Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

So I’m sure y’all have recognized a theme of chocolate and peanut butter in my life. Let’s face it, nothing goes better with peanut butter than chocolate. Not even jelly. Yeah, I said it. Better than peanut butter and jelly. It’s even better when you make homemade brownies, peanut butter frosting and add broken up chocolate covered pretzels on top.

Brownies are one of my favorite things to make. And I make them like a champ.

Brownie Ingredients:

4 squares unsweetened bakers chocolate

2 cups of sugar

1 1/2 sticks of butter

3 eggs

1 cup of flour

Vanilla

Frosting:

1 stick softened butter

1 cup creamy peanut butter (I threw in an extra 1/2 cup because we LOVE peanut butter)

1/2 cup marshmallow fluff

1-2 cups of powdered sugar

Vanilla

1-2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet, dark chocolate- what ever floats your boat)

2 cups pretzels

2 tablespoons of butter

Yes, there’s lot of butter. This is not for anyone trying to eat healthy, lose weight or diabetes. Yes, this looks super labor intensive. I promise it takes an hour start to finish and that includes brownie baking time!

Brownies: Pre-heat the oven to 350

1. Thoroughly melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave

2. Pour into a stand mixer or use a hand mixer and add in the sugar, eggs and splash of vanilla.

3. Slowly add in the flour and WHIP IT! Make it nice and thick and fluffy. TRUST ME!

4. Pour the batter in a greased and lightly floured 13×9 dish and cook for about 35 minutes or until a knife poked in the middle comes out clean.

Frosting: While the brownies are cooking wash out your stand mixer bowl and get going on your frosting!

1. Whisk peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, butter, powdered sugar and splash of vanilla. This frosting is not as thick as a regular frosting and is definitely a bit more sweet than the Giraffe Cake peanut butter frosting. It will be nice and creamy, smooth and light

Pretzels:

Feel free to just buy chocolate covered pretzels. I wish I would have thought of that. But I didn’t. So I melted down some dark chocolate chips with a bit of butter and a splash of milk on a double boiler and dipped the pretzels in. I set them on wax paper to cool and set.

When the brownies were done I let them cool for a bit, slathered on that frosting and break up the chocolate covered pretzels on top. The brownies will have a crunchy layer on top that breaks through to soft, moist chocolatey goodness. Paired with the frosting and pretzels- it’s all drool worthy. They also didn’t last very long. Between my parents, brother, friend Katie and I- they lasted about 2 days….maybe.

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