I don’t know if it is the result of the general stress of life or menopause, (I find both of those things handy for assigning blame) but in the last two years I have developed a raging craving for peanut butter and chocolate. It started over the Easter holiday of 2010. That was when I discovered Reese’s peanut butter eggs. I have always like Reese’s Cups, but they were never my first choice. I have traditionally rotated between Milky Way and Snickers as favorite candy bars. That Easter, though, I fell in love with those eggs. There is something about them…they are really so much better than regular Reese Cups. I think the peanut butter is creamier and more abundant. This year I was so excited when the eggs showed up at Walmart in February when they cleared the Valentine’s candy off the shelves. I didn’t even think about making snide remarks about how long it was until Easter. I was simply thankful. I also discovered to my delight that there is a smaller version of the eggs that comes in a bag. I bought a bag and parceled them out to myself in my lunch. I was very excited when I found one in my lunch box when I took it out of the cabinet the first day of school! It made the fact that the first day of school was my birthday a little bit brighter.
Anyway, once the eggs are gone, I have to find other ways to satisfy my craving. I have tried the peanut butter fudge shakes at cookout–very excellent! Edy’s has a Reese’s peanut butter ice cream with fudge ribbons that is also yummy. I like it because it is real peanut butter ice cream and not just vanilla with pieces of Reese’s Cups in it. The best thing, though, are the peanut butter brownies my daughter, Amy, invented. You prepare a regular brownie mix according to the directions on the package and spread them in the pan. ( I like to use dark chocolate.) Then, you whisk together 3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Drop it by tablespoonfuls on top of the brownies and swirl it with knife. Bake at the temperature and for the amount of time listed on the package. They’re fantastic!