Linda Stahl: Hi! I am Linda Stahl with Hershey's kitchen and today I will be showing you how to make REES's peanut butter pumpkin brownies. The first thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then grease a 13/9 pan, I have lined my pan with foil and greased the foil to make it easier to remove it from the pan.
To get started I have already melted one cup or two sticks of butter in a microwave safe bowl and the first thing I am going to do is stir in three quarter cups Hershey's coco, mix until this is thoroughly blended. Once I have the butter and the coco combined, I am going to add two and a quarter cup sugar, half teaspoon salt, a teaspoon of vanilla and three eggs. And now I will stir these until these are completely combined.
Now that these are completely combined, I can add my one and quarter cup flour and one half teaspoon baking soda. I will mix these until thoroughly combined, so now we are ready to put our batter into the pan. Now you want to put this in your pan and evenly spread the batter. So we are ready to put this in the oven, we are going to bake it for 30 minutes or until the top of the brownie is dry and it's beginning to pour from the sides of the pan. Now that our brownies are out of the oven I let them cool for five minutes and I am going to score the top. I am just going to be cutting through the very surface of them, not the whole way through. So, I am going to cut this into 12 squares and the reason I am doing this is to be able to place my pumpkins on top of the brownies evenly. Now, I am going to let these cool for another 30 minutes before I place the pumpkins on the top.
Place them on the still warm brownies, you want to have just enough left on there to melt the bottom of the peanut butter cup so that it will stick to the brownies. All right, what we are going to do now is go back on each one of these brownies and press it down just a little bit.
At this point we are going to let the brownies cool completely before we decorate. To make it just a little bit easier, I am going to actually lift the entire brownie out of the pan, fold down the sides of the foil and I am going to go ahead and cut along those scored lines that I had made earlier. Plastic knives will go through a very fudgy brownie much easier. Now we are ready to decorate, you can use a purchase frosting, or you can use a homemade frosting. I did a homemade frosting and then I tinted some of the green and some of the orange and let the others white. You can change colors, you can combine colors. I like to have lots of different colored brownies, so I am going to be using all three colors, some freckles and a big wide smile.
So here we have our REES's peanut butter pumpkin brownies, a delicious treat to enjoy with your whole family this Halloween.