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Feb232012

Peanut Peanut Butter Brownies

Does Little Caesars pizza still exist?

Never mind. Answered our own question. It does still exist. Check here.

We were never allowed to get delivery pizza when we were growing up. The families that did order pizza were SO COOL. (Ha ha. Adventures in Babysitting. Anyhoo.) And, those kids inevitably got to order it from Little Caesars.

As adults and parents now ("adults" and "parents") we totally get the appeal of Little Caesars. Pizza Pizza. Two pizzas for the price of one! Score. BOGO pizza. Who doesn't love free stuff? Plus, we still think that people bringing hot food to your door is pretty awesome. 

But, the more we think about it the more disgusting Little Caesars sounds. How good can the pizza be if you can give it away for free? Why would you want your children eating that junk? More importantly, why would you eat that junk? Wait. Don't answer that. We do love us some twinkies. Yikes. Ok. Little Caesars. What ingredients could they possibly be using that allow them to make money on free pizza? Wait. Don't answer that either. 

So we kind of hate to admit it, but these Peanut Peanut Butter Brownies do utilize a wee baking shortcut (boxed, ahem, brownie, cough cough, mix) which we also think Little Caesars MUST employ in spades given the quality of pie, however that is where the similarities end. We promise.

In fact, these brownies are kind of nothing like Little Caesars pizza. It's just the Peanut Peanut got us thinking of Pizza Pizza. 

Though to be fair, these aren't really Peanut Peanut Butter Brownies they are Peanut Peanut Butter Brownies. Very important distinction especially since we would totally bake and eat something that was just a Butter Brownie. Yum.

Peanut Peanut Butter Brownies
Makes 36-ish bars
Adapted from My Baking Addiction 

Print Recipe

1 19.8 ounce package of brownie mix (or enough for a 13x9" brownie pan, we used Duncan Hines)
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup roasted, lightly salted peanuts, chopped
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (not old-fashioned)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly butter or oil a 13x9x2" brownie baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, oil and vanilla extract and whisk well. Add the brownie mix and stir until combined. Add the chopped peanuts. Remove half the mixture to a smaller bowl and set aside.

Spread the remaining half the brownie-peanut mixture into the pan first using a spoon and then using your hands to flatten evenly. 

In a medium bowl, using a rubber spatula or spoon, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the peanut butter until smooth. Gently spread the mixture over the first layer of brownie until evenly covering the brownie mix. 

Break the remaining brownie-peanut mix into pieces and flatten with your hands and slowly and gently spread over the peanut butter mixture. It will be a bit messy. Use your hands to coax the final brownie layer into the corners and covering the peanut butter. 

Finally, bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes until the top is set and the edges are lightly browning. Cool on a wire rack before cutting and serving. 

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Reader Comments (13)

Boxed brownie mix comes to my rescue when i'm in a bind - - and also when I need brownies ASAP!! I can't get over the peanut butter layer in these ... yumm!! I may just have to pick up a box of brownie mix tomorrow ;)

Sweet and salty ... I'm forever in love!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiving The Sweet Life

Shortcut or not, I want one of these brownies!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

These look dangerous. I'm always looking for a bit of danger though....lol

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

NEED these! To do the most popular recipe on my blog is my peanut butter pretzel bites... this sounds like a brownie version of them! Must try ASAP! :)

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

These look SOOO good!!! Love my peanut butter and chocolate! :)

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBianca @ Sweet Dreaming

I think there is nothing wrong with boxed brownie mix! And these brownies look amazing!!! I want one right now!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

Wow...my boyfriend would love these! I'm going to have to pin this and remember to make it soon!!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

what do you mean by "not old fashioned" peanut butter?

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Leigh

OMG these are to die for...I love chocolate and pb together soo much. I will definitely try these!

Yum these are right up my alley I do love chocolate and peanut butter!

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

These brownies are incredible! And funny thing is, until a couple years ago I didn't think Little Caesars existed anymore.

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

These look AMAZING! I'm a longtime reader, first time commenter! Everything you all make looks so GOOD and your commentary cracks me up! We also never got to order pizza (or any other food) to be delivered to our house growing up! Now it always feels so exciting- but even then I think I'd me more excited if these showed up on my door!

Also, I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award:
http://lifebehindtheivy.blogspot.com/2012/02/versatile-blogger-award.html

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusannah

In the oven now! ...like literally...right now. :)

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

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