’ve got your bake on. :)
The name of this recipe sounds so delicious, I bet they taste absolutely out of the world.
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!
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.
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!
Oh I am very happy:-)
Ohhhh…that looks heaven! Can you send me some??!
What a creative idea! These sound incredible and are definitely making me smile right now! :)
These look so good! What a great idea for using brownie mix. I love everything that includes peanut butter and chocolate!
Congrats on Top 9!
oh me..I am just loving the looks of these delectable bites…great job as always!
Pure decadence! This would surely please a crowd! Yummy.
Sighs……I don’t even want to admit how many of these I could eat in one sitting. These look fabulous!
You always have the perfect pb and chocolate combos! This is definitely another winner =)
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!
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!
You are the smartest person I know!
glad you feel at home :) these looks great!
Oh man these sound and look so good! It would be horribly fantastic to be alone with these! :)
um, YUM! Going to my in-laws this weekend for a pre-thanksgiving celebration and most def trying this out to bring along!
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 :)
Awesome. I love the little bite sized perfection of these too and brownies and peanut butter are one of my all-time favorites. nommy!
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 ;)
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