mini peanut butter and nutella brownies

I am the world’s worst baker.

When I try to bake anything, I always find myself saying, “Oh, that didn’t work,” as I solemnly watch my experiment deflate as it cooks in the oven. Or stick together, or lose shape, or taste like garbage…you get the point.

This past weekend, I took the easy route. I bought packaged brownie mix. And it’s not because I’m lazy; it’s because I’ve realized that sometimes, you can put a tasty twist on something without bending over backwards to create the next big thing in desserts.

This recipe isn’t much of a recipe at all. It’s more like an anthem for all those who have absolutely no idea how to put flour, sugar, and butter together to make something delicious. I am one of those people, so I bought packaged brownie mix and added that extra little twist. It got several compliments from my friends (yes, they could have just been being nice, but honestly it’s hard to hate on a mini brownie).

I mixed the batter together just like the package said. Then, I scooped the batter into a mini muffin tin—this way, you can indulge but also be mindful of portion control and just have one or two (or 20—I won’t judge). Finally, I got some Nutella and some peanut butter and added a little drizzle for flavor. They turned out to be the best packaged brownies I’ve ever had. I think Betty Crocker would be proud.

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Makes about 30 mini brownies
Ingredients
1 package of brownie mix (plus necessary ingredients it requires—these vary depending on the type of brownie you want to make)
1 mini muffin tin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons Nutella

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350. Mix brownies according to package instructions. Scoop batter into mini muffin tin (I recommend greasing the muffin tin first). Melt peanut butter and Nutella in two separate bowls. With a spoon, drizzle each over desired amount of brownies (or mix them together, if you’re feeling wild). Bake for 25-30 minutes. Make sure to do the toothpick test—stick a toothpick in the center of the brownie; if it comes out clean, it is cooked. Cool and serve.  

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