Make this beautiful Reese’s brownie”lasagna” for your peanut butter and chocolate lovers. Amazingly rich and decadent, this dessert will please the whole family.
Everyone in this household has a sweet tooth except for me. It’s a running joke that I can bake like Betty Crocker, but I never eat the desserts that I prepare for them all. Trust me, though, they never feel bad enough about it to stop me from baking or to not eat what I do bake for them!
Running Debate About Dessert
I’m not going to lie, I don’t understand the mindset in this house.
I married my Redneck 6 months ago, but have been living here for over a year now. Each and every time we have a family dinner, I am asked, “What’s for dessert?”
To me, if you ate enough of your dinner, you wouldn’t even have room for dessert. I just want to scream sometimes. Are you not eating more real food so that you CAN have dessert? Did you not like what I fed you for supper? I have no idea what exactly their mindset is, I just know I don’t understand it.
No Dessert for You
I’m pretty sure I know why I side alone on the entire “dessert debate”.
As I said before, I grew up dirt poor. So poor that, by force of nature, my sister and I learned to absolutely adore plain rice with butter. There were many times that we had a meat dish served over rice. Instead of asking for seconds of it all, our second helping was inevitably plain rice. Little did we know at the time that Dad hadn’t eaten any of the meat yet, making sure that there was enough for us. So the fact that we loved the plain rice saved him from going hungry more times than we ever realized.
With that entire debacle occurring, it’s kind of a no-brainer on why dessert was never an issue in our house. We simply never had it because we couldn’t afford it.
Instead, it was so much more special to get sweets like cookies and cakes when we went to visit our grandparents.
Even with all that, I still make sure that I have something for dessert when we have a family dinner. It’s just easier to have it than have to try to change other people’s minds. Especially teenage boys.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate
I don’t know if it’s a country thing or a regional thing (we are Buckeyes after all), but one of the best Christmas candies ever are Buckeyes.
We grew up making them with our family. There is just something almost addictive about peanut butter and chocolate being combined. It’s like heaven.
Because I know that my boys (the teenagers and the grown one) love the combo, I decided to make a dessert with my homemade brownie mix that played upon that love.
I wanted it to be pretty too, though. (I actually made it for dinner with the neighbors.)
It turned out absolutely beautiful.
Reese’s Brownie “Lasagna”
Reese’s Brownie “Lasagna”
- 2 batches of Homemade Brownie Mix
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups confectioner's sugar sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 14.8 oz. package mini Reese’s cups chopped
Preheat oven to 350F.
Prepare brownie as directed (see here). Spread prepared brownie mix across 3 8x8 inch pans, lined with foil and buttered liberally.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until set.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
Beat in sugar, ½ cup at a time until well incorporated.
Add peanut butter and mix well.
Turn mixer to highest setting, mixing for about 10 seconds to lighten the frosting.
Add in vanilla and mix well.
Turn brownies out onto cooling racks once baked, allowing to cool completely.
Starting with brownie, layer brownies, a layer of frosting, and then brownie, ending with frosting.
Garnish top with chopped Reese’s cups.
Cut into 9 even squares. Serve.
Add this Reese’s Brownie “Lasagna” to your cookbook for a rich and satisfying dessert to serve your family… even if you don’t agree with it (like me! LOL)
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