Bitch Slap Brownies


All due apologies to the politically-correct among you who may object to the name of these sweet treats, but I didn’t come up with it, so don’t blame the messenger. My pal Peaches delivered a batch of these brownies all the way from Cape Cod a couple of weekends ago, and I was instantly hooked. She didn’t initially reveal what was in them, instead making me guess at what I was tasting. First off, they are aptly named, as you will feel like you just got hit by the best thing you’ve had in your mouth since you know what, and the explosion that results is far tastier too. Second, though some of the flavors sound impossibly disparate (peanut butter and mint?), they somehow come together for something miraculous.

The recipe is simple enough, with lots of room for variation, and the work consists mostly in the assembly. Line a baking pan (9″ x 11″) with parchment paper or non-stick cooking spray. Lay down a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough (use a boxed version for best results), then a layer of snack size peanut butter cups (not the mini size), then a layer of grasshopper cookies (or mint oreos), then in the spaces between fill in with a smaller chocolate items. (Peaches used dark-chocolate-covered pomegranates – I opted for simple chocolate chips.) On top of all this, pour a layer of brownie batter (again, a simple box version works best). Bake this at 350 degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes (under-bake when in doubt). The results are amazing. I literally could not eat less than two every time I passed the kitchen. Many thanks to Peaches for the recipe, and for ruining my waist line! (It was so worth it.)

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