I had planned on posting this recipe last night, but I walked in the door at 8PM and was tucked into my bed by 8:30PM. I had a dreamy 9 hours of sleep before waking up and going for a run this morning. My body was feeling a bit sluggish and fatigued, but the bright sun and cool breeze were all I needed to start feeling energized this morning. I decided to take a few minutes to share this chocolatey recipe with you before jetting off to work.
Are you familiar with Hungry Girl??? Her recipe book was one of the firs that inspired me to get into the kitchen and cook. She uses a lot of easily available and pre-made ingredients to make fast and somewhat healthy meals. She is famous for using butternut squash in a lot of her recipes (in fact, she is the reason I first tried it). Over the years, I have tried a lot of her recipes (mostly from her original book) and there are a few that I still enjoy today ie butternut squash fries and banana pancakes for one. But my ultimate favorite recipe of hers is the Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge!
It only takes 3 ingredients and I almost always have them in the house. When I was thinking of a delicious and simple dessert recipe for our last day of class, these came to mind. You start by combining 1 brownie box mix (any brand or flavor will do) with 1 can of pumpkin.
I spread half of my mixture across a greased Pyrex (~9×9 inches, but I use the rectangular one). The Hungry Girl recipe calls for only 2 Tbsp of peanut butter, but I use a lot more. Drizzle peanut butter across the brownie mixture. Then cover with other half of your brownie mixture. Drizzle with even more peanut butter (I didn’t measure it, but you get the idea). Use a knife to swirl the peanut butter and chocolate and make pretty designs (if you want).
When finished, lick your knife clean as the fudgy dough tastes REALLY GOOD!
Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. Edges will look done but the middle will still be soft and gooey.
Cool completely before cutting (or just dig in with your fork!). If the center is still soft, you can refrigerate until set. It’s hard to tell if these are more like brownies or fudge. Either way, people will LOVE them (and they will never guess that you made them with pumpkin). One of the girls taking the class told me that these brownies were the PERFECT consistency.
Go check your pantry for these three ingredients and make them today! Or for Easter brunch!
Here is the recipe for Hungry Girl’s Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge!
What is your favorite simple and easy dessert recipe?