When I went to make a specific dessert for Jon’s family birthday party, I realized that I was short some key ingredients and had to quickly throw something else together. Yes, I had already made gluten-free cupcakes, but there weren’t enough to go around. I hate being short on food. I would much rather have many leftovers than run out of food at my house. I enjoy feeding people and love to make care packages for the ones I love. I quickly glanced through my overstocked pantry. By overstocked, I mean overstocked with every other ingredient or item you could imagine except for that key item I was missing for my original dessert. I spotted a brownie mix that I had picked up last fall from Gluten-free Pantry. This was Wal-Mart’s version of Gluten-free Pantry’s mix. They have a brownie mix & muffin mix that are both sold for under $3.00. I could certainly spruce this up for a “party worthy” dessert.
Enter: Peanut Butter Chip Brownies.
- 1 box gluten-free brownie mix (this mix uses 7 TBSP melted butter, 2 eggs and water)
- 1/2 can Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate Rich & Creamy Frosting
- 1/2 – 3/4 bag Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Melt butter.
- Beat eggs in mixing bowl.
- Add dry mix and remaining ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.
- Fold in nuts & 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
- Pour into 8 x 8 pan that has been sprayed with Pam.
- Top with a handful of peanut butter chips.
- Bake for 25 – 28 minutes or until toothpick comes out mostly clean.
- Frost when completely cool. Top with remaining chips. Freeze for 30-60 minutes before cutting.
- Enjoy. Makes 16 brownies.
These turned out better than I expected. I could have sat down to eat the whole pan alone, but that would have defeated my purpose of creating them. I grabbed a cupcake & brownie to eat for dessert & ditched the cupcake because it didn’t even compare to the yummy goodness of the chocolately peanut butter brownies. I wasn’t the only one who liked them – they disappeared like hot cakes!
I am sure this recipe could work with any boxed brownie mix or even brownies from scratch. Betty Crocker has a good gluten-free brownie mix that is available in most grocery stores.