RECIPE: Peanut butter brownies

I don’t often find myself baking on a Monday night, mainly because it’s all I can do to summon up the energy to get through the day never mind spend hours slaving away over a hot stove/oven/whatever.

The reason for this unexpected turn of events was the fact it was one of my colleague’s Birthday and he’d dropped some incredibly unsubtle hints about the fact he would like me to provide him with some celebratory baked goods.  Because I quite like him and also because I felt a bit guilty for a comment that I made at his expense on Friday I decided to grant him his Birthday wish.

Usually I would feel slightly ashamed that this recipes includes packet brownie mix, but because it’s Monday and because it’s what the recipe stated I couldn’t actually give a toss.

I found the recipe on stumbleupon and forgot to bookmark it, so this is my very own adapted version.

I used Betty Crocker mix because that was what Waitrose had, and also, I have faith in the quality after working for Pizza Express for seven years- you know that delicious chocolate fudge cake you’ve been happily chowing down on after your American Hot… it comes from a Betty Crocker packet mix too.


Packet of Chocolate Brownie mix

1 egg

75ml water

30ml vegetable oil

1 375g tin of sweetened condense milk

100g salted peanuts, chopped

1/2 jar of smooth peanut butter

  • Preheat the oven to 180
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the brownie mix, egg, oil and water and mix until combined.

  • Add the nuts to the mixture and stir thoroughly until they’re all incorporated into the brownie mix.

  • Pour the condensed milk into a mixing bowl and add the peanut butter.

  • Mix together with a spoon or spatula until it looks similar to the picture below.

  • Lightly grease a 11″x 7′ shallow baking tray like the one pictured below.
  • Spoon half the brownie mixture into the prepared tray and smooth with a spatula so it’s level and reaches the corners of the pan.  Set aside the other half of the brownie mix.

  • Gently spread the condensed milk/peanut butter mix over the first layer of brownie- BEWARE, this is a complete fucking nightmare, I used a combination of a spatula and a palette knife to try and distribute the mixture evenly and the result was far from great.

  • Cover in the rest of the brownie batter and again, smooth with a spatula to ensure a smooth top.
  • Finally bake the brownies for 25-30 mins until the top is set and the edges are crispy.  Cool on a wire rack before cutting and serving.


  1. Monkeyboystu
    February 28, 2012 / 3:46 pm

    ha! I can vouch for there niceness (although my greedy colleagues ate most of them 🙁 )

    thank you rosie posey!

  2. Aimee
    March 2, 2012 / 9:36 am

    I too can vouch for their gorgeousness. I only managed to snaffle one as well! 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    May 2, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    i like brownies a lot…may favorite

  4. Anonymous
    December 9, 2012 / 8:04 pm

    Handy to know about the Pizza Express Choc Fudge cake being Betty Crocker! Absolutely love their Cheesecake – you don't know any details of how that is done, by any chance?
    Will try these brownies, they look delicious 🙂

    By the way, for inserting accents, just click on the Start button, and in Search type in Charmap – click on the program Character Map. There are complete instructions on what to do right from the beginning, on Hope that helps!

    • December 10, 2012 / 12:19 pm

      Re the cheesecake, they don't make it inhouse, they buy it in frozen! I can't remember who supplies it but I will find out!

      Thank you SO MUCH for letting me know about the special characters, do you know if it's the same on a Mac?

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