Somehow, Dorie was correct. These brownies are both a bit fudgey and a bit cakey. Not one or the other fully, and yet they are delicious. They are not “traditional” tasting brownies, but they are good when you want brownies that are a little different. They aren’t more work than some other brownies, but they do require a mixer.
That’s right. I’m here to share yet another brownie recipe with you. In case you couldn’t tell, I happen to love bars and brownies. More than cookies. Not that I don’t love cookies. And really, you shouldn’t make me pick between them, but I would pick brownies and bars. Now, if I had to decide between peanut butter and chocolate, I couldn’t do it. Just couldn’t.
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a chocolate and peanut butter treat, so here you go. You could always make these with the s’more part, but I liked the mix of textures.
When we had visited Maryland, K got to try brownie bites. Technically, this was the second time he had tried them. Now, I already knew he was a corner brownie fan. It turns out, he is a fan of brownie bites, too. Which is amusing since you can buy them at so many stores and he had never asked for them. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at them after seeing they cost $5 for less than 2 dozen at my local grocery store. I could have used one of my other brownie recipes, but I wanted these to be nice and sturdy, while still being chocolatey. Some of mine turned out a bit small because I didn’t fill them up all the way…but that is also how I ended up with extra. Next time, I will fill all of them to the top because they turned out the best.
Count these as one of my new favorites. Hands down, I love these brownies. I have made them three times recently and love that they are easy, have simple ingredients, and taste amazing. Oh, and I don’t need to make a lot of noise making them, so they can be made during naptime! Although the Fudgelet does prefer I make them with him around so that he can help me lick the bowl clean at the end, haha. The only step I can’t figure out how to do quietly is lining the pan with foil. It usually is fine, but I prefer to not take chances…so I line my pans before he goes to sleep just in case.
I have been making cream cheese brownies for a long time, but never the same recipe. I have tried many different ones trying to get what I feel is the ideal one. I don’t know if this one is “it” yet…it was good, but I think I would want to make it again slightly differently, or at least remain open to new recipes. I feel like this type of brownie should be on the thinner side. You want the usual chocolatiness, but you also want a decent ratio of the cream cheese to the chocolate. This recipe came close, but maybe using a bit less in the base, or changing the amounts a bit to use a larger pan (for a thinner base)? Like I said, I’m not sure. I did like some of the technique, and the suggestion of letting the brownies sit at room temperature before you want to eat them (obviously you need to keep them for long periods in the refrigerator due to the cream cheese). And if you’re impatient, or working on limited snacking time with a toddler who still doesn’t sleep long stretches? (ahem) You can totally microwave the brownies for 10-20 seconds to get the freshly baked taste, without it being too melty.
When I first decided to make this, I was going to leave off the chocolate glaze. But, after seeing how plain the bars looked without it, I decided to go for it, but add a bit of a crunch with some cocoa nibs. Great idea, if I say so myself.