Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Torte

I found this recipe while searching through my old Pampered Chef cookbooks.  It is easy and delicious!  One small slice will completely satisfy your sweet tooth.  The first time I made it I didn't even get to try a slice because it was gone in an instant!  Serves 14-16

Nonstick cooking spray with flour
1 pkg (18-21oz) traditional or chewy brownie mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
6 pkg (1.5 oz each) peanut butter cup candies
1 bag (10 oz) peanut butter morsels
2 cups mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray torte plans with nonstick cooking spray with flour.  Place 8 in. circles of parchment paper over centers of pans; set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine brownie mix, eggs, 1/2 cup of oil, water and peanut butter; mix well.  Divide batter into two pans, spreading to edges.  Bake 10-12 mins or until centers feel firm to the touch.

Meanwhile using a knife, dice peanut butter cups; set aside.  In a microwave safe bowl combine peanut butter morsels and remaining 1 Tbsp oil; microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, till all are melted and smooth.  Spoon 1/4 cup of peanut butter mixture into a resealable plastic bag; set aside.  Fold marshmallows into remaining peanut butter mixture.

Remove pans from oven to a cooling rack.  Let brownies stand in pans 4 minutes.  To Assemble torte, invert one brownie well-side up onto a platter of your choice. Using a spoon, spread marshmallow filling into brownie well.
Take the second brownie and place it well-side up on top of the bottom layer.  Evenly distribute diced peanut butter cup into the brownie well.  Trim the corner off the plastic bag to allow melted peanut butter mixture to flow through; drizzle over torte.  You can serve immediately or make ahead one day prior to serving.  

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