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April 4, 2012

chocolate peanut butter ridiculousness

the title of this post really says it all. lately i've been planning what i'm going to make for easter desserts, as i am in charge of that part for two different dinners.

for the one we are having with my family, i decided a long time ago to make a springy cookie pizza, with lemon flavors and cream cheese icing and strawberries. and i promised the boys they could help me make super cute easter basket cupcakes. i feel those ideas are appropriate and will be delicious. and hopefully easy.

for the dinner at my in-laws, i settled on a pineapple upside down cake. it's a favorite of my mother-in-law, and for whatever reason, i've always associated pineapple and coconut as classic easter dessert flavors. so pineapple upside down cake was a no-brainer.

still, i wanted something else, something a little different, something new i'd never made before. and knowing my audience, something with chocolate and peanut butter seemed like a good idea. after looking around at my recipes and online, i found this recipe.

now yes, i know, there is no peanut butter in that recipe. but it was simple enough that i knew i could adapt it for my purposes. the reason i settled on that one is because it uses rolo minis that come in bags. they're a new product, and i've never tried them before, but i am a firm believer in the reese's peanut butter cup minis. they come in a bag too. a very convenient bag where they're already unwrapped. and they're smaller so they mix into recipes better. or top cookies and cakes. and i happened to have a couple of bags on hand, for just-in-case emergencies. wicked chocolate cravings are emergencies, right?

anyway, so i made a pan of brownies, just like in the recipe. i cheated and used a box mix, but it's a mix i've used before, so i know it's a good one. then, after letting the brownies cool, i spread 1/2 cup of hot fudge sauce on top, because i figured the fudge would work better then the caramel sauce. then i sprinkled a whole bag of halved reese's minis. i guess that i hadn't let the brownies cool completely, because the cups got a little melty. at that point i really should have put the pan in the fridge to firm up a bit, but i didn't, so after the next step, things got a little messy. the next step was spreading peanut butter frosting on top of the whole thing. in the original recipe, it said to make easy fudge, but i'm honestly not in love with the fudge made with sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips. both ingredients are fine on their own, but together, i'm not such a fan. so yeah, i spread frosting on top instead, but because the peanut butter cups were soft, they kind of swirled into the frosting.

now everything is in the fridge, firming up. and i know it'll come out of the pan ok, because i sprayed it well (professional cooking spray ftw!). hopefully is travels well. and lasts in the car and out of the fridge for awhile. though knowing my in-laws, they'll love it no matter what it looks like. it probably won't even make it until after dinner. and that is the real reason why i am making two desserts, because i know how things go. and i'm ok with that.

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