When you can’t decide between a brownie and chocolate cake

My husband requested a funni bone treat today, which is a chocolate cake, with a peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache on top. I asked if he wanted a brownie or chocolate cake base and could not decide, so I combined them! I used a chocolate cake mix, a brownie mix, eggs, water and oil. I used a cookie sheet 18×12. A warning – this makes a large sheet of brownie cake!

  • Brownie cake ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line an 18×12 cookie sheer with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine cake mix and brownie mix. Blend in oil and water. Fold in eggs. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 16 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completely. Cut into rectangles .

  • Peanut butter fudge filling
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 bag peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions – over medium-low heat, melt butter, sugar and evaporated milk, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and let boil 1 minute. Add chips and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar. Set aside to firm up.

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions – in a microwave she bowl, microwave cream for 90 seconds. Add chips, swirling cream to cover then. Lwt set 5 minutes. Stir smooth.

Now to the assembly steps!

Slice a piece in half, horizontally
Spread peanut butter fudge layer on one half
Top with other half of brownie cake piece
Frost with ganache

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I wish you a day of peace, happiness and love. Remember to be kind. Even a small act of kindness can make a big difference for someone.

Brownie stuffed peanut blossoms topped with melted Hershey kisses

I tried to drown my sorrows from Monday night Football into baking. I opted for peanut butter cookies, stuffed with brownies and topped with melted Hershey kisses. They made the house smell wonderful, but in the end, I am still mad about the game and probably will be until Friday. Poor Rob and Gracie.

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup, and preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbs milk
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 batch of brownies, baked and cooled and cut into 1″ pieces

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. In a bowl, cream Crisco, peanut butter,brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs,vanilla and milk. Blend in dry ingredients.

Scoop out 1 1/2 tbs dough and slightly flatten.

Place a brownie square on top

Scoop out another 1 1/2 tbs dough, slightly flatten and place on top of brownie piece.

Seal edges.

In prepared cookie sheet, stagger cookies. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 12 minutes (light golden patches on top) cool completely.

In a microwave safe bowl, place 45 unwrapped Hershey kisses. Add 1 tbs vegetable oil. Microwave in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Spoon over cookies. Store in covered container.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Let me know if you make these! I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with peace, joy and love. And remember to be kind! We all need kindess!

Brownie mix cookies with peanut butter chips

Brownie mix cookies with peanuy butter chips

Another simple recipe that starts with a mix. The first time I had these was when I was in college (yup, an eternity ago). The recipe is from Pillsbury from all those years ago.. Just a few ingredients needed. The key with these is to make sure you do not overbake them…if you do, they’ll be dry. If you take them out too early, they may be a little gushy, but that is not a bad thing, is it ?

  • Ingredients
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup flour (spooned from your flour bag into your measuring cup yo get the right amount)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Direction – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners or parchment paper. Set aside. In a bowl, combine brownie mix and flour. Blend in eggs, oil, vanilla and water. Fold in chips. Scoop out 3 tbs dough and form into mounds. Stagger on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Tops will be just set. Cool completley. Store in covered container.

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Peanut butter cookie sheet cake

Peanut butter cookie sheet cake

A friend was coming over to visit today with her baby and dog, and I know she loves peanut butter. So I needed to make something for her to take home. Instead of cookies, I did a cookie cake on a small cookie sheet and topped it with peanut butter frosting.

Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking So your oven cycles to the right temp. And, scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup so you get the correct amount. If you pour it directly into the cup, you pack it in and it’s over the amount you need and makes for a dry treat.

Peanut butter perfection!
  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a small cookie sheet (I used a 9×13 cookie sheet) with parchment paper. In a saucepan, combine. Cook peanut butter and butter, stirring occasionally, until it is melted and comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Add sugar. Blend in egg, milk and vanilla. Fold in flour and baking soda. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool completley.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 /4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 to 4 tbs milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions – in a saucepan, cook and stir peanut butter and butter, stirring occasionally to a boil. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar then enough milk to get the consistency you want. Frost cookie cake. Store in covered container.

They’re thin, so have two!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I wish you peace, happiness and love.. And I remind you to be kind. The world needs more kindness.

Peanut butter cookies topped with melted Hershey kisses

In honor of the Reese’s peanut butter cup

These are an ode to likely the greatest candy in the history of humankind – the Reese’s peanut butter Cup. I have taken a peanut butter cookie, which indeed is tremendous, and plopped melted Hershey kisses on top. These are for my goddaughter Lyndsey’s birthday party. Again, Rob may, or may not, have taste tested a cookie.

Well, well, well. The cookie monster at it again!

Couple of notes – spoon your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup… Chill the cookies if you have time…and preheat your oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions – cream Crisco, sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter. Add eggs. Blend in dry ingredients. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dough and roll into mounds. Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies., bake 10 to 13 minutes, or until bottoms are light golden. Cool completely.

Staggered cookies

To make the topping – in a microwave safe bowl, microwave 45 unwrapped Hershey kisses in 25 second increments until you can stir smooth. Blend in 1 tbs vegetable oil. Spoon on top of cookies. Let set. Store in covered container.

Tres belle!

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Peanut butter brownies with milk chocolate chips

These are a peanut butter lovers delight! It is a dense, almost fudge like peanut butter brownie. I tossed in some milk chocolate chips and topped them with melted Hershey kisses! I use peanut butter chips for these.

A reminder to scoop your flour from your flour bag into your measuring cup and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes so you get the correct temperature for baking.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 10 oz bag peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Line an 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray with baking spray. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and pb chips in 45 second increments until you can stir smooth. Add sugar and brown sugar. Mix in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Fold in chips. Mixture will be thick. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until you see light golden patches on top. Cool completely. Top with melted chocolate. Store in covered container.

Hope you have a wonderful day filles with peace, love and happiness!

Brownie Cookies with Peanut butter chips

Few combos better than peanut butter and chocolate!

I wanted a 2nd type of cookie to bring into work tomorrow, in addition to my kluber chip cookies, and I wanted something easy, so I went with a brownie mix cookie. And I added peanut butter chips. Really super simple. And they don’t spread out at all. A reminder to spoon your flour from your container into your measuring cup, and, preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking to get the right temp.

Look at all those chips!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 tbs water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Combine brownie mix, flour, egg, oil and water. Mix in chips. Scoop out 1/4 mounds of dough. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger dough on sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. (No longer. They will seem doughy, but will continue to cook on sheet after removed from oven. Don’t overbake. You don’t want burned bottoms). Store in covered container.

King Sized Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter!

I needed a little something extra to bring into work tomorrow, along with my small batch of ganache-topped fudge brownies, so I thought peanut butter cookies would be a good option. I didn’t want to spend all day baking, so I opted to make only 8! And they are quite large. Instead of topping them with melted milk chocolate, I sprinkled them with sugar.

Reminders 1) spoon your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup, 2) chill the mounds of dough for a few hours before baking So the cookies don’t spread, 3) preheat your oven to 400 degrees for 20 minutes before baking so your oven cycles to the right temperature.

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  • Ingredients
  • 10 tbs butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Extra sugar

Directions – cream butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. I actually used my hands to completely make sure the dough was blended together. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each in sugar. Store in fridge for a few hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees for 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies. Bake 10 to 13 minutes (there will be light golden patches on top and bottoms will be a light golden color). Cool completely and store in covered container.

I think Gracie had some of this cookie!

Remember to be kind. It honestly isn’t that hard. Cut people a break. We never know what is happening with other people. This is a hard time for everyone. We are all doing the best we can, each day. That includes being kind to yourself. You are loved and you matter. Wishing you peace, love and joy today. ❤

Very Large Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips

Few combos better than pb and chocolate

I felt my very large chocolate chip cookies needed some sort of companion, so I made very large chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips. You, of course, can sub in another type of chip, if you are not a peanut butter fan. These are quite big, but look at it this way – instead of eating 3 smaller cookies, you can just have a big one!

Remember to scoop your flour from your flour container into you measuring cup. If you don’t have cake flour, sift together 1 cup flour and 1 tbs cornstarch. I recommend chilling the mounds of dough for a few hours. Also, preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking. Ovens need to cycle through different temperatures for about 20 minutes to get to the right temp.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (cold and grated with a cheese grater to make it easier to use)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Directions – cream butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and chocolate extract.. Fold in dry ingredients and mix well. Add chips. Divide dough evenly into 8 mounds. Chill a few hours. Preheat oven to 410 for 20 minutes. Stagger on a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners. Bake 9 to 10 minutes. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Whatever difficulties or hardships you are experiencing, I hope your burdens are lightened. Wishing you joy and peace.