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Spicy Peanut Butter-Caramel Fudge

Spicy Peanut Butter-Caramel Fudge


On the texture spectrum somewhere between caramel and fudge, these peanut butter candies are sweet and delicious with just a little bit of heat.MORE+LESS-

12

ounces evaporated milk

2

tablespoons heavy cream

1/2

teaspoon chile flakes

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  • 1

    Line a square 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly brush with oil.

  • 2

    Mix the butter, sugar, milk, and cream in a medium saucepan with high enough sides to hold about four times the amount of liquid (it will boil up).

  • 3

    Heat on medium high until everything melts, then continue to heat, gently stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 240°F. Be careful because it will burn if it gets any hotter!

  • 4

    Mix peanut butter with chile flakes and salt.

  • 5

    Pour the mixture into a heat proof bowl (or into a stand mixer) and beat well for 5 minutes. Add the peanut butter mixture and beat 5 more minutes.

  • 6

    Pour the mixture into the baking dish and refrigerate for 2 hours until firm.

  • 7

    Cut into squares. Individually wrap in parchment.

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  • They’re not really caramels, not really fudge.

    These candies are somewhere in-between—the texture is almost like a Tootsie Roll.

    I whipped up a batch of this Spicy Peanut Butter-Caramel Fudge last week and believe me when I say it’s totally addictive!

    I’m glad they tasted so good, because the first time around I tried a totally different recipe and burned the whole batch (and set off the fire alarm). After some tinkering and playing around with the ingredients and ratios I finally tried again—with great success.

    It starts like a lot of candy I have made.

    Make sure you use a tall pot so it doesn't boil over!

    Mix the peanut butter with some chile flake and salt.

    When the hot sugar mixture comes off the stove, beat it a bit, then add the peanut butter and beat some more.

    It’s a nice smooth consistency.

    Pour it into a square baking dish that is lined with parchment.

    After cooling it’s nice and firm.

    Portioned out.

    Cut out little squares of parchment and wrap each square into the traditional candy shape.

    These are such a treat to have waiting in the fridge! They have just the right amount of heat after the strong peanut butter flavor.

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    Dan Whalen sets off his fire alarm once a week. He has been blogging for over four years at The Food in my Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!


5-Ingredient Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles

I used to think truffles were complicated. I used to think they required candy thermometers and careful attention and Maldon sea salt and only the finest and most expensive ingredients available. I thought they simply weren’t for me.


It all starts with date caramel. Have you tried the stuff? If not, YOU HAVEN’T LIVED.

Sticky medjool dates pitted and processed then spiked with sea salt for flavor balance. Raw salted vegan caramel. Yes, please.

Up next? Use a melon baller or a measuring spoon to scoop out truffle shapes (or roll them with your hands!). Then freeze before drizzling with creamy, salted peanut butter. Now we’re getting somewhere.

Last but not least? Dunk those babies in dairy-free dark chocolate and sprinkle with a touch more sea salt. A quick trip to the fridge or freezer and these gems are ready for fast and immediate consumption.

Watch yourself, they’re addictive.

You guys are going to FLIP over these truffles. They’re:

Crunchy on the outside
Creamy on the inside
Chocolate-y
Caramel-y
Peanut butter-y
Perfectly salty-sweet
Simple
Decadent
Intensely satisfying
& Highly addictive

After sampling my first two I promptly hauled these down to the office staff in our apartment building. Otherwise? These would’ve been gone in an hour. So tasty!

If you give these truffles a go, be sure to snap a pic and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram so I can see how yours came out! I love seeing which recipes you guys try and love. Cheers, friends!


Cooking notes

1. Which type of peanut butter to use

I used unsweetened natural peanut butter in this recipe because it’s the type we always have on hand. Alternatively, you can use smooth peanut or chunky peanut butter. In this case, skip the sugar from the ingredient list.

2. Versatile ingredients

The peanut butter curry broth is so rich and delicious and goes well on just about everything. My recipe merely serves as a guide, and you can get creative with the ingredients you have on hand.

  • Top with cooked meat such as leftover rotisserie chicken, sliced sausage, or grilled steak
  • Use shrimp. Note, you should add the shrimp at the end and only cook them for 3 to 5 minutes, until the shrimp are just cooked through.
  • Add tofu cubes to make the soup more filling.
  • Use other types of mushrooms, or skip them all together
  • Add root veggies such as cubed potatoes or sweet potatoes. It will require 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time depending on the size of the cut.
  • Add a handful of green veggies at the end. Spinach, broccoli florets, chopped kale, and zucchini all work well in this broth.

If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and take a picture and tag it @omnivorescookbook on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with.

Now it’s your turn to spread the peanut butter love! Share your favorite peanut butter recipe in the comments with the hashtag #HowDoYouPB. Click here for peanut butter recipe inspiration for every occasion.


Peanut Butter Desserts

Peanut butter goes great with anything. Okay maybe not anything, but most things. Like chocolate. Or ice cream. You get the idea.

Below you’ll find all sorts of delicious peanut butter desserts and combinations. Hope you enjoy!

To view the full recipe for any of these, please follow the link below each image.

1. Outrageous Stacked Peanut Butter Brownies

These decadent bars are stacked with peanut butter cookie dough, peanut butter sandwich cookies, peanut butter cups and topped with a fudgy brownie batter for a seriously indulgent treat!

From: bettycrocker.com

2. No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Don’t get me wrong, I love every kind of peanut butter, and nut butter, under the sun. Whether it’s the fancy stuff or the basic butter at the convenience store on the corner.

But for some reason I always feel that the best peanut butter for this recipe is the smoothest, most everyday peanut butter I can find. It makes for the incredible texture that Reese’s are loved for.

From: culinaryhill.com

3. Easy Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Our easy no bake peanut butter pie recipe is sweet, creamy and completely delicious.

From: dearcrissy.com

4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

Are you ready to die and go to peanut butter heaven?!

Trust me, this Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake will have you shouting for joy at all the amazing-ness.

From: everydayadventures.com

5. Lunchroom Peanut Butter Bars

A sweet peanut butter bar is topped with decadent milk chocolate and served up lunchroom style.

It’s a no-bake blast from the past!

From: cupcakediariesblog.com

6. Peanut Butter-chocolate Chip Pie

This Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Pie is a simple, almost no-bake pie with big chocolate and peanut butter flavor.

From: bakeorbreak.com

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Dessert

Need a dessert that will feed a crowd?

Then this rich chocolate peanut butter layer dessert will do the trick. And the sweet and salty pretzel crust is amazing!

From: cucinadeyung.com

8. Peanut Butter Pie Jars

Layers of buttery graham cracker crust, peanut butter cream, chocolate ganache, and homemade whipped cream.

It is a chocolate peanut butter lover’s dream!

From: modernhoney.com

9. Peanut Butter M&M Blondies

Sometimes I just want peanut butter and M&M’s. Okay – not sometimes… I want them everyday.

So I decided to make something fast and easy so I could have these two amazing ingredients together.

Serve some right out of the oven with some ice cream on top. With the rest, let them cool and eat them the next day!

From: sixsistersstuff.com

10. No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Delight

This No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Delight is the perfect layered dessert recipe for the chocolate peanut butter lovers in your life!

From: farmwifecooks.com

11. The Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookie

These super soft and chewy peanut buttery cookies are stuffed with a peanut butter butterscotch truffle filling!

From: abajillianrecipes.com

12. Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Buckeyes, also known as Peanut Butter Balls, have a smooth peanut butter center and chocolate shell.

So make this simple buckeye recipe for your Christmas treat trays.

From: chocolatewithgrace.com

13. Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

These incredibly thick and soft cookies are loaded with peanut butter and rolled in sugar.

They’re my absolute favorite go-to recipe!

From: sprinklesomesugar.com

14. Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Brownie Cake

Get this show-stopper of a recipe for peanut butter chocolate mousse brownie cake.

It’s rich, decadent, and totally amazing. And plus it can be made ahead of time!

From: melskitchencafe.com

15. Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

This Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe only has 4 ingredients….YAY!!

I’ve said before that it is my mission to share easy yet delicious recipes with you, so add this one to your list!

From: isavea2z.com

16. Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Bars

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Bars are an easy and delicious dessert.

They are soft and chewy and loaded with Skor bits.

From: thisisnotdietfood.com

17. Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Fluffy, moist peanut butter cupcakes topped with creamy peanut butter frosting.

These are the perfect cupcakes for true peanut butter lovers.

From: justsotasty.com

18. No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Balls

With only 3-ingredients and no added sugar, these are everything you need in a healthy peanut butter snack!

From: bakingyouhappier.com

19. 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

3 Ingredient peanut butter cookies are super simple to make and they are the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had!

From: backforseconds.com

20. Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Guys, we’re total peanut butter addicts over here.

This frozen peanut butter pie is a delicious (almost) no-bake treat that’s perfect for warm weather.

If you love sweet and salty desserts, this one’s for you!

From: lilluna.com

21. Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

This is a yummy smooth and velvety peanut butter banana ice cream.

And it’s made with just 2-ingredients and a food processor!

It’s so good you’d never suspect it’s healthy too! Simple, delicious, vegan and gluten-free.

From: lovingitvegan.com

22. Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecake

This decadent cheesecake is a peanut butter dream!

It’s the perfect sinful cheesecake for large gatherings or “just because.”

From: persnicketyplates.com

23. Easy Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars

You are going to love these super easy banana peanut butter ice cream bars!

And they are ridiculously easy to make & only have 5 ingredients (plus salt)!

From: avirtualvegan.com

24. Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

Ultra thick soft batch peanut butter cookies loaded with chocolate chunks!

These go perfect with a cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk.

From: bakerbynature.com

25. Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Cups

Good old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It’s a childhood favorite for many.

There is just something so comforting about that peanut butter and jelly combination.

And I often reach for it if I’m feeling a bit snackish or just need some comfort food.

From: livforcake.com

26. Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

This yummy fudge is made with just four wholesome ingredients!

This refined sugar free and vegan fudge is incredibly smooth, creamy, and melts in your mouth.

From: bakerita.com

27. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crunch Balls

Satisfy your chocolate and peanut butter cravings with these easy Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crunch Balls!

This delicious candy is great for the holidays and cookie trays!

From: momontimeout.com

28. Peanut Butter Pretzels

Peanut Butter Pretzels are a simple treat my family went nuts over!

They’re super easy to make and oh my word- once you taste them, prepare yourself to be obsessed.

I love a good peanut butter recipe and these are SO good.

From: butterwithasideofbread.com

29. Peanut Butter Brownies

These peanut butter brownies are a rich chocolate base topped with peanut butter frosting and a layer of fudge.

A dessert that looks fancy but is actually super easy to make!

From: dinneratthezoo.com

30. Peanut Butter S’mores Cookie Bars

These peanut butter s’mores cookie bars are made with a chewy, graham cracker infused peanut butter cookie base, mini marshmallows and real milk chocolate!

And they taste so amazing!

From: sugarspunrun.com

31. Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Cake

This Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Cake is made with layers of moist chocolate cake, peanut butter frosting and chopped Reese’s!

It’s rich, delicious and so fun!

From: lifeloveandsugar.com

32. Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

For chocolate peanut butter fans, these oatmeal bars can’t be beat!

Super yum! And, they are really easy to make!

From: momendeavors.com

33. Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

With this many layers of sweet goodness, you can never go wrong!

From: astepinthejourney.com

34. Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

If you like peanut butter, you’ll love these Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls.

A rich egg yeast dough is filled with gobs of peanut butter and chocolate chips, making for a breakfast your family will love!

From: crazyforcrust.com

35. Peanut Butter Muddy Buddy Cookies

Guys, you are going to love these peanut butter muddy buddy cookies!

Muddy buddies are one of my favorite treats to make and now they are in cookie form!

Peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar make this delicious cookie.

From: cakecooking-recipes.blogspot.com

36. Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Yep, All American Dream Brownies!

These peanut butter cups and thick, fudgy chocolate brownies are definitely worthy!

From: thebakingchocolatess.com

37. Best Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

Looking for something unusual to top your chocolate cake or cupcakes?

Then how about this amazing Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting?

From: twosisterscrafting.com

38. 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Caramel

This caramel was inspired by the filling of those peanut butter cups, but the amounts have been adjusted and then heated over the stove.

It turned out to be the most easiest, dreamiest peanut butter caramel ever.

From: thevegan8.com

39. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Pies

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Pies can be made ahead and put in the freezer. So they are the ideal stress free entertaining or special occasion dessert!

From: carlsbadcravings.com

40. Peanut Butter Banana Nice Cream

This banana nice cream flavored with peanut butter and chocolate chips is an easy, healthier, vegan ice cream dessert recipe.

And one that’s actually made with real food ingredients!

From: yummymummykitchen.com

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These easy homemade Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Candy Bars are rich and decadently delicious. Naturally sweet peanut butter caramel and roasted peanuts sandwiched between thick layers of chocolate — yum! All you do is stir up the chocolate, spread it on a pan, layer the peanut butter caramel on top, then cover with chocolate and peanuts. You can pop it in the freezer for an hour until it’s set, or 15 minutes if you want gooey, sticky melt-in-your-mouth goodness.


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Our Best Peanut Butter Desserts

Why should chocolate get all the glory? When it comes to making dessert, peanut butter is just as sweet and delicious — and these recipes prove it.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Fluff Pie

The sweet and salty flavor combination of the classic childhood sandwich is turned into a light and fluffy no-bake pie.

Giant Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

Can't decide between cookies and cake? Oversized, double-chocolate cookies stacked between layers of peanut-butter frosting create an indulgent dessert that doesn't make you choose.

Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

Baking this cookie in a cast-iron skillet creates irresistibly crisp edges while the center remains moist and sandy. To make it even more special, try heating some of your favorite jam to drizzle over the top and serve with a glass of cold milk.

Giant Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed with Reese's Pieces

This giant version of one of our favorite chocolate treats has a surprise inside &mdash crunchy-creamy Reese's Pieces.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut butter stands in for butter and oil in this quick bread - and also makes for an indulgent glaze.

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect pairing &mdash and these sweet and salty peanut butter balls covered in bittersweet chocolate are sure to satisfy your craving. Make sure the balls are chilled and firm before rolling them in the chocolate. It will ensure that they do not fall apart and helps the chocolate set faster. If the chocolate thickens while you are dipping the balls, just pop it back in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir until smooth.

Hot Honey-Peanut Butter No-Churn Ice Cream

Sorry, jelly. Peanut butter has a new best friend and it's called hot honey &mdash honey that's been infused with chiles. It's the hot and tingly something-special in this sweet-and-salty no-churn ice cream.

Peanut Butter Fudge

This fudge is a total triple threat &mdash thanks to peanut butter chips, crunchy peanut butter and chopped roasted salted peanuts. Using sweetened condensed milk, makes it quick and easy to achieve a thick, fudgy texture without cooking raw sugar no candy thermometer required!

Giant Chocolate-Peanut Butter Molten Bundt

Calling all pb lovers! When you cut into the center of this chocolate swirl cake, a warm peanut butter center oozes out.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops

Peanut butter, chocolate, and cheesecake? Put it on a pop and it's all our favorite things in one, delicious bite!

Peanut Butter Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

This recipe is for the peanut butter-obsessed. The cake itself is substantial but also tender. Be sure you don't skip the last 2 minutes of beating incorporating air into the butter-sugar-egg mixture makes the batter light. Spread a few tablespoons of raspberry jam on each cake layer along with the peanut butter for an easy PB & J upgrade!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

We wanted a super peanut buttery treat but found that store-bought peanut butter made the cookies a bit gummy when we used more than 1 cup. So we ground roasted peanuts ourselves and added that to the batter for an additional boost of flavor. Honey and melted butter add richness and create a soft and chewy cookie with an irresistible crackled exterior. We topped the dough balls with raw sugar for extra crunch and a hit of sweetness that balances the salt of the peanuts.

Peanut Butter-Banana Pudding Cups

These cute little puddings are perfect for a birthday party or as after-dinner treats. Change them up a little and customize to your liking (or your pantry's contents): Use crushed chocolate sandwich cookies instead of vanilla wafers, or add a little bit of strawberry jam for a peanut butter and jelly spin!

The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms

If you're a peanut butter lover then these chewy cookies with a warm, gooey chocolate center will be sure to satisfy. This recipe makes about 4 dozen, so it's perfect for any big-batch baking.

Peanut Butter Shell

Why should chocolate lovers have all the fun? Now peanut butter fans can have a nice crunchy shell on their ice cream, too. If you use coconut oil you get the bonus of a little tropical flavoring, though it takes just a tad longer to set up.

Peanut Butter Brownie Swirl Cookies

Why settle for one cookie flavor when you can have three? Peanut butter, sugar cookie and fudgy brownie batter are swirled together and baked into one giant cookie, making for a slice-and-bake you'll want to serve at parties and keep in the freezer for a weeknight cookie fix.

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Yellow Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bundt Cake

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Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Our favorite part of these creamy, sweet-and-salty bars is the crust: Melted chocolate and just a little bit of butter make it crunchy without baking. Plus, you can skip the full fat sour cream in the cheesecake layer. Buttermilk adds just the right tang.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

Eggless peanut butter cookie dough coated in milk chocolate is our new take on the winning duo of peanut butter and chocolate. Try using virgin or extra-virgin coconut oil in the coating-peanut butter, chocolate and coconut is a winning trio!

Ice Cream Sandwiches with Slice and Bake Peanut Butter Sandies

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No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares

Trisha's chocolatey no-bake dessert squares are easy to transport and perfect on the go. The sweet and salty combination will please kids and adults alike.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

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Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies

1) Bring the cream to a simmer over a low heat in a small saucepan. Combine the sugar and water in another small saucepan over a high heat and cook, without stirring until amber brown.

2) Slowly whisk in the warm cream until smooth and allow to cook for 1 min. Remove from the heat and whisk in the peanut butter, golden syrup, sea salt and 1/8 tsp of vanilla essence until smooth.

3) Transfer the peanut butter caramel mixture to a bowl and allow to cool until thickened at room temperature, about 30 mins.

4) Meanwhile, put a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3. Line a 23cm by 33cm baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on the narrow ends. Spray the foil and pan with nonstick spray.

5) Combine the butter, unsweetened chocolate, 60g dark chocolate and espresso powder in a medium bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Let the chocolate melt over a low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, about 5 mins.

6) In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, both sugars, vanilla and salt until smooth. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

7) Beat in the flour in 2 batches (the batter will be thick). Stir in the remaining 115g of chopped dark chocolate.

8) Scrape half of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Using a tablespoon, drop dollops of half the peanut butter caramel every 5cm over the top of the batter.

9) Carefully add the remaining batter and smooth it over the top. Put dollops of the remaining peanut butter caramel every 5cm on top of this. Use a butter knife to swirl the caramel through the batter to get a marbleized effect.

10) Bake until the top is set but still soft and the edges are puffed and just beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 23 to 25 mins. A toothpick inserted in the centre will come out still gooey (be brave! underbaking the brownies is one of the secrets to their fudgy texture). Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

11) For the neatest cuts, refrigerate the pan for about 20 mins before cutting the brownies. Using the foil, lift the brownie slab out of the pan. Carefully peel off the foil and put the brownie on a large cutting board. With a large sharp knife, cut the brownies into 48 squares.

Note: The brownies can be stored in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 3 days they can also be frozen, well wrapped, for up to 2 weeks.


Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping

Peanut butter ice cream topping is going on the menu a lot this summer, Yeah, with the warmer weather coming up ice cream is a dessert that I like to serve to at the end of lunch or dinner. I mean who doesn’t love ice cream, right?

My sister gave me the recipe for peanut butter ice cream topping a few years ago. The recipe has been sitting in my recipe box ever since she gave it to me. For some reason, Mike does not like peanut butter. No, I am not kidding, so I tend to stay away from recipes that include it in the ingredients.

The other night I had a craving for peanut butter and this recipe came to mind. My daughter, grandchildren, and son were at our house for dinner. They all love peanut butter as much as I do. So I whipped up a batch. Yum! The peanut butter ice cream topping was rich and creamy. Like a peanut butter caramel.

As I mentioned this is a super simple recipe to make. Another thing, that is nice about it is made in the microwave, it’s ready in minutes.

In a microwave safe bowl, you combine brown sugar, light corn syrup, and salted butter and bring it to a boil. Once that is done you stir in creamy peanut butter until smooth. Then you stir in some evaporated milk and you are done. Serve it warm over your favorite ice cream.


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1/2 C creamy peanut butter (probably not a natural kind as you don't want things separating out--I'm not sure they would, but don't take the chance)

Bring the cream to a simmer. (I just warmed mine.)

Put sugar in a mound in a saucepan. Pour water in pan and cover pan with lid. Turn heat to medium and just let it boil along until the bubbles just start changing to a darker color. Remove lid to pan and reduce heat somewhat. Don't touch it. Don't stir it. Just let it keep boiling until it gets to an amber color. (Note: If your oven is a wee bit un-level like mine is, turn the pot occasionally by quarter turns so that the sugar caramelizes at a fairly even rate). This method takes several minutes.

While the sugar is boiling, you might want to measure out your other ingredients and have them ready as the next step moves kind of fast.

Take amber sugar off the heat. Pour your cream in, whisking as you pour. It'll bubble up a lot. Don't worry, just keep whisking. After the cream is incorporated whisk in peanut butter, corn syrup, sea salt, and the vanilla until all is smooth. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool until thickened at room temperature, about 30 minutes. (I may have cheated on mine and not waited quite that long.)

1 3.5 oz Lindt Dark Chocolate Bar with Sea Salt, broken into pieces (I subbed some dark chocolate discs and threw in a pinch of sea salt, but I wished I'd used the Lindt Bar as I think it would have had a better flavor)

Preheat oven to 350. You can line your9x13 inch pan with parchment paper, tinfoil, or just lightly spray with cooking spray.

In a bowl, stir sugar into melted butter. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated. add vanilla.

In separate bowl combine remaining dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate pieces. Fold this into the wet ingredients. Pour into prepared pan.

Drop 8 spoonfulls of peanut butter caramel on top of brownie batter. Drag a knife through the batter and the caramel to swirl. I have the swirling skills of a penguin. I don't know why. Mine always comes out sort of just on top instead of swirled interestingly. It tasted good anyway, but wasn't as pretty as Shelby Mae's.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes (mine took 37 minutes).

Cool completely before cutting.

Note: If you don't like peanut butter or you're allergic, I'd bet you can use 1/2 C butter and make a regular caramel to swirl in. I'm actually itching to try this myself and plan to do so next time I try brownies.