This is something that made me happy this weekend:
It’s been no secret that I’ve got a serious case of the crabbies lately, but being able to bake for a few hours on Friday definitely was a good dose of medicine I didn’t attempt all on my list, but I did check off 3 delicious recipes.
A couple of years ago as I was paging through a People magazine, I came across the recipe for Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. Because it had pumpkin in it, I knew it was recipe I should rip out and save for a rainy day. Well 2 years and 7 months later it happened!
Apparently this recipe is from Hungry Girl, which I didn’t give a second thought to previous to joining the blog world. Now that I’ve checked out one of her recipes, perhaps I’ll have to get the whole book!
For this recipe (which I altered slightly from her version), simply mix 1 can of pumpkin (15 oz) with 1 package of fudgy brownie mix (approx 19 oz). Stir together well. Lightly spray a 9″x9″ dish with cooking spray. Pour in batter. Drop dollops of your reduced fat PB (about 2-3 tbsp in total) a top your batter. Use a sharp knife and drag the PB through the batter until you have some swirly action.
Bake at 350 deg for about 40 minutes (until toothpick comes out mostly clean). Let cool on a wire rack for about 2 hours, then cover and put in the fridge.
Can I tell you how awesome this is?
This small dish can be cut up into about 40-50 small squares. I thought that seemed like crazy-talk since I was anticipating maybe 9 squares, but let me tell you, one bite is perfect. It’s chewy, rich, creamy, and wonderful. The subtle taste of pumpkin makes this a great holiday treat!
Want to know what else is pretty great? Each square turns out to be about 55 calories. WIN!
I rounded out my weekend by cutting down our Christmas tree with the hubby and bestie-in-law (Ilya) and decorating it while listening to Christmas music. Dare I say the Grinch may be leaving?
Do you know of any other Hungry Girl recipes?
Is your tree up? Real or fake?