Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies


These are what I like to refer to as a "sometimes" food with my kids. SOMETIMES I need something sweet. SOMETIMES I need chocolate. SOMETIMES I feel entitled to cheesecake, peanut butter, brownies, and a big glass of milk. Last weekend was a "sometimes." We went on a family backpacking trip for spring break. It was 3 days of seeing God's beautiful grandeur up close. But backpacking food is neither beautiful nor grand. It is edible and sustaining. 

So after we cleaned up and showered and rested for a day (and ate at Five Guys), I made these babies. They are perfect chewy brownies with a fluffy, peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake-ish truffle center, topped off with a drizzle of rich chocolate glaze. 

I ate mine slowly and deliberately, savoring each bite. Then the next day I ate another the same way. 





Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies
Makes 16

Brownie Layer:
1 1/4  cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Truffle Filling:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze:
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350. Grease a square baking pan (9x9" or 8x8")
2. Make brownie layer by melting chocolate chips and butter (don't boil). Set aside. Beat brown sugar and eggs. Add chocolate mixture a little at a time, beating well until completely mixed. Stir in flour and baking powder. Spread in prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes. Cool completely.
3. Make truffle filling by melting chocolate chips over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Beat cream cheese in a separate bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in chocolate-peanut butter mixture. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Spread over cooled brownies. Place in refrigerator while preparing glaze.
4. Prepare glaze by melting chocolate chips and coconut oil, stirring until smooth. Spoon mixture into a plastic storage bag. Use scissors to snip a small hole in one bottom corner of the bag. Drizzle chocolate over the filling. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting into bars to serve. Makes 16.





19 comments:

  1. Are these for real??? I am making these in the next 24 hours!!! Absolutely-tutely!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You were good to your word! I'm so glad you liked them! Thanks for the Instagram shout out!

      Delete
  2. These look divine. I love brownies. Pinned.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the pin. They are a brownie-lover's dream bar. :)

      Delete
  3. These look divine. I love brownies. Pinned.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ok, seriously what is not to love about this. Chocolate tick. Peanut butter tick. Truffle tick. Brownie...double tick. I am in chocolate heaven here!!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Catherine. They are heavenly. I hope you get a chance to make them--everyone deserves some heaven on earth. ;)

      Delete
  5. Yummy! I'm a chocoholic, so I'm pinning this for sure to make sooner than later! Thanks so much for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for pinning! If you love chocolate, you won't be disappointed!

      Delete
  6. Yummy! I'm a chocoholic, so I'm pinning this for sure to make sooner than later! Thanks so much for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  7. You had me at Chocolate and the Peanut Butter Truffle sent me over the edge. Pinned. We would love for you to join us at Party in Your PJS, our weekly link party.
    http://www.thecookiepuzzle.com/2015/04/party-in-your-pjs-52.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I linked up and added your party to my weekly list, so I will be back in the future!

      Delete
  8. Oh my!! Yummmmmm! We would love these and I am sure they were a nice welcome back to civilization. I don't think I could have waited until the next day for the second one! Pinning to make!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ok I have to get to making these, stat :) My mouth waas literally watering as I scrolled down the page, great post! xo

    ReplyDelete
  10. I wish I were a "sometimes" kind of gal when it came to chocolate. Mostly I just want to dive into these though, lol. Pinning, thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

    ReplyDelete
  11. How gloriously yummy! So decadent but you make it sound really easy. Thanks for linking up at Two Uses Tuesday! http://bitly.com/1DhE0Rp

    ReplyDelete
  12. YUM! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow, I absolutely need to pin this and actually MAKE it...yum yum yum! Have a great week and happy baking :) xo

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hey girl!!! Thanks for linking up to Creative K Kid's Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I've pinned your post to the Tasty Tuesday's Pinterest board!!! Have a great week!!

    ReplyDelete