Today, I still love crafting just as much as I did when I was little, but the sweets I share with everyone are the biggest priority now.
So give them a try; they're really simple to make, and with satisfy yours and your loved one's sweet tooth!
Happy Valentines Day friends!
Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Chip Brownies
Makes a 9x9 pan of brownie squares - if cut into hearts, about 10 hearts
1 stick unsalted butter
10 ounces of semi-sweet/dark chocolate
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
Peanut Butter Layer
3/4 cup of peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk (I used skim, but you can use something with more fat if you want)
**Extra chocolate chips to sprinkle on top of the brownies
**Heart shaped cookie cutter - mine was roughly 2" wide if you're looking for a specific size
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a 9x9 inch brownie pan and set aside
1. Melt the butter and the chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat. One melted and combined, remove from heat and cool.
2. Prepare the peanut butter mixture in a stand mixer or with a hand held mixer by using the whisk attachment to blend the peanut butter and powdered sugar, then add the liquids. The mixture should be relatively thick; if it's too wet, then add a little more powdered sugar. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the brownie mixture.
3. In another bowl using your stand or electric mixer, mix the melted chocolate and butter with the sugars. Add an egg to the bowl one at a time on medium speed until it's fully combined. Add the vanilla then sift in the flour and cocoa and finally the salt.
4. Using the brownie pan, pour in half of the chocolate brownie mixture and spread evenly. Then pour all of the peanut butter mixture and spread that in as well, following with the rest of the chocolate batter. Sprinkle chocolate chips or other toppings on top if so desired, (you could use pretzels, other flavors of chips, etc.)
5. Bake for 35 minutes on 350 degrees, then if they are not done (meaning if you can't cleanly remove a knife from the brownies), then bump the heat up to 450 for another 10-15 minutes and keep a close eye on them. Let them cool for 30 minutes to an hour before serving, or cool them more in the freezer so you're able to cut out the heart shaped more cleanly! Enjoy!