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Celebrate June 12th – Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

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Celebrate National Peanut Butter Cookie Day on June 12th with this peanut butter cookie dough treat!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownie Bites (adapted from the Smart Cookie Cook):

· 1/2 of a 13” x 9” pan of brownies (your favorite box or recipe)

· 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese at room temperature

· 1/2 stick of butter or margarine, softened

· 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

· 1/2 tablespoon vanilla

· 1/2 cup brown sugar

· 3/8 cup sugar

· 1 cup flour

· 1/4 cup water

Prepare brownies according to directions and cool completely. Using half the pan of brownies (enjoy the rest as is!), cut off the edges of the brownies and crumble remaining interior section in a bowl. Add mascarpone and mix until combined – mixture should form a ball; if not, add more mascarpone.

In another bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, vanilla and sugars on medium speed with a hand mixer; add flour on a low speed until it starts to combine, then turn up to medium speed until it begins to clump. Add water and combine until it resembles cookie dough; if it’s too dry, add more water, approximately one tablespoon at a time.

Take teaspoon-sized pieces of brownie mixture and make balls, placing on a plate to work with later. When done, take a piece of peanut butter dough (approximately one tablespoon) and flatten out; place brownie ball in the center and wrap the peanut butter dough around the brownie and seal edges together. Roll into a ball and repeat with remaining dough; place in a refrigerator-safe air-tight container for storage. Makes around two dozen.

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