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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

What defines a cupcake? Is it the shape? The texture? The frosting? Because while these might look like mini-cupcakes, I don’t think I’d consider them cupcakes. They are brownies, through and through. With that in mind, it must be a combination of hand-held shape and cake-like texture that truly makes something a cupcake.

But these, cupcake or not, are delicious.

Based off of the delicious and oh-so-decadent Crunchy Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies, but instead of one big pan of brownies, I went the bite sized route and made them in mini muffin tins. Maybe not the best choice, as frosting one large pan of something is much more efficient than frosting 3 dozen tiny little somethings, but once you eat one, you won’t care one way or the other.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

This is the halved version of the recipe, and it made 3 dozen. Unless you really want 70 of these suckers, I’d stick with that.

Have leftover peanut butter mixture and chocolate? Make peanut butter cups! Simply spread a thin layer of chocolate inside of a foil mini cupcake wrapper, fill with peanut butter, and spread another layer of chocolate over top. Chill until set. Delicious, and no wasted ingredients!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Makes 3 dozen bites. Adapted from Epicurious.

Ingredients:

Brownies
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3.5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1.5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Frosting and Ganache
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (do not use natural or old-fashioned)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/8 cup powdered sugar
pinch salt
pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3.5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions:

For brownies:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Line mini muffin tin with papers or grease tin.

Place butter in heavy large saucepan. Add both chocolates; stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar, vanilla, and salt, then eggs, 1 at a time. Fold in flour, then nuts. Distribute into mini muffin tin, about 1 tablespoon per bite. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 20-25 minutes. Place pan on rack; cool.

For frosting and ganache:
Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter and butter in medium bowl to blend. Beat in powdered sugar, salt, and nutmeg, then milk and vanilla. Spread frosting over brownies.

Stir chocolate and remaining butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Drop ganache all over frosting; spread to cover. Chill until set, about 1 1/2 hours. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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  1. 1
    margie/mom
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I want one right now with my morning coffee. Now I know what you were up to yesterday.

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  2. 2
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 11:34 am

    What a lovely recipe to recreate Lindsay! They just look gorgeous.

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  3. 3
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I think I actually have everything I need in the pantry to make these – Looks like I found my Saturday afternoon project!

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  4. 4
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Yum, these look great!

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  5. 5
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    They are so cute! I have a neighbor who would LOVE them.

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  6. 6
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Great combination! These look delicious.
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  7. 7
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Anything that combine chocolate and peanut butter is awesome in my book. And if I made 70 of these bites, I’d probably eat the entire batch. These would be very party-appropriate too.

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  8. 8
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    What a great idea! Love it :)

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  9. 9
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I used to love telling people I hated peanut butter because of the reaction I would get but now…I love it. Curses! This looks like a solid reason why. I might have to try it.

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  10. 10
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Wow, thees look so tasty! Yum!

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  11. 11
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Mmm, those look good. Good idea not making 70 of those bad boys. Much too tempting to have in the house.
    ~ingrid

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  12. 12
    Posted On February 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    miniaturized versions of pretty much everything rock my world. chocolate + PB = oh so heavenly.

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  13. 13
    Posted On March 1, 2009 at 9:01 am

    these look too cute…. and i bet they taste even better :)

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  14. 14
    Posted On March 1, 2009 at 10:40 am

    These look so tasty. Like huge reese’s cups! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. 15
    Posted On March 1, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    OMG, these look incredible!!

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  16. 16
    Posted On March 1, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    wow!,These look delicious!

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  17. 17
    Posted On March 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    What do I have conveniently tucked away in my cupboard?? Why it’ s a mini cupcake tray with this recipe written all over it! These look really special :)

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  18. 18
    Posted On March 2, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Gosh! I love your pictures!!!!!

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  19. 19
    Posted On March 2, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Not sure I could stop at just one of these! Beautiful.

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  20. 20
    Posted On March 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Oh my!!! These look very rich and delicious. I love their miniature size. Personally, I prefer eating sinfully delicious desserts in small portions.

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  21. 21
    Posted On March 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    these look fabulous!

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  22. 22
    Posted On March 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I don’t know which to bake first, these, or perhaps the Tequila Sunrise.
    Your cupcakes are beautiful!

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  23. 23
    Adrianne
    Posted On March 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    these were great. thanks.

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  24. 24
    margie/mom
    Posted On March 12, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I made these and they were delicious but stuck to the mini alum. foil cupcake papers. Very hard to peel. Next time, I will make them in brownie pan and cut in squares, not as pretty, but much faster and neater. Looks like you used paper cupcake liners…

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  25. 25
    Posted On March 22, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Just found your site and I think I’m in love. :-) These look delicious!

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  26. 26
    Bettie Sue
    Posted On July 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Sure look like brownies to me. I have a recipe for Brownie Pie which is made in a piepan. The brownies are cut in wedges instead of squares. With the peanut butter and chocolate on top . . . yum and maybe easier. This recipe would probably work baked in a pieplate too.

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