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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chocolate Brownie Peanut Butter BOMBS

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My daughter's birthday was last week and it was wonderful!

I say wonderful because we didn't have it here at the house! But also because she and all her little friends had a fabulous time bouncing and jumping around for an hour at a blow up bouncy house place and then they all got to stuff their little faces with pizza, apple juice, cupcakes and cookies.

After the party was over, instead of dealing with a weeks worth of cleaning to get everything put away and cleaned up.....we got to go home to a clean or a "I have kids clean" house. I made lots of yummy cute themed stuff I'll share with you soon, but I NEED to share these with you now.

It's important....really important.

Chocolate brownie peanut butter BOMBS....


Now before you roll your eyes in that "Oh, just another cake ball recipe" way. Let me explain to you that cake balls these are NOT.  

These are awesome deliciousness dipped in chocolate...like a sweet nectar of yum from the Gods of dessert.

Several years back, when I worked in a bagel bakery cafe in five towns there was a baker who used to come up with the best desserts. He did all the normal run of the mill stuff, but every once in a while he would bring something up front that we would all run and grab as we knocked customers to the side...seriously.

First come, first serve right!!!

His brownie bites were one of those treats! Now mind you this was years before the cake pop craze had hit, so his little bite of brownies mixed to perfection with frosting and dipped in chocolate was a new taste experience for most of us. It wasn't til' I had a cake pop years later that I realized he had been making the "brownie" version of them. 

I have been wanting to recreate something like it for some time now, but haven't had the opportunity until recently. You see I had about half a batch of my incredible creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting left over from my daughter's birthday and it seemed almost fate that it should pair itself with a lovely chocolate brownie.

It was destiny I tell you.... destiny.

Hence these brownie bombs were born. They look  similar to cake balls and if you want to call them that I won't be mad or anything, but I am pretty positive if you make them, THEN eat one, you will be forced by some inner version of yourself to proclaim that these are not mere cake ball, but cake BOMBS.

Because they are seriously Da Bomb!

This is what you will need to make them.......

I used a good old box of Pillsbury Brownie mix to make these. Please don't shudder in disgust if your a puritan and only bake from scratch, for me box mixes have the ability to make this busy Mom's life easier.


I'm a huge fan of Pillsbury mixes of all sorts, so that is my go to for box mixes of any kind. Prepare the brownies according to the instructions, BUT instead of using the amount of oil it calls for cut it in half and make up the difference in apple sauce. (So 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 oil.) The reasoning behind this is that if you only use oil after it's all mixed up and you dip them they will ooze. This happens a lot with cake pops (to me anyway) if I use only oil. It doesn't affect the flavor at all when using applesauce.

Let the brownie cool completely before you crumble them up in to a big bowl. Add in 2-3 tbsp of creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting and mix with a big spoon. Start with a small amount and add if you need more. You want the mixture to be soft and pliable to the touch after mixed and not a big bowl of mush.


The recipe I have for creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting can be found {{HERE}} I suggest that you use the half recipe, you will not use the full amount of frosting you make, so save the remainder in the freezer, use it for something else or just eat it straight from the bowl with a pink spatula...I won't judge...promise!

After you mixed the brownies and the frosting you can roll them out immediately. I use a Tbsp. measurement and scoop out all the mixture then roll them up.


They don't have to be perfect little rounds, unless you want them to be. :) I think a little blobby and imperfect give them character and  make them more like bombs anyway!


You do not have, let me repeat that, you do not have to refrigerate these, you can begin dipping them in your candy melts immediately. Melt your candy melts in the microwave in 30 second bursts until the it begin to melt and mix, mix, mix. 

Do not overheat them or they will never thin properly, they will be done before you think they are. If you need to you can add in a tsp. or two of oil to thin it out, but if you melt it slow enough and mix it enough you shouldn't have to even add anything. 

I had a handy dandy little candy dipper thing a ma bob, which was cheap and made cheap. Trust when I tell you a fork works just as well. Now bombs away into the candy melts.....let the excess drip away, you can shimmy the fork or candy dipper so all the extra melted chocolate falls away.


Place them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet to set.


Hold on, hold, on your not done yet. Although if you wanted to be you could be. But chances are that you have extra candy melts just sitting there begging to be utilized, well here is you chance to let them shine. Add in a tbsp. of creamy peanut butter to your leftover candy melts and stir to incorporate it into the melted chocolate. 

Now you have peanut butter flavored chocolate to drizzle on top. Pour this into a plastic baggie and snip a small piece of the corner off and go back and forth over each little bomb to give it a little something extra.


Let them set...and then arrange them all sort of cute and take pictures of them to entice people or you could just share them instead. 

Whatever you choose it's entirely up to you!!



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Full recipe can be printed from {{HERE}}


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