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recipe: chocolate brownies with peanut butter fudge icing

i don't know that there has ever been a better marriage than that of chocolate to peanut butter.
(see: reeses peanut butter cups, reeses pieces, peanut butter m&ms, snickers peanut butter squared)
it definitely has stood the test of time..
(unlike the marriage of kim kardashian to chris whateverhisnamewas)

and yes.. i just spent a good 5 minutes figuring out how to stick that dig in there.
i hate reality tv, and it annoys me that people are famous for NOTHING.
(see: snooki & 'the situation' i mean really?!?! how are people like this famous?!?!)

but, like i was saying.
peanut butter + chocolate = sweet heaven
i know you'll agree, because you wouldn't want to disappoint me so close to christmas! :)
i ended up with a new 9x13 pan a few weeks ago after failing miserably at
 baking up some from-scratch scalloped potatoes (the hubs fav)
& proclaiming it to be the pans fault.
yep. i blamed the pan.
because i didn't have a 9x13 which is what the recipe called for.
i also may have claimed his favorite brownies would be thicker if i had the right pan.
it's all about how you sell the purchase ladies & gents! :)
so i figured i had to christen my new baking pan
& what better way to do it then marrying together two different brownie recipes my hubs loves
(he is kinda a brownie snob)

the brownie recipe is from a scrapbooking friend.
she has been blessing us with her AMAZING brownies at our retreats for a few years..
and they are always irresistible.
i begged the recipe off her because i knew the hubs would be in heaven.
she uses all top of the line goods in hers, which make them divine..
but i use good ol' hershey's cocoa & the hubs is still in love with them.

the peanut butter icing recipe is from that southern charity cook book i have in my possession.
(i looked for an online source, & found this very similiar recipe from southernplate, i'm thinking every grandma has their own variation on this stovetop peanut butter icing recipe! :)
i made the peanut butter brownies it was intended for, and while they very good
& certainly eaten up at a fair rate..
it was a little too much peanut butter in one bite for our taste..
but the icing was SOO good, i couldn't wait to find something else to put it on! :)
brownies (my adjustments in parenthesis):
-2 cups sugar
-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
-1/2 cup cocoa powder (i've upped mine to 3/4 cup)
-1 tsp salt
-4 eggs
-1 c canola oil (increase to 1 1/4 if you increase the cocoa)
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 c walnuts (i usually leave these out)

1. preheat oven 350.
2. mix all ingredients together until well blended. pour into 9x13 pan.
3. bake for 24 minutes. (we like ours a little underdone, so i typically take them out at about 22 minutes)
4. cool completely.

peanut butter fudge icing:

-1 1/2 cups sugar
-6 TB milk
-2 TB shortening
-2 TB butter
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 1/2 tsp vanilla
-3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1. mix sugar, milk, shortening, butter & salt in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. stir constantly to prevent scorching, until mixture comes to a rolling boil.
3. once boil starts, allow to boil for 1-2 minutes WITHOUT stirring.
4. remove from heat & immediately add vanilla & peanut butter, stirring until smooth.
5. pour over cooled brownies & let set.

feeling refreshed after a trip to ikea yesterday
(am i the only one who feels like a kid in a candy shop in that place?)
i managed to come out only spending $26, which is the most i've ever spent there at one time..
but certainly not what i COULD have spent!
then dinner last night with my brother & his wife at an amazing little greek restuarant in orlando.
(ps. love the shops & food, hate the traffic big city!)

off to start/finish our gifts for family!
let the crafting commence! :)


  1. Oh my, this looks decadent. I know my son will flip for these! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Pinning on pinterest. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  2. First, way to go with the pan, we have to justify new baking things somehow. And secondly these look amazing!


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