Category Archives: Peanut Butter Frosting

Giveaway Winner + Vanilla Gelato with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Topping

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Congratulations to Jennie over at The Messy Baker Blog for winning the Redwood Hill giveaway!

She is a lucky girl!  But, if you didn’t win, don’t worry… I will have more giveaways.

Okay, two really exciting things happened this week:

1.  The president of Micronesia visited my college on Sunday.

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2. I got Homecoming Queen.  Funny story, though… they got two “Homecoming King” sashes, so I got to rep a king sash all night long.  Don’t care!

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Anyway, before it gets too cold, I want to share one more freezing cold recipe with you.

I have eaten Gelato a few times, but this is the first time I had ever made it.  I could not believe how creamy it was.  So decadent and the chocolate peanut butter topping was also smooth and creamy, so there were some nice textures going on.

If you happen to get another unseasonably warm day, I suggest you make this Gelato.

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Vanilla Gelato with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Topping

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups vanilla Kefir (I’m obsessed with Kefir right now if you can’t tell)
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup creamer
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp oil

Directions:

  1. Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and Kefir in a medium saucepan. Whisk and heat over medium heat, frequently scraping the bottom, until the mixture begins to barely simmer around the edges.
  2. Then, stirring constantly and scraping the sides and corners of the pan to prevent scorching, let the mixture simmer for 2.5 to 3 minutes to fully cook the cornstarch.
  3. Scrape the hot mixture into the bowl and whisk until well blended
  4. Set in the freezer to cool for about 10-15 min.
  5. When cool, whisk in the frozen yogurt until you get a smooth consistency.
  6. Pour the Gelato mixture into the canister of an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
  7. Once frozen, melt the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and oil in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave until melted, about 1 minute.  Whisk until blended and spread evenly on top of the Gelato.
  8. Freeze again until the chocolate layer has hardened.

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Peanut Butter Butterfinger Frosted Brownies

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Okay, I cheated.

I know I’ve said a million times that I hate using box mixes, but I didn’t say I don’t use box mixes.

A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends made brownies and everyone ate theirs with peanut butter.  Why wouldn’t they?  Peanut butter and chocolate are the ultimate culinary couple.

That’s when I thought, “dduuuhhh, I have to make brownies with peanut butter frosting.”  The Butterfinger’s were just a given.  Why wouldn’t I add them?

So, there’s that.  And then, I fed them to everyone I know and they were devoured isntantly.

These are a definite crowd pleaser.  There’s only a certain few recipes that I’ll make more than once, and this is one.

What’s your favorite way to spice up boxed brownie mixes?

 

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Peanut Butter Butterfinger Frosted Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 2 regular sized Butterfinger’s
  • 9×13 inch pan of brownies (I used Betty Crocker)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly beat in 1/2 of the confectioner’s sugar.
  3. Mix in 1/4 cup of the cream.
  4. Beat in the remaining powdered sugar.
  5. Slowly fold in crushed up Butterfinger’s.
  6. Frost cooled brownies.

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Vanilla Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Vanilla brownies? Whaaatt?

I was feelin’ creative when I made these and thought, “Why not?”

So yes, brownies made with vanilla pudding mix = vanilla brownies.

Add some peanut butter frosting on top and you’ve got yourself a vanilla/chocolate/peanut butter masterpiece. They’re ooey and gooey and awesome.  You really just can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.  One of my friends who doesn’t like brownies told me he loved it.

I thought I’d give you guys this recipe before I start going crazy with pumpkin/fall/Halloween recipes.  So enjoy it because they’re coming soon.



Vanilla Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients
·         3/4 cup butter
·         3/4 cup white sugar
·         3 eggs
·         2 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
·         1 package vanilla pudding
·         3/4 cup all-purpose flour
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
      1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
  3. Beat in cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, vanilla pudding, and baking powder. 
  4. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
  6. Frost with this frosting.