Countdown to Sprinkles & Secrets by Lisa Schroeder

Today we begin our countdown to the yummy new book Sprinkles & Secrets by Lisa Schroeder. The book is a companion to It’s Raining Cupcakes — and if that book was any indication, than Sprinkles & Secrets will surely leave you craving some tasty treats.

So periodically over the next couple weeks, we’ll be bringing you some delicious recipes courtesy of some other great middle grade authors — plus a treat from Lisa herself!

And we thought what better way to start things off then by bringing you a treat ourselves! We present to you …

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

This is a recipe I doctored up myself, actually — which means it’s  pretty simple to make. I’ve adapted the recipe from the Fudge Brownie recipe found in the Better Homes & Garden cookbook, but any basic brownie recipe will do for starters.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
Approx . 1 1/2 cups peanut butter chips
Approx. 12 mini peanut butter cups

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In medium saucepan melt butter and chocolate. Remove from heat; stir in sugar. Blend in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Stir in flour; mix well. Add about 1 cup of the peanut butter chips and stir lightly.

Spread in greased 8x8x2-inch pan.

Unwrap the mini peanut butter cups and chop roughly, approximately into quarters. Sprinkle the remaining peanut butter chips and the peanut butter cup pieces liberally over the top of the brownies.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Be careful not to overbake. Cool. Cut into squares & enjoy with a nice, tall glass of milk!

* If you like your brownies extra chocolatey, you can also stir in a handful of milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips!

And be sure to tune in over the next couple weeks as we bring you even more delicious treats!

Meanwhile, pre-order your copy of Sprinkles & Secrets from your local bookseller now. If you’re one of the first people to read the book when it comes out September 20th, Lisa has a very special treat in store for you! (More on that to come!)

In the meantime, here’s more about Sprinkles & Secrets:

Twelve-year-old Sophie has always dreamed of being an actress, in front of the cameras and in the spotlight. So when she’s given the opportunity to audition for a T.V. commercial, and a chance to make her dreams come true, she’s not just happy–she’s over-the-moon happy.
But then Sophie finds out what exactly she’d be advertising. And she knows her BFF, Isabel, wouldn’t be happy about it at all. So she keeps the specifics of her budding acting career under wraps, as she doesn’t want their friendship crumbling faster than a stale brownie. But like sprinkles on a cupcake, secrets can be difficult to contain.
In this companion novel to It’s Raining Cupcakes, Lisa Schroeder offers up another fun story about friendship, dreams and scrumptious sweet treats.
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