I have a weakness for chocolate chip cookies, I go weak in the knees for brownies, and I’m pretty sure I’d sell my first child for something delicious with peanut butter (especially when I’m on a diet). As you can tell from this post, I’m either not on a diet, or I’m trying to fatten everyone in my vicinity so I feel better about myself.
I came up with this recipe when I was wandering the supermarket. I pretty much was holding a box of brownie mix and a cookie mix and wondering which was the better of two evils, if I had to eat one or the other. And I realized I didn’t want one or the other, I wanted both. (I also had a hankering for peanut butter, but that was just not going to happen unless I spooned it into my mouth since I ran out of bread the other day and didn’t want to buy a new loaf.) So in an effort to kick my diet out the window and succumb to sweets, I bought it all and decided to make these bars. (Which are delicious!! And possibly deadly.)
Yes, I used boxed, but you don’t have to. It was 11 at night and I was being lazy, so I thought this would be quicker to just make them boxed. I ended up making the brownie part first. I lined the 8 x 8 tray with wax paper, because 1) I know the tray is old and gross (s0rry, guys, it’s true), and 2) I needed to lift it out of the pan so I could use it later for the cookie layer.
I baked it at 350 for 50 minutes… making it then midnight by the time these puppies came out. However, they were perfect and I let it cool enough that I felt I could pull it out by the wax paper and onto the cooling rack (making sure it was still in the wax paper.)
So I mixed up the cookie mix and kept the oven at 350. Relined the pan with wax paper.
Then I put it in the tray, making sure to leave some room at the edges. Baked that for about 20 minutes. Just keep an eye on it, I originally thought it would take only 15 minutes, but being as thick as it was, it took a few more minutes before perfection. I let that cool and then went to work on the bottom layer. You really want these layers to cool, believe me.
So I put a layer of peanut butter on the brownie layer. Took about half a cup of creamy peanut butter, put it in a bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds and make it all melty and smooth. Then, making sure not to get it over the edges, I covered the brownie. But I was missing something, it felt…
Of course! I needed to add mini chocolate chips. It was only a handful and just wanted a small sprinkling. Then I made sure the cookie layer was completely cool. I even put it in the fridge for a bit so it could get hard enough for me to successfully pull off of the wax paper and flip onto the brownie layer. Believe me, this was actually very hard to do since it was after midnight and I was already exhausted. Why, again, did I want to make these in the middle of the night??
Took the whole thing, once it was together and put it in the fridge over night. Then I took a bread knife and cut it into bite-size (as bite sized as I could get) pieces. Now, to hold myself back from eating them all.