Question: what do you do when you’ve got leftover brownies after making my incredible Andes Mint-Mascarpone Ice Cream with Brownie Chunks & Fudge?
Answer: You make brownie balls.
These Peanut Butter Brownie Balls are one-part cute, one-part delectable. Everyone loves brownies to begin with, but they’re even better when you stuff all their fudgy, chocolatey goodness into a poppable chocolate-coated ball. And this ain’t no brownie-flavored-but-not-actually-made-of-brownies imposter. These balls are stuffed with real brownies and peanut butter, nothing else. Does it get anymore magical than that?
If you’re having a hard time wrapping your hungry brain around this, I don’t blame you. Just envision a rich, dark brownie laced with peanut butter swirls. Now take all that salty-sweet wonder and fuse it into a little candy that fits in the palm of your hand. Bam! You’ve got Peanut Butter Brownie Balls, extreme brownie impact in every bite-sized treat.
I sound like a commercial…
NEW! Peanut Butter Brownie Balls have EXTREME CHOCOLATEY POWER. Filled with 100% REAL BROWNIES and their salty side kick PEANUT BUTTER. *pause to flash an image of brownies & a jar of peanut butter against an exploding orange background*
So good, you’ll want to eat them ALL!
*Flash to boy eating Brownie Balls. A little girl comes over and asks,*
“Can I have some?”
*The boy, with his mouth covered in chocolate, cries,*
“No way! They’re too good to share!”
PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE BALLS, so good, you’ll tell your best friend to screw off and find their own!
Man, these things write themselves! I should definitely go into the commercial writing profession. But in the mean time, I’ll stick to my unpaid day job, which is bringing you completely delicious food like these Peanut Butter Brownie Balls. Dramatic as my commercial may seem, it ain’t no exaggeration; you’ll really want to eat them all. They’re so snackable and addicting. Don’t be surprised when you refuse to share ‘em.
Pure brownies + creamy peanut butter, enrobed in smooth chocolate. Honestly, what else could you even need?
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
- Use what ever brownies you like best. Homemade, from a boxed mix, cakey, fudgy – it all works.
- Same goes for the chocolate. Use dark chips instead of milk if you prefer. But you must use some of the baking chocolate or good chocolate since chips don’t have the same melting properties.
- These are so quick and easy to make, especially if you’ve already got yourself some brownies.
- Hint: you could do this same recipe but replace the peanut butter with Biscoff or Nutella. Yum!
- If you don’t have a full batch of brownies, don’t worry. I only had about 1/6 of the pan left. Just tweak the proportions for whatever fraction of brownies you have.
- Need a good homemade brownie recipe? Try this one or this one!
Peanut Butter Brownie Balls
By The Smart Cookie Cook
- 1 8×8 pan of brownies (equivalent to 1 boxed mix, or usually 1 homemade batch)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided into 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup
- 4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 5 cups milk chocolate chips
- optional: Reese’s Pieces or chocolate sprinkles, for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to mush up the brownies a bit. Add 3/4 cup peanut butter and stir until evenly combined. Cover bowl and stick in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter, semisweet chocolate, and chips in a large microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring well in between, until completely melted. Make sure you stir in between or you will burn the chocolate. It doesn’t take long to melt (only about 1 1/2 min.) as long as you stir well.
- Pull the brownie mixture from the freezer. Roll a scant tablespoon into a ball. Dip into the chocolate mixture so that it is evenly coated. Place on a tray lined with waxed paper or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining brownie mix. Garnish with Reese’s Pieces or sprinkles and place in the fridge until completely set.
- Store in an airtight container, preferably in the fridge, for up to 5 days.