Just a Tease Brownies

Just a Tease

There is nothing worse than baking brownies or anything sweet when you are on a diet. Who is dumb enough to start a diet before the holidays?! Yep … that would be me. I figure that it’s better to lose a few pounds in December so that I don’t have even more to lose in January because I pigged out the entire month of December. Plus I’ll be the BIG 4-0 next year and I really want to get back into shape before that milestone birthday. I’m not a fan of the round shape I’m currently in.

To celebrate the New Year our family is going to our daughter’s preschool friend’s family home (that’s a mouthful). They live just outside the city limits and we can pop fireworks. Let’s hope everyone makes it into the New Year with all of our fingers, toes, and original body parts.

Our friend asked that I bring a dessert that is no fuss (and no dishes). And like always I turned to my BFF Pinterest and searched for dessert bars. I kept seeing pictures of these decadent brownies called, Slutty Brownies. Instead of a chocolate chip cookie dough base I chose a sugar cookie dough base. I figured the “virginal” white sugar dough base would make this recipe not so slutty but more of a tease. Slutty Brownies have three layers, but I added a couple more. You can always eliminate layers two and three if you or a loved one has a peanut butter allergy. Or replace with chocolate chips, regular M&Ms or even mint M&Ms. Santa cruelly left me a large bag of peanut butter M&Ms and it had to go somewhere other than my belly.

Layer One: Sugar Cookie

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Layer Two: Mini Peanut Butter Cups

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Layer Three: Peanut Butter M&Ms

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Layer Four: Double Stuffed Oreos

 

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Layer Five: Triple Chocolate Brownie

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I love the look of the sugar cookie base with the rich chocolate brownie. When I cut into the brownie the M&Ms weren’t as colorful as I wanted so next time I may use the entire bag versus just half.

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I got the thumbs up from my picky husband who commented that he liked that these weren’t 100% chocolate. The sugar cookie base was a hit with him. And the peanut butter was prominent without being overwhelming. * UPDATE: A friend stopped by this evening and tried a brownie. I think it was a good sign when her eyes rolled back and moaned. She agreed these were AMAZING!

INGREDIENTS

  • Favorite Sugar Cookie mix or Pillsbury ‘Ready to Bake’ Sugar Cookies (16.9 oz)
  • 3/4 cup Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter M&Ms
  • 16 Double Stuffed Oreos
  • Favorite Brownie Mix or Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie mix

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325F (or your brownie mix direction)
  2. Line a 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Press sugar cookie dough evenly  into the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle mini peanut butter cups over the sugar cookie dough.
  5. Sprinkle peanut butter M&Ms over the mini peanut butter cups.
  6. Layer Oreo cookies side by side on top of of the peanut butter cups and M&Ms.
  7. Prepare the brownie mix according to the package instruction.
  8. Pour brownie batter over the Oreo layer in the baking dish. Use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly over the Oreos.
  9. Bake for 60 – 75 minutes or until the brownie is set. Note: You can’t use the toothpick method to test the Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate mix because there are so many gooey pieces of chocolate. 
  10. Allow to cool and set for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving. Or if you are impatient put them in the refrigerator to cool.

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