I had a couple of packs of Rolos left over from Easter eggs the other week and thought they might work well mixed into brownies. I hadn’t made brownies in a while and was in the mood. But I wanted to pimp my brownies a bit more, so thought about frosting the tops. And what goes perfectly with chocolate? Peanut butter! I love peanut butter and chocolate together. So do Americans if you check out their ‘candy bars’ they all seem to have PB in some form. At least we have one - a PB Kit Kat Chunky!!
Back to the brownies, and you could make a packet mix if you wanted to, but I made mines from scratch. Such an easy treat to make, and the frosting was pimples too.
Rolo Brownie Ingredients:
125ml vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
225 grams granulated sugar
2 large eggs
50 grams plain flour
35 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 tubes of Rolos, each rolo cut in half
Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients:
85 grams unsalted butter, softened
190 grams smooth peanut butter
125 grams icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk
Preheat your oven to 180oC and line an 8”x8” square pan with greaseproof paper.
In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, cream whisk together the sugar and oil, then add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
Add the flour mix and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula, just until the dry ingredients have been absorbed. Transfer the mix to the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Sprinkle over the chopped Rolos and push each one down lightly, to submerge them in the brownie mix.
Pop the pan into the oven for 18-20 minutes. The brownies won’t rise very much, but this is normal. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Remove from the pan and peel off the greaseproof paper. Put more paper in the pan and replace the brownies.
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter. Add the vanilla and icing sugar and mix until smooth. If the mixture seems too dry, add drops of milk until you get a smooth consistency. Beat for a couple of minutes and then spoon onto the top of the brownies, spread to a nice smooth layer. Pop into the fridge and allow the frosting to chill for about an hour. Remove from the pan and cut into squares, as big or as little as you like!
The brownies are nice and fudgey and the Rolos give a caramel chew when you bite into them. And that frosting is super thick, delicious in a salty and sweet way, a perfect compliment to the chocolate brownies. Devour!!