Chocolate Chip Cookie-PB Cup Brownies

And now for the grand finale of the girls night recipes, the turducken of baked goods, the most sinful dessert you will ever consume: the cookie dough peanut butter cup brownie:

I found this recipe here, through food gawker or one of those other compilations of blog postings, and knew that this needed to come out of my kitchen. And oh my goodness was it worth it! It was so decadent that a one inch square was enough to satisfy--and of course, you're actually getting three desserts in one, so how could it not?

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk chocolate chips
18 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
1 box family size brownie mix (9 x 13) (and the accompanying ingredients listed on the box)

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and get ready to make the cookie layer. Beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt, then add dry ingredients to dough. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread dough into a well greased 9 x 13 inch pan. 

Next, add a layer of Reese's peanut butter cups. The recipe didn't specify size, so I used the fun-size ones. Push the peanut butter cups directly into the cookie dough, three rows of six to ensure peanut butter in every bite!

(I had extra...it seemed wrong not to find a place for them :p).

Finally, make the brownie mix according to package directions, and pour over the top of the cookie dough/peanut butter cups, making sure every inch is covered with brownie goodness.

Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes (mine were done after about 45 minutes) and allow to cool for at least fifteen minutes before cutting, as the chocolate from the Reese's is a bit melty. Once the wait is up, cut the brownies, taste, and die of pleasure (or, you know...stick around for a second brownie ;)).

I mean really--do you see the layers in this thing?? Stop drooling now and go make these! Enjoy!! :)

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