Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap, hosted by Karen from Baking In A Tornado. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
My subject was assigned to me by Single Mum Plus One, and the subject is: “You have been selected as the guest on This is Your Life! Pick three people from your life that would come and speak about you on the day, and three highlights of your life that would be discussed.” Seriously?
I was going to go all serious with this one, and interview my mother, best friend, and husband, but after talking to my best friend I realized they would all say the same thing for the highlight of my life, my daughter!
Ignore the hair. Mine, not her’s!
Gerber Baby Wannabe!
and today, at four and a half!
I’m sure all three of them would say our wedding, too!
The third highlight would be my daughter’s Godmother and her sister, who I was a live in babysitter for when they were little, and are still a big part of my life. The oldest is almost 21 now, and pregnant with her first child! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture of them together!
So, going with the whole “This is Your Life” theme, I wanted to make a recipe that is “me” but the only thing I could think of was pasta ( I LOVE it!!) and I really wanted brownies. Ha! Not just any brownies, either, I knew I wanted chocolate, peanut butter and coffee together! So I went on a long, tedious search to find something I could adapt from the ingredients I had on hand, and behold I found Peanut Butter Cup Brownies from Sugerhero! right on my own “Recipes To Try” Pinterest board! I have that board full of recipes, most of which have been on there for a year or more and I have yet to try! Oh, well, now I know where to look when I need a recipe to try 😉
The original recipe has a peanut butter frosting which sounds great but I was out of cream and out of time. I added peanut butter chips instead, sprinkled over the still hot brownies right out of the oven, so they melted slightly and are delicious.
Chocolate Coffee Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
- 8 ounces 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup coarsely chopped miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
- 4 tablespoons instant coffee
- 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- nonstick cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large pot melt the butter over very low heat, then add in the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Whisk continuously until the chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth, then remove the pot from the heat.
- Whisk in the cocoa powder, sugar, coffee granules, vanilla extract, and salt, then whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until the mixture is smooth. Add in the flour, a little at a time, stirring until no white streaks remain. Fold in the chopped peanut butter cups and milk chocolate chips and mix well.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan (the mixture will be VERY thick at this point), spread evenly, and bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean, with just some melted chocolate remaining on the toothpick. Top immediately with peanut butter chips, then place the pan on a wire rack until cool enough to refrigerate until slicing ( refrigerating makes slicing easier) .