Hershey’s Double Peanut Butter Paisley Brownies


As someone who loves to bake I can spend literally hours looking at recipes for the perfect thing to bake on Sunday.  I will pour over magazines and search through websites and blogs.  However, when I get to the store I very often haven’t picked a recipe so I will grab a bag of chocolate or peanut butter chips and just pick a recipe that is on the package.  I can’t tell you how often I do this.  I guess you could say I just end up cracking under all the pressure to pick the perfect dessert to bake on Sunday.  It’s just that the recipe is right there and to be quite honest with you, I feel as though sometimes the recipes on the bag or the box are some of the very best.  They are tried and true and when you think about it, who would have a better recipe for chocolate chips than the people who make the chips?  Who would know how to make better oatmeal cookies than the people who make the oatmeal (my husband would correct me here and say that god made the oatmeal and quaker oats just processed them, or rolled them, or whatever…)

So, in honor of all of my favorite recipes that have come from the back of the box, I bring you my newest(and quite possibly my favorite so far) list.  In no particular order – here are some of  the best from the box….

1) Key Lime Pie (the perfect Key Lime Pie – I am not lying)  – on the bottle of Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Juice (I just add some fresh whipped cream.)

2) Nestle Toll House Cookies (why mess with a good thing) – Nestle’s Chocolate Chips

3) Chocolate Cookies with Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips (chocolate and peanut butter – what could be bad???)

4)  Baker’s Secret Brownies (the best brownies and so simple) – on the back of the unsweetened choc squares

5) Oatmeal Cookies (and slightly healthy, right?) – on the back of the Quaker Oats can

6)  Green Bean Casserole (I mean how could we leave this one off???) – French’s Onion Can

7) French’s Onion Chicken (Taste of Home actually has one I like a bit better, but this one is great) – French’s Onion Can

8) Knorr Spinach Dip (my favorite fancy party dip) – Knorr vegetable Soup Packet

9) Onion Dip (I won’t apologize for loving this dip – ever!!!) – Lipton Onion Soup Mix

10) Rice Krispie Treats – (ummm duh!!!)

11) Black Magic Cake – (the best chocolate cake I have found) Hershey’s Cocoa (maybe I should see if they would pay me for this post because they are sure well represented on this list!)

These brownies (actually maybe blondies is a better name) make this list, too.  As you can see from the picture they are perfectly moist and so easy to make.  The only thing I would do differently would be to add a bit more chocolate syrup.  However, this didn’t detract from the flavor one bit.   If you love peanut butter you can’t go wrong here.


Double Peanut Butter Paisley Brownies

From Hershey’s

1/2 cup of butter – softened

1/4 cup Peanut Butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup light brown sugar – packed

3 eggs (room temp)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 2/3 cups (10 oz pkg.)  Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips

1/2 cup chocolate syrup (add a little more if you want it really chocolatey

Heat over to 350 degrees.  Grease 9X13 pan.
Cream butter and peanut butter in a large bowl.  Add white and brown sugars and beat well.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add vanilla.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt and mix together with a whisk.  Mix into peanut butter mixture and blend well.  Stir in peanut butter chips.  Spread a little over half of the batter into the pan and spread syrup over top.  Top with remaining batter and swirl with a knife to get a marbled effect.  don’t get too worried if your marbling isn’t perfect – it will still taste fine.  I found it a bit difficult to spread the top layer evenly so it got a bit messy…in the end it still tasted great.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned.
**Do you have any recipes to add to this list??***
Disclaimer – none of the above companies have a  clue who I am…..and therefore none of them are paying me to write this post.


  1. I’ve made most of the great recipes on your list, but I still need to make Black Magic Cake. My kids would love these brownies.

  2. I think you may have missed Magic Moment Cookies. Made with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate and butterscotch chips and a healthy dose of coconut to assure an early trip to the grave :-). I think this came on the back of a condensed milk can. have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  3. I’ll have to try all of your secret recipes. 😉

    These brownies look great!

  4. Yum! I just need a big glass of milk, and I’ll be on cloud 9!

  5. I made these last night and again about four years ago. They turned out good last night, with a couple of modifications. I only put in two eggs and added a splash of milk. I reduced baking time to 25 minutes. The batter was still too thick to properly marble the syrup. Next time I’ll add more milk or some water. Great brownies.


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