Apron Free Cooking ~ Peanut Butter Brownies
February is a month dedicated to chocolate. If you don’t believe me, take a walk through any store and take a look at all the packages wrapped up in Valentine colors of red, pink and purple. Chocolate of every style, flavor and combination is waiting on the shelves tempting you to put it all in your cart.
If you have a small level of resistance, you’ll be able to pass by the majority of these chocolate temptations. Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to walk on by and not load up your basket with these caramel and nut filled treats. I’ll admit I succumbed to the lure of a bag of Milky Way candy bars on Saturday.
I’m thinking it had a little bit to do with the red and shiny packaging of the bite sized bars and a lot to do with the stress levels at work last week. I bought the bite sized bars, thinking that I could share with other members of the family. At least, that’s the story I’m sticking with.
My friend, Amy, has a brownie recipe that tops even the prettiest wrapped candies when it comes to irresistible chocolate. Honestly, there’s not much out there that can top chocolate and peanut butter combinations. The only thing that comes close is the chocolate and caramel combination. I’m afraid that if somebody invents a chocolate, caramel, peanut butter combination, I’ll be a lost cause of choco-holic-sugar-induced-comatose-zombie haze.
Peanut Butter Brownies
1 package brownie mix
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
2 cups frozen whipped topping
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Prepare the brownies according to package instructions. Bake in an 8x8 inch baking pan. Allow brownies to cool before spreading peanut butter on top of brownies. Top the peanut butter with a layer of the frozen whipped topping. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Chill until ready to serve. Cut into 2 inch squares to serve.
Approximate Nutritional Values: Servings 9, Calories 401, Total Fat 33g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 28mg, Sodium 232mg, Total Carbohydrates 21g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 4g, Protein 12g. Note that these values are approximate and will vary based on the ingredients you select.
Make it a meal: Serve with your favorite coffee. Be prepared for people to beg for a second serving. If you really want to make the dessert completely decadent, drizzle some chocolate or caramel syrup over the brownie.
A completely irresistible dessert, peanut butter brownies will be a hit at your house. If you take them to a potluck, you’ll be bringing home an empty dish! The nice thing about this dessert, you can claim the protein content of the peanut butter as part of your nutritional requirement. I’m not sure that will excuse eating the entire pan in a single sitting, but if you wash all the dishes and there’s no evidence then who’s the wiser?
Noel Lizotte is breaking free of corporate stress with convenience cooking! www.apronfreecooking.com