Allow me to introduce you to a little heaven on earth.
Yes, that statement may well be bordering on the lines of blasphemy, but I’ll leave you to decide if you’d like to hop on over to the Dark Side (dark chocolate, geddit geddit?) once you’ve had a taste of these brownie cups. They’re not just ordinary, boring brownies. And neither are they simply Oreo-flavoured or peanut butter brownies.
Inside these little cups of magic are two whole Oreo cookies, and all-natural peanut butter (which is good for you, if eaten in controlled portions, though I can’t say for sure with this recipe…). If that isn’t a mouthful, I don’t know what is!
Indeed, these cups are what I’d like to call “calorie bombs” — be sure to watch how many you gobble down!
Inspiration for these brownie cups came from a Food Snots entry I chanced upon. The recipe there calls for brownie mix but as I’d have you know, I don’t trust pre-mix ha ha. So, I combined a dark chocolate brownie recipe from Joy the Baker with the recipe I found on Food Snots and, voila! Nothing short of a genius idea 🙂
Oreo and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Brownie Cups
Adapted from a combination of Food Snots’ and Joy Wilson’s recipes
Yield: 12 brownie cups
For the Brownie
- 1 1/3 cup self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (I used Hershey’s, 2 bars)
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Oreo and Peanut Butter Insides
- 24 Oreo cookies
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Adam’s All-Natural Unsalted Creamy Peanut Butter)
To make the Brownie
1. Sieve the self-raising flour, baking powder and salt together into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
2. Break up the unsweetened chocolate bars into half-ounce bars as shown below.
3. Together with the butter, put them into a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water, raising the bowl using a low rack to ensure that the bowl does not touch the boiling water or the bottom of the pot.
4. Stir until chocolate and butter are completely melted. This should take a while, about 10 minutes. Once fully melted, use pot holders to remove the bowl from the pot and leave the mixture aside to set.
5. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk until the mixture is thick.
6. Add the chocolate mixture into the large bowl. Whisk together until completely incorporated.
7. Finally, add in the flour mixture all at once and whisk until completely incorporated.
To make the Oreo and Peanut Butter Insides
1. For each Oreo cookie, spread a bit of peanut butter on top and stack them one of top of another.
2. Taking the muffin pan, place paper cups into each mold. Place the Oreo and peanut butter stacks into the muffin cups.
3. Spoon the brownie batter into each muffin cup, letting the batter run down the sides of the Oreo stack and making sure that the Oreo stack is kept centered.
4. Place the muffin pan onto the rack in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the brownie comes out clean.
5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a standing rack. Cut them down sideways and enjoy good food that looks good too! 😀