So, they're not red, white, and blue. They're not cute or stunning. They are just humble brownies from a box dressed up with some peanut butter frosting and mini peanut butter cups. But, I promise, if you take these to your 4th of July picnic, you will not bring any back home.
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Brownies1 box brownie mix of your choice and whatever ingredients (oil, eggs, and water) the box requires
(I used the Pilsbury mix that makes a 9x13 pan of brownies)
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
Mix together brownie mix, eggs, oil and water. Fold in the peanut butter and chocolate chips. Bake brownies according to the box directions. Allow to cool.
Peanut Butter Buttercream1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup peanut butter (regular, not natural)
4 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk to thin frosting
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Beat together butter and peanut butter until smooth. Mix in the vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. I like to have a soft smooth spreadable frosting.
Spread frosting on cooled brownies. Sprinkle Reeses minis on top as desired. I used about 5 ounces of the minis on the 9x13 pan.