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Easy to make Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies
Family favorite instead of birthday cake
You most likely have all of the ingredients on hand to make the brownies and frosting, so this is a great go-to recipe when you are called on to provide a dessert.
It is an old family favorite here. I have made the recipe umpteen times through the years. They are now a favorite and often requested instead of birthday cake.
How to make peanut butter
Start with your favorite Big Batch brownie mix baked according to directions on box. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
If you bake the brownies in an 8×8-inch pan you will have thicker brownies with a thicker layer of frosting. If you bake them in a 9×13-inch pan, they will of course, be thinner with thinner frosting. You might want to double the frosting recipe for the 9×13-inch pan size.
In a large mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 3-ounces softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup softened butter.
Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled brownies.
How to make the chocolate glaze for peanut butter frosted brownies
You will need 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening.
Combine in a small microwave-safe bowl.
Heat the chocolate chips and shortening on half-power in the microwave until melted, about 1 minute, stirring until smooth.
Drizzle the chocolate over the frosting. Allow the chocolate to harden and store the brownies in the refrigerator.
Add candles and a Happy Birthday pick for a celebratory dessert!
Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3-oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 3 Tablespoons milk
Chocolate Glaze Ingredients
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon shortening
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