So, as usual I’m showing up late to the party. I missed National Peanut Butter day (out of complete ignorance), but made these brownies last weekend out of dumb luck.
I wanted to throw a goodbye party for the extra 20 pounds I’m carrying around. I figured what’s the difference between having to lose 20 pounds and 21 pounds, so I went all out and made the most diabetes friendly dessert I could get my hands on. It just so happens to have three of my favorite ingredients: Peanut butter, cream cheese, and fudge.
As with any great dessert, this starts with cream cheese and peanut butter (and sugar). Once upon a time I had the pleasure of tasting some creamy Reese’s peanut butter at a friend’s house… ten years later, I have not purchased any other peanut butter ever since.
Take your favorite brownie mix (Ghiradelli with fudge topping) and cover the bottom of a 9×9 pan. If you bought the Ghiradelli w/ fudge brownie mix, throw the fudge in and mix it around. Then top with the peanut butter mixture and take a knife and swirl it in to make a visually appealing design.
For those of you that understand basic geometry, you may have noticed that my pan resembles more of a circle than a square. My household is not one that partakes in baking activities very often so we do not invest in baking equipment… I do make cheesecakes every so often, so we used a springform pan.
Speaking of springform pans, if you’re making something like brownies you may want to put some aluminum foil on the rack underneath in the oven. Either my springform pan is of extremely low quality (which is a very good possibility) or the brownie goop likes to escape when heat is applied.
Forty five minutes later we have a perfectly baked brownie circle. I let this thing cool for about 30 minutes before I even attempted to cut into it. Even then it may have been too early as they were not the kind of brownies that you could eat without a plate.
Pockets of fudge are always an acceptable annoyance with regards to dessert. It makes it a little bit of a pain in the ass to serve or eat without making a mess, but it is well worth it once you start eating.
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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies (with fudge). Three of the best dessert ingredients combined into one amazing creation. If you’re going to make an unhealthy dessert… do it right!