Brownie Peanut Butter Cups

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Ever since I saw the post on these Brownie Peanut Butter Cups on Bake or Break I had to try them. I looove brownies, and I loooove peanut butter, and to combine the two? Sign me up! I made these last night and they were pretty fun to put together. I just like breaking out my containers full of different chips and snacking on them, so that may have something to do with it, but it was still a fun process. The recipe clearly states to allow the brownies to "cool completely" in the pan, but since I finished these so late in the night and I was sending the rest off to work in the morning with the hubs, I had to break into one just a wee bit early. The resulting picture (below) isn't quite as pretty as the pictures posted on the original site, but I have to tell you, having that warm peanut butter mess streaming all over the place with the warm chocolate...I didn't mind at all. I didn't get to sample a cooled one, but I'm assuming the result would have been somewhat like a Reese's Cup center. I like that prospect. These brownies were a fun task to undertake and these are just as delicious looking as they are tasting, so unless you have a peanut allergy, I don't see any reason to not try these!
Brownie Peanut Butter Cups

Yields 12

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup peanut butter chips, plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray or grease 12 muffin cups.

2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar, butter, and water. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until butter is melted. Stir in 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips until melted. Stir in egg and vanilla extract. Add flour and baking soda, stirring until blended. Allow to cool to room temperature. Then, stir in 1/2 cup each peanut butter chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Spoon batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into muffin cups.

3. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out slightly wet. Place pan on wire rack. Centers of brownies will fall upon cooling. If not, tap centers with the back of a teaspoon to make a hole.

4. Place peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, then stir. While brownies are still hot, spoon about a tablespoon of peanut butter into the center of each brownie. Top with semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Cool completely in pan.

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