March 13, 2013

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

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Chapter 2 of the Chronicles of the Kitchen.

Kitchen 911, we have an emergency! The flour was supposed to stay with the peanut butter while at the refrigerator museum, but the P.B. no longer knows where the flour is! They were traveling through the museum, but now the flour is gone! It didn’t pay attention to where the brownie was going . . . oh tragedy of tragedies!

Writers - would this qualify as a Black Moment?



No, I was not bored when I wrote this post and you will hopefully see the point of this story by the end of this post. (Hmm, maybe this should be the Kitchen Parables, not Chronicles . . . what do you think? Just in case of another installment!:)  But first, I’ll save you from reading the rest of the chapter by telling you the peanut butter found the flour and created this incredible recipe.  No, this is NOT a giant cookie pie.


This is a brownie pie . . . super soft and sweet and full of peanut butter! 

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie
Yield: 2 eight inch pies, 8 servings each (16 total)

1/4 cup margarine
2 tbsp. applesauce
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1-3/4 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup Reeses Peanut Butter Baking Chips (you could substitute chocolate chips, but I really, really recomment these!)

Preheat oven to 350.

Beat butter, applesauce, and peanut butter until well blended.  Add sugars, beat well.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.  Stir in baking chips. 

Spread into two greased 8 inch pie pans.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.  UPDATE:  Some people have had problems with dried out results.  My guess would be my oven is hotter since I've never had problems with that, so please check your pie at 25 minutes and take out earlier as it does continue to bake in the pan.   I also used foil, not glass pans, and that may have affected results as well.


This pie will knock your socks off.  You cannot just eat one bite.  See that piece on the fork above?  I ate that after the picture and ended up shoving the whole piece into my mouth as fast I could.  Gooey peanut butter brownie with sweet Reeses chips.  Does it get any better than that?


There is so much yumminess condensed into this little piece of heaven, it is amazing.  There is no chocolate, no caramel, no cookie dough to inhibit the powerful peanut butter flavor of this brownie pie.  When you're in a peanut butter fix, this is THE recipe to turn to.  I've made this a dozen times and it has NEVER failed me.



Now to the really important stuff:  (Yes, even more important than making eating this) When I go to a museum with my mom, I make sure I know what she is wearing and where she is so I won’t get separated from her. Same goes with God. You want to be close to God?  Know what He looks like, where He is going. If I want to make sure I don’t get separated from my mom, I make sure I know she is going from the turtles to the otters, not the hippos. If I want to make sure I am not going to be separated from God, I know He is honest and is not going to go to a little white lie. If I see the hippos, I know I am going in the wrong direction. If I sense deception, I am going in the wrong direction. 

I cannot expect to just end up in an awesome relationship with God if I don't take the time to learn about Him.  I am friends with my friends because I learn what they enjoy, who they like, what their hobbies are.  I become friends with God because I learn about His characterisitics, what He loves, and how to honor Him.  To be close to Him, I must know what He looks like and be sensitive to where He is leading me, just like with my mom at a museum. 

23 comments:

  1. YUM! Oh Mary Frances, reading your blog always make me soooo hungry! And everything looks really proffessional, you're getting some awesome pictures. Keep us the great work, girl:)

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    1. Thanks! That is my goal when I publish these posts;). These pictures were really fun to take!

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  2. Mmm, yum! Peanut butter BROWNIES??? I'm curious: Do they really have the same texture as brownies? Cuz I've made peanut butter "brownies" and they tasted exactly like cookies. :) Well, regardless, they LOOK incredible. My favorite part (as usual, despite how much I like cooking blogs) is ALWAYS your ending. I love hearing your analogies about God and how to get closer to Him. And you KNOW your blog HAS to be good when I like learning about your thougths even more than about good recipes!

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    1. No cookie resemblance at all! It has the brownie texture to be sure.

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    2. Wow,that is so impressive! Now I REALLY want to make these!!!

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  3. Hey! Sorry to have commented like a million times here, but we just made these ( I couldn't resist) and they're really,really good! We made them dairy free,but they still taste DElicious! :) Thanks for the incredible recipe!!!!!

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    1. *happy squeal* I am so happy you tried it!!! Made my day girl!:) Did you make them with dairy free chocolate chips?

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    2. well, we had to leave them out, but we just subbed in the earth balance(whatever it's called) and I actually MEASURED everything else, and it worked great! We also made peanut butter frosting to go with it, so it was incredible! A HUGE hit! Thanks again!

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    3. Fun! Sometime you MUST try the Peanut Butter Chips . . . they make it so good! Whenever we buy chocolate chips, there ar always peanut butter ones in the bag as well:)

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  4. LOVE the pictures on this post!

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  5. Yum, we should try this dairy free to for Elijah, my brother~

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    1. I bet he would love it! I'm glad Hannah experimented to let us know it works:)

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  6. I'm going to have to say I might have to try the chocolate chips instead of the peanut butter chips to get some chocolatey flavor in there...or maybe both! My husband made me amazing chocolate cupcakes for my birthday with cream cheese and peanut butter filling and dark chocolate chips! They were absolutely amazing.

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    1. Ooooh, I really like the idea of both pb and chocolate chips! And those cupcakes sound amazing . . . I need that recipe! This comment has so many great ideas, Mrs. Mann!

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  7. Your pictures are soooo good, Mary Frances! And I love peanut butter too....this looks delicious!

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    1. Tulle is a really fun background for pics:).

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    1. This pie is over the top amazing. One of our family's most requested desserts!

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  10. oh my gosh!!! These look so good. I'm a fellow homeschooler, and will try these and also a soy butter version for my younger sister with peanut allergies.

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    1. Homeschooling is such a blessing, isn't it? LMK how it works with soy butter!

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    2. yeah homeschool is great! I'll let you know how soy butter turns out.

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