Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Brownie Layer
▪ 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
▪ 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chips or chopped
▪ 1 1/4 cups sugar
▪ 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
▪ 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
▪ 4 large eggs
▪ 1 cup all purpose flour
▪ 3/4 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Peanut Butter Layer
▪ 1 cup peanut butter (not natural or old-fashioned)
▪ 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
▪ 1 cup powdered sugar
▪ 3 tablespoons whole milk
▪ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting
▪ 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
▪ 1/4 cup cocoa powder
▪ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
▪ 1 cup powdered sugar
▪ 2 tablespoons whole milk

▪ 1 cup Peanut Butter Cups, cut into quarters

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 9 X 9 inch baking pan with foil and butter 
the foil.
Melt butter and chocolate in a double-boiler (aka a heatproof bowl suspended 
over barely simmering water without touching said water).
Stir until chocolate is melted. Then beat in the sugar followed by the eggs, vanilla 
extract and kosher salt.  Gradually add the flour and stir until combined.  Then 
add the salted peanuts.  Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
Bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 
22-25 minutes.  Take care not over bake.  Cool the brownies to room temperature.

Using an electric mixer, beat together the peanut butter and 1/4 cup softened 
unsalted butter in medium bowl.  Then, beat in the powdered sugar, milk and 
vanilla.  The mixture should be very spreadable.  If, for some reason, it isn't, 
incorporate a little more milk.  Spread this peanutbuttery goodness over the cool 
brownies.  Then put the pan in the refrigerator while you make the chocolate 

To make the chocolate frosting, beat together all of the ingredients in a medium 
size bowl.  I use my mixer for this, but it could be done by hand.  When the 
frosting is spreading consistency, spread it over the peanut butter layer.
Sprinkle the top of all this decadence with quartered Peanut Butter Cups.  Cut into 
squares and serve.

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