Peanut Butter Brownie Bites and Bacon Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms

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As part of a campaign sponsored by Collective Bias®, I was asked to create a few simple holiday recipes using Kraft products that you might find in my pantry any day of the week. These Peanut Butter Brownie Bites and Bacon Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms will make you the hit of any holiday party or post holiday gathering!  All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor or by Kraft.

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I’m always looking for an easy, yet impressive appetizer to cart to social gatherings this time of year.  Nobody wants to be the one who shows up with chips and dip (at least I don’t want that to be me) and being a foodie, I want to show up with something that will leave people talking.  These mushrooms will leave people talking.

Bacon Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms from MamaMommyMom #KraftEssentials #Cbias #Shop

I’m big on using what you have, so when it comes times to make something for dinner or even for a party, so the first thing I do when it’s time to plan is head to the pantry.  I like to open the doors, stand back and take a good look around.  I usually start crafting a recipe in my head as soon as my eye hits something interesting or something I might be craving.  I almost always have Kraft Stove Top and Kraft Ranch Dressing in the pantry (of course, there’s dressing in the fridge too!)

Stuffed Mushrooms from MamaMommyMom #KraftEssentials #Cbias #ShopA friend of mine just bought her first house!  She’s so excited.  She was very iffy about having a housewarming party, especially this time of year, but with a little encouragement… I’ve got a small crowd to feed the week before Thanksgiving.  Yay!  A trip to Wal-Mart (where I always shop when I need stuff to feed a crowd) is in my future.  Clearly, it’s time to start prepping a menu.  Where do I start?  My pantry!  That’s literally where these Bacon Ranch Mushrooms were born.

How To Stuff Bacon Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms from MamaMommyMom #KraftEssentials #Cbias #ShopIf you can boil water, you can make these mushrooms!  The hardest part?  Stuffing them.  And even that is easy!  Bacon Ranch is a classic flavor combination, besides… who doesn’t love bacon?

4.7 from 11 reviews
Bacon Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms
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These deliciously simple stuffed mushrooms will be the hit of any party.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 10
  • 1 pkg Kraft Stove Top Stuffing - Savory Herb Flavor
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1-1/2 cups Water
  • 16 oz pkg White Mushrooms
  • ½ cup Kraft Ranch Dressing
  • 6 slices Bacon, cooked
  • ⅔ cup Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare Kraft Stove Top according to package directions.
  3. While preparing the Stove Top, wipe the mushrooms clean using a damp cloth.
  4. Gently remove the stems from the mushrooms, reserving about half of the stems.
  5. Chop reserved stems into small pieces.
  6. Chop cooked bacon into small pieces.
  7. Once cooled slightly, mix the Stove Top, chopped stems, bacon and cheese in a bowl.
  8. Spoon the mixture into the mushroom caps and place the caps on a lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until the stuffing has browned and the mushrooms have softened slightly.

After soaking up the savory flavor of the Bacon Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms, guests at any holiday gathering will be awed by the presentation and flavor of Peanut Butter Brownie Bites.

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites from MamaMommyMom #KraftEssentials #Cbias #ShopAt any given time, you can almost be guaranteed to find Planter’s Peanut Butter and Baker’s Chocolate in my pantry and Cool Whip in my fridge.  They are staples… staples for baking (which I love to do!) and snacking (which my kids love to do!).

We will run through a serious amount of Cool Whip between now and New Years… and we constantly run through an impressive amount of peanut butter.  And chocolate… well, you know how that is.  Home isn’t home without chocolate.  Baker’s Chocolate melts so easily – and will dress up any dessert with just a drizzle.

How to Make Brownie Cups #KraftEssentials #Cbias #ShopYou can use your favorite brownie mix to make fun little fillable cups… it’s SO easy!  I have a tart shaper I use to squish my mini muffin sized brownies into little cups (the baggie keeps them from sticking) as soon as they come out of the oven (but you could use anything with a rounded end).  Once cooled, they pop right out of the pan and can be filled with all sorts of wonderful things… like a delicious peanut butter filling.

How To Fill Brownie Cups #KraftEssentials #Cbias #ShopThe easiest, least messy way I’ve found to fill my brownie cups is with a plastic baggie.  I line a measuring cup with the baggie, fold down the edges to keep it clean and add the filling to baggie.  I pull up the edges of the filled bag, squish the filling down to the corner and snip a little hole across the corner of the bag… then just pipe the filling in.  It’s a fast, easy alternative to using a pastry bag and it makes a much nicer presentation than just spooning in the filling.

A drizzle of melted Baker’s Chocolate and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts… perfect presentation, perfect flavor.  Wouldn’t this look lovely on a table full of holiday desserts?  You could even use different fillings and make an entire table of filled brownie cups!

4.7 from 11 reviews
Peanut Butter Brownie Bites {Simple Holiday Desserts}
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These delicious, bite-sized peanut butter cups will be the hit of your holiday dessert table!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Makes 36 Brownie Bites
  • 1 box Brownie Mix (plus ingredients for making brownies)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Planters Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 1 container Kraft Cool Whip
  • 4 squares Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • ¼ cup Peanuts, crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions.
  3. Fill greased/sprayed mini-muffin pan wells ⅔ full of brownie batter.
  4. Bake 20 minutes.
  5. Remove brownies from the oven and immediately form brownie cups using a tart shaper or the back of a spoon.
  6. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
  7. In the meantime, cream together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and peanut butter using a mixer.
  8. Once the peanut butter mix is well blended, gently fold in the cool whip using a spatula.
  9. Refrigerate the filling for approximately 30 minutes while the brownie cups cool.
  10. Using a spoon or pasty bag, fill cooled brownie cups with the peanut butter filling.
  11. In a microwave safe dish, melt the chocolate squares at 30 second intervals, stirring between each 30 seconds.
  12. Drizzle melted chocolate over the filled brownie cups.
  13. Top with crushed peanuts.
  14. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Bacon Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms… Peanut Butter Brownie Bites… lots of other goodies too.  Who wouldn’t want to come to this housewarming party?  If you’re looking for some other quick and easy ideas for using everyday essentials, like the great Kraft products I used in these recipes, check out the Holiday Family Table with Kraft magazine below.  For more information on where I found these products in my store, check out my album on Google+ of my shopping trip.

Is Kraft a part of your home’s ‘pantry staples’?  What products do you always have on hand?  If you have a creative recipe featuring Kraft products, please share it with us on our Facebook page and if either of these recipes tickle your fancy, be sure to Pin them to your  Holiday Desserts / Appetizers board (or just where ever you keep your favorite recipes) on Pinterest or share them with your friends on Facebook!

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48 Responses to Peanut Butter Brownie Bites and Bacon Ranch Stuffed Mushrooms

  1. Jamie, these dishes look fantastic!!! I have to say though I thought you were using a baseball bat to form the brownie cups till I read that part. Thanks for sharing, yum!!!

  2. What time should we be over for treats? I’ll bring the wine!

  3. Simone says:

    Looks delicious!

  4. Roni Faida says:

    These look yummy. I’m going to print this out. Thank you so much for this!

  5. Tara says:

    Nicely done, both look scrumptious, I love little bite sized recipes!!

  6. This all looks great, Jamie. I’ve pinned it for entertaining. Yum.

  7. Amber says:

    These look so good!

  8. The brownies look delicious!

  9. Oh my these look so good! Would it be bad to have brownie bites for breakfast.

  10. Ok, I just fell in love with the PB Brownie Bites. I’m going to be cooking later today!

  11. Tonia says:

    I think you need to come to my next party so you can bring your delicious treats with you! Both of them look so good! #client

  12. Mary H. says:

    Super cute. Pinned!

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  15. Those mushrooms look divine! : )

  16. amber.m says:

    I shouldn’t have looked at these before breakfast! Oh my gosh, I am so hungry & they both look SO good!

  17. omg… you just made my tummy rumble! 😀

  18. They both sound delicious, but those Peanut Butter Brownie Bites are totally my thing. Chocolate and peanut butter were made to be eaten together!

  19. Kendra says:

    Those brownie bites look delicious! I’ll have to try them out 🙂

  20. YES, both recipes sound so delicious! My kids will love those brownies!

  21. Erica says:

    Oh snap! I think I’m going to make some of those brownie bites this week!

  22. Ange says:

    Those stuffed mushrooms look amazing!!

  23. Carly says:

    These look AMAZING!

  24. We live off those brownie bites more often than not! My FIL is a huge mushroom fan, so I’ll have to try my hand at those next!

  25. Amber says:

    The peanut butter brownie bites?! Oh yum!!

  26. Jennifer S. says:

    Those brownie bites look absolutely amazing!!

  27. katherine says:

    I really love those brownies!

  28. Jill says:

    I love stuffed mushrooms I will be trying these soon!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  29. These both look delicious. Pinned!

    Thanks for linking up at Wordy Wednesday!

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  32. Gail Akeman says:

    The Brownie bites sound good, but so do the mushrooms. yumm

  33. Both the peanut butter brownie bites and the mushrooms sound really delicious! If you had a spare moment, I would be delighted if you’d drop this (and anything else you’d like to share) by at the #PureBlogLove anything goes link party! You can find me here:

  34. Rach D says:

    These look sooo super duper tasty!!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up with us this week on Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party! Hope you come join us again soon,

    Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

  35. paula schuck says:

    UM, wow. I never knew how brownie bites were made. These sound so very good. I will try them actually. Thanks!

  36. Carole says:

    The.cutest.ever! Stopping by from Skip the Housework linky party!

  37. All of these look so good! Cannot wait to try them. Hubby and I love stuffed mushrooms. Thanks for stopping by Oh My Heartsie Girls.

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  39. Cynthia L says:

    Both recipes look delicious. Love the mushrooms! Thanks for linking to the This is How We Roll Link Party. See you on Thursday!

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