I hate to admit this, but I’ve never made brownies from scratch. I’m not sure why. I guess I’ve always found the boxed version easy and pretty tasty. And while that statement is still correct, it also shows my limited experience. I’m here to tell you that homemade brownies are the bomb. And they really aren’t much more complicated than the boxed variety.
For my first homemade brownies I decided to tackle these Peanut Butter Brownies because clearly there is no better flavor combination than peanut butter and chocolate. If it contains those two things, I will eat it and I will love it.
What’s awesome about this particular recipe is that you are getting hit with that flavor combination three times. There’s peanut and chocolate in the brownie mix, the frosting, and the garnish. After my best friend saw a picture of the brownies I had Instagrammed, she sent me a text saying, “I literally could take that brownie and smear it all over my face and die happy.” Yes, they are that good.
I followed the directions for the brownies, which you can find here, however. I decided to make my own frosting. I figured if the brownies were going to be from scratch, the frosting should be too.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons milk
In a large bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Then beat in the vanilla. Slowly mix in the cocoa and salt. Finally, mix in the powdered sugar and milk. Add more milk, one tablespoon at a time, for the desired consistency.
And that’s it!
Garnished with a peanut butter cup, these brownies could be my new favorite indulgence. Now I just need an excuse to whip up a batch every week. I’m betting it won’t take much for me to find one.
Again, the recipe for these Peanut Butter Brownies is here.
What sweet treat is impossible for you to resist?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm