Whenever my brother comes to visit I always try to bake him something special. Ever since I could remember, he has loved brownies (and chocolate chip cookies). And brownies with peanut butter, forget about it. Actually, the last time that he came to visit I made him some peanut butter truffle brownies. They were a big hit. So this weekend when he showed up I was really excited to give him my next peanut butter chocolate concoction- Oreo-Peanut Butter Brownie Cups! And these were incredible….
Before I even begin to tell you how delicious these were, I want to mention how fantastically simple they are. Take a look below.
Yeaaaah, that’s pretty much all there is to these show stopping treats. They are just a clever way to take a pre-made mix and make it into something spectacular. I can’t take credit for the idea. The wheels in my brain started turning when I saw them over at Picky Palate. She always has the most clever bar and cookie recipes. Although, I will say that I put my own personal spin on the assembly of this one.
I used a Ghiradelli brownie mix because I just think that they are the best out there. However, it makes a very small amount of batter (what would normally fit just a 8″ square pan). Since I’m not trying to feed a crowd it was perfect. It made for exactly a dozen brownie cups, filled right to the top. So if you want to make 2 dozen, simply use a brownie mix made for a 9″ x 13″ pan or use 2 Ghiradelli mixes.
If you’re not a big “from scratch” kind of baker, these are perfect for you. I whipped them together in like 20 minutes and only because I was taking photos did it take that long. Oh, and if you are wondering why there is melted chocolate in the brownie, I accidentally picked up a double chocolate, chocolate chip mix. Not as though that hurt the brownie or anything.. But it did make it kind of difficult to fill them. Choice is yours.
This is the other thing that took a bit of time. Instead of just spreading the peanut butter on top, I sandwiched it between the cookie. Just unscrew the Oreo like your going to lick out the cream, then spread on some peanut butter and sandwich it back together.
Easy, right? And there are only 12 to do so it’s not something that takes more than 5 minutes to do.
Here is another thing that I did a little differently than the original post. I took a spoon and poured a tiny bit of batter along the bottom of the muffin cups before I placed the Oreo in. I wanted the Oreo to be suspended in the middle rather than Just sitting at the bottom making a crust that doesn’t completely fill the bottom of the cup, ya know? Well, that was just me. It could go either way. If you want this to be super quick than just put the Oreo on the bottom and evenly pour the batter amongst the cups.
Wherever you decide to put the Oreo, just spoon a little batter on top and then even it out around the edges of the Oreo into the sides of the cup. I used a brownie mix that had chocolate chips which made this a tad difficult, but it all worked out in the end.
Didn’t I tell you there was the perfect amount of brownie mix in one box to make the brownie cups exactly filled? It really all worked out great. I was a little worried for a while that I wasn’t going to have enough and the Oreo cookie would be sticking out of the top or making the brownie have an oreo shaped top. But, no. They came out wonderful. So if you really scrape that bowl clean and don’t waste any batter, yours should come out perfectly topped too.
I have to tell you though… just like with any brownie, the best way to eat this is warm. Not “just out of the oven warm“, but “cooled for a while, but everything is still gooey and melted” kind of warm. Seriously, ammmmazing.
I really like this recipe VERY much.
You can taste the peanut butter… you can taste the Oreo… the brownie isn’t overshadowed.
It was just a great balance of flavors and a really nice sweet treat!
If you’re ever in a pinch for a quick dessert you should probably whip these togethers. People will think you’re so clever!
- 1 Box Brownie Mix (with ingredients to prepare)
- 12 Oreo's
- Peanut Butter
- Preheat the oven to temperature on brownie box. Line a muffin pan with paper cups.
- Separate Oreo's, trying to leave both sides of the cookie intact with cream on one side. Spread on about a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter. Sandwich cookie back together.
- Prepare brownie mix and place about a tablespoon of batter in each cup liner (or enough to just cover the bottom). Place Oreo's in the center of each cup. Evenly spread remaining batter amongst cups. Even out batter so that it falls down the sides of the cup and the top is flat. Bake 18-20 minutes.