Peanut Butter Cup Boozy Brownies & a virtual birthday party

What is a virtual birthday party you ask, why let me explain…..

Meghan blogs over at The Tasty Fork and today is her birthday!!!  All of her blogging friends are getting together to throw her a birthday party 🙂   Because we are not all in the same place, we are celebrating on each of our blogs!  You can follow along by clicking on the link above the recipe at the bottom of this post.

My creation for Meghan is Peanut Butter Cup Boozy Brownies!  That is correct, I added alcohol to brownies 😉  Actually I have been trying to perfect boozy brownies for a few years now.  There is not a lot of liquid in brownies or in the filling, so they never seem to have enough flavor.  These are different 🙂  Because I cannot purchase Peanut Butter Liqueur in the state of Iowa, I had to go a different route.  I decided to add Whipped Cream Liqueur to peanut butter.  That’s the same thing right?

99 Whipped WM

Any liqueur that is 99 proof, as got to be a good thing!  You can substitute whipped cream vodka if that is what you have on hand.  Or you can skip the alcohol altogether, and just use vanilla extract if you prefer.

But look how yummy…..

PBBB Plate WM

However you choose to make them, you just need to make them!!!  I chose to cut them with a 2 1/4″ circle cutter to make them fancy, this is a party after all!  Feel free to make them in the pan and slice them like you would with regular brownies, or make them any shape you would like.

Happy Birthday Meghan…..I hope you have a fabulous party!!!

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Peanut Butter Cup Boozy Brownies

Serves 12 - 15
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Meal type Dessert
A fudgy brownie, topped with a boozy peanut butter filling, chocolate ganache, and peanut butter cups!

Ingredients

  • Brownie
  • 4 Ounces unsweeted chocolate
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Large organic eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Godiva Chocolate Liqueur (or pure vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Peanut Butter Filling
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cups all-natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Whipped Cream Vodka (or any vodka - substitue vanilla extract for alcohol)
  • 1 Tablespoon milk or water*
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 8 Ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons full fat coconut milk
  • 24+ miniature peanut butter cups (chopped)

Directions

PBBB spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper, leave enough to overhang the edges. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
PBBB butter
Brownies: Place unsweetened chocolate and butter in a large bowl. Heat on HIGH for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir together until smooth. If not melted, return to microwave in 15 second intervals just until chocolate melts.
PBBB sugar
Stir in sugar.
PBBB eggs
Stir in eggs and chocolate liqueur.
PBBB flour
Fold in flour and salt until well combined.
PBBB in pan
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Do not over bake.
PBBB baked
Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. If you are not cutting into shapes, leave in the pan.
PBBB cool
Remove from pan and place on a rack to cool completely.
PBBB butter pb
Filling: Beat butter and peanut butter together in a large bowl.
PBBB whipped
Add Whipped Cream Vodka.
PBBB powdered sugar
Add powdered sugar and continue to beat until creamy and smooth. If mixture is too thick, add more vodka or vanilla.
PBBB frost
Spread peanut butter mixture over the brownies once they are completely cooled. OR cut brownies into shapes and frost.
PBBB choc chip butter
Ganche for Full Pan: Place chocolate chips and butter in a small bowl and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir until chocolate is smooth. Heat in 15 second intervals until completely melted. Allow to cool slightly and spread over filling.
PBBB ganache top
Ganache for Cut Shapes: Place chocolate chips, butter, and coconut milk in a small bowl and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir until chocolate is smooth. Heat in 15 second intervals until completely melted. Allow to cool slightly and drizzle over filling with a large spoon.
PBBB pb cups WM
Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups over ganache. Full pan brownies are easier to cut if they have been stored in the refrigerator first. Shapes can be served as soon as the chocolate is cooled and set.

Note

The ganache for the cut brownies has coconut milk or heavy cream to make it easier to pour over the filling.

To make these brownies without alcohol, substitute pure vanilla extract for alcohol.

*If the peanut butter filling is too thick, add more whipped cream liqueur, water, or coconut milk to thin it out.  Each peanut butter is different and yours may contain more or less oil which will affect the consistency of the filling.

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Comments

  1. Michelle G says

    Yummy! =9

    The title of these reminded me of your “BTS Bars” from waaay back in the day!! =D. I had forgotten about those It’s been so long

    *For anyone else reading this, “BTS” = “Better Than Sex”…. which is just part of the dessert’s name, not a guarantee ;). They were pretty darn good tho’ if my memory serves me well*

    You should consider recreating those, Lisa. I don’t even have a clue what was in them, except chocolate and rum I think??

  2. says

    Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know I love baking with booze. These are so flipping awesome! I love them so much I’m having to censor myself right now! The whipped cream vodka with the peanut butter was brilliant! Plus these are little and cute– totally birthday-ish!! Pinned! And making. Sooooo making.

  3. says

    Those look super tasty! I’ve never had whipped cream vodka, but you’re not the only person I’ve heard say it’s really tasty!

    Saying hey through the Sweet & Savory Sundays hop. =)

  4. says

    Wow these look fab! It would definitely have to be the alcoholic version for me 😉

    Never heard of whipped cream liqueur, I’m not sure if you can get it here in the UK but I’m going to have a look for it! It sounds a-mazing!!!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog yesterday and for your kind comments 🙂

    Shel @ Sweet Petite

  5. says

    These look absolutely amazing. Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite combo! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I pinned this and will be sharing on Facebook!

    • says

      OMG, I cannot believe that I never noticed that. I am so sorry Margaret. I “think” it was 2 cups, but I will have to make a batch of filling tomorrow to be sure. I will email you the correct amount once I figure it out. 🙂

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