Indulgent, chocolatey, peanut-buttery and irresistible brownies! The marriage of peanut butter and cheesecake is a delicious one! These brownies are a huge hit at gatherings of any sort, any time of year.
A few weeks ago we celebrated a friend's life, which sadly ended far too soon. Our celebration of his time on earth was bittersweet. It was great fun, but we missed our friend. The celebration involved food and martinis. Food because, well, everyone needs food, and martinis because our friend loved martinis. I decided to contribute a "dish" to the potluck that was totally indulgent. I didn't feel like being healthy that day and based on all of the martinis consumed, nobody else did either. These delicious treats were supremely indulgent and I only needed a teeny tiny square to be satisfied. If you have a reason to be indulgent, you must give these a try. We don't always need a reason, though, do we?
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
Prepare a 19.5-oz. box of chocolate fudge brownie mix according to package directions. Spread the batter in the pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat one 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese with a hand-held mixer until fluffy.
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Beat until smooth.
Stir in a 12-ounce package of Reese's Pieces candies.
Spoon the mixture over the brownie batter and spread evenly.
Bake for 40 minutes or until the cheesecake layer is set and the edges are golden brown. Cool for 30 minutes and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Add the following ingredients to a small microwaveable bowl:
One 12-ounce bag milk chocolate chips
3 tablespoons whipping cream
Microwave on high for 1 minute, or until the chips are melted. Stir until smooth. Spread over the cheesecake layer. Sprinkle 12 large Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (chopped) over the top. Store covered in the refrigerator.