A Southern Grace: no wrong way to eat a rhesus

June 6, 2013

no wrong way to eat a rhesus


I had to say it. Those critters are some of the eeriest animals I've ever seen.

I think something about their eyes makes them look disturbingly human. I don't know. Regardless, I have no interest in eating them, I just love a good pun. I am interested, however, in eating any combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Reese really struck gold with that duo, and we are all the benefactors.

These brownies are fantastic for anyone who likes the aforementioned combination. The brownie portion is a little bit fudgy and a little bit cakey, while the peanut butter filling would be delightful in any application. I was most keen on the glaze--that mixture of milk chocolate and peanut butter is simply incredible, and most akin to the beloved Reese's cup. Forget ganache--that may become my go-to chocolate cake covering.

The filling and glaze would actually be quite outstanding atop a batch of blondies as well. Heck, even a shortbread crust would be sufficient. Nosh on!

Rhesus Brownies*
Makes 12 huge brownies, 15 reasonably-sized ones, or 20 stingy servings
  • 6 ounces butter
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 ounces butter, softened
  • Pinch salt
  • 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1=1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
First, make the brownies. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 13x9" pan. In a medium saucepan (or in the microwave), melt together the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Whisk until smooth, then let cool for a few minutes. Whisk in the sugars and blend well. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Fold in the flour and salt, then pour into prepared pan and bake 40-45 minutes, or until edges are beginning to harden. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
To make the filling, beat together the peanut butter, butter, and salt on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add the powdered sugar. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time, until the right consistency is reached. Add the vanilla extract and beat to combine. Once the brownies have cooled, spread the filling over them evenly.
To make the glaze, simply melt the butter and chocolate chips together and blend well, then pour the glaze over the brownies and fillings. Tilt the pan so the glaze coats everything evenly. Refrigerate for a couple of hours until set, then slice and serve!

*No animals were harmed in the making of these brownies.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They are indeed disturbingly human... Intriguing critters!

Your brownies are to-die-for!



Nava K said...

Such a beauty, the double layer with the glace on top. Gonna keep your recipe aside and make when I have a function at home.

Katerina said...

These layered brownies are beyond words! I wish that bite was mine!

Joanne said...

Rhesus's I could give or take...but Reese's - can't live without em! These brownies are fudgy to the max. seriously.

Also! you were the winner of my Carapelli olive oil giveaway! email me at jhbruno87@gmail.com with your address and I'll get it sent to you asap. :)

Barbara said...

Some of those faces are downright spooky. Never been a fan since college days when one of the fraternities had one as a pet. Ugh.

But these pb brownies are something else. Nom nom!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I would enjoy this kind of Reeses Grace.

I Wilkerson said...

These look amazing. I'm going to forward this to my middle daughter (our brownie queen).

José Manuel said...

ÇQue bocado más rico.


Beth said...

Those brownies look outstanding! Chocolate and peanut butter are truly a great combination.

shaz said...

Oh yes! I LOOOOVE PB and chocolate and PB cups. And I totally adore this brownie. And I am so glad that there was no monkey business involved :)

Mimi said...

Right up my alley.

Sue/the view from great island said...

I can't stop staring at those faces...I think sci-fi designers must study them for inspiration.
Your brownies look truly incredible, and congratulations on your people.com fame---that's awesome, and well deserved :)

pam said...

Those brownies look amazing. The monkeys - disturbing.

lisa is cooking said...

The filling and glaze are a perfect combination. I'd like to try all three possibilities, please: brownies, blondies, and shortbread.

Pam said...

I think the monkeys are darling but you are right, they do have human eyes.

The brownies look outstanding! I have a feeling I wouldn't be able to eat just one.

Unknown said...

Oh my, these look wonderful indeed!! There's nothing quite like the delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter, and I love the cute layering :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

I am SO craving these right now. :)

Angie's Recipes said...

I love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter! You have me crave some of these for the breakfast!

Hungry Dog said...

Even if I live to be 100, I'll never get sick of chocolate and pb together. It's a true classic. These look amazing1

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Oh my goodness, how perfect are these! They look heavenly :)

Laura said...

Yummmm... those look awesome!