Reese’s Brownie Bites

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     I like cute things.  It’s true.  Cuddly puppies, coffee mugs painted with polka dots—basically anything that makes me say, “Aww!”  When cute can be coupled with delicious, I call that a win!

     Let me paint a picture for you.  Envision a chewy, chocolate brownie.  That’s delicious, right? Of course!  Cute, though?  Well, not exactly.  Appetizing, yes, but not quite cute.  Now, let’s think about a Reese’s peanut butter cup.  That’s cute and delicious!  How can we marry these two things together to create a cute, delicious dessert?  Stuff the peanut butter cup inside the brownie.  Duh!

     All right, here’s what you do.  Mix up a nice, quick batch of boxed brownie mix (This dessert is pretty easy, too!) and bake up little brownie muffins in a mini-muffin pan.  As soon as you pull the pan out of the oven, slowly press Reese’s peanut butter cups into the center of the brownie bites.  It will look so pretty, especially when the peanut butter cups start to melt and the tops get all shiny.

     This made exactly thirty brownie bites, like the recipe said it would.  Since I only have one mini-muffin pan, I let the brownie bites cool for about ten minutes in the pan.  Then, I used the edge of a silicone cookie spatula and applied gentle, sideways pressure to one edge of a brownie bite.  This made the brownie rotate in the well and come loose.  Once it was loose, I gently popped the edge of the brownie up a little with the spatula and pulled it out with my fingers.  You have to do this kind of quickly, though, because the melted Reese’s will flow over the side of the brownie when it is tipped backward.

     The brownies were nice and chewy, and the peanut butter cup center was creamy and, well, peanut buttery!  I think that these would be a fun finger food to serve at a party.  They’re also fun to have as a sweet treat around the house.  Ooh!  I bet you could make a base of a few of these on a plate and top them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of hot fudge.  That would be especially yummy if the brownie bites were still warm and made the ice cream nice and soft.  Oh, the possibilities these present!

Recipe from Budding Baketress

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