Layers of creamy peanut butter and pudding make this Peanut Butter Brownie Dessert a winning combo for parties and picnics.
*I am partnering with the Texas Peanut Producers Board to bring you this delicious peanut inspired recipe.
We have been in Texas for about 8 months now, and we are starting to feel adjusted and more at home. Since I do not know very much about our town and what it has to offer, I was excited when the Texas Peanut Producer Board reached out to me regarding a peanut tour held in my very own town of Lubbock.
Nine bloggers from all over the state of Texas came together to learn more about peanut farming and how peanuts go from farm to table. Did you know that Texas is the 4th largest peanut producing state? I had no idea that many peanuts were grown in this state!
We started out the first night with a tour of a local farm museum and a dinner from a chuck wagon. That was seriously some good Texas eats right there.
The next morning we got up and headed to Brownfield to visit with Monty and Kathy Henson and their peanut farm. There we learned how peanuts are grown and harvested. It was so fun to watch Monty dig up a peanut plant, flip it over, and see the growing peanuts on the roots.
Each fall they run a combine over the field that digs up the plants and flips them over, and then they leave the plants this way for a few days to dry in the hot sun. After they are dry enough, they run another combine over the field that sorts the plants and peanuts and takes them to the plant.
We headed to Birdsong Peanuts to see what happens once the peanuts arrive there. Birdsong is a large shelling company that provides peanuts to many of the large candy bar companies. We were able to see the machines in action as they cleaned, sorted, and shelled the peanuts.
Later that day we also visited a vineyard and winery. I had no idea that this area of Texas was known for their wines as well. The soil and climate is great for growing the same grapes they grow in Italy and France.
That night we enjoyed a peanut-inspired dinner from North Catering. It was so fun and delicious to see all the creative ways the chef incorporated peanuts into every dish! I left the restaurant stuffed full of peanut goodness!
I always enjoy going on these food tours because I learn more about where the food that I eat comes from. It gives me an even bigger appreciation to meet the farmers that are responsible for providing the food that is in my local farmer’s markets or grocery stores. They put so much hard work into each and every crop to be able to provide for their families and our families.
Of course, after learning all about peanuts, I couldn’t wait to incorporate some peanuts and peanut butter into a decadent dessert. Peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the US. I know that we go through quite a few jars a month just in our house with all the baking I do. These peanut butter bars and peanut butter balls happen quite often in our kitchen!
Years ago I used to make a version of this layered brownie dessert for just about church event that we had. When I was thinking about what peanut-inspired dessert I wanted to share, this peanut butter brownie dessert kept coming to my mind. I can’t believe I have never shared it here before now.
A sprinkling of chopped peanuts and peanut butter cups add a delicious and pretty flair to these easy layered brownies.
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- 1 - 9x13 brownie mix
- 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 - 8 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 - 3.3 ounce box instant white chocolate pudding
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup halved mini peanut butter cups
- 3/4 cup chopped peanuts
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick baking spray.
- Prepare the brownie mix according to the box directions. Bake and cool.
- Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the peanut butter and beat again.
- Fold 1 cup Cool Whip into the mixture until it is creamy. Spread on top of the cooled brownies.
- Whisk together the pudding mix and milk. Fold in the remaining 2 cups Cool Whip. Spread on top of the peanut butter layer.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Sprinkle the peanut butter cups and peanuts on top before serving. Cut into 24 squares. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 163mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 15g Protein: 6g
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*This recipe and trip were sponsored by the Texas Peanut Producers Board . All opinions expressed are 100% my own. Thank you for letting me share products and brands we use and love. See my disclosure policy for more information.*