Brownies are a favorite baked dessert with a mixture of unsweetened & sweetened chocolate and rich cocoa powder — that’s what gives them their super rich taste. Some prefer brownies plain or with nuts, but I tend to think they are over the top delish with a spoon of peanut butter on the top.
Brownie Bites are a fun decadent treat, because you get one intense bite – maybe two, to get a supreme fudgy mouthful. Sometimes mini desserts leave you unsatisfied because you are still craving a little more – not with these Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies Bites – I promise. Most people love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, well these may win that war on peanut butter chocolate – bake some and see for yourself!
These brownie bites make an easy preparation for a party or gathering and if you want to make them larger, you can prepare them in a regular muffin pan, just increase the baking time. Also, they wrap and store beautifully in the refrigerator for several days, or freeze for a month or so. Just think…. a little chocolate peanut butter heaven ready at all times.
Peanut Butter Filling
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoon cocoa powder, I use Valrhona
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup semi sweet mini chips
(Makes 50 Brownie Bites)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray or butter. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter and brown sugar, set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, add the unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate and butter, microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir, microwave again for 45 seconds, remove and stir. Let cool.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and granulated sugar, stir for 2 minutes until combined. Add in the vanilla extract and stir again for 1 minute. Pour in the cooled chocolate and stir until combined.
3. Add in the flour, cocoa powder and salt – stir until combined, about 1 minute. Pour in the peanut butter and mini chips and stir. Spoon or scoop the brownie mixture into the mini muffin pan, until 2/3 full. Spoon a 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter on top.
4. Bake for 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes mostly clean. Remove from the oven and let cool completely in the pan, about 30 minutes. Remove and serve, or wrap and store until later. Enjoy!