The weather has dropped considerably this last week and it now truly feels like fall. To celebrate, Lee and I made some fall inspired treats to snack on: Peanut Butter Brownie Bites.
The recipe is quite simple, we use boxed brownie mix with the ingredients called for on the box. In our case it was water (which we replaced with equal amount milk), eggs and oil (which we replaced with equal amounts of applesauce). No one can tell the difference between the milk/applesauce combo versus the water/oil combo aside from the extra moistness. I love finding healthier alternatives that don’t affect the texture or taste at all.
Because we wanted these to be easy to snack on we decided to bake our brownies in mini muffins tins, sprayed with Baking Pam (not a sponsored link but have you tried this stuff? It is the best and smells absolutely delicious, like vanilla cake).
Because the mini muffins are so much smaller than a regular square/rectangular brownie pan, your brownies will cook much faster. Be careful not to over cook them. For us, 10 minutes was plenty. You will want a toothpick inserted in the middle of your brownie bite to come out almost clean but not quite.
We set our brownie bites aside to let them cool to room temperature while we worked on the “icing”. We decided on a peanut butter icing and after looking at many many recipes online with varied ingredients/measurements, we came up with our own:
- 2-1/4 cups of icing sugar
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 3 TBSP of butter
- 3 TBSP of milk
Simply mix all the ingredients together until uniform. We decided to use a disposable piping bag with a Wilton #10 tip to decorate our brownie bites with the peanut butter icing. the measurements above gave us enough icing for our 36 brownie bites as well as a little extra which we ate spread over apple slices.
Of course, we couldn’t resist topping them up with a single Reese’s pieces to add to the fall-ish/halloween-ish look.
Peanut butter and chocolate, you can’t go wrong!