Does it surprise you that I neurotically plan out what I'm going to bake each week... sometimes months in advance? I'm guessing not.
This week I was supposed to be making dessert pizza. Two words that should always be together. I've actually been planning to make it since last July, but it keeps getting pushed back by recipes that demand to be made immediately.
Like this one. As soon as I saw this recipe on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, I became powerless against it. I thought about it constantly over the next three days. I even thought about it while I was exercising, which I'm sure somehow negated all the calories I burned.
Essentially, these brownies combine everything that is good. Chocolate and peanut butter. Brownies and cookies. Salty and sweet.
Plus, we all know that the primary reason for baking is to use as many utensils as possible and shamelessly lick the residual batter off of each and every one. And in my experience, nothing can really compete with brownie batter or cookie dough. Trust me... I'm kind of a connoisseur.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies
Adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
9x13 pan of brownies, baked and cooled
1/4 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 & 1/4 cups pretzel m&m's
1. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and peanut butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sugars, and continue creaming until light and fluffy, about 1 minute more. Add the milk and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add the flour, and continue to mix at low speed until fully combined. Stir in the m&m's.
2. Spoon the cookie dough onto the cooled brownies and spread gently into an even layer. Slice into squares, and prepare for your life to change.