Meal Planning Monday – Brownie Surprise!

I am wondering how many extra people decided to read this because of the phrase “brownie surprise?” It’s probably not the surprise in a brownie some of you are used to 😉

It is no surprise that I love peanut butter and chocolate. I crave it all the time and it is probably the reason why I will never, ever, ever be able to diet. EVER. And the fact that I like to live by the phrase “life is short, eat the cake.”

It also is no surprise that I am not a huge fan of baking. I sometimes feel like I can’t even bake boxed mixes very well (cough cough THIS TOOK TWO ATTEMPTS cough cough). It is truly a science and I just can’t figure it out.

So I only bake when I feel like I really, really need it. Which, now that I think about it, the things I’ve baked and blogged about have mostly all been peanut butter and chocolate combos. Are you sick of them yet?

I have tried to stay away from brownies, on account of my own Pinterest fail, but I just couldn’t kick this idea…

All you need for this yummy dessert is:

*your favorite from scratch brownie batter
*your favorite from scratch peanut butter cookiedough

HAHAHAHAHA JUST KIDDING! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

So, I used….

*1 box of brownie mix
*1 bag / box of peanut butter cookie mix

and everything that those mixes need. In my case, it was coconut oil (because if I use vegetable oil my sister will appear from my pantry and yell at me –  I am fully convinced), water and eggs.

Mix them both up in separate bowls.

Preheat the oven to 350. Spray your muffin pan with non-stick spray.

Fill each muffin tin up with a heaping tablespoon of brownie batter. This is going to use more than half of your batter. That’s ok. (I don’t have any pictures of this step because I was still so excited that I had the idea to marry these two things together – again. And the baby was screaming. Can’t think straight when the baby is screaming).

Take your peanut butter cookie dough and form them into balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Flatten them out to the size of the muffin tin and place on top of the brownie batter.  Depending on which dough mix you bought, you may have extra peanut butter cookie dough. If that is the case, bake cookies, eat the cookie dough, throw it out…I don’t care what you do with it. But I bet you can’t guess what I did with mine….(hint…I ate it).

Take the rest of your brownie batter and lightly top the peanut butter cookie dough. It’s a little less than a tablespoon for each one. Each section will be filled almost to the top.

Bake on the middle rack for about 40 minutes. When you insert a toothpick and it comes back with some crumbs, you’re done.

When you remove them, let them cool before taking them out of the pan. I lost 6 because I wasn’t patient. Or gained a lot of ice cream toppings – you decide. They are pretty heavy so you have to remove them very carefully!

The cookie is so perfectly baked inside of the brownie!! I can’t stop eating these.

Confession: After I took the pics of 3 brownies on the plate. I ate one. Then remembered I needed to take pictures of them cut open. So I grabbed another one. And had to pour another glass of milk. Because you cannot have brownies without milk. It’s just ridiculous.

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